Let’s not go back to the late Abdullah era

By Ooi Kee Beng

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One important effect of the March 8, 2008 elections was that it forced the BN government in Putrajaya into crisis management. That became the responsibility of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when he replaced Tun Abdullah Badawi as Umno president and as Malaysia’s Prime Minister in April 2009.No doubt, such a situation meant that federal policies under Najib were formulated and implemented more with electoral gains than nation building in mind. But certain important things did change between the late...

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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: wikibeng.com