Podcasts

Ep9: Bangsamoro Heads Toward Peace? A Conversation with Georgi Engelbrecht
23 February 2024

Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) celebrated its 5th anniversary last month and the peace process will mark ten years this year. This region of 5 million people located in the Philippine southern island of Mindanao with 18 million people has a long history of conflict and violence. This episode looks at the status of the peace process, the challenges facing the interim Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) and other stakeholders with Georgi Englebrecht, Senior Analyst of the Crisis Group based in the Philippines. Stay informed on our website!

Ep8: Indonesia’s Election Aftermath in Conversation with Dr. Philips Vermonte
20 February 2024

Prabowo Subianto won the presidential elections in the first round, with the preliminary results suggesting the fortunes of political parties did not fundamentally change. This episode looks at what happened, why and what to expect next in Indonesian politics with Dr. Philips Vermonte. Stay informed on our website!

Ep7: Evolving Politics in Vietnam with Dr Tu Phuong Nguyen
12 February 2024

 

 

This episode with Dr Tu Nguyen looks back at Vietnam politics in 2023 and ahead, with a special focus on ongoing reforms of the social safety net. While the traditional focus of analysing politics has centred on elites, with attention to the recent anti-corruption campaign, this discussion highlights changes in policy and greater demands from Vietnam’s changing society.

 

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Ep6: Indonesia’s 2024 Legislative Elections: Conversation with Dr Arya Fernandes
6 February 2024

 

 

The focus of Indonesia’s elections has been on the presidential race. This episode with CSIS’s Dr Arya Fernandes focuses on the legislative elections, the changing fortunes of different political parties, factors shaping party voting and how the result may transform Indonesian politics.

 

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Ep5: Myanmar in Prison? A Conversation with Economist Sean Turnell
30 January 2024

This episode looks at Myanmar on the third anniversary of the political coup, with a conversation with economist Sean Turnell. We discuss his fabulous new book, The Unlikely Prisoner, where he tells his story of 650 days jailed by the military junta, as well as discuss broader changes taking place in the country this past year.


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EP4: Ebbing of Democratic Regression in the Philippines: A Conversation with Prof Ronald Holmes
23 January 2024

This episode looks back at what happened in 2023 in the Philippines, from Bongbong Marcos’s leadership, growing elite infighting to the creation of a new investment fund and local government elections, reflecting on the trends in Philippine politics with Professor Ronald Holmes.


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EP3: Towards Stability in Thailand? Conversation with Prof. Duncan McCargo
17 January 2024

 

This episode with Professor Duncan McCargo looks back at politics in Thailand in 2023, discussing different interpretations about what happened in the May election and deals associated with the formation of the government, and looks ahead at key issues facing Thai democracy and political stability.

 

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EP2: Indonesia’s 2024 Presidential Elections: Conversation with Dr. Alex Arifianto
10 January 2024

This episode is a primer on the coming presidential polls in Indonesia, highlighting the personalities and factors shaping the campaign five weeks before the first round of elections.


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EP1: Reckoning after a Year of Deals: Southeast Asia in 2024
10 January 2024

 

Kicking off a new season, this episode reflects on political developments in Southeast Asia in 2023 and highlights key issues that will shape the year ahead.

 

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EP18: Singapore Presidency
18 September 2023

 

Singapore has inaugurated its ninth president, Tharman Shanmugaratnam who was elected by a resounding majority earlier this month. Join Bridget in conversation with Professor Terence Lee discussing the election and what it means for Singapore politics.

 

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EP17: Cambodia's Transition
24 August 2023

 

This episode looks at the ongoing political and economic transition taking place in Cambodia. Bradley Murg shares his insights on the challenges ahead for Cambodia’s political economy, while Bridget shares her thoughts on facets ahead for the political change in leadership.

 

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Malaysia - Aftermath of the election
23 August 2023

 

Bridget Welsh discusses the implications of the recent election in Malaysia for the nation, region, global politics and Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim.

Malaysia’s state polls and the fallout for Anwar Ibrahim
18 August 2023Dr. Bridget Welsh joins Tom Switzer in Between the Lines to discuss Malaysia’s state polls and the fallout for Anwar Ibrahim [39:50].

The results of elections in six Malaysian states show the country’s leader Anwar Ibrahim and his unity government are just treading water, while the conservative opposition has made gains. So, will Anwar manage to stay in power until the next general election in 2027 or will the country again fall into political disarray?


Presented by: Tom Switzer

Playing It Safe in 2023 State Polls
31 July 2023

 

With a total of 570 candidates vying for 245 state seats in the upcoming state elections, we speak to Dr. Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate, Asia Research Institute at the University of Nottingham Malaysia on the election that will be a critical barometer of our political landscape.

 

Produced by: Shazana Mokhtar

Presented by: Philip See

EP16: Democratic Betrayal in Thailand?
17 July 2023

 

This episode looks at developments in Thai politics surrounding the first vote for the prime minister and the blocking of Move Forward’s Pita Limjaroenrat as prime minister. In a continued conversation with University of Michigan scholar Ken Mathis Lohatepanont.

 

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Will MUDA Be a Progressive Third Force?
11 July 2023

MUDA has announced that it’s going solo and will be contesting against not just Perikatan Nasional, but the Pakatan Harapan-led MADANI government pack, as well. The move has received mixed reactions on social media, with some saying it’s inevitable, some sending well wishes, while others have criticised and even trolled them.


But what does MUDA going solo tell us about our political landscape today? Is this move good for the people?


Produced by: Dashran Yohan
Presented by: Dashran Yohan

EP15: Towards a Thai Government and Malaysia’s State Election Primer
4 July 2023

This episode features a primer on Malaysia’s upcoming state elections by Bridget Welsh and a discussion of political developments in Thailand with political analyst Ken Lohatepanont as its parliament meets after the historic May 2023 elections.

 

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EP14: Perspective of LGBTIQ+ Rights in Southeast Asia
29 June 2023

It’s Pride month. This episode looks at the unique challenges the LGBTIQ+ communities in Southeast Asia face and how the debates over rights and forms of activism have changed. We discuss these issues with academic Anthony Langlois who has written widely on gender and sexuality rights in the region and human rights activist Thi Laga who leads JusticeforSisters.

 

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EP13: Singapore Presidency Election with Gillian Koh
16 June 2023

Singapore will decide on its next president this year. Join me with Dr. Gillian Koh to discuss recent entrants into the race, the role of the Singapore presidency and issues tied to a possible election.

 

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ROAD TO STATE ELECTIONS: WILL THIS BE A TEST FOR PMX?
13 June 2023

It is often said that state elections should focus on local issues, while parliamentary elections focus on national issues. However, the upcoming series of state elections looks to be huge, with both PN and the Unity Government side painting this as a test for Anwar Ibrahim’s leadership and popularity. On top of that, this election will be different from GE15, in terms of alliances heading into the polls.


Produced by: Dashran Yohan
Presented by: Dashran Yohan

EP12: Discussing the Shangri-La Dialogue with Aaron Connelly
8 June 2023

Every year defence ministers meet in Singapore as part of the annual Shangri-La Dialogue organized by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). In this episode with IISS Senior Fellow Aaron Connelly we discuss the geopolitical issues raised, with special attention to Southeast Asia.

 

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EP11: Rohingya at Risk
2 June 2023

One of the most targeted populations in the world, Rohingya continue to be at risk. After victimization from human trafficking, genocide, refugees lacking mobility, right to work and education, this month they were in path of Cyclone Mocha, facing reduction of humanitarian support and renewed calls for repatriation. Join me in conversation of risks and responses with experts and advocates Tun Khin and Lilianne Fan.

 

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EP10: Timor Leste's Polls and Challenges with Michael Leach
27 May 2023

In this episode, Dr. Bridget Welsh is joined by Dr. Michael Leach, Professor of Politics from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, in an analysis of Timor Leste’s May elections – the results and factors shaping the polls and the challenges ahead for this young country that stands out for being the most democratic in Southeast Asia.

 

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EP9: Thailand's 'Revolutionary' Election With Chris Baker
22 May 2023

On May 14 Thais overwhelmingly rejected conservative/military rule at the polls. Join me for a conversation about how this election reflects broader changes in Thai society, the emergence of new political forces, and compares to its past with historian Dr. Chris Baker.

