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Competition law and affirmative action in Malaysia: complementarity or conflict?

Ahamat, Haniff and Abdul Rahman, Nasarudin and Mohamed, Abdul Majid Hafiz (2015) Competition law and affirmative action in Malaysia: complementarity or conflict? Pertanika Journal of Social Science & Humanities, 23 (S). pp. 13-26. ISSN 0128-7702

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This paper examines the interface between competition law and affirmative action in Malaysia. It analyses the different goals of competition law and explains how that may accommodate Malaysia’s race-based affirmative action programme (or also known as the pro-Bumiputera policies) introduced via the New Economic Policy (NEP) post 1969 racial riot and adopted in 1971. This paper finds Malaysian competition legislative enactment, that is the Competition Act 2010 (CA 2010), does not make any explicit reference to Malaysia’s affirmative policies. Based on an analysis of the existing provisions of the CA 2010, this paper finds that Chapters 1 and 2 prohibitions can be used against `ethnic cartels’ which have the effect of preventing Bumiputera enterprises from participating in the market. This is by allowing the CA 2010 to open up the market to those enterprises providing them the opportunity to participate at all levels of production chain and putting an end to the phenomenon that they have to crowd into the least profitable level.

Item Type: Article (Review)
Additional Information: 3742/51356
Uncontrolled Keywords: Affirmative Action, Competition Law, Ethnic Cartels, Malaysian Competition Act 2010
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KPG Malaysia
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws > Department of Civil Law
Depositing User: Dr Haniff Ahamat
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2016 15:12
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2017 09:52
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/51356

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