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Commentary: Malay political unity in Malaysia is but a myth


Chin, J, Commentary: Malay political unity in Malaysia is but a myth, Channel News Asia, Mediacorp, Singapore, 8 July (2019) [Newspaper Article]

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LONDON: Last week, out of the blue, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad invited all Malay parties including UMNO to join Bersatu in an effort to unite the Malays. "If we are split, we become weak. United we stand, divided we fall," he said. "(But) we find that there are people forming new parties ... how to win (the election)?" The invitation was immediately dismissed by most senior leaders in UMNO. Even PAS, the Islamic Party, said they were not interested. UMNO even gave a cutting reply - that UMNO and PAS were the "real" Malay parties in Malaysia as Bersatu got less than 30 per cent of the Malay vote in last May’s general elections.

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Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:Malaysia, history, political development, Mahathir
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:136051
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2019-11-28
Last Modified:2019-11-28

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