The May 5 elections in Malaysia may be the closest in the country's history. Malaysia's 2008 elections saw current Prime Minister Najib Razak's Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition lose its two-thirds majority for the first time since the country's independence in 1957—and next week's elections will show if Anwar Ibrahim's Pakatan Rakyat (PR) opposition coalition will continue to gain ground.
On this Asia Society Briefing Conference Call, participants will explore the impact of the election on Malaysia, its economy and its relations with the rest of the world.
Joseph Chinyong Liow is a professor of comparative and international politics and an associate dean at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
He is an expert on Malaysian politics and his research interests encompass Muslim politics in Southeast Asia and the international politics of the Asia-Pacific region. Liow holds a PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a MSc in strategic studies from the Nanyang Technological University.
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