01 Oct '12, 5pm

Malaysia’s Coming Election: Beyond Communalism?: International Crisis Group Asia Report N°235 1 Oct 2012 EXECUTI...

International Crisis Group Asia Report N°235 1 Oct 2012 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Malaysia’s thirteenth general election, which Prime Minister Najib Razak will have to call by April 2013, could be a watershed in communal relations. More than ever before, there is a chance, albeit a very small one, that opposition parties running on issues of transparency, economic equity and social justice could defeat the world’s longest continually-elected political coalition, the National Front (Barisan Nasional), that has based its support on a social compact among the country’s Malay, Chinese and Indian communities. That compact, granting Malays preferential status in exchange for security and economic growth, has grown increasingly stale as the growing middle class demands more of its leaders. Both ruling party and opposition are using images of the Arab Spring – the former to warn of chaos ...

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