The ‘Anything but PAS’ Movement

COLUMN | With all-important state polls on the horizon, political analyst Bridget Welsh looks at the rise of PAS, evolving opposition towards the Islamist party, and what this could mean for national politics.

Rise of Neo-Malay Ethnonationalism

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Forces appear to be using proclamations on race and religion to dial the tension up to 11 and destabilise, divide and shape the country. But to what end? Political analyst Dr Bridget Welsh writes.

Malaysia Baharu: Five Years On

The historic May 9, 2018, election saw the fall of BN, which had ruled for over 6 decades. Yet, “New Malaysia” turned out to be far different than many imagined. Dr Bridget Welsh reflects on Malaysia’s journey over the last 5 years.

PMX at 100 Days: Anwar Out of the Gate

PMX at 100 Days: Anwar Out of the Gate

3-plus months is perhaps not enough time to gauge the performance of his government. Yet, the Anwar administration has hit some positive, negative and iffy notes. Dr Bridget Welsh analyses Anwar Ibrahim’s 1st 100 days as Malaysia’s 10th prime minister.

Slash and Burn: A look at Anwar’s trimming of MP funds

Putrajaya’s sudden news that it’ll be snipping off a huge chunk of funds meant for use in MPs’ constituencies, to save money, shocked many. Political analyst Dr Bridget Welsh considers if this could end up costing us in other ways.

A Testing Year: Where to Malaysia in 2023?

It’s 2023. So what comes next for the new coalition government under Anwar Ibrahim, which has already inherited a bruised economy, scheming enemies and disillusioned voters? Political analyst Dr Bridget Welsh writes.

Democracy Protected: Is there unity in disunity?

Malaysia’s moving forward with its own brand of “unity government”. Noted political analyst Dr Bridget Welsh looks at whether all forces can find common ground for the common good, or remain as divided as water and oil.

GE15: Democracy Unexpected

It’s been a week since the mother of all polls and Malaysia has a new prime minister. But questions remain over the polarising election results. Noted political analyst Dr Bridget Welsh looks at Perikatan Nasional’s rise, Umno’s defeat, PH’s performance, and what it all means for Malaysian politics.

By Hook or by Crook? Umno’s Early GE15 Miscalculations

After months of Umno applying pressure, Malaysia’s PM Ismail Sabri Yaakob finally dissolves Parliament. But is triggering snap polls really the power move Umno thinks it is? Perhaps not, argues political analyst Dr Bridget Welsh.