Professor, Asian Studies – University of Tasmania
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A landslide to muddy Malaysia's future
The incumbent GPS coalition's overwhelming victory at last weekend's Sarawak state elections indicates an overhaul of Malaysia's federation is underway, says James Chin.
James Chin podcast: State elections and the future of Malaysia’s national politics
This week’s state elections in Malaysia have big implications ahead of national polls expected in the next several months.
Borneo brews another Malaysian reality
Malaysia's Sarawak state goes to the polls this month, in a nation ravaged by the pandemic and political turmoil. James Chin asks, can the Borneo state's contrasting talk of unity show Malaysia a way out of its religious and racialised gloom?
Can Malaysia's new Prime Minister end the political crisis?
On Friday, Malaysia appointed a new Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri Yaakob, following the resignation of Muhyiddin Yassin at the start of the week.But the appointment of the third prime minister in as many years by the King, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, is not likely to end Malaysia’s rolling political crisis.
The slow decay of the Malay political establishment
As Malaysia stumbles through another political crisis that could bring down the government any day, Professor James Chin argues the country faces a deeper challenge – the decay of the Malay political establishment. The only way out is power sharing that recognises Malaysia’s reality as a multi-racial, multi-religious society.