Simple guide to Malaysian politics

Or “Why 37 MPs ratted on Perkatan Harapan and outsmarted themselves”.

Bersatu’s 26 MPs (This technically includes Tun and his son) led by Bersati president Muhyiddin Yassin) and 11 MPs (led by Azmin Ali) from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), the largest party in Pakatan Harapan (PH), left the coalition earlier this week, leaving it without a parliamentary majority. Before the departures, the coalition had 129 MPs. To form a government, any coalition must have a minimum of 112 out of the 222 members of parliament. PH is 17 MPs short.

Tun is now the interim PM, while the king decides what to do.


Politics is all out race

About 69% of Malaysia’s 32m people are Bumiputra: Malays and other indigenous groups. A further 24% are ethnic Chinese and 7% Indian. The Malays have historically supported UMNO because it champions and defends policies to boost them economically. Bersatu, founded by Tun and Muhyiddin does too. The Chinese and Indians resent the privileges accorded to Malays. The DAP represents Chinese interests and supposedly Indian interests; PKR, led by Anwar, supposedly embraces multiculturalism.


Why did the 37 quit the coalition? One reason is an attempt to ensure that Anwar doesn’t get to become PM, another is to keep Tun in power. But an important reason is that many of them are scared of losing their seats in a GE.

Shortly after Pakatan Harapan won power, 63% of Malays thought the country was “going in the right direction”, according to the Merdeka Center, a pollster. Within two years that share had plummeted to 24%. And PH keeps losing by-elections: 5 in all so far.

Mahathir could now try to form a government with parties who remain in the coalition, backed up by new support from elsewhere (Think Sawawak’s governing party, PBB and its pals who have 18 MPs*). They have told him to f-off, coming out to say they want Anwar as PM. Looks like whatever Anwar and Lim Guan Eng (head of DAP) said publicly in support of Tun’s resignation (He said he didn’t want to team up with UMNO), there’s disbelief in PH that he didn’t known his party president and Amin were talking to UMNO and PAS.

Or he could follow his traditional supporters who have abandoned the ruling coalition, and team up with those he removed from power in 2018 (UMNO and friends). UMNO and PAS have told him that they want a GE. Sawawak’s governing party, PBB and its pals who have 18 MPs* “say” that they’ll support him.

He could also step back, and make way for a race between Anwar, Azmin and figures from his own party, Bersatu.

Fun fact: According to his website, Azmin was born in Singapore in 1964 as the fourth child of six siblings. His father, Haji Ali Omar, was in the Malaysian army, in 1968, he returned to Malaya.

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*Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) and Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) formed a new coalition called Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

 

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9 Responses to “Simple guide to Malaysian politics”

  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    “Messy” politics in Malaysia is still better than “opaque” (lack of openness and transparency and therefore real accountability in the public sector) politics. VTO.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    ok lah!!!…CI, won’t dispute you on your analysis somewhat similar to my thoughts…will watch and see the Comedy leh!!!…unlike the straight lace shit we have in idiotland

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  • TruBlu:

    Hope there will be a smooth take-over.
    I think there will be one though.

    DrM is just tired n rightly so.
    Mr Anwar will be good for Malaysia n malaysians alike.

    No panic here.

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  • He keeps on fighting:

    I bet mrs mahathir wishes her dear hubby would retire and enjoy his last years in peace & happiness..
    But some people just cant sit still..
    God made 7bil people ..all are different..
    Wish him health & strength to fight for his people and country…
    He was only paid RM20k pm as PM of msia….thats only about $SD6k a mnth.
    Mediocre politician?? Far from it..

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  • Lee Chun Sing Mickey:

    I think it’s why all politicians rather die than let go power because their enemies may take revenge on them once the enemy is in power.

    Tun has no need for power and money. Is it to defend himself Frome enemies by holding on to power he cannot afford to let go? To protect his son?

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  • pap IB active on this topic:

    pap IBs are briefed to propagate the message that OPPO coalition does not work.

    we say that is pure pap BS.

    because purpose of Dr Mahatir PH coalition is to topple najib and wife and put them to jail. this process is on going and is reaching its end aka najib and wife are going to jail.

    so Dr Tan CB PSP coalition is set up with the same main objective which is to put pap clown and wife and their S$m gang in jail.

    because Dr Tan CB PSP coalition is Singaporean and not Malaysian, it shall succeed since Singaporean OPPOs are richer smarter and far more loyal to the big picture.

    so we tell pap IB here, good try. utter fail.

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  • Very well said, bro. Agree:

    pap IB active on this topic:
    pap IBs are briefed to propagate the message that OPPO coalition does not work.

    we say that is pure pap BS.

    because purpose of Dr Mahatir PH coalition is to topple najib and wife and put them to jail. this process is on going and is reaching its end aka najib and wife are going to jail.

    so Dr Tan CB PSP coalition is set up with the same main objective which is to put pap clown and wife and their S$m gang in jail.

    because Dr Tan CB PSP coalition is Singaporean and not Malaysian, it shall succeed since Singaporean OPPOs are richer smarter and far more loyal to the big picture.

    so we tell pap IB here, good try. utter fail.

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  • Good or bad person?:

    Mahathir is soldiering on because he is a true brave politician who wants to save and uplift his country. Say what you like about him do you honestly think at 94 he is power crazy and going for more wealth. Some said he is in there to protect his sons, really? Do a fair analysis and comparison. Look at his face his demeanor, do you think he is a hypocrite or a crook. Come on. Am sure he would rather call it quits if he has his way and spend the last few days or years in quiet peace. It pains him to see what is going on around him. Don’t you admire his spirit at 94. Too many sweeping and unfair unfounded comments have been hurled at him. Come on give him a break. He has done so much for his country and now his biggest last ditch battle is to get rid of the rampant corruption plaguing the country. He is caught in the web as politicians all over the world are facing when you tackle corruption. There is no utopian country or society anywhere in the world. He is instrumental to have enriched the country and open up the appetites of all the greedy and corrupt to run riot. Mahathir is a prayerful man of high principles. When the dust has settled, history will judge him kindly.

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  • Jman:

    Malaysia politics is unbelievable. The widespread raiding of public funds and open buying of support, and whole series of suspected crooks cannot possible bode well in the med to long term.

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