The Malay Muslim dilemma in Malaysia after the 12th general election

Nor, M.R.M. and Ahmad, M. (2013) The Malay Muslim dilemma in Malaysia after the 12th general election. Malaysian Journal of Democracy and Election Studies, 1 (1). pp. 10-23. ISSN 2289-5213,

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The results of the 12th Malaysian General Election, held in March 2008, revealed unexpected surprises. The aim of this article is to examine the concerns and dilemma of Malay Muslim after that political tsunami. For the first time since its reign which started in 1951, the ruling party, Barisan Nasional (BN), lost the 2/3 majority in parliament. The defeat of many BN candidates has opened the eyes of many people that anything can happen in the elections. The ruling party realised that if the people’s declining support towards them is not carefully handled, it will result in worse results during the next general election. On the other hand, some parties feel that the victory of many candidates that unite under the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) does not leave a good impression on the future of Malay Muslims. However, efforts have been made in order to convince the people that the progress and development of the country will continue. This article shows that there are still many who doubt PR’s ability to fight for the nation especially the issues related to Islam. Its leaders, however, plead for the opportunity to be given to rule in order to implement and achieve what they promise in their party’s manifestos.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 12th General Election (GE12), Malaysian politics, future of Malays, Islam, Barisan Nasional (BN), Pakatan Rakyat (PR)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Academy of Islamic Studies > Dept of Islamic History & Civilization
Depositing User: Dr Mohd Roslan Mohd Nor
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 02:03
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2014 02:03

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