Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD


Over the past two decades or so, I found myself getting more and more disenchanted with Malaysian politics. Primarily on account of its lack of transparency, civil space, free political dialogue and racial disparities. I left the country in the same year that its longest-serving Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad resigned from the political arena. He was Malaysia´s strongman politician – and whilst I can´t agree with every policy he enacted – I had a belief in his capability to build a nation. Even as a kid.

My political identification with and emotive affect for Malaysia´s political future has been galvanized yet again – after a 18-year hiatus – following the resounding electoral victory of Pakatan Harapan (´Coalition of Hope´). This is the first time in the nation´s history that the ruling party (Barisan Nasional – National Front) has been defeated in the electoral arena. It is the first…

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