China’s ambitions welcomed in Kuala Lumpur?

December 7, 2016 Asia Pacific Memo 0

Memo #388 By: Phuong Nguyen – h0aiphuong.14 [at] and Kai Ostwald – kai.ostwald [at] In the shadows of the headline-grabbing October announcement that the Philippines would forge closer ties with China and “separate” from its long-time […]


Reform in Malaysian Party Politics: Reasons for Slow Change in UMNO

January 31, 2013 Asia Pacific Memo 0

Trying to reform a dominant political party by changing the status quo can precipitate conflict and instability, particularly if conservatism has become ingrained in its political practices. One such dominant party, the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), has been beleaguered by vociferous calls for reform since its uncharacteristically mediocre performance in Malaysia’s general elections of March 2008. As the commanding group in the Barisan Nasional coalition, which has ruled Malaysia continuously since 1957, the UMNO has not been confronted with any serious challenge to its uninterrupted hold on power, particularly during the twenty-two-year rule of political strongman Mahathir Mohamad (1981-2003). […]