We’re probably going to have to do three emails this week with candidates to be slowly released over the week.
After the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia brouhaha over the last few weeks, it’s UMNO’s turn under the microscope. Sixteen UMNO members filed at a court on Friday saying the party should be suspended after twice delaying internal elections, in violation of its own constitution. The Registrar of Society, which temporarily suspended the PPBM, is under scrutiny for allowing the move, with former cabinet members agreeing the matter should be dealt with by the courts, not ROS. Lim Kit Siang is one of many who believes the turn of events could mean a Barisan Nasional win would be invalidated by UMNOs status.
Everyone is going bonkers for bots lately. Over 17,000 bots have spent the last week tweeting pro-government content, but Barisan Nasional says it’s not us. Pretty much everyone I know has been tagged into a couple of these tweets, including myself, and it is a little surreal at first to click through to profiles and find bios written in Cyrillic. “The prevalence of bots with Cyrillic screen names does not suggest that Russian social media users are meddling in the Malaysian elections, but does indicate that whoever is behind the campaign purchased some bots created by Russian-speaking bot herders," says Donara Barojan from Digital Forensic Research.
Pakatan Harapan’s goal of fielding 30 percent women candidates is likely to fall short, Wanita Pakatan Harapan chief Zuraida Kamaruddin said on Friday. With candidate lists to be formalised this week, Zuraida could not place the final tally just yet but says an overall lack of women’s participation in politics is to blame. But still: "We are in the process of grooming more women to be effective leaders. The efforts are ongoing. God willing, we will have 30 percent or even more in future.”
Sabah is keen for a change, says James Chin in this piece from New Mandala, but ‘there are more than 30 political parties registered to operate in Sabah, in a state population of only 3.5 million.’ Warisan, which formed just under two years ago, may be the party to beat with its platform of ‘Sabah for Sabahans’ catering to Muslim and non-Muslim voters alike.
I’m very grateful for this look into PAS from Reuters, particularly the part where it discusses PAS’ outsized ambition versus what independent watchers expect to happen.