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 2015

In search of hope for Pakatan Harapan

Taken from Malaysiakini.com Today marks the three-month anniversary of Pakatan Harapan – the revamped opposition coalition that is having difficulty getting off the ground. It is supposed to bring about hope, to galvanise like-minded Malaysians in the spirit of reform and cooperation to offer an electoral alternative. It is failing badly. As the year end...

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Difficult questions on Umno’s future trajectory

Taken from Malaysiakini.com Today the Umno general assembly begins – an event that has been stage-managed to deliver another show of support for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak. These sorts of activities have become commonplace since the July revelation of the RM2.6 million ‘donation’ that continues to be inadequately explained and embarrasses Malaysia. The meeting...

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Taking new paths

Managing Myanmar’s transition challenges requires humility and an eye for history. The NLD’s decisive victory in Myanmar’s election is being labeled a victory for democracy. On many levels this is correct. Myanmar citizens emphatically embraced the freedom to vote in a free election after decades of exclusion. The sense of joy and empowerment the experience...

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Malaysia’s ‘Strongman’?

Taken from New Mandala Embattled prime minister’s response to major financial scandal may have ensured his short-term political survival. But his future looks less safe. As Malaysia’s premier Najib Tun Razak holds onto power the crisis surrounding the country’s sovereign development fund, 1MDB, has deepened. In preparations for the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) General Assembly next...

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November 8: Choices and chances

Taken from Myanmar Times Across Myanmar there is a sense of excitement for Sunday’s polls. Old and young, Bamar or ethnic minority, Union Solidarity and Development Party or National League for Democracy or other supporter, this election has already fostered a sense of inclusion and national pride that extends the sense of optimism that has...

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Building trust, assuring electoral integrity

Taken from Myanmar Times All eyes are on Myanmar ahead of November 8. But this election is not just about the choices the voters will make – it is a test of the government’s commitment to a “free and transparent” process. A polling station official seals a box used to accept advance votes at a...

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Solving Malaysia’s economic crisis

Taken from New Mandala. Co-authored with Datuk Ramesh Chander. Ahead of the Government’s 2016 budget, Malaysia is staring down fiscal challenges unlike any that it has faced over its history as an independent nation. In this special in-depth report, Datuk Ramesh Chander and Bridget Welsh examine whether Malaysia can resolve its economic woes, and offer several...

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Celebrations of Love

This month Hoa would have celebrated her birthday. She would have joined multiple joyous events this year with her friends. Central among the festivities has been the weddings of some of her dearest friends, who helped her during battle with cancer and shared her life with joy and laughter. In July, Dominic married Ninh in...

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Singapore swing

Taken from New Mandala Singapore’s ruling party led by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong secured a decisive victory in the country’s 12th General Elections overnight. By all accounts – including my own – they won 69.9 per cent of the popular vote, cutting into the 2011 election gains of the Worker’s Party who lost one of its...

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