29 Apr '18, 1pm

Malaysia’s electoral fantasy belies worrying reality https://t.co/VPC5LE98Kv

Malaysia’s electoral fantasy belies worrying reality https://t.co/VPC5LE98Kv

The important phases in Malaysian elections are the period leading up to the calling of the polls, when all these structural arrangements for elections are established, and then after the elections as winners jockey for position in light of the results. The actual election period is a fantastic interlude during which an alternative reality prevails. In the campaign period and on election day, the country’s fate is decided in a kind of absurdist political carnival in which Malaysia’s historical and demographic realities are forgotten, and the peculiarly composed and unbalanced ‘voting nation’ constructed by the Election Commission pre-election is substituted. The Election Commission’s constituency delineation ingenuity constructs a ‘voting nation’ that, through the vastly unequal weight given to rural over urban electorates, is far more hardline pro-Malay and pro-UMNO than ...

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