Electoral	Dynamics	in	Sarawak:	Contesting	Developmentalism	and	Rights

Electoral Dynamics in Sarawak: Contesting Developmentalism and Rights

by Meredith Weiss

Based upon observation of the 2016 Sarawak state elections at a time of political turmoil for the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, Electoral Dynamics in Sarawak offers four ethnographic accounts of grassroots electoral politics in diverse constituencies of Sarawak. Covering Ba' Kelalan, the rural stronghold of Sarawak Parti Keadilan Rakyat (People's Justice Party) leader Baru Bian; Tupong, the urban Malay-majority stronghold of the PBB; Stakan, a mixed constituency in which postal votes proved decisive; and Repok and Meradong, rural Chinese majority constituencies caught between the Sarawak United People's Party and the Democratic Action Party, this volume exposes the diversity and complexity of Sarawak's electoral geography. Central to the analyses in this volume are not only the role of ethnicity and the urban/rural divide but also the longer term impact of the politics of developmentalism, the personality politics surrounding Chief Minister Adenan Satem and the emerging force of Sarawakian states' rights enshrined in the Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) social movement.

Part of a comparative study of electoral dynamics across Southeast Asia, Electoral Dynamics in Sarawak seeks both to analyse the wider lessons to be learned from the 2016 Sarawak state elections as well as to deepen our knowledge and understanding of a state which is likely to play an especially important role in the political future of Malaysia.

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Preliminary pages
1. The 2016 Sarawak State Elections: Old Stories and New Punch Lines
2. Tupong: If It Aint Broke, Dont Fix It!
3. Stakan: Much Ado About Postal Votes?
4. Repok and Meradong: Challenges in Courting Rural Votes
5. Ba Kelalan: Sustaining the Crack in the BNs Rural Dominance

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  • Number of Pages : 120
  • Publisher : ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute / Strategic Information & Research Devt Centre
  • Weight : 180g
  • Product Code : 9789814762816
  • Dimension : 140 x 216 mm

About Author

Meredith Weiss

Meredith L. Weiss is Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, State University of New York.