The massive Cambridge Analytica scandal now looms in Malaysia, after a Channel 4 investigation busted an official from the company saying it had been involved in, among other places, Malaysia. This is still breaking this morning so we should expect to see more over the coming days, but initially, it appears Cambridge Analytica was established in Kuala Lumpur just prior to GE13 in 2013.
What could go wrong? UMNO Vice President Hishammuddin Hussein is suggesting ‘foreign powers’ might be at work to topple Barisan Nasional. “I do not dismiss the possibility of certain parties who are willing to use external powers to undermine our position,” he said during a stump speech in Kota Baru on the weekend.
PAS is calling on a higher power. “We plead that every pact that is planned by them (PH) is destroyed. Make the evil PH not have the strength to soldier on,” PAS preacher Ahmad Dusuki Abdul Rani said during prayers before an anniversary event in Shah Alam. “Let those that are with PAS be given access to heaven, hinder all PAS members from rotting in your hell.”
Johor the state to watch. Johor, the birthplace of UMNO, is changing – has UMNO changed along with it? This piece from Channel News Asia breaks down the shifting demographics within the state and the opposition’s view that it is possible to win up to ten extra seats.
Fresh-faced MCA. The Malaysian Chinese Association has been having a weird go of things lately, but this is an interesting move (ie. it’s not the party fending off racism from within its own coalition) to bring in fresh faces as candidates. In an election dominated by extremely familiar names, at least someone is looking forward!
Our friends at New Naratif are all over it with this research piece on gerrymandering and delineation. Penang Institute’s Ooi Kok Hin is here to blow your minds with a detailed look at what it all means.