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The 2018 Malaysian General Elections: the return of Mahathir and the exit of UMNO


Chin, J and Welsh, B, The 2018 Malaysian General Elections: the return of Mahathir and the exit of UMNO, Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 37, (3) ISSN 1868-1034 (2019) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]


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In coming years, 9 May will be regarded a watershed moment in Malaysia’s political history; on the same level as the 13 May 1969 race riots. After 61 years of uninterrupted rule by the Malayan Alliance, and its successor, Barisan Nasional (BN), the governing coalition dominated by the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and led by Malaysia’s sixth prime minister Najib Tun Razak lost the 14th General Election. In a devastating defeat, BN lost its majority in the national parliament and only retained two of the 12 state governments contested. BN also recorded its lowest share of the popular vote, capturing only 33.8 per cent (a sharp drop of 13.6 per cent).

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Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:Malaysia, general election, 14th GE
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:131716
Year Published:2019 (online first 2018)
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2019-04-01
Last Modified:2021-01-05
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