Anwar's States of the Nation: six elections, one future?

Malaysia elections webinar

Anwar's States of the Nation: Six Elections, One Future?

Elections in six Malaysian states on 12 August are being billed as a referendum on Anwar Ibrahim's leadership less than a year after he led a federal unity government to power. 

But the elections represent more than just a test for Anwar. They will be a critical pointer of the strength of Islamist and Malay nationalist parties and will provide a signpost of whether multi-ethnic and religious Malaysia can pursue the politics of plurality and inclusion.  

Asialink has assembled a panel of leading scholars to assess the election outcomes, the trends in political and social order they will reveal, and their impact on Anwar's prime ministership.


  • Prof James Chin of the University of Tasmania,
  • Dr Wan Rohila Ganti of Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA),
  • Dr Pauline Leong of Sunway University
  • Wathshlah Naidu, the Centre for Independent Journalism.

Moderating the discussion will be leading journalist and author Kean Wong.