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So Close and Yet So Far: Strategies in the 13th Malaysian Elections


Chin, JU, So Close and Yet So Far: Strategies in the 13th Malaysian Elections, The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, 102, (6) pp. 533-540. ISSN 0035-8533 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/00358533.2013.857145


This article examines the strategies employed by the ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional (or National Front), and the opposition alliance, Pakatan Rakyat (People’s Alliance), in the 13th general election held in Malaysia in May 2013. It argues that while the opposition used the right strategy for the 2013 campaign, it lost because it could not overcome the three biggest hurdles for opposition politics in Malaysia: East Malaysia, the rural Malay votes and a biased electoral system.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Barisan Nasional, Pakatan Rakyat, Najib Razak, Anwar Ibrahim, election strategies, United Malays National Organisation, Malaysian Chinese Association, Malaysian Indian Congress
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:99647
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2015-03-31
Last Modified:2016-08-19

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