Legislate for political stability

Emmanuel Joseph

Our winner-takes-all system means that most statutory appointments are directly or indirectly made by the government of the day, and the development and implementation of key policies often depend on these appointees. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, June 10, 2020.

THE 2018 general election drastically changed Malaysia’s political landscape, with the people ousting an administration that had ruled since Merdeka.

Widely accused of largesse and systemic corruption, the Barisan Nasional government was nevertheless rather stable. This stability was largely owing to its predictability, the idea that the same coalition would rule and the distribution of political power among the races would not change despite tweaks in parliamentary seat allocation.

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