Speeches | 03 December 2008

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy: Malaysian politics 2008 and beyond - Professor Clive Kessler presentation

The last twelve months have witnessed a turning point in post-independence Malaysian politics. In elections last March, the Barisan Nasional coalition and its dominant member, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), suffered serious reversals. The prime ministership of Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi collapsed, initiating a fraught succession process to transfer power to his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. The 'Mahathir period' and its 'Badawi twilight' are now passing, but Mahathirism may be experiencing a revival. What will happen? Can the resurrected Anwar Ibrahim provide the answer to this national predicament, or is he merely a symptom of it?Clive S. Kessler

  • Clive S. Kessler

The last twelve months have witnessed a turning point in post-independence Malaysian politics. In elections last March, the Barisan Nasional coalition and its dominant member, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), suffered serious reversals. The prime ministership of Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi collapsed, initiating a fraught succession process to transfer power to his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. The 'Mahathir period' and its 'Badawi twilight' are now passing, but Mahathirism may be experiencing a revival. What will happen? Can the resurrected Anwar Ibrahim provide the answer to this national predicament, or is he merely a symptom of it?Clive S. Kessler

  • Clive S. Kessler