Democracy in Malaysia: Prospects and Possibilities

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A La Trobe Asia webinar panel

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Date:
Thursday 18 November 2021 05:00 pm until Thursday 18 November 2021 06:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Contact:
La Trobe Asia
asia@latrobe.edu.au
Presented by:
La Trobe Asia
Type of Event:
Public Lecture; Public

After a period of turmoil, Malaysia’s new Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri Yaakob, has a tenuous hold on leadership. A politician of the UMNO (United Malays National Organisation) coalition, his party returns to power a few short years after their first ever electoral defeat when former Prime Minister Najib Razak was tied to the 1MDB scandal involving RM 2.67 billion (close to $900m AUD) in missing funds.

Ismail now holds a slim majority in parliament and is seen by many as a compromise leader for parties and factions desperate to hold off high profile opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. While Malaysia faces recovery from a devastating pandemic and the economic fallout from a lengthy lockdown, even more challenges come from within - managing a tenuous coalition whose support is crucial to government stability. What are these political developments likely to mean for Malaysia’s long term democratic prospects?

Panel:

  • Dr Amrita Malhi, Visiting Fellow, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University
  • Professor James Chin, Asian Studies, University of Tasmania
  • Associate Professor Kerstin Steiner, Director of Research, La Trobe Law School, La Trobe University

Chair: Dr Bec Strating, Executive Director, La Trobe Asia

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