A history of local elections in Penang Part I: Democracy Comes Early

By Koay Su Lyn, Steven Sim, Photography Arkib Negara, Buletin Mutiara, Shirish Mulmuley, Cardiff University, Sir Home Riggs Popham, Penang State Museum and Art Gallery

November 2014 COVER STORY
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Fifty years ago, in March 1965, local elections were suspended throughout the newly founded Federation of Malaysia.Those were turbulent times in many ways, no doubt, and the centralising of power was a major objective of the federal government. The political disagreements and conflicts among various parties were serious and diverse. This was no surprise, given how independence from the British was gained only eight years earlier, and how the Federation of Malaysia had just been formed out of four very...

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Koay Su Lyn

reads and writes of the past to make sense of the present. She is a research analyst in the History and Heritage Programme of Penang Institute.

Steven Sim

is the MP for Bukit Mertajam and Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports.

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Photography Arkib Negara

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Buletin Mutiara

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Shirish Mulmuley

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Cardiff University

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Sir Home Riggs Popham

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Penang State Museum and Art Gallery