In September 2020, the Warisan state government that won power with Pakatan Harapan in 2018's historic elections lost in snap polls to an alliance of the old order. The results were close, but Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) actually polled fewer votes than the incumbent Warisan-PH coalition. Politically, the results strengthened the hand of Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin as both the Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak are now pro-Perikatan Nasional (PN). Sarawak will be holding its state election in the next six months, and this will have national implications. Unlike Sabah, the federal PN coalition has no presence in Sarawak and PM Muhyiddin must rely on Sarawak's GPS coalition to deliver.
With growing restlessness in East Malaysia over the 1963 Malaysia Agreement (MA63), what do the recent Sabah election results and the upcoming Sarawak state elections mean for the future of federal-state relations? Will the Muhyiddin federal government move to address the historical grievances?
Professor James Chin will discuss tough times in Sabah and Sarawak politics, amid controversial federal interventions in Sabah and ahead of Sarawak's polls as the pandemic worsens. The webinar will also feature a live discussion with Jannie Lasimbang, Marianne Ghani and Trinity Bungan Tajang moderated by Kean Wong.
This webinar will be recorded.