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PPP: The Right Marriage between Local Government and the Private Sector in Malaysia?


  • Kuppusamy Singaravelloo

    () (Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya)


Public-Private Partnership has been employed in some local governments in Malaysia for some time in real estate development making local authorities a key player in the economic development of cities. However, little research exists on both the implementation of such projects and the evaluation of the governance procedures. This paper seeks to fill this gap by examining the working arrangement between selected local authorities and developers in striking a win-win situation. Towards this end, the paper examines the working arrangements between two local authorities and developers in Batu Pahat and Kuantan, as well as the subsequent postproject developments. The two cases in Kuantan exemplify successful partnerships that still exist while the third in Batu Pahat illustrates a failed partnership.

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  • Kuppusamy Singaravelloo, 2010. "PPP: The Right Marriage between Local Government and the Private Sector in Malaysia?," Institutions and Economies (formerly known as International Journal of Institutions and Economies), Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, vol. 2(2), pages 142-166, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:umk:journl:v:2:y:2010:i:2:p:142-166

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    1. Llanto, Gilberto M. & Zen, Fauziah, 2013. "Governmental Fiscal Support for Financing Long-term Infrastructure Projects in ASEAN Countries," Discussion Papers DP 2013-08, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

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    - local government; public-private partnership; privatization;

    JEL classification:

    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism
    • O21 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Planning Models; Planning Policy
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy


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