Election a litmus test of administrative strategy v political ideology

Emmanuel Joseph

While various coalitions try to emulate Barisan Nasional’s approach in terms of racial demographics, the voting public is now more concerned with policies of governance, with the economy at the fore. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 28, 2022.

PRIOR to the 2008 elections, Malaysian political lines were clearer than they are now. 

Remnant issues from our colonial masters, and race and religion were allowed to dominate the political scene, with allegiances to race or religion syncretised into an “ideology” of sorts – preservation of the delicate social fabric and the “fair” distribution of wealth became the political raison d’ etre, rather than philosophical arguments like Marxism or Liberalism. 

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