Elections

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.

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.

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?

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.

Mapping out elections for victory

Electoral changes recently rammed through parliament can mean winning power at GE14 with just 16.5% of the popular vote. But would such elections confer the legitimacy to rule?

Scratching the itch out east with Warisan

Can former minister and prime minister Najb Razak's ‘good friend’ Shafie Apdal sweep out Sabah's incumbents at GE14, and end up delivering power to Mahathir's opposition?

Lost in race between first world and third

Reform-minded Malaysians are fatigued after two missed opportunities since 2008, with today's centrifugal politics generating even more social tensions. Not even Dr Mahathir’s surprise (re)emergence can mend those fractures, as Malaysians dream of the First World but still struggle in the Third as inequality worsens.

As GE14 draws near…or, why hold elections?

Closer scrutiny of Malaysian elections since the era of Najib Razak's father can sharpen the contrasts over winning—and losing—legitimacy.

The People’s Tribunal on GE13

The People's Tribunal's found that that there are systemic flaws in the laws, processes and institutions entrusted to manage elections in Malaysia.

Thailand’s ‘Days of our Strife’

It has all the ingredients of a daytime soap. But Thailand’s political drama is no work of fiction and makes for troubling viewing.

The dark and treacherous road to Putrajaya

The "Kajang Move" undermines the essence of democracy and Malaysia's transition to a genuine two-party system, argues Azmil Tayeb.

Malaysian elections, malapportionment, and redelineation

If the next redelineation exercise does not address malapportionment, it may be the end of reconciliation efforts

Update – East Malaysia rising seminar

Dr. Arnold Puyok discusses recent developments in Sabah and Sarawak.

MASSA 2013 – second call for papers

Malaysia and Singapore Society in Australia Colloquium 2013 -- extended deadline for abstracts.

Rural votes in Malaysia

Rural votes the saviour of UMNO? Another analysis on how malapportionment and gerrymandering is distorting Malaysia's electoral outcomes.

Clive Kessler’s analysis on UMNO’s strategy and a correction

Clive Kessler's analysis of Najib Razak's campaign strategy had obviously struck the nerve of some very powerful people.

Malaysia’s GE13: What happened, what now? (part 2)

With great powers, comes great responsibility. Can the now clearly and explicitly dominant UMNO exercise good judgement?

Malaysia’s GE13: What happened, what now? (part 1)

The real campaign all along was about the Malay votes on the peninsula.

Malaysian women parliamentarians: why the different numbers?

The lack of concern on these numbers is indicative of how ingrained our belief that women’s issues are trivial.

Revisiting “democracy in plural societies” in transforming Malaysia

Regime change in itself will not automatically bring the powerful state down, writes Kikue Hamayotsu

Bersih’s impact on GE13

The critical question remains whether Bersih’s concerted efforts will actually bring some, if any institutional reform to Malaysia’s electoral system and process.

GE13 and the politics of urban chauvinism

Politicians everywhere would be wise to examine their own shortcomings in addressing the needs and aspirations of rural constituents

Whither UMNO’s neo-feudalism

Younger Malays, in general, both in rural and urban areas, are no longer emotionally attached to UMNO.