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Malaysia

Ways of seeing a ‘moderate Muslim nation’

As long as the global attitude towards religious issues doesn't change, and Malaysians themselves mostly stay silent on these issues, the temptation will always be to smother dissent in the ‘invisibility cloak of religion’.

Better governance in a better parliament

Establishing parliamentary committees will help the new PH government meet its GE14 promises of better governance, as ministers and senior officials can be called to account.

New regimes, old policies and a bumiputera reboot

Will current levels of caution on Bumiputera policies persist, or will the new government seize the opportunity to reform? Will it remain fearful of being accused of sidelining Malays, or will it make Malays more capable and competitive?

Malay anxiety, exclusion, and national unity

By drawing stricter boundaries between what is ‘Islamic’ and ‘un-Islamic’, and between who is ‘Malay’ and ‘non-Malay’, the anxiety about 'Malay unity' is addressed in a post-May 9 Malaysia.

A New Malaysia? #3: reform roadblocks with Bridget Welsh & Shamsul AB

Two leading scholars on the ideological and institutional legacies Pakatan Harapan inherits from the BN regime.

A New Malaysia? #2: Media with Boo Su-Lyn & Zurairi AR

What has and hasn't changed about how the media report on politics and policy after GE14?

A New Malaysia? #1: Meredith Weiss & Ambiga Sreenevasan

The first in a series of podcasts providing a snapshot of Malaysia in the aftermath of GE14.

Wielding the purse strings of Southeast Asian civil society

Illiberalism at home, and pro-market ideologies abroad, are putting pressure on Southeast Asian civil society organisations' financial health.

Imagined minorities: rethinking race and its appeal in Malaysia

Opponents of racism in Malaysia need to understand that proponents of racial politics do believe in race—and only by understanding the appeal of racial thinking can racism be defeated.

The struggle for political Islam in ‘new Malaysia’

The GE14 result reflects PAS' enduring influence, yet the PH parties together with IKRAM and ABIM offer a viable ‘Islamic alternative’ for pious Muslim voters. Can PAS expand its support base in urban areas, and might Amanah make further inroads into the east coast PAS heartland?

A regime change glanced askance

The ‘cari makan’ or a rent-seeking political culture may be the hardest thing to reform in Malaysia, even under a reformist government. And human nature will make this almost impossible to do.

Malaysia’s political transformation(s): preliminary reflections

Thinking about the major causes and consequences of Malaysia's historic election result.

VIDEO: Bridget Welsh on Malaysia’s political transformation

Public lecture on GE14's implications hosted by the ANU Malaysia Institute on 21 May.

VIDEO: Ivy Josiah on activism and politics in GE14

The Malaysian women's rights activist talks about her experience managing a parliamentary campaign in Malaysia's general election.

Why there was no ‘Orang Asli tsunami’ in GE14

Indigenous communities in Pahang are aware of BN’s failings, but a lacklustre Pakatan Harapan campaign kept this ‘fixed deposit’ safe for the fallen Najib government.

An agenda for law reform after GE14

The new government can and should take the opportunity to rehabilitate Malaysia’s battered legal institutions.

VIDEO: Hishamuddin Rais on winning GE14

Hishamuddin Rais was once put in jail by Mahathir Mohamad. He talks to our GE14 editor Kean Wong about why he was part of the fight to make Dr M prime minister again.

Malaysia after GE14: transition to what?

Barisan Nasional was in power for 60 years. How does an electoral authoritarian regime get defeated, and will similar regimes in the region follow?

VIDEO: ‘Reinvigorating dignity’ for Malaysia

GE14 Editor Kean Wong talks with public commentator Karim Raslan about what the election outcome means for Malaysia.

What mattered in GE14: campaigns, Islam, 1MDB, cost of living

How scholars of Malaysian politics reflected on the campaign as results rolled in on 9 May.

Notes from the campaign: election day’s dues

Why Malaysia's voters delivered a momentous political upset in yesterday's election, as seen from the ground.

Malaysian elections: four possible scenarios

Taking a punt on what might happen in Malaysia's milestone 14th general election (GE14).

Is a ‘Malay tsunami’ on the horizon?

ANU experts assess the likelihood of the Pakatan Harapan coalition finally making inroads into the UMNO heartland.

The amazing race for Malaysia, across the world

As Malaysians head to the most contentious elections since Merdeka, its citizens abroad are valiantly overcoming great odds to get their votes counted.