DAP in post-2022 Malaysia: Deals, Ambitions, Provocations


Malaysia’s Democratic Action Party (DAP) is the largest party in the Unity Government formed in November 2022. DAP’s number of MPs (40) exceeds Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s National Justice Party (PKR)’s 26, and constitutes half of Pakatan Harapan’s 81. The party won a whopping 94% of the urban, ethnically mixed seats it contested at the 2023 state elections. However, DAP’s presence in the federal cabinet is disproportionately small, and it is routinely maligned by the all-Malay Perikatan Nasional opposition, continuing a trend started by the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), DAP’s former nemesis turned partner.

This seminar addresses three major questions surrounding DAP in contemporary Malaysia. First, what are the ongoing challenges, at the party leadership and grassroots levels, regarding the deals—in federal and state governments—struck in order to be in power? Second, what are the priorities and compromises in DAP’s pursuit of political ambitions and policy platforms, especially its staple of reforms? Third, how is DAP negotiating the treacherous terrain of ethno-religious politics, particularly with its defense of human rights and equality while regularly being provoked and stigmatised?

At this seminar, first-time MP, party youth leader, policy thinker, and former Perak state assemblyman Howard Lee will share his perspective on these timely and searching questions.

About the Speaker

Howard Lee Chuan How is a Malaysian politician, activist and chef who has served as the Member of Parliament for Ipoh Timor since November 2022. He is also a member of the Malaysian Foreign Minister’s Consultative Council for Foreign Policy, and the sole Member of Parliament to be appointed in the Council.


This is a hybrid event which will be held at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS).

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Feb 22 2024


2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

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ISEAS Seminar Room 2 / Webinar