Bridget Welsh is a Visiting Professor at John Cabot University, a Senior Research Associate at NTU, a Senior Associate Fellow THC and a University Fellow of CDU. She analyzes Southeast Asian politics, especially Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Indonesia. She is committed to engagement, fostering mutual understanding and empowerment.
Yearly archive 2012
Taking Stock: Project Malot November 2012

Taking Stock: Project Malot November 2012

In gorgeous sunny weather, across the bumpy roads and the Irrawaddy River, I visited the Malot village track this November. The purpose of the trip was to deliver the funds to build a new ceiling for the school, support minor repairs and a fresh coat of paint and provide additional support for the tuition fees...

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Breaking from the Past? The 2012 Hougang By-Elections

Taken from Berita, Autumn 2012 In May 2012, one year after the watershed eleventh general elections, Singapore held its first by-election in nineteen years in the single-member constituency of Hougang. The contest was in the opposition heartland held by the Worker’s Party (WP) since 1991. The catalyst was the unprecedented February 15th expulsion of Yaw...

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Blueprint of hope for Myanmar

Blueprint of hope for Myanmar

From The Straits Times The visit of a first sitting US president to Myanmar earlier this month was a historic moment for the people of the country. Children, monks and other well-wishers gathered excitedly at the airport for hours to greet him. People swarmed out of their offices to wave as President Barack Obama and...

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The politics of accommodation in PAS

From Malaysiakini.com Islamist parties throughout the world are grappling with new roles and responsibilities. PAS is no exception. The discussions at the party’s muktamar held in Kota Bharu last weekend highlight that PAS is adapting to new conditions globally and nationally, and in fact embracing reform. Perhaps more than any party in Malaysia, PAS is...

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Obama’s victory of hope over hate

From Malaysiakini.com When the presidential election was finally called, the results confirmed what most people expected – Barack Obama was returned to office for another four years. It was not quite the nail-biter the media hyped it up to be, but there certainly were moments of uncertainty and anxiety on both sides. In terms of...

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Looking within: dominant party de-alignment in Malaysia and Singapore

From East Asia Forum Singapore and Malaysia have long been touted as success stories. There is much to acknowledge — rising incomes, steady economic growth, improvements in infrastructure, stability and cordial ethnic relations immediately come to mind. These changes have been accompanied by the dominance of one party politically: the People’s Action Party (PAP) in...

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In the shadow of strongmen

From New Mandela of ANU. In the last few years, both Malaysia and Singapore have been undergoing political liberalisation, evident from the increasing parliamentary representation of the opposition and more open political discussion. Yet, with this opening, the challenges the two neighbours face in liberalising are becoming clearer. One of the main obstacles involves dealing...

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Voting Abroad in 2012

I’ve voted! In October I mailed my absentee ballot to Florida, where I am a registered voter. This week I received an email from my local county election office acknowledging its receipt and noting it was being counted. As one of an estimated six million Americans abroad, I value the right to participate in this...

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A Wonderful Session: Successful 2012 Project Malot Fundraiser

On October 19th at Molly Malone’s Pub in Singapore, Irish and Singaporean musicians entertained the crowd in a well-attended and festive fundraiser for the Project Malot School. Thanks to the kind generosity of those present and other donors we raised US$3000 for the construction of a roof addition and funds toward the high school tuition...

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