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Malaysia

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.

Notes from the campaign: all eyes on Selangor

The Pakatan Harapan state government in Malaysia's economic powerhouse looks safe enough, but will Selangor's federal seats swing the opposition's way?

Playing the China card is unlikely to save the MCA

Barisan Nasional's Chinese component parties face a do-or-die contest this GE14. Selling themselves as conduits for investment from China isn't working.

The limits to identity politics in GE14

Fracturing of Malay/Muslim parties has made it difficult to unite the Malay/Muslim electorate through ethnoreligious appeals.

Notes from the campaign: Johor, Selangor, Perak

No Malaysian election campaign is complete without these highlights of food, flags and swag, as the GE14 season enters its final days.

Notes from the campaign: Lembah Pantai

Street theatre and the wayang of politics merge one warm night in an urban battle about corruption big and small.

A politics of redemption in fractious times

How much change, beyond Najib's ousting, does a Mahathir-led coalition represent? Or does an emboldened, victorious Najib mean political rebirths are redundant?

The ‘Apa Lagi Cina Mahu’* politics of endless division

Malaysia's GE14 marks the end of Malaysian Chinese politics after 60 years of dwindling and divisive outcomes, as its modern patron UMNO itself struggles to survive.

A look at the rural Malay voter

Both sides of the political divide are trying to woo a vastly underestimated, non-homogenous rural Malay public.

Social media struggles for the opposition as BN surges

Social media is now central to any Malaysian election campaign. In 2018, the opposition is facing a far better organised incumbent than last time.

Voting for Islamisms beyond the ballot box

Political Islam at GE14 isn't just a race between parties as democratisation throws up alliances and fractures to define Muslim society.

Losing a legacy, finding a nation in Sarawak

A new generation's contest over Sarawak's lost autonomy may force its GE14 voters to reconsider how today's leaders are trapped by the past.