Loyalties will be tested in the 14th general election.
A discussion on the deeper dimensions of conflict and other aspects of the upcoming 14th Malaysian general election couldn’t be timelier, with the elections having to be called by the middle of the year. What do the persistent trends tell us? What are the implications of the new political realignments? How will East Malaysia fare? All these questions were deliberated during Penang Institute’s forum, “Malaysian Elections 2018: Dimensions of Conflict”, held in January this year.
Dato’ Dr Ooi Kee Beng, executive director of Penang Institute, propounded the need to trace the present state of political conflict back to the early 1990s. To handle the ending of the New Economic Policy in 1990, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad proposed the notions of Bangsa Malaysia and Vision 2020. These concepts came to denote the following period of exemplary growth in Malaysia when the country was counted as one of Asia’s impressive “flying geese”.
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