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

It’s the crowd that counts in Singapore’s vote

Taken from New Mandala Some 2.46 million Singaporeans – all citizens above 21 – will have the chance to vote this Friday. This is not only the most competitive elections in terms of all seats contested in decades, it is also a fierce competitive contest. Every vote will count – even the spoilt ones. The study...

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Hungry ghosts and Singapore’s elections

Taken from New Mandala It is political season in Singapore, with the hustings now passing the halfway point in a competitive election. The campaign – a short nine days – is the extension of ongoing politicking since the 2011 elections in which the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) won the most seats, but was perceived...

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Interview: Malaysia’s politics amid the 1MDB scandal

Taken from The Diplomat Edited version of the interview with The Diplomat’s associate editor Prashanth Parameswaran about a high-profile corruption scandal – known as the 1MDB scandal – which implicates Malaysia’s current prime minister Najib Razak and could have profound implications not only for the country’s embattled premier, but its politics and economics more generally. Let’s...

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A different lens: Myanmar from below

Taken from Myanmar Times Despite the excitement of upcoming elections – with understandable attention on voting preferences – and necessary attention to ethnic conflict, the main priority of ordinary Myanmar is the economy. Nearly half of respondents identified bread-and-butter issues, such as jobs, salaries, inflation and cost of living, as the most important problems facing...

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Najib’s desperate shuffle for survival

Taken from Malaysiakini.com Najib Razak’s cabinet reshuffle was an expected step in the repertoire of many measures that the prime minister has used to stay in office. In this manoeuvre, he has removed the immediate leadership threats among the Umno hierarchy, closed down the two avenues of negotiation involving the 1MDB scandal, and purportedly strengthened...

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Obama’s bloody Trans-Pacific Agreement upgrade

  Taken from Rappler.com This week Malaysia was upgraded from Tier 3 to ensure that this Southeast Asian country could be part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This upgrade not only comes after the May revelations of camps where men and women were raped, butchered and killed with the connivance of government officials, but at a...

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Corruption scandal divides Malaysia’s political elite

Taken from East Asia Forum Malaysian Prime Minister and Finance Minister Najib Razak faces explosive allegations of embezzlement, corruption and electoral manipulation that go to the very core of his leadership and the legitimacy of his government. United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), Najib’s political party, and Malaysia itself have been plunged into yet another crisis....

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Fissures appear in Umno as crisis deepens

Taken from Malaysiakini.com As Prime Minister and Finance Minister Najib Razak faces explosive allegations of embezzlement, corruption and electoral manipulation that go to the very core of his leadership and the legitimacy of his government, the country is plunged into yet another crisis. Sadly crises have become common developments of the Najib government, whose responses...

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Najib misses opportunity in 11MP – Ramesh Chander and Bridget Welsh

Taken from New Mandala As debate in Malaysia’s Parliament draws to a close on the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) that lays out targets for the country to achieve “developed” nation status by 2020, the focus has primarily centred on the unrealistic assumptions contrived for the macro-economic framework for the blueprint. Little attention has concentrated on...

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