Elections

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.

Najib’s tightrope act

The dilemma for BN is abundantly clear with a risk of further alienating the already disgruntled moderate Malays and non-Malays.

GE13 Malaysia – Kikue Hamayotsu

BN’s greatest strength is their ability to sustain massive party machines and patronage networks in order to generate loyalty.

Pakatan Rakyat must rethink strategies

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 “Rakyat Tsunami” in Sabah

The results in Sabah showed the changing political ground even as the influence of the politics of development remained strong.

Al-Qardawi’s ‘vote’ in GE13: Does it matter?

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.

How Malays voted at GE13

The new breed of Malays have their eyes now set on cosmopolitan leaders, regardless of which party they are from.

Observations from Malaysia’s 2013 elections

Professor Ed Aspinall shares his views on Malaysia's general elections.

Ghosts to citizens

The excrement that we dispose of quietly and in private is the very same substance that nurtures our national body.

What about Bersih?

An important area for analysis is to understand the impact of Bersih on GE13.

Islam at GE13

The main Islamic-related issues that are currently at the center of electoral discourse are: “Hudud”, the “Allah” controversy, and “Islamic Unity.”

Women’s vote in Malaysia

Women voters, in the majority, but under-represented.

Malaysia has changed irrevocably

For most Malaysians, the country has changed irrevocably and a people that once identified by race is now united.

Pakatan will not win

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.

How would a foreign worker vote, anyway?

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

Normalisation, denial, obscurantism and belief

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.

Brickfields in the Najib corner?

Once led by two brothers, HINDRAF is now split and neutralised. One brother, now claims to support BN; while the other faces impending arrest.

(Some) overseas Malaysians vote

Malaysians the world over made electoral history as they took part for the first time ever as overseas voters in the 13th general election.

Malaysia election special on NM

Stay tuned to New Mandala for anecdote, analysis and new perspectives on Malaysia's 'mother of all' elections'.

Citizenship-for-votes scandal in Sabah

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.