Ross Tapsell reviews a new book on Malaysian politics ahead of the ANU Malaysia Update 2020 “Alternative Visions for Malaysia”.
Pakatan Harapan's concessions on the Zakir Naik controversy illustrate the high cost of chasing the Malay vote
Despite the routing of UMNO at GE14 amid regime change, Malay politicians still dominate the new coalition government.
Why Malaysia's voters delivered a momentous political upset in yesterday's election, as seen from the ground.
No Malaysian election campaign is complete without these highlights of food, flags and swag, as the GE14 season enters its final days.
How much change, beyond Najib's ousting, does a Mahathir-led coalition represent? Or does an emboldened, victorious Najib mean political rebirths are redundant?
Political Islam at GE14 isn't just a race between parties as democratisation throws up alliances and fractures to define Muslim society.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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's found that that there are systemic flaws in the laws, processes and institutions entrusted to manage elections in Malaysia.
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 "Kajang Move" undermines the essence of democracy and Malaysia's transition to a genuine two-party system, argues Azmil Tayeb.
If the next redelineation exercise does not address malapportionment, it may be the end of reconciliation efforts
Dr. Arnold Puyok discusses recent developments in Sabah and Sarawak.
Malaysia and Singapore Society in Australia Colloquium 2013 -- extended deadline for abstracts.
Rural votes the saviour of UMNO? Another analysis on how malapportionment and gerrymandering is distorting Malaysia's electoral outcomes.
Clive Kessler's analysis of Najib Razak's campaign strategy had obviously struck the nerve of some very powerful people.
With great powers, comes great responsibility. Can the now clearly and explicitly dominant UMNO exercise good judgement?
The real campaign all along was about the Malay votes on the peninsula.
The lack of concern on these numbers is indicative of how ingrained our belief that women’s issues are trivial.