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BN regains ground in Malaysia : implications of Galas and Batu Sapi by-elections
The ruling Barisan Nasional swept to victory in the 4 November 2010 by-elections of Galas, Kelantan and Batu Sapi, Sabah. Both by-elections were important to gauge the level of public support for the government and ...
Ngruki revisited : modernity and its discontents at the Pondok Pesantren al-Mukmin of Ngruki, Surakarta
The Pondok Pesantren al-Mukmin of Desa Ngruki, Surakarta, has become one of the most well known and notorious Pesantrens (religious boarding schools) of Indonesia in recent years. Thanks in part to the continued presence ...
PKR elections : Anwar strengthens his hand
Malaysia’s People’s Justice Party (PKR) has just concluded its party elections that witnessed a number of controversies. The net result however is the strengthening of the position of its de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim ...
A new 'Sultan' of Sulu in Malaysia : implications for politics and bilateral ties
For decades there have been many contenders to the title of the Sultan of Sulu. Recently a Malaysian citizen has proclaimed himself to be the ‘real Sultan of Sulu’. The consequences of this proclamation will be felt in ...
Post Sarawak elections : the sway of chinese voters
Malaysia’s ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional, won two-thirds of seats contested in the recently held Sarawak state elections but suffered an erosion of Chinese voter support. Such a trend will only deepen communal politics ...
Malaysia’s ‘interlok’ issue : communal sensitivities and the next elections
As the next general election looms in Malaysia, political groups seem to be pressing their demands on the Najib administration. Increasingly the demands from the various communities seem to be sectarian in nature. The ...
Anti-Mubarak protests in Malaysia : how Arab issues travel
The current unrest gripping Arab countries like Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen has led to demonstrations of support in other parts of the Muslim world, including Southeast Asia. In Malaysia, do the protests signal a worsening ...
How Indonesia sees ASEAN and the world : a cursory survey of the social studies and history textbooks of Indonesia, from primary to secondary level
Over the past few years Indonesia’s political landscape has altered somewhat as a result of the rise of new nationalist NGOs and mass movements, that have called upon the Indonesian government to take a ...
After the Bersih 2.0 Rally : impact and implications
The Bersih 2.0 rally in Kuala Lumpur did not end in widespread violence and inter-ethnic conflict as initially feared, though there was fracas between the police and protesters. But the handling of the rally by the authorities ...
Malaysian elections : time for anti-party-hopping rule?
As Malaysia’s 13th general election draws near, there is growing concern about party-hopping by elected representatives. Malaysian civil society groups are calling for a mechanism to put an end to this undemocratic practice.