Malaysia’s Pakatan Harapan One Year On: Challenges and Outlook
About the Seminar
It has been over one year since the fall of Barisan Nasional and the formation of the Pakatan Harapan government in Malaysia. The euphoria of “New Malaysia” has receded and the realities of administering Malaysia’s complex web of politics, economic constraints, and competing interests has trimmed expectations. This has given rise to a perception of a government that may have bitten off more than it can chew. At the same time, the forces of the Opposition UMNO and PAS are consolidating and have been mobilizing public opinion, and raising doubts among supporters. Merdeka Center has been tracking public perceptions and attitudes about the New Malaysia and will discuss the challenges and possible outcomes given the known facts and insights from key players in Malaysian politics.
About the Speaker
Ibrahim Suffian is a co-founder and programs director of Merdeka Center for Opinion Research, a leading public opinion polling and political surveys organization in Malaysia. Through Merdeka Center, Ibrahim has been involved in organizing surveys in Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Singapore and Myanmar. Ibrahim received education from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and obtained an MBA from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. Ibrahim was a World Fellow at Yale University in 2011.