 

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EP8: Zahid's Vision? Where to UMNO?
18 May 2023

UMNO is one of Southeast Asia’s oldest parties. For decades it failed to reform from within. Now new political conditions are forcing change, making the party address hard issues of its narrative and its place in Malaysia’s politics. Join a conversation with on-the-ground journalist Amirul Ruslan and Dr Bridget Welsh on the challenges the party faces, Zahid’s vision and the primacy of survival.

 

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EP7: Imperfect Partners: US-Southeast Asia with Scot Marciel
17 May 2023

In this episode, Dr. Bridget Welsh talks with seasoned US diplomat Scot Marciel, who shares insights from his latest book Imperfect Partners on US-Southeast Asia relations. Marciel is based at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center in Standford and served over 37 years across the region.

 

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GE15 Beyond Racial Lines: Unpacking Voting Patterns Around Class, Gender & More
11 May 2023

In this episode, Bridget unpacks her findings from her recently penned series on GE15 voting patterns beyond the racial and religious lens. Previously, Bridget had joined BFM to analyse ethnic voting patterns in GE15.

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan

Presented by: Dashran Yohan

Polarised Across Racial Lines: Unpacking GE15 Ethnic Voting Patterns
30 Mar 2023

Malaysia is highly polarised. The results of GE15 told us that much. But just how polarised are we, especially across racial and religious lines? Dr Bridget Welsh who’s a political scientist and an Honorary Research Associate with the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute Malaysia (UoNARI-M), recently wrote a 7-part series for Malaysiakini breaking down ethnic voting patterns of GE15. 

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan

Presented by: Dashran Yohan

EP6: Killing Politicians for Hire in Philippines
15 Mar 2023

In this episode, Bridget discusses more on the recent political violence in the Philippines, from political assassinations to guns for hire. She speaks with Peter Kreuzer from the Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt as well as with Ross Tugade from Ateneo de Manila University, to share different perspectives on these issues.

 

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Regional Roundup: 'Malaysia could become like Singapore with non-Malay PM'
8 Mar 2023

From former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohammad making a comment saying that ‘Malaysia could be like Singapore with non-Malay PM’ to a Thai man sentenced to two years in prison for selling calendars featuring satirical cartoons of yellow ducks that a court said mocked the country’s monarch.

EP5: Ukraine War and Southeast Asia: Reluctance or Realism?
8 Mar 2023
This episode looks at why Southeast governments have been reluctant to criticise Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Bridget Welsh is joined by regional scholars Ian Chong and Hoo Chiew Ping who offer different perspectives of responses and Russia’s influence in Southeast Asia.   Stay informed on our website!
FIRST 100 DAYS OF PMX: HOW DID THE REFORMIST PERFORM?
7 Mar 2023

The 4th of March marked 100 days since Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim became the 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia. Since taking office, the Prime Minister has promised to fight corruption, carry out democratic reforms and improve the lives of the poorest people in the nation. So, how have the Prime Minister and his cabinet performed so far?

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan
Presented by: Dashran Yohan

EP4: Closing Down Democracy in Cambodia?
1 Mar 2023
Cambodia has shut down its last independent media organization, VOD. Episode 4 discusses what this means for national politics and the impact on media with scholar Sophal Ear and human rights activist Sopheap Chak.   Stay informed on our website!
EP3: Turning the Page in Southern Thailand Conflict?
22 Feb 2023
With a new peace talk facilitator from Malaysia and Thailand’s national elections coming in May, there are new opportunities to address the protracted conflict in southern Thailand. Join Bridget Welsh and security expert Don Pathan discussing the conflict and obstacles ahead.   Stay informed on our website!
CONSTITUENCY DEVELOPMENT FUNDS SLASHED: WHY IT MATTERS
16 Feb 2023

Recently, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim announced that the government will be slashing constituency development funds from RM 3.8 million per constituency to RM 1.3 million. Anwar said the move is meant to better control the country’s finances and would be implemented in stages. But is this a good move? We speak to political scientist, Dr Bridget Welsh.


Produced by: Dashran Yohan
Presented by: Dashran Yohan

EP2: Working Inside-Outside Human Rights Southeast Asia
15 Feb 2023

In the wake of annual reports on human rights, for this episode Bridget Welsh speaks to human rights activists, Phil Robertson and AICHR Chair Yuyun Wahyuningrum on the region’s human rights challenges and evolving strategies.

 

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EP1: Way Out of Crisis in Myanmar?
8 Feb 2023
Three years on, Myanmar’s crisis is far from over. This episode discussed different dimensions of the crisis, and speaks with seasoned Myanmar journalist Thin Lei Win and Malaysia’s former Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah on what steps need to be taken to respond to the crisis. Stay informed on our website!
IS THERE POTENTIAL FOR PN’S SHADOW CABINET?
7 Feb 2023

Perikatan Nasional announced its shadow cabinet line up- we get into the question of the cabinet’s lack of diversity, along with the role it’s expected to play in strengthening the parliament and democracy as a whole.

 

Produced by: Natasha Fusil

Presented by: Sharmilla Ganesan, Lee Chwi Lynn

Introducing Straight Talk Southeast Asia
7 Feb 2023
  In this trailer episode, host Dr. Bridget Welsh introduces the premise of this show and what we will discuss every episode. It can range from news and current affairs within the Southeast Asian region, to issues on politics, governance, inequality, and more that we believe to be of the upmost importance if you want to be informed about Southeast Asia.   Keep up to date with the latest episode to be informed of the latest news, so we can understand this region, its nature, politics, and each other in the process as well.   See you in the next episode!
CAN UMNO REPAIR ITSELF FROM WITHIN
16 Jan 2023

The Umno General Assembly concluded last Saturday where nearly 3,000 delegates convened and heard from party leaders on the future direction of the party. The biggest development was the passing of a resolution to not have the party’s top two positions open for contest in its upcoming election. But will this sit well with the grassroots and can this party recover from their poor performance at GE15. Dr Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate, Asia Research Centre, University of Nottingham Malaysia gives us her views.

 

Produced by: Sim Wie Boon
Presented by: Wong Shou Ning, Chong Tjen San, Philip See

UNDERSTANDING SABAH'S POLITICAL TURMOIL
9 Jan 2023

We try to understand the ever-shifting dynamics and loyalties in Sabah state politics with Dr. Bridget Welsh.


Produced by: Kelly Anissa
Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Sharmilla Ganesan

Regional Roundup: UN delays decision on who should represent Myanmar
7 Dec 2022


From Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s new cabinet to the question on who should represent Myanmar in the United Nation front.

IMMEDIATE IMPRESSIONS OF THE NEW CABINET LINEUP
2 Dec 2022

Cabinet members have finally been announced by Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim. To get some first impressions, we spoke to Dr Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate from the University of Nottingham, Malaysia.

 

Produced by: Evening Edition
Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Sharaad Kuttan

ANWAR IBRAHIM: STUDENT ACTIVIST, PRISONER, PRIME MINISTER
29 Nov 2022

Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim has been appointed the 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia. We discuss Anwar’s journey, from his student activist days, getting sacked by Tun Dr Mahathir, the reformasi movement and becoming the Prime Minister after 25 years of fighting tirelessly.

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan
Presented by: Dashran Yohan

ANWAR IBRAHIM, 10TH PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA
24 Nov 2022

Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim has been named the 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia. Arguably, the real challenge begins now. To get some clarity of the events that led to this moment, and what might happen after in what will be an unprecedented new government in Malaysia, we spoke to Fahmi Fadzil, PKR Information Chief and Dr Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate, University of Nottingham Malaysia’s Asia Research Institute.

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan, Juliet Jacobs
Presented by: Dashran Yohan

GE15: BEST DEAL YOU'RE GOING TO GET?
21 Nov 2022

Post-GE15, the formation of a Federal government is still up in the air, amid numerous meetings among top leadership of the three main coalitions, as well as the parties from the Borneo bloc. With Istana Negara having extended the deadline for coalitions to present their respective numbers and candidates for Prime Minister, we unpack the latest developments with various political analysts, Dr Bridget Welsh, Ibrahim Suffian, and Prof William Case.

