Toward a political culture that suits a two-party system

By Ooi Kee Beng

August 2013 EDITORIAL
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Following the General Election in 2008, BN had the strange situation of being in the opposition in five states. Before March 8 that year, it only had that role in peripheral Kelantan.Despite the fact that Perak fell back to BN through defections soon after, the new situation was that BN had to learn to play opposition in key states on the peninsula. This involved a self-image it could not easily accept.Although it is taking a while to sink in for...

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Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His recent books include The Eurasian Core and its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World (ISEAS 2016). Homepage: