Pakatan Harapan had promised academic freedom and institutional autonomy for public universities. Can it—or will it—deliver?
Despite Malaysia’s record of economic growth since the 1970s, poverty remains a persistent, and especially vexing, problem. How likely is a structural remedy under the new PH government?
Party-hopping and partisan polarisation have characterised the post-GE14 landscape. What are the implications?
Why riots in Wales in June 1919 are a useful resource for appreciating histories of Malay identity beyond the violence of 13 May 1969.
Can Malaysia's new government depend on its unelected Islamic bureaucracy?
"Pengundi yang dilupakan: Orang Asli dan Malaysia Baru"
BN's former youth chief on how the party is adapting to opposition, and how it wins back power.
Does the change in Malaysian government provide hope for some of the world’s most diverse forests and wildlife?
Answering New Mandala's questions on the "New Malaysia" and its place in the region and the world.
A new series of perspectives on the “Malaysia Baharu” from Malaysian scholars, activists, and policymakers.
Pakatan is using state enterprise as a tool of patronage just as well as Barisan.
Time is running out for the state's rebranded BN government, despite a late embrace of 'state nationalism'.
The 'new Malaysia' challenge is to redefine its trade and industrial policies, and to work out where the new sources of growth and tax revenue can be, more so after the GST's removal.
Revisit the 20 most popular articles published at New Mandala this year.
Observations on what many are calling Malaysia's answer to Indonesia's 212 movement.
The ‘new Malaysia’ is viewed with sceptical eyes in poor rural communities in Johor.
The majoritarian first-past-the-post system has had its day. It’s time to think about bold options for reform.
Can the new climate change ministry navigate the complex politics of competing interests when tackling the threats of extreme weather? Or is an independent commission answerable to Parliament needed to hold the government to account?
Despite the routing of UMNO at GE14 amid regime change, Malay politicians still dominate the new coalition government.
As long as the global attitude towards religious issues doesn't change, and Malaysians themselves mostly stay silent on these issues, the temptation will always be to smother dissent in the ‘invisibility cloak of religion’.
Establishing parliamentary committees will help the new PH government meet its GE14 promises of better governance, as ministers and senior officials can be called to account.
Will current levels of caution on Bumiputera policies persist, or will the new government seize the opportunity to reform? Will it remain fearful of being accused of sidelining Malays, or will it make Malays more capable and competitive?
By drawing stricter boundaries between what is ‘Islamic’ and ‘un-Islamic’, and between who is ‘Malay’ and ‘non-Malay’, the anxiety about 'Malay unity' is addressed in a post-May 9 Malaysia.
Two leading scholars on the ideological and institutional legacies Pakatan Harapan inherits from the BN regime.