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 May, 2013

Umno’s reactionary GE13 ‘victory’

Taken from Malaysiakini.com The May 2013 general election was a potential transition election in which the BN governing coalition held onto power. The majority of the Malaysians supported an alternative government, but the incumbent Umno elite, supported by vested interests and years of constructing an electoral system in its favour, won out. Even with yet...

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Silver linings in a GE13 without gold

Taken from Malaysiakini.com The dust is beginning to settle one week after the dirtiest election in the country’s history. Some of the dirt will stick, while others will hopefully wash away as the memory of the election fades. My earlier pieces have focussed on the questions about the electoral process and impact of an Umno...

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Disturbing questions surrounding GE13 polling

Taken from Malaysiakini.com The GE13 results are in and the BN has managed to hold on to power, winning by a 22-seat majority. This result is the worst performance for BN in Malaysia’s history. For the first time, the incumbent government has lost the popular vote nationally (in 2008, it was only in the peninsula)....

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Ordinary Malaysians, extraordinary day

Taken from Malaysiakini.com On this historic day of GE13, Malaysians are bravely stepping into the unknown. Some are already queuing up to vote, and yet others are waiting for the crowd to disperse before heading out to the polling stations. Every Malaysian knows today will not be an ordinary day. There are four intense but...

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Inside the 505 generation – the youth vote

Taken from Malaysiakini.com In these final days before polling in the May 5 general election, more and more attention is focused on a third decisive group (besides civil servants and women) – young Malaysians, especially voters under the age of 30. This cohort comprises 2.6 million or 19.5 percent of the electorate, and are distributed...

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Choosing between past and future in Malaysia’s election

Taken from Al Jazeera Malaysia will head to the polls on May 5 for arguably the most competitive election in the country’s history. The choice is stark: voters must choose between Barisan Nasional, an incumbent coalition that has been in power longer than any other coalition in the world, and Pakatan Rakyat – a more...

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