Abdullah Badawi

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Let’s not go back to the late Abdullah era

By Ooi Kee Beng Editorial in Penang Monthly June 2013 One important effect of the March 8, 2008 elections was that it forced the BN government in Putrajaya into crisis management. That became the responsibility of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when he replaced Tun Abdullah Badawi as Umno president and as Malaysia’s Prime Minister … Continue reading

The Deuce Position and Najib’s Incumbency Advantage

By Ooi Kee Beng [This article was first published in The Edge Malaysia, Nov 26-Dec 2 issue] THE coming into being of a steady two-party system in Malaysia is often thought of as a necessary step in democratic development. But we have to remind ourselves that the process itself, the detailed dynamics of that transformation, … Continue reading

In Malaysia, reforms take a staggered path

By Ooi Kee Beng, 3 December 2011, in TODAY, Singapore The leader of the Youth Wing declared at the United Malays National Organisation’s (UMNO) annual assembly held this week that the opposition parties had been vehemently opposing the Peaceful Assembly Act because they were hoping to create the conditions for widespread demonstrations in the hope … Continue reading

Ghosts of Compromises Past – Malaysia and the Limits of Change

Trends in Southeast Asia Series: 9(2005), ISEAS, Singapore AT A DINNER given in his honour held on 31 October 2004 by the Mentri Besar of Perak state exactly one year after Abdullah Badawi became Malaysia’s Prime Minister, the new leader optimistically stated that he expected to reap greater success during his second year in office. … Continue reading