Early in 1999, the U.S. business press was measuring Malaysia's Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) for a coffin. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's vision of a Silicon Valley built from scratch for East Asia was being torpedoed by his own intemperate reaction to his country's 1997 financial crisis. With international investors nervous, it was predicted that the twin cities of Putrajaya (intended as the new government center of Malaysia) and Cyberjaya (the new San Jose of Malaysia) would never get

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