A Malaysian flag is reflected on a bus window in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Bloomberg

In Malaysia, hopes for racial unity as Independence Day approaches. The reality? Growing division

  • The country’s multicultural identity becomes a cause for celebration every August as Malaysia gears up for its national day party
  • But democratisation is now pushing politicians to exploit ethnic differences for electoral gain, and many fear a slide towards bigotry and radicalisation
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A Malaysian flag is reflected on a bus window in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Bloomberg
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