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan, Sharaad Kuttan
Presented by: Dashran Yohan, Sharaad Kuttan

WHERE ARE THE 3 MAIN COALITIONS?
19 Nov 2022
GE15 has been an election where the PM’s position is being contested as furiously as the seats themselves. Among Pakatan Harapan supporters, a narrative has been ‘1 vote for a PH candidate is 1 vote for Anwar as PM’. Meanwhile, the internal split in UMNO between Zahid Hamidi and Ismail Sabri also presents a complex situation for BN’s prime ministerial selection. We explore how this approach has been shaping the election for the 3 major coalitions. Produced by: Tee Shiao Eek, Dashran Yohan
FORMING GOVERNMENT: AGE OF HORSE TRADING
19 Nov 2022
Everyone entered the race claiming that they can form a government on their own. But observers have noticed that a simple majority is precarious for any coalition. We discuss ideological similarities and differences, and perhaps more importantly, stability and compromise.
PERAK AS GE15 GROUND ZERO
19 Nov 2022
Pakatan Harapan had declared Perak their battleground state, and it’s also one of only three states this GE that will have both Federal and State elections. We look into what’s happening in Perak, while also unpacking some early results, and answering questions from listeners. Produced by: Sharaad Kuttan, Lee Chwi Lynn
Bridget's Kerusi Panas - Bonus Episode #11 Perak
18 Nov 2022

A GE15 podcast series, brought to you by Between the Lines, Bridget’s Kerusi Panas takes an in-depth look at the hottest constituencies which could end up deciding Malaysia’s 15th General Election (GE15).

 

BONUS EPISODE! Dr Bridget is in the Silver State! Perak is one of 3 states holding both Parliament and state contests. It’s a “fierce battle!” and in this special episode, Bridget looks at the dynamics of the whole state going into GE15.

Bridget's Kerusi Panas - Episode #10 Sungai Besar [P93]
17 Nov 2022

A GE15 podcast series, brought to you by Between the Lines, Bridget’s Kerusi Panas takes an in-depth look at the hottest constituencies which could end up deciding Malaysia’s 15th General Election (GE15).

 

For our final episode in this series, Dr Bridget Welsh remains in Selangor but looks to the Bersatu-held seat of Sungai Besar, where BN’s once-towel-sporting polarising candidate Jamal Yunos is trying to rebrand his headline-grabbing antics as a fight for the people.

Bridget's Kerusi Panas - Episode #9 Kuala Selangor [P96]
16 Nov 2022

A GE15 podcast series, brought to you by Between the Lines, Bridget’s Kerusi Panas takes an in-depth look at the hottest constituencies which could end up deciding Malaysia’s 15th General Election (GE15).


Dr. Bridget Welsh ventures into Pakatan Harapan territory of Selangor, specifically to seafood-loving Kuala Selangor, where BN’s caretaker moneybags minister takes on a popular former health minister.

Bridget's Kerusi Panas - Episode #8 Hulu Terengganu [P38]
15 Nov 2022

A GE15 podcast series, brought to you by Between the Lines, Bridget’s Kerusi Panas takes an in-depth look at the hottest constituencies which could end up deciding Malaysia’s 15th General Election (GE15).

 

Bridget is in Hulu Terengganu, the “hottest seat on the east coast”. First created in 1974, it has always been in true-blue Malay UMNO territory, except when incumbent Rosol Wahid frogged it over to Bersatu in 2018. Can UMNO hold on to this seat?

Bridget's Kerusi Panas - Episode #7 Kuantan [P83]
14 Nov 2022

A GE15 podcast series, brought to you by Between the Lines, Bridget’s Kerusi Panas takes an in-depth look at the hottest constituencies which could end up deciding Malaysia’s 15th General Election (GE15).

 

Kuantan, the seat of Pakatan Harapan’s Fuziah Salleh. She will have her hands full in trying to retain her Malay support with even BN opting to field an Umno candidate in the once MCA seat. But is there more to Kuantan?

Bridget's Kerusi Panas - Episode #6 Sibu [P212]
13 Nov 2022

A GE15 podcast series, brought to you by Between the Lines, Bridget’s Kerusi Panas takes an in-depth look at the hottest constituencies which could end up deciding Malaysia’s 15th General Election (GE15).


Bridget’s in Sibu, where the might of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), Democratic Action Party (DAP), and Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) fight it out. Get to know this seat, at the heart of majestic Sarawak, geographically and politically, as we race towards GE15.

Bridget's Kerusi Panas - Episode #5 Julau [P209]
13 Nov 2022

A GE15 podcast series, brought to you by Between the Lines, Bridget’s Kerusi Panas takes an in-depth look at the hottest constituencies which could end up deciding Malaysia’s 15th General Election (GE15).

 

 

Hello Sarawak! Dr Bridget Welsh is in the often overlooked but oh, so important seat of Julau, which, as she points out, is famous for its pepper, Tapah fish noodles (so much yum!) and politics.

Bridget's Kerusi Panas - Episode #4 Penampang [P174]
12 Nov 2022

A GE15 podcast series, brought to you by Between the Lines, Bridget’s Kerusi Panas takes an in-depth look at the hottest constituencies which could end up deciding Malaysia’s 15th General Election (GE15).

 

Still in the Land Below the Wind, Dr Bridget cast her eye on the Big Rock, or Penampang. Can teenie, weenie party Upko, already punching above its weight in the Sabah, make a big dent come GE15?

Bridget's Kerusi Panas - Episode #3 Sepanggar [P171]
12 Nov 2022

A GE15 podcast series, brought to you by Between the Lines, Bridget’s Kerusi Panas takes an in-depth look at the hottest constituencies which could end up deciding Malaysia’s 15th General Election (GE15).

 

Dr Bridget is in Sabah! Specifically, she’s in the semi-urban, semi-rural mightily diverse seat of Sepanggar where a royal 5-way battle is underway.

Bridget's Kerusi Panas - Episode #2 Balik Pulau [P53]
11 Nov 2022

A GE15 podcast series, brought to you by Between the Lines, Bridget’s Kerusi Panas takes an in-depth look at the hottest constituencies which could end up deciding Malaysia’s 15th General Election (GE15).


Dr. Bridget Welsh goes up north to Penang and the parliamentary seat of Balik Pulau, which, like the durians the town’s famous for, is proving to be a very prickly seat indeed.

The US midterms, superconductors are the oil of the digital age and Malaysia goes to the polls
11 Nov 2022

Dr. Bridget Welsh joins Tom Switzer in Between the Lines for a preview of Malaysia’s 15th General Election set to take place on Nov 19 2022 [36:32].

Bridget's Kerusi Panas - Episode #1 Kubang Pasu [P6]
10 Nov 2022


A GE15 podcast series, brought to you by Between the Lines, Bridget’s Kerusi Panas takes an in-depth look at the hottest constituencies which could end up deciding Malaysia’s 15th General Election (GE15).


Once the seat of ex-PM Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Kubang Pasu is now held by Amiruddin Hamzah, from Dr. M’s new party, Pejuang. History, though, may mean very little in GE15, what with BN, Pakatan Harapan, and Perikatan Nasional breathing down the incumbent’s neck

WHO WILL WIN THE HEARTS OF THE MALAY HEARTLAND?
9 Nov 2022

 

In politics, the Malay heartland of FELDA and FELCRA covers 90 parliamentary seats, or 41% of the total seats in the Dewan Rakyat. With the Malay demographic expected to split three-ways between BN, PN and GTA, who will succeed in winning the hearts and minds of the Malay heartland? Dr. Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate, Asia Research Centre, University of Nottingham Malaysia weighs in.

 

Produced by: Shazana Mokhtar
Presented by: Shazana Mokhtar, Wong Shou Ning, Chong Tjen San

GE15 NOMINATION DAY: WHAT DO THE GRASSROOTS WANT?
5 Nov 2022

 

Amidst an extremely competitive playing field, we hear from Dr Bridget Welsh about what grassroots voters of various communities might be looking for, and whether the Malay leadership is doing enough to address uncertainties among voters.

 

Produced by: Sharaad Kuttan, Sim Wie Boon

Presented by: Shazana Mokhtar, Wong Shou Ning, Philip See

HOW WILL INDIAN VOTERS SHAPE GE15 RESULTS?
3 Nov 2022

 

Malaysian politics has largely been centred around racialised narratives, which is bad in and of itself. But what’s particularly interesting is how Indians (almost similar to Orang Asal/Orang Asli) are regularly not featured even in this racialised discourse. The narrative is always Malays vs Chinese. But just how important is the Indian vote and what are the struggles the community faces?

