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Malaysia’s lowering of the voting age and the huge forces fueling the change

The Reformasi movement will now be continued by the next generation of Malaysian youths, says Penang Institute’s Ooi Kee Beng. (CNA Commentary, Singapore. 31 Jul 2019) PENANG: In 2018, six decades after the Federation of Malaya first held elections, the Malaysian parliament made two sweeping changes to the Constitution. First, to automate the voter registration … Continue reading

After a year in power, has Pakatan Harapan learnt enough to save Malaysia from itself?

By Ooi Kee Beng, for CNA, 9 May 2019. PENANG: The big debate in Malaysia one year after the change in government on May 9, 2018, concerns the unfolding nature of Pakatan Harapan (PH). No one seriously doubts that it has charted a vastly different path for the country from that set by the Barisan … Continue reading

Malaysia goes in search of a more inclusive growth formula

By OOI KEE BENG, For ChannelNewsAsia Commentary; 5 Jan 2019 PENANG: Malaysia’s Barisan Nasional (BN) government survived the general elections of 2008 and 2013, fending off strong attacks from the Pakatan Rakyat. But then, in 2018, it suddenly fell — at the hands of the newly formed Pakatan Harapan. Certain new elements coming into play … Continue reading

Can the Once-mighty Barisan Nasional Recover its Footing as UMNO Decides on its New Leaders?

Malaysia’s general election effectively created a two-party system but the direction that UMNO takes may push parties that have splintered from the BN closer to Pakatan, says Penang Institute’s Ooi Kee Beng. By Ooi Kee Beng, in ChannelNewsAsia, 26 Jun 2018 06:34AM PENANG: The push for Malaysia to effectively become a two-party system has suddenly … Continue reading

The bewildering game of Malaysian politics, the rot within the Barisan Nasional

By Ooi Kee Beng, in ChannelNewsAsia Commentaries, 10 May 2018. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/malaysia-general-elections-ooi-kee-beng-rot-barisan-nasional-10221134

Why the opposition has a shot at toppling the Barisan Nasional with Mahathir at the helm

With the announcement that Mahathir is the opposition’s pick for prime minister should they win the next election, UMNO can expect a credible challenge on its home turf, says Penang Institute’s Dr Ooi Kee Beng. By Ooi Kee Beng, for Channel News Asia, 08 Jan 2018 KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s parliament will be dissolved sometime during … Continue reading