Emeritus Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, at the School of Social Sciences, at the University of New South Wales
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Malaysia's State Elections: Test for “decent, inclusive Malaysia”
Upcoming elections in six Malaysian states will test the success of an Islamist campaign in the Malay heartland to “disparage and delegitimise” Anwar Ibrahim's eight-month-old government and aspirations for inclusive politics, writes Clive Kessler.
The Return of Anwar
Malaysia’s general election was full of upsets and surprises – old verities of power were up-ended, and Anwar Ibrahim finally won the job he has aspired to for decades. However, writes Clive Kessler, the major development is perhaps the strengthening of the country’s biggest Muslim party, placing the Islamist project in the best position since independence.