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan, Jih Ming
Presented by: Dashran Yohan

GE15: BN & PN NAME THEIR CHALLENGERS
2 Nov 2022 
Both Barisan Nasional and Perikatan Nasional announced the bulk of their candidates for GE15 in parallel events last night. What does the candidate line-up tell us about their respective strategies for the elections? We discuss the emerging political trends with Dr Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate at University of Nottingham Malaysia.

 

Produced by: Sim Wie Boon

Presented by: Shazana Mokhtar, Wong Shou Ning, Chong Tjen San

 

The Globalist: Episode 2912
25 Oct 2022 


Dr. Bridget Welsh speaks to the Monocle about Malaysia’s upcoming 15th General Election (GE15) [22:11].

GE15: BATTLE FOR MALAYSIA BEGINS
23 Oct 2022


With the date for GE15 set for 19th November, how will coalitions strategize to win the hearts and minds of voters? Dr Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Nottingham Malaysia gives a preview of the themes and narratives that could take centre stage.

 

Produced by: Shazana Mokhtar
Presented by: Shazana Mokhtar, Wong Shou Ning, Chong Tjen San

OF DISSOLVING PARLIAMENT AND ALLIANCES
11 Oct 2022 


Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the dissolution of the Parliament, ending speculation as to whether the 15th General Election will be held this year or not, and during the flood season. We unpack the timing of the dissolution and take stock of where all political parties stand, as we await dates for nomination and polling day.


Produced by: Natasha Fusil, Alia Zefri
Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Sharmilla Ganesan

 

ZAHID HAMIDI ACQUITTED, BUT NOT OFF THE HOOK
Sep 26, 2022

 

Umno President Dato’ Sri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was acquitted of 40 bribery charges last Friday, when the Shah Alam High Court ruled that the prosecution had failed to show a prima facie case against the politician. While his legal issues are far from over, the victory no doubt gives his supporters a morale boost and gives him a lifeline ahead of GE15. We discuss the prospects for Zahid Hamidi and implications of his acquittal for Umno with Dr Bridget Welsh of the University of Nottingham-Asia Research Institute Malaysia.

 

Produced by: Shazana Mokhtar
Presented by: Shazana Mokhtar, Wong Shou Ning, Philip See

ARE MALAYSIANS READY TO VOTE ACROSS RACIAL LINES?
Sep 5, 2022



PAS has said that it intends to woo non-Muslims, especially voters who might be on the fence, to vote for Muslim candidates. First, we look at what their popularity and status is among non-Muslims, and how this will play.Then, we get into what it would take for Malaysians to move away from voting according to race?


Produced by: Kelly Anissa, Lee Chwi Lynn, Sharmilla Ganesan
Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Sharmilla Ganesan

NAJIB IS IN JAIL. SO...WHAT NEXT?
Aug 25, 2022

 

 

A couple of days ago, the Federal Court upheld the guilty verdict in former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s SRC International case. Najib is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined 210 million ringgit. While there may be some narrow escape routes left for Najib, the fact of the matter is this: UMNO’s Kleptocrat poster boy is currently behind bars, as we head towards GE15. So, what does this mean for our political landscape moving forward?

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan

Presented by: Dashran Yohan

PELOSI’S VISIT: CALM WATERS IN MALAYSIA, STORMY SEAS IN TAIWAN

Aug 03, 2022

 

Malaysia was part of US Speaker’s Nancy Pelosi Asia Pacific Tour- we get into the significance of this brief visit. Then, a look at the highly fraught visit she subsequently made to Taiwan and the reverberations it may have across the region.

 

 

Produced by: Sharmilla Ganesan, Lee Chwi Lynn

Presented by: Sharmilla Ganesan, Lee Chwi Lynn

NANCY PELOSI'S ASIA TOUR
Aug 02, 2022

 

 

US House speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched her Asia tour, which will encompass Malaysia, South Korea, Japan and possibly Taiwan. We look at the tensions in the region as reports suggest that Pelosi is planning to visit Taipei on Tuesday night.

GE15 IN NOVEMBER 2022...ARE WE READY?
Jul 08, 2022


Sources from the Prime Minister’s Office have revealed to Malaysiakini that GE15 is likely to be held either in November this year, or March next year. First, we look at the political factors that inform this move, and how it may affect the parties involved. Then, we explore how this could affect our economy, in a time of uncertainty.


Produced by: Kelly Anissa
Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Sharmilla Ganesan

TAJUDDIN SPILLS THE TEA
Jun 30, 2022
 

Tajuddin Abdul Rahman was sacked as an UMNO supreme council member last week. A few days after that, he held a press conference, in which he spilled the tea on some inner workings of his political party, including his disdain towards his party president, and that a number of Umno MPs had signed statutory declarations (SDs) to support Anwar as prime minister in 2020. On this episode, I speak to Dr Bridget Welsh about Tajuddin’s rise to prominence in politics and what his recent sacking and subsequent tell-all press conference means for UMNO moving forward.

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan

Presented by: Dashran Yohan

GST: THE SECOND COMING
Jun 2, 2022

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has revealed plans to reimplement the Goods And Services Tax (GST), despite awareness of its unpopularity. He said that this proposal is being made in an attempt to expand the government’s revenue base and carry the weight of public subsidies, considering the nation’s current economic state. First, we talk about its possible reintroduction, its impact, and the timing of it all. Then, we discuss how public perception of it has been shaped by our political landscape.

 

Produced by: Alia Zefri, Natasha Fusil

Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Sharmilla Ganesan

DEBAT PERDANA: HEALTHY DEMOCRACY OR LEGITIMISING CONVICT?
May 19, 2022

 

Last week, a political debate took place between former Prime Minister Najib Razak and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. The debate centred around Sapura Energy Bhd, as well as the economic future of this nation. But was the debate useful for the masses? Does it promote healthy democracy or did it do more to legitimize Najib, who’s convicted of corruption.

 

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan

Presented by: Dashran Yohan

SIMULATIONS SUGGEST HEALTHY VICTORY FOR BN IN GE-15
April 07, 2022

 

After the string of state elections, all eyes are now on GE-15, which many experts anticipate would most likely be taking place sometime this year. While it’s impossible to give a concrete answer as to who’s going to win GE15, there’s a lot that can be analysed and learned from recent trends as well as simulations.

 

Recently, Dr Bridget Welsh, honorary research associate at the University of Nottingham Malaysia’s Asia Research Institute,analysed recent trends and simulations and came up with predictions for the upcoming General Elections.

 

Dr Bridget joins us on the show today to discuss.

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan

Presented by: Dashran Yohan

ANTI-HOPPING LAW: THE INS AND THE OUTS
March 31, 2022

 The government and leaders from Pakatan Harapan are meeting to finalise the Anti-Party Hopping Bill, over increasing calls to regulate the movement of elected representatives. First, we look at the implications of MPs hopping parties, and how the proposed law might help. Then, we discuss pushback against the idea, and what we could look at instead.

 

Produced by: Jeremy Ng, Lee Chwi Lynn, Sharmilla Ganesan

Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Sharmilla Ganesan

UNPACKING THE JOHOR ELECTIONS
March 14, 2022

It was a landslide victory for Barisan Nasional, with the coalition clinching 40 seats in Johor’s 56-seat assembly. We look into what this latest loss means for the opposition and what they need to do to regroup. Then, how do parties who battle it out at the state level function when they’re in the federal government together? We explore.

 

Produced by: Natasha Fusil, Lee Chwi Lynn, Sharmilla Ganesan

Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Sharmilla Ganesan

ADVANTAGE UMNO/BARISAN NASIONAL AHEAD OF JOHOR ELECTIONS?
March 10, 2022

We’re only a few days away from the Johor State elections. Over the past couple of weeks, political parties have been busy campaigning, trying to win the hearts & minds of Johoreans. Experts have claimed that the upcoming Johor elections is highly important and will shape the outcome of GE15, for various reasons including the fact that this will be the first elections that will see 18-21-year-olds go out and vote. But do the masses care? And what could be the outcome of this election?

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan
Presented by: Dashran Yohan

JOHOR BANGKIT? DISUNITED OPPOSITION AHEAD OF ELECTIONS
February 17, 2022

We’re just three weeks away from the Johor state elections. Many experts have stressed the importance of the upcoming elections, not just to Johoreans, but with regard to our national political landscape too. The 2018 General Elections highlighted the need for a united opposition in the battle against Barisan Nasional. However, it’s becoming painfully clear – if it wasn’t already – that opposition is far from united. Dr Bridget Welsh joins us to share her insights.

