Weaker parties and erosion of trust

Malaysian politics is changing. These changes began long before the power grab of the new Government.

Mar 14, 2020

By Bridget Walsh
Malaysian politics is changing. These changes began long before the power grab of the new Government. The country’s political parties and its leaders are much weaker than in the past and the events of the political turmoil over the last few weeks will deepen these trends.

We see greater disconnect in society to political parties. Party machineries have eroded, with fewer people joining parties. In the politicking and continued political fluidity, elite interests have overshadowed concerns with the livelihoods of ordinary Malaysians, contributing to greater alienation. Malaysians are tuning politics out with greater frequency. This disconnect will be hard to build up in a short period of time. Umno and PAS believe they have greater advantage due to their grassroots, but Umno leaders, in particular, overestimate their connectivity.

Political leaders overestimate the trust people have in them. Malaysia remains a feudal society and overwhelmingly want their leaders to succeed. --Malaysiakini

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