Sabah	from	the	Ground:	The	2020	Elections	and	the	Politics	of	Survival

Sabah from the Ground: The 2020 Elections and the Politics of Survival

by Bridget Welsh ; Vilashini Somiah ; Benjamin Y H Loh

Sabah's 2020 election was Malaysia's pandemic election. While attention has centred on the impact the election had on the increase of COVID-19, this collection brings together scholars, journalists and social scientists who were on the ground on Sabah to analyse what happened, why, and the broader implications of the outcome for Sabah and Malaysian politics. The book is the first in-depth study of a Sabah election. It is multidisciplinary, with authors from different perspectives, and the majority of the authors are from Sabah.
Traditional explanations prioritize the federal-state relationship in shaping Sabah politics. This collection challenges this paradigm, suggesting that politics in Sabah should be better understood as a reflection of conditions within Sabah—as Sabahans struggle to navigate and survive on Malaysia's periphery.

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Preliminary pages with Introduction
1. Warisan Plus in Government: A Retrospective from the Campaign and Beyond
2. The 1963 Malaysia Agreement: Pakatan’s Failed Restoration and Perikatan’s Fledgling Initiatives
3. The Unemployment Problem during the Warisan Plus Administration
4. Voices of Civil Society Organisations in Sabah Politics
5. Incessant Political Narratives: Perlious Migrants and the Treacherous East
6. Sabah’s Youth Talk Politics: Ethnic Identity, Illegal Migrants & Religious Freedom
7. Key Players in Sabah’s ‘Keroyok’ Politics
8. ‘Don’t Jump, Time to Work’: Political Maturity of Sabah Digital Spaces through the 2020 State Election
9. Sabah Style amidst Uncertainty: Campaigning in the 2020 Sabah State Polls
10. Undi Sabah: Igniting Youth Participation in Sabah’s Democracy
11. A Holistic Society-Centred Analysis of the Sabah 2020 Election Results: Voters, Voting and Trajectories of Survival and Change
12. Chinese Sabahans in the 2020 Sabah State Election
13. Kadazan-Dusun Politics: The Persistence of Personality Politics, Patronage and Ethnonationalism
14. Islam and Muslim Politics in Sabah’s 2020 State Election
Conclusion: Sabah after the Covid-19 Election Aftermath: New (and Old) Political Alignments
List of Contributors

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  • Number of Pages : 366
  • Publisher : Strategic Information & Research Devt Centre / ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Weight : 575g
  • Product Code : 9789814951685
  • Dimension : 152 x 229 mm

About Author

Bridget Welsh ; Vilashini Somiah ; Benjamin Y H Loh

Bridget Welsh is an Honorary Research Associate with University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute Malaysia (UoNARI-M), a Senior Research Associate of the Hu Feng Center for East Asia Democratic Studies of National Taiwan University and a Senior Associate Fellow of the Habibie Center. ; Vilashini Somiah is a Senior Lecturer at the Gender Studies Programme at the University of Malaya. ; Benjamin Loh Yew Hoong is a senior lecturer at the School of Media and Communication, Taylor’s University.