Malaysiakini :: BRIDGET WELSH
Silver linings in a GE13 without gold
Bridget Welsh | 5:11PM May 12, 2013
As the dust settles a week after the dirtiest election in history, a healthy people’s democracy rises from the ashes.
Umno's reactionary GE13 'victory'
Bridget Welsh | 11:57AM May 12, 2013
Those clinging to Mahathirism and Umno's past glory are unlikely to support reform efforts by the Najib administration.
Disturbing questions surrounding GE13 polling
Bridget Welsh | 12:05PM May 7, 2013
She shares some of her observations that suggest that in the May 5 election, some things appear not quite right.
Ordinary Malaysians, extraordinary day
Bridget Welsh | 11:15AM May 5, 2013
There are four intense battles taking place that will shape whether May 5 will indeed bring about change.
Inside the 505 generation - the youth vote
Bridget Welsh | 1:28PM May 3, 2013
The youth are likely not stand idly by and see their future taken from them through polls manipulation.
Shadows of the past stalk GE13 campaign
Bridget Welsh | 8:30AM Apr 30, 2013
In what has been part of a no-holds-barred strategy, the use of fear has come to the fore, especially with BN.
BN's femme fatale - the power of women
Bridget Welsh | 6:19PM Apr 27, 2013
BN has lost the advantage in fielding women. This will be a woman's election, whatever the outcome.
People or party? Wooing civil servants
Bridget Welsh | 2:08PM Apr 25, 2013
The reality is that in Malaysia’s close electoral races, civil servants can be decisive in shaping the final tallies.
Buying support - Najib's 'commercialisation' of GE13
Bridget Welsh | 9:58AM Apr 23, 2013
Najib has spent a total of RM57.7bil over the past four years since he became PM on election-related incentives.
GE13 post-nomination revelations
Bridget Welsh | 2:54PM Apr 21, 2013
Excitement for May 5 election has intensified, with every seat being contested - and the largest number of independents in history.
Crossing the lines - BN's early strategic mistakes
Bridget Welsh | 1:35PM Apr 19, 2013
Three controversial moves by BN in the last two weeks seem to have strengthened the opposition's hands.
Najib's dilemma over selection of candidates
Bridget Welsh | 8:33AM Apr 16, 2013
Given the low apparent turnover of incumbents, Najib appears terribly afraid that infighting in his party.
Chance for change? The possibility is there
Bridget Welsh | 8:40AM Apr 13, 2013
In this first of her GE13 analyses, Bridget Welsh argues that gains for the opposition are difficult but not entirely impossible.
Lessons from PAP's defeat in Punggol East
Bridget Welsh | 9:23AM Jan 28, 2013
The parallels between the PAP and Umno are there, but unlike the PAP, the initiatives in reform are much less substantive in Malaysia.
The politics of accommodation in PAS
Bridget Welsh | 2:50PM Nov 20, 2012
Judging by the meeting as a whole, the PAS muktamar highlights that the party is continuing to embrace more progressive positions.
Obama's victory of hope over hate
Bridget Welsh | 9:32AM Nov 8, 2012
'There are two Americas - one embracing diversity and the other holding onto the past of a white-majority...'
The glue that holds Pakatan together
Bridget Welsh | 9:38AM Oct 11, 2012
No, it's not the common search of political power that keeps Pakatan together, but the parties' shared moral compact.
Popular populism? Najib's Budget 2013 gamble
Bridget Welsh | 11:23AM Oct 1, 2012
The premier hopes the spending will give him and his party the security they appear to need ahead of the next polls.
A different Merdeka this year
Bridget Welsh | 8:00AM Sep 6, 2012
'Recent data shows that 97 percent of Malaysians are proud to be Malaysians. It is among the highest in the region.'
Najib's big dilemma: When to call the polls?
Bridget Welsh | 11:35AM Sep 5, 2012
The man who appears most reluctant to hold polls is Najib himself. He is now Malaysia's longest serving PM without a mandate.
Road to Malaysia's day of destiny
Bridget Welsh | 8:54AM May 6, 2012
The government should bear in mind that globally, the single most important event that triggers political transitions is a fraudulent election.
High stakes for Bersih 3.0 rally
Bridget Welsh | 8:08AM Apr 27, 2012
What happens tomorrow is not just about politics. It is not just about electoral reform. It is about Malaysia's future.
Harnessing hope in Burma's by-elections
Bridget Welsh | 10:42AM Apr 1, 2012
At long last, the burden of history is being lifted, and the promise of a better future is becoming tangible.
Democracy is shining in the dark
Bridget Welsh | 2:01PM Dec 31, 2011
Largely driven by ordinary citizens, Southeast Asia is experiencing important political change.
A new Singapore? Politics in the wake of May GE
Bridget Welsh | 9:44AM Aug 31, 2011
The extremely narrow victory of Dr Tony Tan for the presidency is yet another marker of political transformation.
Democracy strikes back: Lessons from Thailand
Bridget Welsh | 11:11AM Jul 5, 2011
After Sunday’s polls won by Yingluck Shinawatra's Pheu Thai, there is hope in Thailand for reconciliation and better government.
Five promising ideas from PAS' new line-up
Bridget Welsh | 11:36AM Jun 13, 2011
While many of the ideas are in the early articulation, the 57th PAS Muktamar does point to five promising ideas.
Victory of the 'Erdogans' bodes well for Pakatan
Bridget Welsh | 4:44PM Jun 4, 2011
This is the first non-ulama team - except for president Hadi Awang - since the 1982 coup against PAS nationalist leader Mohamad Asri.
Party polls will decide PAS' future, Pakatan's fate
Bridget Welsh | 5:15PM Jun 2, 2011
Party delegates will determine whether the party will adopt policies that bridge, rather than divide, communities.
Singapore's democratic opening
Bridget Welsh | 1:54PM May 6, 2011
From the first day of the campaign when thousands thronged an opposition rally, the PAP has been on the defensive.
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