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PROSPECTS FOR MALAYSIA BARU: CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE WITHOUT CHANGING THE CONSTITUTION

[Text of a public lecture under this title given by the author in the Jeffrey Cheah Distinguished Speaker Series, at Sunway University on 3 September 2018]
The events of Wednesday 9 May 2018 marked a fundamental change in Malaysia. Never before had the Malaysian people gathered en masse to use their votes to change the government. They did so across all of the many divides: ethnic, religious, linguistic, geographical, and socio-economic. They achieved this without violence and in accordance with the constitution and the law. State and federal officials acted conscientiously, upholding the best traditions of public service. Give or take a few points, every official from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong down to the local police did their job excellently. The voters maintained good spirits, enjoying the moment of democracy, respecting their differences, and at the same time being watchful to ensure that their votes were properly counted and respected. In some cases voters had to lobby ballot-m…