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Malaysia in 2013: Najibís Pyrrhic Victory and the Demise of Malaysia


Chin, JU, Malaysia in 2013: Najib's Pyrrhic Victory and the Demise of Malaysia, Southeast Asian Affairs, 41 pp. 175-189. ISSN 0377-5437 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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The Barisan National (BN) and the Opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) contested the long-awaited general elections (GE) in 2013. The results and consequences of the GE were felt through the year. It was as if the entire country was consumed by the electoral results. All the major political events in 2013 were, in one way or another, connected to the 13th GE. Two of the more important matters arising from the GE were the popular vote and the increased electoral importance for BN of East Malaysia. When historians look back on 2013, they will see a country deeply divided by racial and religious politics, with the Najib government seemingly unwilling to confront right wing groups promoting religious bigotry and a racial agenda. The GE triggered a barricade mentality in UMNO and right wing groups who seemed determined to spread the ideology of hate, using fear as their weapon.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Social Services And Welfare, Political Science, Business And Economics--Economic Situation And Conditions
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:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Chin, JU (Professor James Chin)
ID Code:99643
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2015-03-31
Last Modified:2015-05-15

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