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One year of Anwar: State of the Nation

An online roundtable discussion on the past 12 months in the Malaysian political scene
The 15th Malaysian General Elections (GE15) took place on 19 November 2022, amid political turmoil and uncertainty. Following a tumultuous period of politicking the unity government emerged composing of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Barisan Nasional (BN) coalitions, mired in controversy and hope.

Meanwhile the emergence of the right-wing bloc Perikatan Nasional (PN) dominated the Malay heartlands and press. The 2023 state elections in six states further cemented PN’s position as a major player in Malaysian politics. 

As the dust settles, who are the major players now, what are some of the key issues the voters face, and will BN wither away to make place for PN? Can Anwar rally support from the Malay heartlands or will PN maintain their momentum? As ASEAN faces an uncertain future, what does this mean for Southeast Asia?

This event is a collaboration of SSEAC (Sydney Southeast Asia Centre), MASSA (Malaysia & Singapore Society of Australia), and the MASCA (Malaysian Student's Council of Australia) state chapters of NSW, QLD, ACT, and VIC.

When:          Thursday, 2 November 2023

Time:           4 - 5PM AEDT (1-2PM Malaysia time) 

Where:        Online



Walid Jumblatt Abdullah is an Assistant Professor at the Public Policy and Global Affairs Program, Nanyang Technological University. He completed his PhD under the Joint Degree Program between National University of Singapore and King’s College, London. He works on relationships between Islam and the state, political Islam, and political parties and elections. He has published in journals such as Democratization, International Political Science Review, Government and Opposition, Asian Survey, and Asian Studies Review, among others. He has an Instagram Live series called Teh Tarik With Walid, where he has discussions with politicians, policymakers and influencers, in a bid to make politics more accessible.

Professor James Chin


Professor James Chin is Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Tasmania.  Prof Chin is a leading commentator on Malaysian politics and has published extensively on Malaysia and the surrounding region.

Dr Tricia Yeoh

Dr. Tricia Yeoh is CEO of IDEAS (Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs), an independent public policy think tank in Malaysia, where she has previously held positions of Chief Operating Officer (2013-2017) and Fellow (2017-2020). She received her PhD from the School of Politics, History, and International Relations at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, examining federal-state relations and opposition subnational durability within dominant party authoritarian regimes. She was formerly Research Officer to the Selangor Menteri Besar at the Selangor State Government and has previously served as Director of the ASLI Centre for Public Policy Studies. She is recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, conferred by the Selangor Sultan (Pingat Jasa Kebaktian, PJK), and the Monash University Malaysia Distinguished Alumni Award 2017. She is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Monash University Malaysia and Campus Visitor, Australian National University.

Greg Barton

Greg Barton is Research Professor in Global Islamic Politics in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI), Deakin University where, since August 2015, he has led research on Islam and civil society, democratisation, and countering violent extremism. Greg has thirty-four years of experience researching Islam and social movements in Indonesia, Malaysia and broader Southeast Asia.  From 2007 to 2015 he was the Herb Feith Professor for the Study of Indonesia at Monash.  He taught at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu from 2006 to 2007, and at Deakin University from 1992 to 2006.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Strategic and Global Studies (SKSG), University of Indonesia, and a Senior Fellow with the UAE-based Hedayah Center in Abu Dhabi working on CVE.