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.
Yearly archive 2013

Dark clouds hovering over SEA democracy

Taken from Malaysiakini.com As 2013 draws to a close, it has not been a good year for democracy in South-East Asia. Recent news has riveted on the protests in Thailand, where those dissatisfied with the current leadership of Yingluck Shinawatra and her amnesty provisions have taken to the streets rather than opt for a solution...

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Changes in continuity in PAS – the results

Taken from Malaysiakini.com When the results were counted (and recounted) for the PAS party elections, on the surface they suggested the status quo and general expected results. All the incumbents in the central committee won, with some new faces resulting from those who contested from other positions and retirement, and all the senior positions went...

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A new battlefield for PAS: the campaign

Taken from Malaysiakini.com As party elections go, PAS’ are usually among the most civil. In Umno, the mode has been behind the scene attacks, reminiscent of traditional court politics. In PKR, the style is direct attacks, as personality politics is brought into the open. In DAP it is the more of a cold war, with...

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The battle inside PAS: the issues

Taken from Malaysiakini.com Malaysia’s Islamist party PAS heads to its 59th muktamar this week, electing its leadership once again as it does on a biannual basis. The party’s elections have come under the microscope, with attention riveted on the heated contests between the ‘pro-ulama’ and ‘progressives’ or ‘Erdogan’ factions. The decisions made at the muktamar...

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Sweet or sour in Sungai Limau?

Taken from Malaysiakini.com Located in the core of the Malay rural heartland, this second by-election after the 13th general election (GE13) is a critical test for both Umno and PAS. This is not just a contest over who wins the hearts and minds of the rural Malays, but it speaks to ongoing political engagement within...

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The Awakening Book Launch and Reception

                        On Malaysia Day, September 16th, Awakening: The Abdullah Years in Malaysia was launched in Kuala Lumpur courtesy of the Foreign Correspondents Club. The guest of honor was Dato’ Mahadev Shankar, former Court of Appeal judge, founding member of Sukaham and a leading expert...

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Najib’s Budget 2014 acid test

Taken from Malaysiakini.com   Malaysia’s Budget 2014 represents the most important economic policy initiative of Najib Razak’s premiership. After scraping through GE13 and deal-making his way to an unchallenged presidency of Umno, there are no immediate political obstacles undermining his ability to implement the economic reforms he has repeatedly promised investors and international financial institutions...

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Umno polls show that what goes around comes around

Taken from Malaysiakini.com The results are in. Despite the last-minute swing to Mukhriz Mahathir due to the sympathy factor associated with the false reporting of vote-buying and buoyed by his father’s support, the count clearly shows that Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s personal influence in Umno has waned. In fact, when one looks at the election of...

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Umno polls a dysfunctional family affair

Taken from Malaysiakini.com The Umno party elections last weekend and this Saturday will decide the leaders for the country, well at least until GE14. Umno party elections have traditionally been the venue to set the course for Malaysia’s future and the decisions this month are equally significance. The two leadership positions – president and deputy...

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