Research publications

Mahathir’s choice

Mahathir’s choice

Author(s)/Editor(s): Ross Tapsell
Date of publications: 2020
Publication type: Article

Less than two years after its historic election win, Malaysia’s ruling coalition is in chaos. How did it come to this? Find out by reading Dr Ross Tapsell's explainer piece on the plight of Pakatan Harapan published in Inside Story.

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Malaysia spins the revolving door of patronage politics

Malaysia spins the revolving door of patronage politics

Author(s)/Editor(s): John Funston
Date of publications: 2020
Publication type: Opinion piece

In May 2018, Malaysians defied the odds and voted out a United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) led government that had held office for 62 years. Yet less than two years later the old regime, now allied with extremist Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), is...

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30% Hope: Securing the electoral success of women in Malaysia Baharu

30% Hope: Securing the electoral success of women in Malaysia Baharu

Author(s)/Editor(s): Alicia Izharuddin
Date of publications: 2019
Publication type: Government and community sector reports

30% Hope: Securing the electoral success of women in Malaysia Baharu, examines the institutional and cultural causes of the continued under-representation of women in Malaysian politics, and what measures should be part of the developing conversation among...

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Rebirth: Reformasi, Resistance, and Hope in New Malaysia

Rebirth: Reformasi, Resistance, and Hope in New Malaysia

Author(s)/Editor(s): Kean Wong
Date of publications: 2020
Publication type: Book

Over a year after Malaysians voted out the government in power since 1957, a raw reality has set in. On the eve of a once-idealised ‘Vision 2020’ of modern Malaysia, Rebirth: Reformasi, Resistance, and Hope in New Malaysia, questions an uncertain nation’s...

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Malaysia’s 14th General Election (GE14) – The Contest for the Malay Electorate

Author(s)/Editor(s): John Funston
Date of publications: 2018
Publication type: Article

The United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and its allies in the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, known as the Alliance until 1974, dominated Malaysian elections for more than six decades. UMNO’s winning formula was based on massive support for the...

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The Smartphone as the “Weapon of the Weak”: Assessing the Role of Communication Technologies in Malaysia’s Regime Change

Author(s)/Editor(s): Dr Ross Tapsell
Date of publications: 2018
Publication type: Article

This paper examines the role of new communication technologies in the regime change of Malaysia’s 2018 elections. I argue that growing Internet penetration in semi-rural areas of Malaysia’s Peninsula “heartlands” allow for new forms of campaign message to...

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Engagement of Malaysian Studies in Australian Universities

Engagement of Malaysian Studies in Australian Universities

Author(s)/Editor(s): Tony Gu
Date of publications: 2017
Publication type: Government and community sector reports

This report will begin with an analysis into the current state of Malaysian studies in Australian universities, of which there is a low level of engagement. It will be followed by an analysis of factors contributing to this low level of engagement of...

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Like a Child with Two Parents: Race, Religion and Royalty on the Siam-Malaya Frontier, 1895-1902

Author(s)/Editor(s): Dr Amrita Malhi
Date of publications: 2015
Publication type: Article

Since 1957, Malaysian public life has been organized around a historic conflation of three important political themes: “race, religion and royalty”, or “3R”, all of which are purportedly championed and defended by the United Malays National Organisation (...

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