As Malaysians head to the 14th General Elections (GE14), the stakes have seldom been higher. The nature of the nation is now fiercely contested. While many Malaysians see the GE14 election season as another fraught debate over the core economic issues of the cost of living, inflation, and health and education infrastructure, there are also renewed fissures over the roles of religion and culture in determining Malaysia in the 21st century. And all of these issues arising at a time of great uncertainty in the region, as China rises and the United States retreats.

In this discussion, recorded in Kuala Lumpur on 8 February 2018, Merdeka Center’s Ibrahim ‘Ben’ Suffian, Universiti Malaya Professor Edmund Terence Gomez, Malaysia Muda convener and lawyer Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, and ANU historian Dr Amrita Malhi join New Mandala Contributing Editor Kean Wong to unravel some of these themes with the latest available data and analyses. This event was held with the support of the ANU Malaysia Institute and was kindly hosted by Gerakbudaya.

You can also listen to an interview with New Mandala’s Kean Wong (@keanmwong) and ANU’s Amrita Malhi (@AmritaMalhi) on Malaysia’s BFM Radio that touched on some of the issues canvassed during this panel discussion.

You can also subscribe to New Mandala’s audio releases at iTunes, and follow @GE14NewMandala on Twitter for more updates on New Mandala’s coverage of Malaysia’s election season.


Ibrahim ‘Ben’ Suffian | Merdeka Center

Prof Edmund Terence Gomez | Universiti Malaya

Fadiah Nadwa Fikri | Malaysia Muda

Dr Amrita Malhi | Australian National University