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan
Presented by: Dashran Yohan

UMNO ADVANTAGE IN JOHOR
February 07, 2022
The Election Commission will announce the nomination and polling days for the Johor state elections this Wednesday. Umno is seen as the party with pole position in Johor, but how much of an advantage do they have? Dr. Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Nottingham-Malaysia discusses the dynamics within Umno and also with erstwhile allies Perikatan Nasional. Produced by: Sim Wie Boon Presented by: Wong Shou Ning, Shazana Mokhtar, Tan Chen Li
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM SARAWAK STATE ELECTIONS?
December 09, 2021

The Sarawak State Elections nominations took place a couple of days ago. A record number of 349 candidates are contesting 82 seats in Malaysia’s largest state. Multi-cornered fights are happening in all but four constituencies, with Dadong seeing an eight-corned battle. Dr Bridget Welsh joins us to discuss.

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan
Presented by: Dashran Yohan

HOW DID ISMAIL SABRI’S CABINET PERFORM IN THEIR FIRST 100 DAYS?
December 02, 2021

This week marks 100 days since Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri became the ninth Prime Minister of Malaysia. At the start of his tenure as PM, he mentioned that he has given himself and his cabinet 100 days to prove their worth, particularly when it comes to dealing with the Covid-19 health crisis and the economic fallout. So, how has the Prime Minister and his cabinet performed so far? Dr Bridget Welsh joins us to discuss.

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan
Presented by: Dashran Yohan

IS MELAKA A PRECURSOR TO GE15?
November 22, 2021

BN had a resounding win in Melaka with 21 seats. What was the reason for this? Is this a wake-up call for Pakatan Harapan? Will the existing coalitions hold? And is this a barometer of GE15? The many questions we ask Dr Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute Malaysia, and Ibrahim Suffian, Programme Director at the Merdeka Center.

 

Produced by: Shazana Mokhtar
Presented by: Wong Shou Ning

FEMALE REPRESENTATION IN MALAYSIAN POLITICS
November 10, 2021

Bersatu lawmaker Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin was recently quoted saying that parties should field more women candidates in “”winnable seats””, to increase female representation in politics. We first dissect the statement itself and whether this is the way to go. Then we speak to a female ADUN about what it’s like being a woman in politics. And finally, we hear from the 111 Initiative.

 

Produced by: Adeline Choong, Tasha Fusil, Loo Juosie, Raihanna Azwar

Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Sharmilla Ganesan

‘ASEAN Minus One’: Patience With Myanmar Junta Running Thin
October 28, 2021

This week’s ASEAN summit had a notable omission—Myanmar—after the 10-member bloc barred the junta leader from attending. Frustration among some ASEAN countries has been growing after the junta accepted the five-point proposal in April but went back on it, lately refusing to allow the ASEAN envoy from meeting detained state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen who will take over as the group’s chair next year described the situation as ‘ASEAN minus one’. Cambodia’s closest relationship is with China and Cambodia taking a position sent an implicit signal that China is also not happy with Myanmar, Dr Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate with the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute Malaysia, told StratNews Global.

MERDEKA 64: REFLECTIONS ON MALAYSIAN RESILIENCE AND POLITICAL REFORMS
August 30, 2021


The political turmoil of the past few years have left many feeling cynical about the state of Malaysian democracy. But there are reasons to stay hopeful for the future of the country. On the eve of the 64th National Day, we discuss the narratives that have emerged from the pandemic and political crisis, the rise of the youth vanguard as well as the reforms needed for a better Malaysia.

 

Produced by: Sim Wie Boon
Presented by: Shazana Mokhtar

WHO IS ISMAIL SABRI?
August 26, 2021


Dato Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob from UMNO has been appointed the 9th Prime Minister of Malaysia after commanding the confidence of 114 out of 220 Members of Parliament. But what do we know about Ismail Sabri? Does his history and how he handled the Ministry of Defence portfolio for 18 months under the Muhyiddin administration give us some insight as to the kind of Prime Minister that he might be? Dr Bridget Welsh joins us to discuss.

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan

Presented by: Dashran Yohan

PM9: BATTLE OF THE AGEING ROCK STARS?
August 17, 2021


On the Breakfast Grille today, we ask Dr. Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate, Nottingham University Malaysia and Jahabar Sadiq, Editor-in-Chief, The Malaysian Insight to share their thoughts. What does this mean for the country moving forward? Who will take over and how will this change the Malaysian political landscape in the years to come?

 

Is this Anwar’s race to lose? And are there only two choices: collab or collapse?

 

Produced by: Sim Wie Boon

Presented by: Wong Shou Ning

PN'S DEFLECTION, DEFIANCE, DENIAL AND DISRESPECT?
August 05, 2021

We speak to Dr Bridget Welsh about the 4Ds, Deflection, Defiance, Denial and Disrespect, adopted by our political masters following Prime Minister Muhyiddin’s assertion that he still retains a majority as he pushes the confidence vote to September.

 

Produced by: Sim Wie Boon

Presented by: Shazana Mokhtar, Wong Shou Ning, Philip See

THE KINGMAKER IN THIS POLITICAL QUAGMIRE?
August 02, 2021

We speak to Bridget Welsh about the political implications from recent Parliamentary proceedings and the rebuke by the Yang Di Pertuan Agong. With the situation in flux, we ask her who will likely emerge victoriously and be the kingmaker to decide whether Perikatan Nasional can hang on to power?

 

Produced by: Sim Wie Boon

Presented by: Shazana Mokhtar, Wong Shou Ning, Philip See

SYED SADDIQ CHARGED IN COURT
July 22, 2021

The Muar MP and former Youth and Sports Minister was charged earlier today over alleged misappropriation of funds belonging to Bersatu. However, he claims that these charges are politically motivated. We discuss the political ramifications of this for both Syed Saddiq and his party, MUDA.

 

Produced by: Loo Juosie, Alia Zefri

Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Sharmilla Ganesan

WHAT IS “FAILED STATE,” AND IS MALAYSIA ON THE ROAD TO BECOMING ONE?
July 13, 2021

Recently, a Bloomberg columnist claimed that Malaysia is staggering down the road to “Failed Statehood.” But what does a “Failed state” actually mean? And are we on the way to becoming one? Dr Bridget Welsh joins us to discuss. 

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan

Presented by: Dashran Yohan

FOUR SCENARIOS FOR MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT
July 06, 2021

The government has announced that a 5-day Parliamentary sitting will be held beginning 26 July to discuss the National Recovery Plan and the state of emergency. This comes amid rumblings of an UMNO mutiny within Perikatan Nasional. How much actual debate can we expect during this sitting, and is PN on the cusp of splintering? We discuss the scenarios with political commentator Dr. Bridget Welsh.

 

Produced by: Shazana Mokhtar

Presented by: Khoo Hsu Chuang, Wong Shou Ning, Shazana Mokhtar

CRACKS DEEPENING WITHIN UMNO
June 25, 2021

Recent headlines around UMNO indicate growing tensions within the party as different factions tussle for leadership. We look into these developments by first hearing an overview of the different conflicts and factions within the party from an interview by the Bigger Picture. Then, we talk about what it means when a heritage party with so much baggage tries to change its direction. And finally, we look at the emerging key figures in the party and what their leadership styles could mean for UMNO.

 

Produced by: Tasha Fusil, Adeline Choong, Alia Zefri, Dashran Yohan

Presented by: Sharmilla Ganesan

CHINA TRYING TO LEGITIMISE JUNTA; INDIA CAN PLAY PIVOTAL ROLE IN MYANMAR
June 10, 2021

More than four months after the military coup in Myanmar, the spiral of protests, violence, and deaths continue. The five-point consensus plan agreed upon by the 10-nation bloc ASEAN has gone nowhere with the Myanmarese junta dragging its feet over it on the pretext that conditions are not suitable. China, which has strategic and business interests in Myanmar, has been trying to legitimize the junta, says Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate with the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute, Malaysia. Earlier, when Aung San Suu Kyi was in prison, India had managed to find a neutral position while being a neighbor to Myanmar, she told StratNews Global. India can play a pivotal role in Myanmar as having an unstable, brutal, and coercive regime on its borders is not in India’s interest, she added.

