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, 2013

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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