The 2018 Malaysian General elections: The People have spoken

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Date(s) - 21/08/2018
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Room E561, 5th Floor, East Wing, Menzies Building (Building 11)

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Professor Jayum Anak Jawan

Professor Mohammad Agus bin Yusoff

Dr. Azhar bin Ahmad


The 2018 Malaysian general elections have been dubbed as the “mother of all general elections”. This was due to the fact that unlike previous general elections, this one has a high degree of uncertainty for the ruling party. All previous general elections had been generally expected to be won by BN. But in the 2018 general elections, although there was a general consensus that BN has a slight edge, the challenge mounted by the opposition could not be discounted has it has been done previously. Many former BN bigwigs had either left the ruling coalition or were being fired. Retired members of the BN coalition found reasons to return and make a comeback under different political banner. These all add up to the excitement.

This seminar will examine the patterns of voting based on a number of factors such as ethnicity, state and region. Three scholars from Malaysia will address different areas in explaining the patters of voting in the 2018 general elections. Jayum Jawan from Universiti Putra Malaysia will be speaking on Sabah and Sarawak’s role and what the pattern of political support there mean for the national coalition BN and the main component UMNO. Mohammad Agus Yusoff from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia will speak of the general voting pattern in West Malaysia, looking at explaining voting patterns among Malays, Chinese and Indian and how these voting patterns shape alignment of state government in the post 2018 elections. Azhar Ahmad will speak on the General Elections in Perak that was seen by many analysts as “hot” state because of the narrow margin of BN win in the state in two previous general elections in 2008 and 2013.

About the speakers:

JAYUM ANAK JAWAN: PhD (Hull); MA (Appalachian State); BA (UNC-A). Professor of Politics & Government, Department of Government & Civilization Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Former Tun Abdul Razak Chair (15) & Visiting Professor of Political Science, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, US. Area of specialization/ research: Politics & Government; Elections & Ethnic Relations.


MOHAMMAD AGUS BIN YUSOFF (Dato’): PhD; MA (Manchester); BA (Hons) (University of Malaya): Professor of Political Science, Politics & Security Research Center, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Area of specialization/ research: Comparative Politics, Malaysian and Indonesia Politics, Federalism and Elections


AZHAR BIN AHMAD (Dato’): PhD, MSc. (UPM); BA (OUM): works as Special Task Officer to former Perak Menteri Besar (Chief Minister). Areas of Specialization: Politics of Malaysia and Indonesia; Student movement. Extensive ground experience in politics, having assisted the Chief Minister in various capacities, including grassroots politics during recent general elections.