Bridget Welsh is Associate 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.
Monthly archive October, 2012

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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Lessons from Julia Gillard

In Australia this week, Prime Minister Julia Gillard gave a fiery speech attacking the Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott, asking him to look in the mirror when he accesses sexism and misogyny.   Her speech has brought forth a series of exchanges being labeled the ‘misogyny wars’. While much of the debate has at its...

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What’s keeping Malaysia’s Opposition together?

From TodayOnline What keeps the Malaysian opposition Pakatan Rakyat (People’s Alliance) together? The quick answer often given is the common search of political power. While power frames the relationships between three disparate political parties – Islamist PAS, secular-committed Democratic Action Party and the umbrella reform-oriented PKR of Mr Anwar Ibrahim – it is not the...

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Remembering a Fine Historian- Eric Hobsbawm

Eric Hobsbawm, the famous historian, passed away on October 1st, 2012. He was 95.  I had the pleasure of meeting him in New York during my graduate studies at Columbia University when I regularly attended seminars at the New School. He was a Visiting Professor at that time who was generous with his time and...

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United Front for Reforms in Myanmar

Published in The Straits Times – Sep 29, 2012. MYANMAR’S leaders have stepped out in step with each other this week to showcase the country’s reforms. President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi have marked historic visits to the United States, as the parliamentary Speaker Thura Shwe Man visited Australia and Singapore....

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Popular Populism? Najib’s Budget 2013 Gamble

From Malaysiakini Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has announced the second election primer budget full of goodies, extending from bonuses to civil servants to handouts to lower income households. This budget is Najib’s latest fiscal effort to secure him a solid victory in the 13th general election that has to be held before the end...

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