Because of the outsize political representation handed to them at independence, Sabah and Sarawak parliamentarians now ironically hold king-making power over the fragmented Malay parties. That leverage could moderate the blatant governance abuses, provided the Borneo states learn to use their influence wisely.
The controversy over Riza comes amidst great political uncertainty in Malaysia, with anybody’s guess how long the current prime minister Muhyiddin will remain in power.
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.
FORSEA joins Parti Sosialis Malaysis in expressing concern about the arrest and repatriation of a Thai dissident, from Malaysia to Thailand, to possibly face persecution for her political views.
Three generations of rights activists, democrats and artists from across Southeast Asia to gather in Kuala Lumpur, February 13 to 17, 2019, to celebrate Malaysia’s democratic revival and promote democracy and human rights for all.
On February 16, 2019 at FORSEA’s official launch in Kuala Lumpur, we will welcome the reformist Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir Mohamad as keynote speaker, and there will be pre-recorded remarks on democracy, human rights and international politics by Noam Chomsky.