NOTE: This virtual event will take place on September 23 at 8PM NY/September 24 at 8AM Malaysia.
May 2018 saw a momentous change of government in Malaysia, ending the 50-year-run of one of Asia's most resilient authoritarian coalitions. March 2020 saw another—this time, without an election. Amid public-health and economic turmoil, Malaysia has been navigating uncharted political waters ever since. The new government has all but rolled back reform. And the prospect of a snap election, that might bring back the once discredited “kleptocratic” leadership of Barisan Nasional, puts into question many of the assumptions behind hopes for a “New Malaysia.” Our panelists cannot tell you what’s next, but they can at least discuss how we got here and what buoys and shoals might lie ahead.
This event will be moderated by Margaret Scott, a NYSEAN co-founder and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU Wagner.