A Leader Less Umno

While many celebrate the jailing of Najib Razak, the 1st former Malaysian prime minister to be imprisoned, as proof of judiciary independence and long-awaited justice, not everyone’s happy. Dr. Bridget Welsh looks at how Umno continues to support its convicted former leader and how the court decision affects internal power struggles.

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Against the Odds: Malaysia’s Stronger Parliament

Amid upheaval and uncertainty, and despite the presence of foul-mouthed politicians and a divisive speaker, Dr. Bridget Welsh argues that Malaysia’s Parliament has notched a number of important firsts. But can this period of democratic maturity last, and for how long?

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Bridget Welsh

Bridget Welsh is currently Honorary Research Associate with the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute Malaysia (UoNARI-M) based in Kuala Lumpur. She is also a Senior Research Associate of the Hu Feng Center for East Asia Democratic Studies of National Taiwan University and a Senior Associate Fellow of The Habibie Center. She specializes in Southeast Asian politics, with a focus on Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Indonesia. She is committed to fostering engagement, mutual understanding and empowerment.

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