Boston, MA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 02/24/2014 -- Malaysia has enjoyed a relatively stable post-election period; a sweeping victory for Prime Minister Najib Razak's political allies within the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) following the latest party election suggests that we could see further progress on fiscal reforms in 2014. This should help cement internal stability. Externally, the country faces tensions over China's activities and territorial disputes in the South China Sea region; some Islamist groups are also operating in Malaysia and neighbouring states. However, overall defence spending and procurement has been relatively static, which the 2014 budget seeing a cut in money available for military development.
Malaysia's regional security situation also remains generally benign; the country is also enjoying a burgeoning defence relationship with the United States. A January 2014 meeting in Washington between the country's two defence ministers should likely result in more joint-forces exercises.
View Full Report Details and Table of Contents
Malaysia's relations with neighbours Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia are cordial, and China's territorial disputes with a number of countries in the region has so far had relatively little impact on Malaysia, although this does not rule out the possibility of more serious tensions in the future. A visit last year by the Chinese premier resulted in the signing of a new strategic pact between Malaysia and China, it what was interpreted as a reward to Malaysia's calm response - which has contrasted with that of other Southeast Asian countries - to China's regional activities. Malaysia already engages in defence industry collaboration with China, especially in the area of missile technology, and these joint efforts are now likely to deepen, with Malaysian industry the likely beneficiary.
The Washington meeting in January this year may go some way to resolving the fallout from US President Barack Obama 's failure to travel to Southeast Asia in October 2013 on what should have been a four-nation tour kicking off with a state visit to Malaysia. Obama pledged that he would still visit Malaysia during his presidency. And while it can hardly be claimed that Obama's failure to come to the region has fatally damaged the US strategic 'pivot' to Asia, his signature foreign policy, it certainly has weakened the US's image as a country that can get things done in the region vis-a-vis China. The full implications of this for Malaysia and the region could take some time to emerge, however, and the US continues to stress its commitment to the Asia-Pacific despite political gridlock at home.
About Fast Market Research
Fast Market Research is a leading distributor of market research and business information. Representing the world's top research publishers and analysts, we provide quick and easy access to the best competitive intelligence available. Our unbiased, expert staff is always available to help you find the right research to fit your requirements and your budget. For more information about these or related research reports, please visit our website at http://www.fastmr.com or call us at 1.800.844.8156.
Browse all Defense research reports at Fast Market Research
You may also be interested in these related reports:
- India Defence & Security Report Q2 2014
- South Korea Defence & Security Report Q2 2014
- Singapore Defence & Security Report Q2 2014
- Brazil Defence & Security Report Q2 2014
- Iran Defence & Security Report Q2 2014
- Kazakhstan and Central Asia Defence & Security Report Q2 2014
- Saudi Arabia Defence & Security Report Q2 2014
- Egypt Defence & Security Report Q2 2014
- United Arab Emirates Defence & Security Report Q2 2014
- Romania Defence & Security Report Q2 2014