The	Defeat	of	Barisan	Nasional:	Missed	Signs	or	Late	Surge?	(Big	Data	and	Bold	Calls:	How	INVOKE	Saw	What	Everyone	Missed)
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The Defeat of Barisan Nasional: Missed Signs or Late Surge? (Big Data and Bold Calls: How INVOKE Saw What Everyone Missed)

by Rafizi Ramli ; James Chai

The results of Malaysia’s 14th General Elections of May 2018 were unexpected and transformative. Against conventional wisdom, the newly reconfigured opposition grouping Pakatan Harapan (PH) decisively defeated the incumbent Barisan Nasional (BN), ending six decades of uninterrupted dominant one-party rule. 

Despite a long-running financial scandal dogging the ruling coalition, pollsters and commentators predicted a solid BN victory or, at least, a narrow parliamentary majority. Yet, on the day, deeply rooted political dynamics and influential actors came together, sweeping aside many prevailing assumptions and reconfiguring the country’s political reality in the process. 

In order to understand the elections and their implications, this edited volume brings together contributions from ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute researchers and a group of selected collaborators to examine the elections from three angles: campaign dynamics; important trends among major interest groups; and local-level developments in key states. This analytical work is complemented by personal narratives from a selection of GE-14 participants.

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  • Publisher : ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Product Code : 9789814843904C22

About Author

Rafizi Ramli ; James Chai

Rafizi Ramli is the founder of INVOKE Malaysia, Vice-President of People’s Justice Party (PKR), and the former Member of Parliament of Pandan. He graduated with a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Leeds University and qualified as a chartered accountant at Jeffreys Henry LLP in London. ; James Chai is a columnist at Malaysiakini, Sin Chew Daily and Oriental Daily.