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

Project Malot Annual Fundraiser 2013

This year we will meet again in October in Singapore to raise funds for scholarships and tuition support for Burmese students in the village track of Malot in the Irrawaddy Delta. A share of the funds raised will be contributed to improvements of the sanitation facilities of the school The event will be held in...

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Launch of new book postponed

                    My new edited book Awakening: The Abdullah Badawi Years in Malaysia was released last week and it being distributed to bookstores.  This is a collection of essays by academicians, journalists, Malaysian leaders and analysts comprising of over 35 contributions on a range of issues. The views expressed are...

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Awakening: The Abdullah Years in Malaysia – Bridget Welsh and James Chin

              Dear Malaysians, We hope that all of you are enjoying your Raya holiday and apologise for disturbing it to respond to errors in the media coverage of our edited collection, Awakening: The Abdullah Years in Malaysia. The media response to this collection was not expected. Despite our efforts...

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Malaysia’s Election and Najib’s Challenged Mandate

Taken from the East-West Center Malaysia held its most competitive national polls in May, with the 56-year old incumbent coalition managing to hold onto power. The Barisan Nasional coalition led by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak won 133 or 60 percent of the seats, although it captured only 47 percent of the popular vote. The...

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Najib likely to face leadership challenge

Taken from Malaysiakini.com One month after GE13, attention has turned to the Umno election. Rumours are already circulating about possible challengers to the ruling party’s No 1 post. While the Black 505 rallies continue to mobilise protest against the May 5 general election that many recognise as seriously flawed, the dominant political party is myopically...

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How in the World Did Myanmar Go From Dictatorship to Near Democracy Overnight?

Posted on Forbes.com Sometimes it’s the little things—small acts of courage or kindness—that change the world in a big way, writes Darlene Damm (@darlenedamm).   When I was studying at Stanford University in the late 1990s, there was a student debate on campus—should one choose a career saving the world, or “sell out” and better their own individual...

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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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