With elections just two days away, it’s time for me to wrap up this series of preview posts. It’s also time for me to answer the question that you’ve been waiting for me to answer: who’s going to win, BN or Pakatan?
The answer is, I don’t know. It’s hard to bet against the BN winning the majority of seats, but frankly, I am too far from the action to develop any sophisticated read of the electorate. These posts have largely focused on the background and the context of these elections, not on the nitty-gritty of daily developments which might prove decisive. I can’t tell from here what’s in store for Malaysia, but we’ll learn soon. And I will be doing my best to offer instant analysis of the election results over at New Mandala.
I would urge interested readers to take a look at my most recent article on Malaysia, just published at Contemporary Southeast Asia (gated, an ungated and slightly cheekier older version is here). This article is probably the most misunderstood of all the things I’ve written, as readers insist on reading it as foreclosing the possibility for political change in Malaysia. But it helps to explain my larger approach to political change in Malaysia, and why I think that Bersih (rather than Twitter or Malaysiakini) is the single greatest threat to Malaysia’s established political order.
See also: Index of preview posts.