Malaysian urbanization: Policy lessons for South Africa

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The urbanization record of Malaysia is reviewed, focussing particularly on the past two decades, and addressing relevant lessons for South Africa. For local policy analysts the Malaysian urbanization experience is of considerable interest, containing several parallels with the South African situation. Specifically, the post‐colonial Malaysian state sought to address major imbalances in the inherited pattern of incomes and status between the country's different ethnic communities. It is suggested that the Malaysian urbanization experience contains several policy issues pertinent to debates surrounding urban reform under late apartheid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-181
Number of pages8
JournalSouthern African Geographical Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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