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Race and religion in command: Malaysia returns to identity politics


Chin, J, Race and religion in command: Malaysia returns to identity politics, Global Asia/East Asia Foundation, Korea, Republic of, 15, 1, pp. 48-52. (2020) [Magazine Article]

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The stunning events of late February in Malaysia led to the downfall of the coalition that took power in May 2018 in what had been hailed as a victory for reform. With Mahathir Mohamad out as prime minister and Anwar Ibrahim as far from power as ever, an old-school Malay politician, Muhyiddin Yassin, was sworn in as prime minister on March 1.

The political whirlwind cleared the way for the United Malays National Organisation and its allies, all Malay and Muslim parties, to regain power. The failure of the reform government to last even two years can be traced to old rivalries, inexperience and the rise of political Islam, writes James Chin.

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Item Type:Magazine Article
Keywords:Malaysia, regime change, mahathir, anwar, muhyiddin
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Government and politics of Asia and the Pacific
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Political systems
UTAS Author:Chin, J (Professor James Chin)
ID Code:145647
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Politics and International Relations
Deposited On:2021-07-29
Last Modified:2021-07-30

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