The	Defeat	of	Barisan	Nasional:	Missed	Signs	or	Late	Surge?	(Winning	Elections	by	Rigging	Borders?	Barisan	Nasional’s	Brazen,	and	Failed,	Attempt)
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The Defeat of Barisan Nasional: Missed Signs or Late Surge? (Winning Elections by Rigging Borders? Barisan Nasional’s Brazen, and Failed, Attempt)

by Danesh Prakash Chacko

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 : 9789814843904C03

About Author

Danesh Prakash Chacko

Danesh Prakash Chacko is the Mapping Advisor of Tindak Malaysia, an electoral reform group and member of the BERSIH Coalition. He trained as a spatial scientist at RMIT University (Australia).