The Malay Dilemma: Is the Malaysia ETF a Safe Emerging Market Investment?

If western investors ever think of Malaysia, they probably think of the Petronas Towers, the sodomy trials of opposition leader Anwar bin Ibrahim and controversial former Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad instead of the “The Malay Dilemma,” the latter’s just as controversial book that has largely set the country’s course for the past 40 years. It doesn’t help when the iShares MSCI Malaysia Index Fund ETF (EWM) is the only easy way for most western investors to invest in Malaysia – making the country Southeast Asia’s forgotten emerging market.

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur
Should you invest in the iShares MSCI Malaysia Index Fund ETF (EWM) with elections looming?

However, Malaysia may soon be on the radar of western media and investors alike again this year because the Barisan Nasional (BN), the coalition of political parties that has ruled Malaysia for 54+ years, must hold elections by the end of June. Moreover, Malaysia’s large Chinese and Indian minority populations along with both liberal and Malay Islamic conservatives are restive for change.

But before you consider investing in Malaysia or the iShares MSCI Malaysia Index Fund ETF, it would be a good idea to have a more thorough understanding of what “The Malay Dilemma” is along with the country’s current political situation.

To read more, go to the complete article on our SeekingAlpha page. Likewise and if you are interested in our other articles about the iShares MSCI Malaysia Index Fund ETF or about investing in Malaysia, visit our Malaysia tagged articles here. In addition, check out our Malaysia ADR list and Malaysia ETF list pages.

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