The past five years have held tremendous significance for the process of nation building in Malaysia. Civil society and voters, especially in urban areas, are making new and strong demands on the government, in fact on governance per se; the opposition parties that managed to pull off successful electoral upsets in 2008 have formed a viable coalition to challenge the long-term federal government; and the federal government itself has been trying to adopt a reformist image without alienating its numerous conservative supporters. Although the government’s slogan of 1Malaysia was meant to signify national unity, it lacked credibility because many of the systemic deficiencies of sustained one party – 1Party – rule still remained. This collection of articles studies various aspects of change now pushed into the foreground for discussion.
New Media in a New Malaysia – 19 Aug 13
Jahabar Sadiq, Wan Hamidi Hamid and Ezra Zaid in panel discussion at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies on 19 August 2013. The moderator is Dr Ooi Kee Beng.
Jim Middleton of Australia Network interviews Ooi Kee Beng,