After 55 Years, Political Transition in Malaysia Has Never Been More Likely

After 55 Years, Political Transition in Malaysia Has Never Been More Likely

Malaysia has chosen May 5 as the date of national elections that will decide whether Prime Minister Najib Razak’s National Front, the multiethnic political coalition that has governed the country since independence, will hold on to power.

The main opposition coalition, the People’s Alliance, which made gains in the 2008 elections, continues to close the National Front’s narrow lead in opinion polls.

“This is a critical turning point for the country,” Bridget Welsh, associate professor of political science at Singapore Management University, told Trend Lines. “It will have to decide whether to stick with the incumbent government of 55 years, the longest-ruling coalition in the world, or whether it is ready to have a change of power.”

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