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Malaysia: UMNO and the myth of invincibility


Chin, J, Malaysia: UMNO and the myth of invincibility, The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, 108, (1) pp. 93-94. ISSN 0035-8533 (2019) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/00358533.2019.1565354


The United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) has long been seen as one of the most powerful political parties in the world in term of endurance and capacity to hold on to power. Until May 2018 it had held power continuously for a record 63 years. UMNO first came to power in colonial Malaya in 1955, stayed on in power in independent Malaya, and later in the Federation of Malaysia. It has often been compared to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional) which held power in Mexico uninterruptedly for seven decades. In the region, the only party that is comparable is Singapore’s People’s Action Party, which has ruled the island state continuously since 1959.

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Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:Malaysia, politics, UMNO
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:131277
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2019-03-12
Last Modified:2019-03-19
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