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

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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World Uilleann Piper’s Day and Project Malot Fundraiser 2012 – Friday, 19 October

On the Occasion of World Uilleann Piper’s Day and Project Malot Fundraiser 2012 The Irish Graduates Association of Singapore and the Embassy of Ireland Invite You to An Irish Musical Extravaganza Molly Malones Irish Pub, 56 Circular Road, Singapore. Featuring the cream of Singapore’s Irish Traditional Musicians on Friday, October 19 From 7.30 pm Guest...

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A call for a more constructive media

From Malaysian Insider Too much of the reporting on political events within Malaysia is based on fabrications, rather than analysis anchored in research and responsible journalism. There has been noticeable decay in the professionalism of journalists, either from selling out their principles to engage in partisanship, or through the lack of proper mentorship or training....

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Project Malot Taking Root – July 2012 Report

The school year has started for the middle school in the Malot village track. There is excitement in the air, as a new crop of students have entered the middle and high standards and others are moving on. The middle school continues to serve ten different villages, with hundreds of students. The dedicated principal and...

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A different Merdeka this year

Malaysians celebrated 55 years of independence on Aug 31. Most did so the usual Malaysian way – with family and friends, along with good food and great friendship. Despite high levels of political anxiety, angst and uncertainty, there is much to celebrate. Malaysia is a great country, with a proud history and warm wonderful people. I celebrated the event...

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