The critical question remains whether Bersih’s concerted efforts will actually bring some, if any institutional reform to Malaysia’s electoral system and process.
Politicians everywhere would be wise to examine their own shortcomings in addressing the needs and aspirations of rural constituents
Younger Malays, in general, both in rural and urban areas, are no longer emotionally attached to UMNO.
The dilemma for BN is abundantly clear with a risk of further alienating the already disgruntled moderate Malays and non-Malays.
BN’s greatest strength is their ability to sustain massive party machines and patronage networks in order to generate loyalty.
Barisan Nasional has managed to pocket 60 percent or 133 out of the total 222 seats by winning only 48 percent of the popular votes.
The results in Sabah showed the changing political ground even as the influence of the politics of development remained strong.
If there is one impact of Islam on the Muslim electorate is that leaders who have neglected Islamic ideals of good governance will be removed.
The new breed of Malays have their eyes now set on cosmopolitan leaders, regardless of which party they are from.
Professor Ed Aspinall shares his views on Malaysia's general elections.
The excrement that we dispose of quietly and in private is the very same substance that nurtures our national body.
The main Islamic-related issues that are currently at the center of electoral discourse are: “Hudud”, the “Allah” controversy, and “Islamic Unity.”
For most Malaysians, the country has changed irrevocably and a people that once identified by race is now united.
With only the urban Malay middle class having attained self-confidence enough to heed Pakatan’s call, UMNO will claim three-quarters of the community’s vote.
You look at the soldiers. Where the soldiers go, the government goes too. Soldiers change, government changes. Soldiers don't change, government does not change
May 6th 2013 could be a new dawn of justice ushered in by a people who, after more than half a century of governmental abuse, can finally believe again.
Once led by two brothers, HINDRAF is now split and neutralised. One brother, now claims to support BN; while the other faces impending arrest.
Malaysians the world over made electoral history as they took part for the first time ever as overseas voters in the 13th general election.
Stay tuned to New Mandala for anecdote, analysis and new perspectives on Malaysia's 'mother of all' elections'.
How the issue of citizenship-for-votes plays out at GE13 remains moot but the certainty that Sabah remains BN’s fixed deposit no longer holds.
Malaysia needs a new national conversation, practise new politics, widen the public sphere, put an end to the culture of fear, and let the best prevail.