 

Podcast Producer : Manas R. Tarai

PROMINENT PARTY LEADERS MEET THE KING; WHAT COULD BE THE OUTCOME?
June 10, 2021

It looks like it’s shaping up to be a pretty hectic couple of weeks at the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s palace. His majesty wrapped up his first day of meetings with the head honchos from the opposition bench yesterday, with more meetings scheduled for today. On top of that, the YDPA is also set to convene a special Rulers’ conference next week. 

 

But what exactly is going on? And should we expect any significant changes in the coming months? Dr Bridget Welsh, joins us to discuss. 

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan
Presented by: Dashran Yohan

SABAH FROM THE GROUND: BRIDGET WELSH, BENJAMIN LOH & MAHIRAH MARZUKI
May 20, 2021
Dr. Bridget Welsh, Benjamin Loh, and Mahirah Marzuki join us to discuss findings from their newly-published study on the 2020 Sabah snap elections. We explore the marked differences between East and West Malaysian politics, and what the results portend for the national political scene – with GE15 growing closer on the horizon.

 

FROM REFORM POLITICS TO PERSONALITY POLITICS: WHERE DID WE GO WRONG?
March 30, 2021

In a recent interview with BFM, Dr Bridget Welsh said something to the effect of “what’s unfortunate about our political landscape right now is that we’ve moved from reform politics to personality politics.” On today’s show, she joins us to discuss how our political landscape morphed from reform-centric to personality-obsessed, and the pros and cons of that.

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan

Presented by: Dashran Yohan

JUST WORDS AT THE MOMENT
March 29, 2021

A party that is celebrating its 75th Anniversary, UMNO Is at crossroads with increased factionalism within the party. Dr Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute-Malaysia breaks down the recently concluded General Assembly and what the outcome means for the PN coalition.

 

Produced by: Arleen Webber, Sim Wie Boon

Presented by: Wong Shou Ning, Philip See

UMNO-BERSATU: IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES?
March 08, 2021

Umno has declared its political breakup with Bersatu. Bersatu has acknowledged, saying that it will move on. What’s next for these two parties and where does this put PAS? The Morning Run dives into this with political analyst Dr Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute-Malaysia.

 

Produced by: Sim Wie Boon

Presented by: Lyn Mak, Noelle Lim, Roshan Kanesan

PARLIAMENT CAN RECONVENE UPON PM'S ADVICE
February 24, 2021


The Istana Negara released a statement today, saying that Parliament can convene at a date deemed suitable on the advice of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Dr Bridget Welsh gives us her analysis.

 

Produced by: Adeline Choong, Kelvin Yee

Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Sharmilla Ganesan

CHANGING MALAYSIAN POLITICAL LANDSCAPE
January 13, 2021
February 23, 2020, the day that altered the direction of Malaysian political landscape from an unseemingly political coup that shattered Pakatan Harapan’s helm at leadership from the historic win in the 2018 General Election. A year after the infamous political coup, some would say a backdoor government by Perikatan Nasional led by Bersatu’s president Muhyiddin Yassin and the faction that broke away from PKR’s leadership led by Azmin Ali. It all happened within a swoop and a year later, where are we today? In this first episode of the special series, “Sheraton Move, A Year On”, I’m speaking to Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Fellow with the University of Nottingham Malaysia’s Asia Research Institute.
EMERGENCY A CHECKMATE ON UMNO?
January 13, 2021


The declaration of a state of emergency yesterday caught many Malaysians by surprise. Critics have raised concerns that there were ulterior motives to this move, so we reached out to political commentator Dr Bridget Welsh for insight into the political implications of the emergency.

 

Produced by: Shazana Mokhtar
Presented by: Lyn Mak, Noelle Lim, Roshan Kanesan

A GENERAL ELECTION IN 2021?
January 04, 2021


At the start of a fresh year and with an eye on GE15, we look back on the political tumult that was 2020 and the lessons that can be drawn for a way forward with our panel of experts, Dr Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate at Nottingham University Malaysia, and Jahabar Saddiq, Editor-in-Chief of The Malaysian Insight.

 

Produced by: Shazana Mokhtar

Presented by: Wong Shou Ning

2020 IN REVIEW: MALAYSIAN POLITICS
December 30, 2020

What a year it has been for Malaysian politics! From the infamous Sheraton Move to a new Prime Minister, the politics of this year mirrors what 2020 has been: unprecedented. We take a look at these events with added insight from Dr. Bridget Welsh.

 

Produced by: Kelvin Yee, Sara Kok

Presented by: Hezril Asyraaf, Kam Raslan

BUDGET 2021 - A NO-CONFIDENCE VOTE FOR ANWAR?
December 16, 2020

Budget 2021 has been passed in the Dewan Rakyat by a razor-thin margin – 111 MPs in favour and 108 against, with one absentee. Considering this result is a far cry from the one promised by Pakatan Harapan, we ask Dr Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute, what this result says about the leadership of both Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

 

Produced by: Sim Wie Boon

Presented by: Lyn Mak, Roshan Kanesan

PERAK MB LOSES CONFIDENCE VOTE
December 04, 2020

Perak’s Mentri Besar, Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu, lost a motion of confidence that was tabled at the state legislative assembly. We speak with Dr Bridget Welsh to understand the context that led up to this vote, and what repercussions it might have.

 

Produced by: Kelvin Yee

Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn

TIME FOR PAKATAN HARAPAN TO DISBAND?
December 02, 2020

Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s leadership of the opposition has come into question following the last-minute strategy change to challenge Budget 2021. Is it time for new leadership, or maybe even for the coalition to break up?

 

The Morning Run speaks to Dr Bridget Welsh of the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute Malaysia about this, the divisions in the coalition, and Parti Warisan Sabah’s frustrations.

 

Produced by: Sim Wie Boon
Presented by: Lyn Mak, Noelle Lim, Roshan Kanesan

WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE BUDGET VOTE?
November 26, 2020

With Budget 2021 passed on the policy stage, we speak to Dr. Bridget Welsh for her thoughts on changes made to the Budget, and the outcome of the vote.

 

Produced by: Kelvin Yee
Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Hezril Asyraaf

PROGRESIF UMNO: DIVIDE AND CONQUER FROM WITHIN?
November 19, 2020

Can UMNO reform from within? The Morning Run speaks to Dr Bridget Welsh on the push for reform in UMNO, how much traction there is for young leaders to rise within the party, and why reformists don’t spin-off to form their own party.

 

We also get her thoughts on the Emergency Declaration in Batu Sapi.

 

Produced by: Sim Wie Boon

Presented by: Lyn Mak, Roshan Kanesan, Wong Shou Ning

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WIN AN ELECTION IN MALAYSIA?
November 18, 2020

Rachel Bitecofer, an American political scientist said: Winning elections isn’t about convincing the undecided or the so-called “swing voters,” rather, it’s about motivating your team to show up. Bitecofer may have been talking specifically about US politics, but we wanted to explore if the theory is applicable to Malaysia as well and ultimately try and examine what it takes to win an election in Malaysia. Dashran explores this idea with Dr Bridget Welsh, political analyst and honorary research associate at the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute.

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan

Presented by: Dashran Yohan

YOUR MOVE, TSMY
October 26, 2020


As Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin grapples with the Agong’s rejection of his request for an emergency declaration, Barisan Nasional MPs reportedly meet to discuss if he should be replaced as Prime Minister. We speak to political analyst Dr. Bridget Welsh for her take on the developments.

 

Produced by: Evening Edition

Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Kam Raslan


WHAT WILL COME OF ANWAR’S AUDIENCE WITH THE AGONG?
October 14, 2020


Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim finally had an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong yesterday morning, 3 weeks after he first announced that he had the support of a “convincing majority” of MPs.  However his bid to become the Prime Minister of Malaysia is far from certain as after the press conference, it was revealed that the Agong would be meeting with the respective political parties to ascertain their support. Meanwhile Umno issued a press statement stating it is considering withdrawing its support for Perikatan Nasional. To help us unpack all this, we spoke to Dr. Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate, University of Nottingham Asia Institute.

 

Produced by: Shazana Mokhtar

Presented by: Wong Shou Ning, Roshan Kanesan


ANWAR IBRAHIM: "I HAVE THE NUMBERS"
October 13, 2020

We speak to Dr Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate at University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute for a quick analysis on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s press conference following his meeting with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong earlier today (13th October), and what this could mean for his political career. 

