Malaysian 'Bail Outs'? Capital Controls, Restructuring and Recovery

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By K.S. Jomo, Chin Kok Fay and Wong Sook Chin

As Malaysia’s government responded to the 1997–98 financial crisis, the global financial community criticised its measures as bail outs for politically-influential corporate interests. When the economy recovered strongly in 1999 and 2000, Malaysian leaders claimed that their policies, including the capital controls so widely criticised at the time, were in fact responsible for recovery. This book sets the record straight: refuting both sets of claims, and bringing a refreshing new perspective on the crisis and its aftermath. With clear and concise arguments, this book sheds new light on the Asian crisis and government policy responses, with emphases on its capital controls as well as corporate, bank and debt restructuring exercises. Written in accessible prose, together with chronologies of events and case studies, this book will appeal to general readers and those who wish to better understand economic policy issues in Malaysia and the region.

JOMO K.S. is Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development at the United Nations. Prior to this, he was a Senior Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, and for many years, he was Professor of Applied Economics at University of Malaya.

WONG Sook Ching currently works for the Institute of Bankers, Malaysia.

CHIN Kok Fay is a Lecturer in the Strategic Studies and International Relations Programme at the National University of Malaysia (UKM).

Publication Year: 2005
408 pages, 229mm x 152mm
ISBN: 978-981-3250-85-7, Paperback

NUS Press