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.
Posts tagged "Malaysia"

Is Sabah ready for political change?

Taken from An estimated 1.1 million voters in the beautiful state of Sabah will potentially hold the balance of national power. With 25 parliamentary seats (26 including Labuan), or 12% of the Dewan Rakyat, Sabah will determine whether BN will win comfortably (or not). Most certainly, Sabahans will decide the political future of their...

Continue reading »

GE14 unknowns: Malaysia’s highly competitive polls

Taken from Most analysts will tell you that BN will emphatically win the coming May 9 election. I am not most analysts. While I agree with the dominant argument that BN goes into GE14 with significant structural advantages and the ruling coalition is a strong favourite to win, the campaign is fluid and riddled...

Continue reading »

From the streets to the courtroom: judicial electoral contestation

Malaysians are gearing up for heated polls in the 14th General Election (GE14). Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his party the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), in office since 1957, aim to perpetuate their tenure. Many do not fully realise, however, that for the past three years there have been intense battles in the courtrooms,...

Continue reading »

Democratic space and Malaysia’s 2018 elections

This is English translation of the piece published in Italian in Relazioni internazionali e International political economy del Sud-Est asiatico, Torino World Affairs Institute (Twai) Contemporary Malaysian politics looks like a contest between two stalwarts from the dominant party, the United Malays National Organization (UMNO). Current Prime Minister Najib Razak, in office since 2009, is...

Continue reading »

Tales of a resilient Umno, jaded voters, and a boring opposition

Book Launch and Forum Held December 18th held at the University of Notthingham Malaysia campus, co-sponsored by The Malaysia Institute of Australia National University Regime Resilience in Malaysia and Singapore (SIRD and Rowman Littlefield) Co-edited by Greg Lopez and Bridget Welsh. This collection of eighteen essays was launched in Kuala Lumpur. It will be in...

Continue reading »

Democracy in Southeast Asia: A Conversation Between Michael Vatikiotis and Bridget Welsh

Taken from The Habibie Centre ─ Asean Studies Program Michael Vatikiotis is a writer and journalist living in Singapore. After training as a journalist with the BBC in London, he moved to Asia and was a correspondent and then editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review. He has written two novels set in Indonesia. Dr....

Continue reading »

Najib’s fear campaign

Taken from New Mandala The Malaysian Prime Minister’s ruthless tactics to hold onto power at all costs demonstrate that he is the one who is most afraid while his people are willing to fight on, Bridget Welsh writes. This week Najib Tun Razak is beating the Malay chauvinist drum at his party’s annual general assembly...

Continue reading »

Launch of "The End of UMNO?: Essays on Malaysia’s dominant party"

Launch of “The End of UMNO?: Essays on Malaysia’s dominant party”

Reviews and comments on the book, “The End of UMNO?: Essays on Malaysia’s dominant party” ─  a collection of essays written together with John Funston, Clive Kessler, James Chin. “Umno’s Two Souls — Clive Kessler,”, Oct 25, 2016. “Ku Li: Umno’s Future in the Hands of its Members,” The Star, Oct 25, 2016.  “Ucapan Ku Li Pada...

Continue reading »

Redelineation - Containment & Capture

Redelineation – Containment & Capture

Taken from BFM 89.9 Bridget Welsh discusses issues surrounding The Election Commission’s proposal to redraw electorial boundaries in Malaysia. Your browser does not support native audio, but you can download this MP3 to listen on your device.

Continue reading »