Regional cooperation of political parties

Partyforumseasia:It is certainly good practice to exchange views and experiences among political parties, study campaign strategies and know each other personally. This is mostly done between ruling parties and useful for government to government relations. Here are two examples:UMNO – PAP and CCP – PAP


UMNO assembly before the election: Frightened to lose?

Party warns of race riots, bankruptcy if BN loses”
(Straits Times, Singapore, 29 November 2012)

Partyforumseasia: Threatening the voters is normally not considered to be the best campaign strategy. It may work, though, but it reveals as well the nervousness among the UMNO leaders in view of the promises the opposition Pakatan Rakyat makes to the Malaysian voters.

The leaders of Umno Youth Khairy Jamaluddin, Women’s Wing Shahrizat Jalil, and Young Women’s Wing Rosnah Rashid Shirlin during the 66th General Assembly on 28 November 2012.

Malaysia: “Islamist” as prime Minister?
Partyforumseasia: What if PAS leader becomes premier?”
asks Dr. Farish M. Noor, the leading expert on the Malaysian Muslim Party PAS, in today’s Straits Times. The discussion is on why PAS as the probably strongest party in the Pakatan Rakyat opposition coalition should leave the premiership to Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of the smaller People’s Justice Party PKR. He was assumed to be the next premier in case the Pakatan manages to replace the UMNO-led ruling coalition in the upcoming elections. Only Anwar, many thought, would balance the Pakatan, which looks united more in its opposition against the Barisan Nasional than in its individual programs and aspirations. The topic is potentially rather hot because an “Islamist” as PM may be difficult to accept for the Chinese dominated DAP.

Malaysia: Reforms in UMNO and the upcoming election

Straits Times, Singapore, 24 November 2012

Partyforumseasia: Internal power struggles and rampant vote-buying in party elections have damaged the image of the party and disillusioned rank and file members. Under the pressure of the heavy 2008 losses, PM Najib has started reforms inside the party. Will it be enough to rally enough member support for the upcoming elections? And will it give more influence to UMNO members vis-a-vis the influential leaders with access to big funding?

Singapore: PAP prepares for biennial party conference on December 2

Normally, there is not too much information about internal activities of the PAP in Singapore. Here is some insight into engagement of the membership in preparation for the biennial party conference on Dec.2. The article states:
“The discussions were organised first at the PAP’s 87 branches before moving up to its five districts and involved more than 800 people in all. The sessions centered on five broad themes:

  • Moving fast – staying firm
  • Fulfilling individual aspirations – achieving societal goals
  • Giving our best – sharing our nest
  • Globally competitive – locally connected
  • Inclusive politics – decisive government

Results of and ideas from the discussions could be channelled to the ongoing national conversation.


Are members the backbone of PAS’s campaigns?

Malaysia: PAS members as backbone of election campaigns

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Comment Partyforum: According to this article PAS can rely on its 1 million members to run the election campaign.The dominant parties in SEA with their access to big funds can buy their campaigns and don’t need the grassroots. The interesting question is whether the PAS rank and file membership has more say in the party than, say, UMNO members.

Opinions and contributions welcome!