Outlook for Malaysia's 11th general election
Liow, Joseph Chin Yong
Date of Issue2004
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
When Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi dissolved the Malaysian Parliament on 4 March 2004, it was an indication that general elections will be held in Malaysia within the next 60 days. The forthcoming general elections will be the 11th in Malaysian history. Given that it will be his first general election at the helm of the Malaysian government, this election has been billed as a test of Prime Minister Abdullah's mandate by the local and international media. Beyond that however, the elections will also put to test UMNO's performance over the past 4 years. Since losing substantial Malay support to the Islamic opposition PAS, UMNO had embarked on a "rejuvenation" exercise that gained impetus on the back of economic recovery, peaked with the resignation of Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and the ascension of Abdullah Badawi as Prime Minister of Malaysia. UMNO's revival has also been aided by external factors such as the fallout from the events of September 11. Indeed, recent developments do indicate that UMNO and the National Front will enter the 2004 general elections from a much stronger position than in 1999, and is likely not only to secure a two-thirds parlimentary majority, but also to repel the challenge from PAS and the opposition alliance nationalwide.
DRNTU::Social sciences::Political science::Political institutions::Asia::Malaysia
RSIS Working Papers ; 63/04
Nanyang Technological University