How Powerful Is Malaysia?

With China's approach in the South China Sea, Malaysia has called on its neighbors for support. But how powerful is Malaysia on its own?

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Malaysia country profile (bbc.co.uk)
"Malaysia boasts one of south-east Asia's most vibrant economies, the fruit of decades of industrial growth and political stability."

Economic Growth and Development in Malaysia: Policy Making and Leadership (worldbank.org)
"Malaysia is a multiethnic, upper?middle?income country that has relied heavily on income from its natural resources to engineer successful diversification into manufacturing and sharply increased incomes for all ethnic groups."

Malaysia Controversy (wsj.com)
"Global investigators believe more than $1 billion entered Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's personal bank accounts, much of it from state investment fund 1MDB."