From Free Port to Modern Economy: Economic Development and Social Change in Penang, 1969 to 1990

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Hardback: $30.00
ISBN-13: 9789814843966
Published: September 2019

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280 pages
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  • About the Book
  • The 1950s saw Lim Chong Eu taking an increasingly central role in Malayan politics, moving from the exhilarating preparation for independence to him losing political influence by the end of the decade. The following decade saw him trying to revive his political fortunes, and finally succeeding at the ballot box in 1969. Becoming the Chief Minister of Penang State—retreating from national politics, as it were—provided him with the platform from which he would excel as nation builder and political leader. In the process, he contributed decisively to the industrialisation, not only of Penang but also of Malaysia as a whole. This collection of articles tells the story of how the declining fortunes of the port of Penang was turned around through daring and forceful leadership into the industrialised society that it is today.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Chet Singh, Editor

      Chet Singh was the first General Manager of the Penang Development Corporation (PDC), a post he held on until his retirement in July 1991. He has been actively involved as a Director of the Board of Penang Institute, and in 2010, he was made Special Adviser to the Chief Minister of Penang.
    • Rajah Rasiah, Editor

      Rajah Rasiah is Distinguished Professor of International Development at the Asia Europe Institute, University of Malaya.
    • Wong Yee Tuan, Editor

      Wong Yee Tuan Fellow & Head of History and Heritage Programme, Penang Institute.