Malaysia-Indonesia Relations before and after 1965: Impact on Bilateral and Regional Stability

Mohd. Noor Mat Yazid


The main discussion in this paper is to determine the Indonesia-Malaysia relations during the period before and after 1965 and its impact on bilateral and regional stability in the South East Asian region. The bilateral relations during the period before 1965 was coloured by the conflict and hostilities. The bilateral relations of both countries had changed after 1965 from conflict and hostilities to cooperation and harmonious. The changes of the bilateral relations were strongly related to the role played by the American and Indonesian pro-democratic leaders, Suharto and his supporters. The improvement of the bilateral relations between Indonesia and Malaysia after 1965 was due to the strong support by American power which had paved the way to the formation of ASEAN in August 1967. The changes in the bilateral relations between Indonesia and Malaysia have contributed to enhance regional stability in the Southeast Asian region.

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