Friday, February 14, 2020
Centrality of ethnicity and religion in Malaysian politics.
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has in recent months increasingly emphasised Muslim-specific issues in his government’s foreign policy. This is partly designed to appeal to the Muslim ethnic Malay majority, a key constituency for Mahathir’s Malaysian United Indigenous Party (PPBM). The PPBM governs as part of a coalition that includes multi-ethnic parties.