Home Web Specials Sabah state election primer: Borneo goes to polls

Sabah state election primer: Borneo goes to polls

Join us on Telegram and Instagram for the latest.

With elections called for 26 September, Sabahans will decide their state government in competitive polls. Over 10 political parties, scores of independent candidates and different varieties of political ‘frogs’ will square off in 73 different seats to win over the 1.1 million voters. At stake is not only the fate of the leadership of Sabah, but the first competitive election for the national government led by Muhyiddin Yassin.

Three experts with on-the-ground field experience discuss the context, contests and contentious issues. This University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute-Malaysia Seminar discusses how Sabah is unique and the need to rethink paradigms to understand the complex and different drivers shaping Borneo politics.


  • Dr Bridget Welsh, an honorary research associate with the University of Nottingham Malaysia’s Asia Research Institute, specialises in South East Asian politics, with a focus on Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Indonesia. An author and editor of numerous books, reports and articles, she examines electoral behaviour, democracy and socio-political transformations in the region
  • Dr Villashini Somiah, a lecturer of gender studies with the University of Malaya, is a Sabahan anthropologist who received her PhD from the National University of Singapore. Her work focuses on under-represented narratives of women, youth, migrants and marginalised Borneans living in the interior
  • Sabahan Philip Golingai is a news editor with the Star Media Group. He writes two columns, One Man’s Meat on Wednesdays for The Star Online and It’s Just Politics for The Star on Sundays
Thanks for dropping by! 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.

Our voluntary writers work hard to keep these articles free for all to read. But we do need funds to support our struggle for Justice, Freedom and Solidarity. To maintain our editorial independence, we do not carry any advertisements; nor do we accept funding from dubious sources. If everyone reading this was to make a donation, our fundraising target for the year would be achieved within a week. So please consider making a donation to Persatuan Aliran Kesedaran Negara, CIMB Bank account number 8004240948.
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x