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Let’s perfect the two-party system

By OOI KEE BENG Editorial, Penang Monthly July 2013 The pattern of change in Malaysia became ever more discernible after the 13th General Election. While the ruling BN understandably wishes to describe its victory as a reversal of trends that became apparent in 2008, too many other movements are saying the opposite, which is that … Continue reading

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

Chin Tong runs a people’s campaign in Kluang

Ooi Kee Beng 5:39PM May 4, 2013 COMMENT Leaving the safe seat of Bukit Bendera in Penang for which he had been member of parliament since 2008, Liew Chin Tong, who grew up playing on the streets of Subang Jaya, decided to run this year for the parliamentary seat of Kluang, Johor. Kluang is certainly … Continue reading

GE13 a war of symbols and slogans

By Ooi Kee Beng | 9:49AM May 2, 2013 For Malaysiakini.com These critical days, if one reads – and believes – the Malaysian mainstream media, which seem to have thrown off all pretense of being anything other than BN propaganda machines, one must draw the conclusion that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s presidential style election … Continue reading

Polls of countless issues

By Ooi Kee Beng For The Edge Review [www.theedgereview.com]; 26 April – 2 May 2013 How best to frame Malaysia’s coming general elections for a better understanding of where the country is at? We certainly can’t compare it to a summer’s day. It would be more correct to liken it to a monsoon storm where … Continue reading