Islam and Democracy: Malaysia after 50 Years

52 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2009

Date Written: July 6, 2009


This paper describes and analyzes outcomes of the first World Values Survey for Malaysia, an upper-middle income country that was not yet included in the four previous Surveys. I look at results for tolerance, interest in democracy and other survey questions, and find that the Malaysian Chinese are more satisfied with their life than the Singapore Chinese. Dissatisfaction with the political culture in Malaysia is strongest for the rural poor, both Chinese and Malay. The paper also discusses some political developments in Malaysia up to the March 2008 election.

Suggested Citation

Bomhoff, Eduard J., Islam and Democracy: Malaysia after 50 Years (July 6, 2009). Nottingham Univ. Business School Malaysia Campus Research Paper No. 2009-07, Available at SSRN: or

Eduard J. Bomhoff (Contact Author)

Monash University Malaysia campus ( email )

Jalan Lagoon Selatan
Kuala Lumpur, Selangor 46150

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