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Malaysia’s BN Stays in Power, But Deep Changes Have Nevertheless Occurred

By Ooi Kee Beng For ISEAS Perspective, Singapore 10 June 2013. Also published as Cover Story of Penang Monthly June 2013 as “After the elections: A new game beings”. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1. The only change in government following Malaysia’s 13th General Elections was in the state of Kedah. Nevertheless, some fundamentals in the country’s political … Continue reading

Will Nation Building Resume after May 5?

By Ooi Kee Beng; in The Edge Kuala Lumpur, 22 April 2013 BN at the brink In early April 2009, top leaders of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) succeeded in dismissing Abdullah Badawi as president of the party and thus, also as prime minister of Malaysia. This was exactly one year after Abdullah had … Continue reading

Managing change the main task for next government

By Ooi Kee Beng For THE EDGE, Malaysia, 1-7 April 2013 ABOUT 2,500 years ago, the great Greek Heraclitus famously noted in one of philosophy’s greatest truisms that “no man ever steps in the same river twice, for it is not the same river and he is not the same man”. (No doubt, several Chinese … Continue reading

More bee than butterfly in this boxing ring

By Ooi Kee Beng For THE EDGE, Kuala Lumpur, 24 Feb 2013 Now when only weeks remain before the 13th general elections take place, it is interesting to see how Malaysia has irrefutably become a two-party state, with polarised arguments, populist policy contests, and uncertainty about who will gain the right to form the next … Continue reading