27 Sep '13, 3pm

Politics in Malaysia - Bumi, not booming (Economist)

The Economist Sep 28th 2013 | KUALA LUMPUR Politics in Malaysia – The ruling party returns to its old habits of race-based handouts THE United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) is the dominant party in the coalition that has ruled Malaysia since independence in 1957. Only now, however, is it parading its democratic credentials, so far as its internal appointments go. Nominations have just closed for elections to a broad range of party posts, to be decided in the middle of October by 146,000-odd party delegates at local level. Previously, a mere 2,600 members, those who attended the party’s convention, had a say. UMNO’s boosters claim that these new elections will restore vim to an ageing organisation. They say it will make it the most genuinely democratic party in the country. Not bad for an outfit with a past reputation as a ruthless political machine. Yet what might be...

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