Malaysia’s largest political party, the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), has faced difficulties over the past few years but the party still has a future in Malaysia’s elections. Any attempts by other parties to ban or deregister UMNO are likely to further increase the party’s popularity.
The conviction of Malaysia’s former finance minister in a major corruption case will have far-reaching implications for the country’s domestic politics.
The guilty verdict in former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s corruption trial is a sign of hope but it hardly means that justice has been delivered in the case. Malaysia’s judiciary has a historic opportunity to restore some degree of independence and push back against decades of political interventions.
With Malaysia’s current government facing a serious challenge of legitimacy, a snap election could be around the corner.
UMNO is in the grip of a crisis. Its new President Mohamad Hasan brings something new to the table, but it may be too late to save the party.
Malaysia will need UMNO in the new, Mahathir era. It needs a strong opposition to drive it forward. But first, UMNO must transition from incumbent to opposition.
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