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Malaysia is polarised. What did the progressives do wrong?


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A look at the results of the general election tells us that Malaysia is politically polarised.

Pakatan Harapan won 37% of the popular vote, followed by Perikatan Nasional with 30% and Barisan Nasional with 22%. In fact, Perikatan Nasional (anchored by Pas) managed to win almost the entirety of support deep in the Malay heartland, namely the northern and east coast of the peninsula.

But why are we polarised? What did the progressive bloc do wrong – and what did Pas do right?

BFM talks to Badrul Hisham Ismail, director of programmes at Iman Research

Produced and presented by: Dashran Yohan

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Khoo Soo Hay
Khoo Soo Hay
10 Dec 2022 10.20am

Malaysians should ensure that the country never ever ends up a mono religious country like Iran, controlled by the Ayatollahs. The country is multi-racial and multi-cultural and that is its strength in the democratic political economy.

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