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 November, 2013

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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