Column: Malaysian Politics on the Prowl

In her monthly column for Between The Lines, one of the finest analysts of Malaysian politics, Dr Bridget Welsh breaks down the Malaysian political landscape, including the politicos and their constant power plays, and looks ahead to what this means for the country and its people.
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Rise of Neo-Malay Ethnonationalism

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.

Umno Party Polls: Zahid and the Golkarisation of Umno?

Internal Umno polls have come and gone and it certainly looks good for party big boss Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. But is it equally good for Umno itself? Dr Bridget Welsh writes.

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.