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Abstract

‘Transformasi Nasional 2050’ (TN50) is a fitting successor to two earlier bold visions that had steered Malaysia’s national development: the New Economic Policy (1971-1990) and Vision 2020 (1991-2020). The NEP has succeeded in eliminating the statistical correlation between race and economic function. Wawasan 2020, albeit just two years shy of expiration, has positioned Malaysia on a path toward attaining high-income country status. TN50 will scale up the Vision 2020 goals to now turn Malaysia into a top 20 nation and model state for the rest of the world by 2050. Along with other members of the United Nations, Malaysia has also adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Agenda 2030 is summarised by 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that express a shared global commitment towards achieving targets in issues such as climate action; affordable and clean energy; and reduced inequalities by 2030. Are there conflicting aims between TN50 and Agenda 2030? What are the critical policy instruments, institutional arrangements and delivery mechanisms needed? What are the potential problems that could derail achievement of these goals and how can Malaysia mitigate them? Johan Mahmood Merican will outline TN50 and then join Professor Woo Wing Thye and Professor Tan Sri Lin See-Yan to discuss these questions and more.