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BN’s challenge of legitimacy

FROM the arrest of Opposition politicians and activists to heightened ethnocentrism and threats of violence to the excommunication of Malay critics, the BN seems to be on overdrive. And with its legitimacy in the balance, we can expect far more threats and repression for a while yet.

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Running as an independent in GE13

THE 5 May general election saw a record number of independent candidates – 270 in all. KW Mak was one of them, running in the Bukit Gasing state seat against DAP’s Rajiv Rishyakaran, Gerakan’s Juan Sei Chang and fellow independent Simon Lee. He tells The Nut Graph of his experiences.

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Where does Malaysia go from GE13?

Where does Malaysia go from GE13?

SOME countries move from relatively democratic systems to more authoritarian ones such as Malaysia in the 1970s. Others from authoritarianism toward democracy. What can the experiences of these other countries tell us about where we go from GE13? And what choices lie ahead of those who want change?

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A minority government in power

A minority government in power

HOW did a minority coalition get into power in Malaysia’s recent general election? Refsa explains how the BN secured less popular votes than PR and yet still won more seats in Parliament.

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<em>Uncommon Sense</em> with Wong Chin Huat: Beyond GE13 (Part 1)

Uncommon Sense with Wong Chin Huat: Beyond GE13 (Part 1)

AND so the BN is still in power. Those hoping for a change in government are still coming to terms with the results of GE13. The Nut Graph asks political scientist Wong Chin Huat how the BN won, why it would racialise the poll results, and what needs to happen next.

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<em>Uncommon Sense</em> with Wong Chin Huat: Beyond GE13 (Part 2)

Uncommon Sense with Wong Chin Huat: Beyond GE13 (Part 2)

WITH the DAP’s strong showing at GE13, should the Opposition Leader come from DAP? And will PAS continue with its calls for an Islamic state and hudud? And why didn’t Sabah and Sarawak deliver much-needed votes to PR?

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