SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

How did Malaysia's one-party state survive? What we can learn from Malaysia's 13th general election.

Liew Chin Tong (Member of Parliament, Democratic Action Party)

Date: 10 December 2013Time: 5:15 PM

Finishes: 10 December 2013Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B102

Type of Event: Seminar


The United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and its allies have been in power since Malaysia's independence in 1957. It is currently the world's longest serving elected government that is still in office. The ruling Barisan Nasional (National Front) coalition survived the 13th general election, held on 5th May 2013, albeit with less popular votes than the Opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat (People's Pact). How did BN survive and what are the factors that will cause its demise in future?

Speaker Biography

Liew Chin Tong is a Member of Parliament for Kluang and a Democratic Action Party Central Committee member. Prior to becoming an MP he was  the Executive Director of Penang Institute (previously Socio-Economic and Environmental Research Institute, SERI, 2009-2012) and Research for Social Advancement (REFSA, 2007-2011), and was formerly a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore.

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