Thailand was once the hope of democracy in Southeast Asia. Two coups and two constitutions later and opposition nearly suppressed into extinction, the Bangkok elite have dragged Thailand back to something akin to absolutism. Is there any chance for democracy in Thailand? There are indications in Thailand’s Northeast, or Isaan, that networks may be able to come together in a progressive alliance.
it is highly likely that Muhyiddin will prioritize political survival over policy reforms. The reform agenda of the PH government will take a back seat to policies aimed at strengthening the Malay political and economic position. As such, we are likely to see a return to the ‘Old Malaysia’ days of BN.
Barisan Nasional’s leader Muhyiddin Yassin, spent most of his political career with BN and up to his removal in 2015 was Najib’s Deputy Prime Minister. Known as a stable establishment figure, he may be most comfortable executing the staid, time-tested staple of policies that allowed Barisan to survive for more than 50 years since independence.