Najib hailed as a great reformer by Greg Sheridan

A reader pointed out this op-ed by Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor of The Australian (Jan 29, 2011), which hails Najib as a great reformer:

Although he probably wouldn’t approve of the term, among Muslim heads of government, and in the context of Malaysian politics, Najib is a liberal. He has recast Malaysia’s foreign policy, reached out to its ethnic minorities with a “1 Malaysia” slogan and campaign, and set the economy on a path of reform and hi-tech growth.

Cautious, pragmatic, but more decisive than his predecessor and heading in the right direction socially, economically and in foreign policy, neither Canberra nor Washington could realistically ask for much more from a Malaysian leader.

What do you think of his analysis?

About Greg Lopez

Greg Lopez is a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Political and Social Change, Australian National University.