Launch New CPI

The purpose of this paper is to examine and evaluate the extent to which the New Economic Policy (NEP) has been effective as an instrument for national integration in Malaysia. Based on a comparison of the situation before and after the implementation of the NEP, it is argued that although national development has been moving towards the achievement of the NEP objectives, ethnic tensions and conflict remain serious. While economic factors are important in preventing ethnic conflict, they are not sufficient to promote ethnic integration.

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