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The BISA blog provides a platform for our members to share their research and provides a place for conversation on the latest developments in international studies. The intention is that this should be a space for scholars to communicate new ideas, pedagogical innovation and support other scholars, especially early career researchers.

The blog will also communicate news and additional information from BISA. We hope that it will be able to reach our members in manner that allows for greater interaction with BISA and create a space for communicating the cutting edge ideas and research that are the hallmark of our association.
 
- Professor Richard Whitman, BISA Chair

Battles for legitimacy: The arrest of a former Prime Minister and what’s next after Malaysia’s historic election

Scott Edwards

Malaysia’s historic election, which saw the first change of government since independence, was met with widespread optimism. Former Prime Minister Najib’s recent arrest for charges related to corruption was also hailed as a vindication for this optimism. While this is justifiable, the arrest and other related events raises questions about just how the new government under Pakatan Harapan (PH – Alliance of Hope) will overcome a plethora of challenges, especially revolving around race and religion.

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