Transforming Kuala Lumpur

Hybrid urbanisms in motion

Authored by: Yeoh Seng-Guan

Routledge Handbook of Urbanization in Southeast Asia

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138681590
eBook ISBN: 9781315562889
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The human geographer Terry McGee (1967) contended that urbanization in Peninsular (West) Malaysia was taking root in an ‘unstable setting’. 1 While the historical context of his diagnosis was the volatility of inter-ethnic relations in the aftermath of the watershed ‘race riots’ of 13 May 1969, his characterization has remained remarkably durable, notwithstanding substantive socio-economic and cultural changes brought about by the epochal New Economic Policy (1971–1991) and its subsequent incarnations under different guises.

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