Produced by: Lim Sue Ann, Dashran Yohan

Presented by: Juliet Jacobs, Dashran Yohan


MUDA’S #PAUSEMALAYSIA: IS A POLITICAL CEASEFIRE WHAT MALAYSIANS NEED RIGHT NOW?
October 08, 2020


Yesterday, Syed Saddiq’s brand new political party, Muda, launched PauseMalaysia, a campaign urging politicians to ceasefire and focus on the people. However, the reaction towards the campaign was divisive, with many saying that now is the time to fight back, not pause. We discuss the messaging of the campaign, and the pros and cons of a political ceasefire.

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan

Presented by: Tee Shiao Eek, Sharmilla Ganesan


MAKING SENSE OF THE SABAH ELECTIONS & WHAT IT MEANS FOR OUR NATIONAL POLITICAL SCENE
September 30, 2020

The Sabah state elections took place last Saturday and what an absolutely heart-pounding affair it turned out to be. Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS), the coalition comprising UMNO, Perikatan Nasional and PBS won 38 out of 73 seats, one seat more than required to form a simple majority government. Warisan+ (Warisan, PKR, DAP, Amanah) won 32 seats, while 3 seats were clinched by independent candidates. What transpired after was convoluted elite political drama — it is the new normal of Malaysian politics after all — that left many people annoyed, intrigued and scratching their heads in confusion… sometimes all at the same time. We do a deep dive into the Sabah state elections results and aftermath, and also its implications on our national political scene, with Dr Bridet Welsh, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute.

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan

Presented by: Dashran Yohan


WARISAN TRIPPED UP BY LOW TURNOUT
September 28, 2020

In a closely contested state election, the opposition coalition of Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) emerged as victor, winning 38 out of 73 seats at stake. Political analyst Dr. Bridget Welsh discusses the factors that tipped the scale to GRS’ favor, and the ongoing tussle for the post of Chief Minister. She also warns that the tight results indicate a period of instability for Sabah politics.

 

Produced by: Shazana Mokhtar, Arleen Webber

Presented by: Wong Shou Ning, Lyn Mak


WILL ANWAR SUCCEED IN A TAKEOVER?
September 23, 2020

The PKR president claimed today that he has a clear parliament majority to form government, and take over Putrajaya from Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. We speak to Dr Bridget Welsh for her analysis.

 

Produced by: Evening Edition

Presented by: Hezril Asyraaf, Kelvin Yee, Kam Raslan

PERIKATAN NASIONAL VS WARISAN: BATTLE OF THE BILLBOARDS
September 18, 2020

Political parties on both sides of the divide have amped up their campaigning efforts by putting up eye-catching posters and billboards all across Sabah on the road to the Sabah state elections. What’s fascinating is that Perikatan Nasional and Warisan appear to be using different methods and styles to package their messages on their respective billboards. We explore the effectiveness of each method.

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan

Presented by: Dashran Yohan, Lim Sue Ann & Juliet Jacobs

#MUDASUDAHMULA: TAKING ON GE15
September 17, 2020

Following Syed Saddiq’s official announcement of MUDA as a political party this morning, we dive in with Keith Leong and Dr Bridget Welsh to understand their GE15 standing, and the challenges that lie ahead.

 

 

Produced by: Tasha Fusil, Hezril Asyraaf

Presented by: Kelvin Yee, Hezril Asyraaf

IT'S STILL EARLY DAYS YET FOR SABAH ELECTIONS
September 14, 2020

Sabah nominations were announced with some surprises. Dr Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute tells us the significance of nomination day and what does this say about Gabungan Rakyat Sabah and also Warisan Plus. She also weighs in on the fact that this time round, the outcome is too close to call and the campaign period is of particular importance this time.

 

Produced by: Shazana Mokhtar, Arleen Webber

Presented by: Khoo Hsu Chuang, Wong Shou Ning

Deciphering Perikatan Nasional, Pakatan Harapan & Sabah Snap Elections
September 03, 2020

[Bicara Minggu Ini] takes on the discussion and understanding post Slim by-election in Perak where BN maintained a strong majority despite a lower turnout. As Sabah state election looms, how do we decipher the relations in Perikatan Nasional, Pakatan Harapan and the dynamics in Sabah politics? What about the new youth party led by Syed Saddiq? I speak to Dr. Bridget Welsh who is currently Honorary Research Associate with the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute Malaysia (UoNARI-M) based in Kuala Lumpur.

 

Produced & Presented by Norman Goh

CAN SYED SADDIQ’S YOUTH PARTY ACTUALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN MALAYSIA?
September 02, 2020

Syed Saddiq recently announced that he will be starting a new multiracial, multireligious, youth-based party. While some are speculating that this could be a game changer in the Malaysian political landscape — a third force — others have wondered if the party could even realistically sustain itself, what more make a dent outside the urban bubble. We speak to James Chai and Dr. Bridget Welsh to explore if a youth party can actually make a difference in Malaysia.

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan
Presented by: Dashran Yohan

WILL IT BE A SLIM MAJORITY FOR BN?
August 28, 2020

Tomorrow’s byelection at Slim will be a litmus test for Tun Mahathir Mohamad’s party Pejuang. Dr Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate at University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute discusses the likely results, and the relevance of Pakatan Nasional without Umno.

 

Produced by: Sim Wie Boon

Presented by: Roshan Kanesan, Noelle Lim

WHAT SHOULD UMNO DO NEXT?
July 29, 2020

Yesterday’s landmark verdict found former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak guilty of all charges relating to SRC International. Dr. Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate, University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute discusses UMNO’s dilemma, and if Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin should rejoin the party and call for a snap election.

 

Produced by: Sim Wie Boon

Presented by: Roshan Kanesan, Lyn Mak, Noelle Limf

IS REFORMASI DEAD?
July 29, 2020

We live in politically turbulent times. And over the past few months, there has been plenty of talk on the “death of reformasi.” But what exactly is the reformasi movement? We speak to Dr. Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate, University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute, on what reformasi actually means, if the survival of the movement is tied to political parties or is it something else entirely?

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan
Presented by: Dashran Yohan

ROOM FOR NEGOTIATION IN GOVT'S SLIM MAJORITY
July 24, 2020

Political analyst Wong Chin Huat was quoted by The Malaysian Insight, stating that Perikatan Nasional’s slim majority in Parliament could be harnessed by the Opposition to negotiate for reforms. We speak with Dr Bridget Welsh for her thoughts on the feasibility of such negotiations.

 
Produced by: Kelvin Yee
Presented by: Kelvin Yee, Hezril Asyraaf

ANALYST REFLECTS ON THE EVENTS ON THE FIRST DAY OF PARLIAMENT
July 16, 2020

The first day of the Dewan Rakyat sitting on Monday saw an uproar on both sides of the bench. Political Analyst Dr Bridget Welsh reflects on the events that took place on Monday.

PARLIAMENT - A HARDENING OF POLITICAL LINES
July 13, 2020

The first full Parliamentary sitting of the Perikatan Nasional government is set to see several landmark motions tabled- including a motion to replace the Dewan Rakyat Speaker and one of the Deputy Speakers. We speak to Dr. Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute for some insight into the political dynamics informing the sitting, as well as Dhanya Nair, reporter with the BFM News team, for an on the ground perspective of what’s happening in Parliament house.

 

Produced by: Shazana Mokhtar, Lyn Mak

Presented by: Lyn Mak, Roshan Kanesan, Noelle Lim

MALAYSIA'S MESSY POLITICS - WITH BRIDGET WELSH
July 10, 2020

For more than 60 years, Malaysian politics was extremely predictable – the same dominant party, UMNO, had remained in power since independence. All that changed in 2018, and with the latest change of government this March, all bets are off. In this podcast, leading Malaysia expert Bridget Welsh of the University of Nottingham’s Malaysia campus discusses these fascinating developments with Duncan McCargo.

 

Taken from The Nordic Asia Podcast

ART HARUN AS NEW SPEAKER?
June 30, 2020

After his resignation just ahead of the Chini by-election, Art Harun is now reportedly being nominated as the new Dewan Rakyat Speaker. We discuss the potential political outcomes of this with Dr Bridget Welsh.

