Beyond the Look East Policy: United Malays National Organisation and the Fall of the Liberal Democratic Party in Japan

Muhamad Takiyuddin Ismail, Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid

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This article argues that the strong relationship between Malaysia and Japan is also stimulated by symbiotic ties binding together both countries' respective major political parties, i.e., the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). UMNO, especially under the leadership of Mahathir Mohamad (1981-2003), derived political lessons from developments affecting LDP in Japan. First, emulation of Japan's success in economic development became the basis for the Look East Policy launched in 1981. Second, which is the focus of this article, lessons were drawn from the failure of LDP to retain power twice, in 1993 and in 2009. Although LDP's reversal of fortunes served as a landmark for UMNO in situating changes to its trajectory since 1993, the analogical reasoning and political lessons applied by UMNO leaders were, to a large extent, flawed. Arguably, politicians frequently do misjudge in analogizing between different situations which at a glance seem to be comparable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-44
Number of pages20
JournalAsian Politics and Policy
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

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Keywords

  • Governance
  • Liberal Democratic Party
  • Political lessons
  • Politics of reform
  • United Malays National Organisation

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Beyond the Look East Policy : United Malays National Organisation and the Fall of the Liberal Democratic Party in Japan. / Ismail, Muhamad Takiyuddin; Abdul Hamid, Ahmad Fauzi.

In: Asian Politics and Policy, Vol. 6, No. 1, 01.2014, p. 25-44.

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