The	Defeat	of	Barisan	Nasional:	Missed	Signs	or	Late	Surge?	(Pasir	Gudang,	Johor:	Fortitude	Amid	Defeat)
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The Defeat of Barisan Nasional: Missed Signs or Late Surge? (Pasir Gudang, Johor: Fortitude Amid Defeat)

by Khaled Nordin

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 : 9789814843904C19

About Author

Khaled Nordin

Khaled Nordin was the 15th Menteri Besar of Johor (2013–18). Datuk Seri Khaled is a member of UMNO and current Vice-President of the party. He served as Member of Parliament for Johor Bahru (1990–2004) and Pasir Gudang (2004–18), as well as State Assembly person for Permas (2013–18). Datuk Seri Khaled also served as Minister of Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development (2004–08) and Minister of Higher Education (2008–13).