 

Produced by: Hezril Asyraaf, Tasha Fusil

Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn

PH AT STALEMATE AGAIN?
June 17, 2020

 

Despite a self-imposed deadline of yesterday evening, the Pakatan Harapan coalition still has not decided on its Prime Minister candidate. We reached out to Dr. Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute and frequent commentator on Malaysian politics, for her thoughts on this never-ending story.

 

Produced by: Sim Wie Boon
Presented by: Wong Shou Ning, Lyn Mak

EP #12 The Politics of Pandemic in Southeast Asia

FOREIGN POLICY TALKS, JUNE 5 2020

As we know, the COVID-19 pandemic is not only affecting the health and economic situation specifically to the Southeast Asian region, but it has also tested the political leadership of ASEAN leaders. Some of them have been criticized for not taking swift action in combatting the COVID-19, many also criticized of doing some authoritarian measures in their efforts to battle the pandemic. The political aspect of the COVID-19 crisis is a very interesting topic to discuss. How will the COVID-19 impact politics in Southeast Asia? And in terms of the political communication strategy of ASEAN leaders, which one is the best? Have there been any correlations between the effectiveness of the political system with the successful result in dealing with the pandemic? I explore those questions with Prof. Zachary Abuza and Prof. Bridget Welsh. Please enjoy!

WHO'S FIRED FROM BERSATU?

May 29, 2020

 

We help you keep up with the events as separate factions within the party attempt to sack each other, and explore the impact that the latest politicking might have on the government.

 

Produced by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Kelvin Yee
Presented by: Kelvin Yee, Hezril Asyraaf

POLITICAL COALITIONS ON SHAKY GROUND

May 19, 2020 

Yesterday’s historic one-day Parliamentary sitting opened with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong warning lawmakers against throwing the country into political turmoil once again, particularly as the people are still faced with the Covid-19 pandemic. In the wake of the sitting, we speak to Dr. Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute and longtime commentator on Malaysian politics, for her take on the sitting and what it says about the state of coalition politics in Malaysia.

 

Produced by: Sim Wie Boon
Presented by: Lyn Mak, Wong Shou Ning

KEDAH FALLS TO PERIKATAN NASIONAL

May 12, 2020 

This comes as a result of two PKR assemblymen quitting the party today, pledging their support to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. We discuss the political implications of this development.


Produced by: Tasha Fusil
Presented by: Kelvin Yee, Hezril Asyraaf

LIKE CHESS, POLITICS IS A LONG GAME

May 5, 2020 

As tensions between Umno and Bersatu rise, will we see any resolution or will we see more drastic developments? Suggestions have been made that Bersatu members should just join with Umno while others have called for Bersatu to rejoin the Pakatan Harapan coalition. Helping us to unpack this is Dr Bridget Welsh from the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute.


Produced by: Sim Wie Boon
Presented by: Lyn Mak, Wong Shou Ning

ANWAR TO POSSIBLY LEAD OPPOSITION AGAIN

April 28, 2020 


Sources have told The Malaysian Insight that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be the opposition leader when the Dewan Rakyat reconvenes. We speak with Bridget Welsh about the political developments to look out for in the coming days.


Produced by: Juosie Loo
Presented by: Kelvin Yee, Hezril Asyraaf

GOVT BACKBENCHERS TO BE MADE GLC HEADS?

April 14, 2020 

PAS Secretary-General Dato Takiyuddin Hassan was quoted by Malaysiakini saying that all MPs who do not currently hold positions in government will be appointed to GLC positions. We look at the relationship between GLC appointments and politics.

Produced by: Loo Juosie
Presented by: Kelvin Yee, Hezril Asyraaf

MCO IS TOUGH ON EVERYONE BUT SOME MORE THAN OTHERS

April 2, 2020 


The Movement Control Order has affected Malaysians from all walks of life but for some, this has had an even more negative impact. Dr. Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute tells who these vulnerable groups are and how should we be responding to them in these times whilst also looking at things more holistically to solve the issues in the long run.

Produced by: Roshan Kanesan
Presented by: Wong Shou Ning, Lyn Mak

GAINING POLITICAL MILEAGE FROM CRISIS IN COVID-19

April 2, 2020 https://www.bfm.my/podcast/evening-edition/evening-edition/gaining-political-mileage-from-crisis-in-covid-19

 

While some politicians both local and abroad have been criticised for their handling of the Covid-19 crisis, others have risen to the occasion, benefiting their political standing. We speak with Bridget Welsh for her thoughts.

 

Produced by: Tasha Fusil

Presented by: Kelvin Yee, Hezril Asyraaf

THE MAHATHIR-MUHYIDDIN TUSSLE

March 1, 2020 https://www.bfm.my/podcast/special-feature/malaysia-terbaru/sp-the-mahathir-muhyiddin-tussle

 

With less than an hour before Bersatu President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is sworn in as the eighth Prime Minister, interim PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has publicly taken an opposing stand, declaring that the Perikatan Nasional coalition does not have the numbers. Dr Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate with the University of Nottingham’s Asia Research Institute, gives us a rundown of the relationship between Tun Mahathir and Tan Sri Muhyiddin, and what that foretells for the new government.

 

Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Lyn Mak, Sharmilla Ganesan

MUHYIDDIN AS PM – A NUMBERS GAME?

February 29, 2020 https://www.bfm.my/podcast/special-feature/malaysia-terbaru/sp-muhyiddin-as-pm-bridget

 

After almost a week of political upheaval, the Istana Negara confirmed today that Bersatu President, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, will be sworn in as the eighth Prime Minister of Malaysia on 1st March 2020. Dr Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate with Malaysia’s Asia Research Institute, at the University of Nottingham, breaks down the numbers and the political alliances for us.

 

Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Wong Shou Ning

DO APPEASEMENT POLITICS WORK?

February 4, 2020 https://www.bfm.my/podcast/evening-edition/evening-edition/do-appeasement-politics-work

 

The Health Minister recently said in a drug policy forum that it is “easier to sell ice cream”, if politicians were to please everyone. We discuss how politicians can consider stakeholders’ views while pushing policies forward in a constructive manner.

 

Produced by: Kelvin Yee
Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Kelvin Yee

WRANGLING OVER SUCCESSION

February 10, 2020 https://www.bfm.my/podcast/morning-run/morning-brief/wrangling-over-succession

 

PAS suggested a vote of confidence to keep prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir for his full term, contradicting his promise to hand over the post to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. This further fuel rumours of a backdoor government forming between PAS, UMNO and Bersatu. We talk to Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute on what this means for the future power transition.

 

Produced by: Sim Wie Boon, Maryam Maznorzuhairi

Presented by: Wong Shou Ning, Lyn Mak, Noelle Lim

TUN MAHATHIR IS ACTING EDUCATION MINISTER

January 10, 2020  https://www.bfm.my/podcast/evening-edition/evening-edition/tun-mahathir-is-acting-education-minister


We look at the jurisdiction of an acting minister, and what needs to be done to ensure a smooth succession.

 


Produced by: Loo Juosie, Kelvin Yee

Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Kelvin Yee, Aiman Rashad

KIMANIS - A BELLWETHER FOR WARISAN?

January 7, 2020 https://www.bfm.my/podcast/morning-run/morning-brief/kimanis-a-bellwether-for-warisan

As we move closer to the Kimanis by-election set for January 18th, we continue our discussion with the issues that could influence the election outcome. To do that, we speak to Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute, about the what each of the election candidates brings to the table, and how these polls will reflect on the ruling government.

 

Presented by: Noelle Lim, Shou Ning Wong, Lyn Mak

2019 IN REVIEW: POLITICS

December 19, 2019 https://www.bfm.my/podcast/evening-edition/evening-edition/2019-in-review-politics

 

Politics has dominated much of the conversations we’ve had this year: from numerous by-elections, to political infighting, and the ongoing question of who should be the next PM. We talk about what all of this has meant, and the impact it’s had on the government, the opposition and of course, the rakyat.

2019 IN REVIEW: POLITICS

December 19, 2019 https://www.bfm.my/podcast/evening-edition/evening-edition/2019-in-review-politics

 

Politics has dominated much of the conversations we’ve had this year: from numerous by-elections, to political infighting, and the ongoing question of who should be the next PM. We talk about what all of this has meant, and the impact it’s had on the government, the opposition and of course, the rakyat.