Monday, June 3, 2013

Malaysia Splits as UMNO Cracks Down on Dissent | The Diplomat

Malaysia Splits as UMNO Cracks Down on Dissent | The Diplomat
Post-election events in Malaysia have been worrying, and are tarnishing the country’s image.
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In the immediate aftermath of Malaysia’s controversial elections, Prime Minister Najib Razak appeared conciliatory. He made all the right moves and said all the right words to an electorate divided by race, religion and wealth, and overwhelmed by a “Chinese tsunami”.
His “One Malaysia” campaign – designed to show off Malaysia’s unity in diversity – was effectively shelved as Najib spoke of the need to reform entrenched race-based policies while urging calm within a sharply polarized society.
A week ago he made headlines with a warning to his ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and its Barison Nasional (BN) coalition, in which he said that the party had to adopt a strategy to cope with changing times, adding “nothing is constant. Whether it is quick or not, change will happen. READ MORE
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