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Is democracy in practice reaching its limits?

By Ooi Kee Beng For The Edge Malaysia | July 7, 2015 I have always enjoyed the story — almost certainly a false and libellous one, but that does not matter here — about the tragic French Queen Marie Antoinette watching in consternation from a palace window as rebels rioted on the streets of Paris … Continue reading

Jokowi’s victory is a regional one

By OOI KEE BENG For THE EDGE MALAYSIA, 3 August 2014 The whole region held its breath as it waited for the final result of Indonesia’s fifth presidential election to be announced on 22 July, 2014. Following exit polls done on election day on 9 July, both candidates had declared victory, and the tension worsened … Continue reading

Anwar as Selangor MB will provide track record for next polls, says top analyst

By Eileen Ng, February 07, 2014: The Malaysian Insider A prominent Malaysia watcher has said that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim becoming the Selangor Menteri Besar could be a game changer for the opposition, as it provided him the opportunity to lead the state and a track record to pitch to Malaysians in the future. Dr … Continue reading

The Future Direction of Malaysian Political Discourses Is Being Decided Now

By Ooi Kee Beng In The Edge 26 June 2013 The elections are now over. However, it is not to what degree the promises made by politicians in desperate moments are kept which should concern the Malaysian public as much as the political disputes, and whether these will now revert to the race-baiting that we … 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

Change is Life’s Norm

By OOI KEE BENG Editorial for Penang Monthly, April 2013 It’s April now, the month at the end of which the Malaysian Parliament has to be dissolved to make way for general elections to be held, and within 60 days of that dissolution. Technically, elections must be held by 28 June. But in any case, … Continue reading

Much at stake over BN’s Johor fortress

By Ooi Kee Beng, For The Straits Times, 13 April 2013 WHEN an army becomes restless, the general must fly into decisive action to signal that the waiting is over, and that battle plans are in place. Wearied by months, if not years, of waiting for Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to dissolve Parliament and … Continue reading

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

[Malaysia’s Changing Political Landscape] By OOI KEE BENG for The Straits Times, 29 March 2013 While waiting for the 13th general elections to be declared, campaigned and decided, one should step back and consider how much Malaysia’s political culture has actually changed over the last five years. In fact, the palpable mood of apprehension and … Continue reading

Malaysians Take Charge

A two-party system is now in place, thanks to the spectacular results of the 12th general election five years ago which brought opposition parties to power at the state level. Of the many reasons ventured for this shift, the one that cannot be ignored is the impressive rise in social activism. A strong sense of … Continue reading

Malaysians Done Making Do

By OOI KEE BENG Editorial in Penang Monthly, March 2013 Everyone should be stunned by how anti-BN forces over the last few years have been able not only to only hold their ground, but also to continue spreading a sense of empowerment throughout the country. My take on how this has been possible is two-fold. … Continue reading