Asia Institute Tasmania

Public Lecture | Abuse of Power and the Decline of Parliamentary Democracy in Malaysia


Professor James Chin and Professor Peter Boyce AO, University of Tasmania

Start Date

25th May 2016 5:30pm

End Date

25th May 2016 7:00pm

Malaysia is in the midst of one of the biggest financial corruption scandals in its history. In most parliamentary systems derived from Westminster the Parliament would enjoy some capacity to keep the executive accountable in such circumstances but, in Malaysia, Parliament has been rendered impotent at almost every turn. The Opposition leader is again in jail on a sodomy charge and the dominant Malay political party, UMNO, has allowed its leader to treat the ground-rules of parliamentary democracy with contempt. Malaysia's future as a democracy is now being called into question.

James Chin is Director of the University of Tasmania's Asia Institute. He has published several books on Malaysian politics and governance, including influential assessments of recent prime ministers.

Peter Boyce AO is an Adjunct Professor in the University of Tasmania's Politics and International Relations Program. His interest in Malaysian affairs spans more than fifty years, and in December 2015 he was guest speaker at a conference in Kuala Lumpur hosted by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Foundation.

This is a joint event with the Tasmanian branch of Australian Institute of International Affairs.

When      Wednesday 25 May 2016, 5.30 -7.00 pm

Where     Room 346 in the Humanities Bldg, Sandy Bay, University of Tasmania

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