Federal-state friction amid Malaysia's dual political and pandemic plight

When the PH government fell in February 2020, many states also fell. This affected the downward distribution of institutional and fiscal resources in Malaysia.

Then came the COVID-19 crisis, which crucially tested the boundaries of federal-state relations. A longstanding dispute over autonomy in the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak has also created opportunities for new political alignments, as well as reignited the debate over oil rights.

The ANU Malaysia Institute in collaboration with the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) recently hosted a webinar to discuss these matters and examine the dynamics of federal-state relations in Malaysia.

In this webinar, IDEAS CEO, Tricia Yeoh, MP of Penampang, YB Datuk Darell Leiking and ANU Malaysia Institute Director, Ross Tapsell discussed how the twin shocks of political crisis and the pandemic affected federal-state relations. They also examined how federal-state relations in turn impacted government responses to the pandemic and national political dynamics.

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