As with all grand attempts to boil noble abstracts down to tangibles, the nation’s moral code has been misinterpreted, dissected, abused, and ignored. Now it’s being refreshed under the urgings of President Joko Widodo in a bid to sideline extremism.
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Malaysia has pragmatically optimised diplomatic and legal instruments as the principal statecraft to advance its interests. Diplomacy and selective deference are central to preserving sovereignty and keeping bilateral ties, while legal means have served to protect Malaysia's interests through quiet, indirect defiance.