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The book is available at the Gerakbudaya store in Petaling Jaya and other leading bookshops (Normal price RM45).

It is also available (for personal collection only) at the Aliran office at 103 Medan Penaga, 11600 Jelutong, Penang for RM40. Phone 04-658 5251 to make an appointment before coming.

You may also order the book online from Gerakbudaya.

About the book

Developments over the past 100 days of Pakatan Harapan rule have given us some hope that we are on the march towards not just a more developed Malaysia, but one that upholds freedom, justice and solidarity.

In this regard, Aliran has just published a comprehensive and important book entitled Regime Change in Malaysia: 60 Years of UMNO-BN Rule End, edited by Francis Loh and Anil Netto (Petaling Jaya: SIRD and Aliran, 2018).

With some 40 chapters from 30-odd writers, the book looks at some of the general election issues, actors and the campaign itself. It also analyses the results and some of the challenges in store for the future.

Here is the Table of Contents:

INTRODUCTION: Regime change and all that Francis Loh


1 Vote for Institutional reform; save the country Aliran Exco
2 Bersih 2.0 and GE14 Toh Kin Woon
3 GST: Critical issues that led to BN’s downfall Anil Netto
4 The black hole of 1MDB: Early signs of trouble Anil Netto
5 BRI and increased Chinese investments in Malaysia Francis Loh
6 Humongous PM’s Department Francis Loh
7 The FELDA factor in GE14 Johan Saravanamuttu
8 Democracy, autocracy, kleptocracy K Haridas
9 SPR, ROS and the judiciary: three institutions that lost their way P Ramakrishnan


10 The Citizens’ Declaration: a ‘game changer’? Francis Loh
11 Dr Mahathir dissects kleptocracy Khoo Boo Teik
12 Once Mahathir, always Mahathir Khoo Boo Teik
13 The last stand of Mahathir Mohamad Khoo Boo Teik
14 The ever-present Anwar Ibrahim Khoo Boo Teik
15 From Kaum Ibu to Kaum Reformasi Zeenath Kausar
16 Wan Azizah – the other doctor in the house Khoo Boo Teik
17 The youth will set us free Francis Loh
18 Rafizi, Fahmi and Zunar: three who gave us hope for change Benedict Lopez
19 Karpal and Kit Siang – two colossi GK Ganesan Kasinathan
20 PSM stakes a political space at GE14 Mustafa K Anuar
21 Whither BN? The future lies in inclusive politics K Haridas
22 UMNO and MCA’s credibility deficit erodes public support VP Mohan


23 Will Pakatan Harapan win the general election? Subramaniam Pillay
24 Why Dr Mahathir? Francis Loh
25 Critical issues not debated in GE14 campaign Mary Chin
26 Seven obstacles opposition had to overcome to capture Putrajaya Anil Netto
27 The dawning of a new Malaysia: the role of civil society Chris Chong
28 (Re)building a new ethos in a post-GE14 plural Malaysia Soon Chuan Yean
29 The green wave of PAS on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia Azmil Tayeb
30 The mood for change among Chinese voters Por Heong Hong
31 Malaysia’s problematic media: before and beyond GE14 Zaharom Nain
32 Rakyat’s victory vindicates decades-long struggle Henry Loh


33 GE14: the political earthquake that ended BN’s 60-year rule Faisal Hazis
34 Power to the people Aliran Exco
35 Still a long way to go: GE14, women and political representation tan beng hui, Maznah Mohamad, Cecilia Ng
36 Dynamics of Chinese votes in Sarawak in GE14 Ngu Ik Tien
37 A closer look at the Malay tsunami Jeyakumar Devaraj


38 New Malaysia banishes ghost of May 13 JD Lovrenciear
39 After the plunder: BN’s shattered credibility Dominic Damian
40 Decentralise federalism in Malaysia Francis Loh
41 Is an Islamic state on the cards after GE14? Ahmad Fauzi
42 Is Malaysia ready to lower its voting age? Haris Zuan
43 Race, identity and belonging in Malaysia Cheah Wui Jia
44 Creating the change Prema Devaraj


Penang book launch

Aliran launched the Regime Change book in Penang on Friday, 19 October 2018. In conjunction with the launch, we had a discussion with the theme Post-GE14: The Way Forward.

In this post-general election era after Regime Change, what does the future portend? Come and listen to some of the contributors to the book and share your views.

Post-GE14: The Way Forward

  • Overview of election results – Anil Netto, Dr Cecilia Ng and Dr Azmil Tayeb
  • Economic issues and challenges – Dato’ Dr Toh Kin Woon and Anil Netto
  • Whither political Islam in the post-GE14 era? – Prof Ahmad Fauzi
  • Challenges and the way forward – Henry Loh, Dr Prema Devaraj, Cheah Wui Jia, VP Mohan and Dr Soon Chuan Yean

Each of the speakers had five minutes and there was an open discussion for the second hour.

Moderator: Dr Francis Loh

Date: Friday, 19 October 2018
Time: 7.45pm-10.30pm
Venue: Masyarakat Penyayang/Caring Society Complex, Penang

Klang  Valley book launch

The book was officially launched in the Klang Valley at the Gerakbudaya bookshop in Petaling Jaya on 22 September 2018.

At the book launch in PJ, a line-up of ‘young’ scholar-activists shared with us their views on the general election result and the implications of regime change for the future.

  • Dr Faisal S Hazis, Ikmas, UKM
  • dr tan beng hui, independent researcher
  • Dr Ngu Ik Tien, UM
  • Dr Chris Chong Eu Choong, UTAR
  • Haris Zuan, Ikmas, UKM
  • Dr Por Heong Hong, UM

They were joined by veteran academics and writers:

  • Dr Johan Saravanamuttu, former dean of social science, USM
  • Prof Zaharom Nain, University of Nottingham, Malaysia campus
  • K Haridas, Aliran ExCo

and other contributors.

Penang soft launch

About 20 contributors were present for the soft launch in Penang held in conjunction with Aliran’s 41st anniversary on 8 September (photo below).

Book contributors at the soft launch of Regime Change at the Aliran dinner on 8 September.
The views expressed in Aliran's media statements and the NGO statements we have endorsed reflect Aliran's official stand. Views and opinions expressed in other pieces published here do not necessarily reflect Aliran's official position.

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Gursharan Singh
Gursharan Singh
30 Nov 2019 10.42am

The change may have not have brought any change to ordinary rakyat as the replaced regime may have similar policies-culture but may have benefited a new set of leaders.

POLITICIANS REGARDLESS OF PARTY OR POLICES MAY BE LEACHES WAS THE SAME SPECIES BUT DIFFERENT NAME [This was the conclusion in a short story written just a few years after MERDEKA when the local politicians replaced the colonial masters where the local leaders adopted the practices of the colonial masters and exploited the ordinary raktyat. Reminded me of the book titled ANIMAL FARM by GEORGE ORWELL.


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