Wong Chin-Huat
Wong Chin-Huat
Professor Wong Chin Huat is a political scientist at Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development (JSC), Sunway University, Malaysia. He specialises in political institutions and group conflicts.

To have a successful term in office, Anwar must deliver direction and hope with meaningful roles offered to allies and the opposition, says Wong Chin-Huat.

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No single political bloc has commanded even a simple majority in Malaysia’s parliament since 2020. Until 2008, leaders had always governed with a two-thirds majority.

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Anwar Ibrahim can be a bridge to a better future. If he is unwilling, he should be removed, but a change will be pointless if his replacement cannot address the old problems.

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Ismail Sabri Yaakob looks set to succeed Muhyiddin Yassin, but he has a slim majority and was part of the government criticised over its pandemic response.

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Of the options open to PM Muhyiddin Yassin, forging an agreement with Pakatan Harapan is the least likely to trigger protests, market panic and his own ousting, argues Wong Chin Huat.

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Far from enabling China’s peaceful reunification, ‘one country, two systems’ is undermining it. There is one fundamental reason for this: in more than 2,000 years, the Chinese state hasn’t been able to manage intergovernmental conflict.

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Malaysia’s ‘first-past-the-post’ system keeps minority voices from being heard, and the new government should embrace a proportional system that discourages extremism.