chapter  6
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Race, patronage and the hybrid authoritarian state: Guyana and Malaysia revisited

Introduction At first glance, Malaysia and Guyana seem worlds apart from each other. But at a second glace, they have many things in common: Guyana, one of the small states in the northeastern corner of Latin America, could be a peaceful exotic paradise with a carefree population frolicking on the endless palm-fringed beaches of the deep blue Caribbean. But this population is ethnically deeply divided between mestizos, immigrant Indians, Africans and Chinese – much like Malaysia (see Figure 6.1).1