The opposition leader's new book is a pitch to lead Malaysians as they set out together to repair their social fabric.
Time to take a bow for the “Bossku” show that had many going
Last week, it became clear that the perception that Najib has huge public support is false.
NBSEAS: Nicole Curato talks to Baogang He about “Deliberative Democracy in Asia”
Professor He draws on a range of case studies in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, and reflects on the wider trend of deliberative democratization in Asia and beyond.
Malaysia: The New Political Normal, for Now
The promise of the “New Malaysia” that would emerge after the historic 2018 election has been delayed again indefinitely.
Whither labour law reform in Malaysia?
The unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic shows the role of trade unions is even more important in defending workers’ rights during the health and social crisis.
National harmony: race, politics and campaigning in Malaysia
A new report analyses debates around social cohesion and a failed proposal for a National Harmony Commission in Malaysia in light of Pakatan Harapan's collapse
Alternative Visions for Malaysia requires combating political clientelism
Ross Tapsell reviews a new book on Malaysian politics ahead of the ANU Malaysia Update 2020 “Alternative Visions for Malaysia”.
The domesticated Doraemon: the outlook for women under Perikatan Nasional
Recent developments indicate that the female empowerment agenda may critically regress under Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s new administration.
The political economy that Perikatan Nasional inherits – and will have to tackle
Malaysia has another new government; Tricia Yeoh looks at the ramifications of past leadership approaches on the new coalition's future.
Raising Naik: a resurgence of ethnoreligious sectarianism?
Pakatan Harapan's concessions on the Zakir Naik controversy illustrate the high cost of chasing the Malay vote
Pakatan Harapan has the momentum in Sarawak
Time is running out for the state's rebranded BN government, despite a late embrace of 'state nationalism'.
The Malaysian economy faces turbulence abroad after regime change
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.
Malay dominance remains despite UMNO’s rout
Despite the routing of UMNO at GE14 amid regime change, Malay politicians still dominate the new coalition government.
Ways of seeing a ‘moderate Muslim nation’
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’.
Better governance in a better parliament
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.
New regimes, old policies and a bumiputera reboot
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?
Malay anxiety, exclusion, and national unity
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.
The struggle for political Islam in ‘new Malaysia’
The GE14 result reflects PAS' enduring influence, yet the PH parties together with IKRAM and ABIM offer a viable ‘Islamic alternative’ for pious Muslim voters.
A regime change glanced askance
The ‘cari makan’ or a rent-seeking political culture may be the hardest thing to reform in Malaysia, even under a reformist government. And human nature will make this almost impossible to do.
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.
The amazing race for Malaysia, across the world
As Malaysians head to the most contentious elections since Merdeka, its citizens abroad are valiantly overcoming great odds to get their votes counted.
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.
Notes from the campaign: Lembah Pantai
Street theatre and the wayang of politics merge one warm night in an urban battle about corruption big and small.
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?