Essay About Politics In Malaysia

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Sabah has different political dynamics as compared to West Malaysia due to distinctive historical and development trajectory and constitutions of various ethnic group ranging from small bumiputera groups to greater within-group religious heterogeneity. Historically, Sabah;s politics is predominance by 2 forces: parochialism and ‘big man’. (Totalitarianism) Only in recent years, national political parties was fared badly in Sabah, with majority of the voter voting for state-level parties. Of the national parties, voters in urban Chinese areas show preference to Democratic Action Party. Only in 1990s, Barisan Nasional (BN) started to allocated seats to local component parties.

Sabah practice representative democracy where elected representatives vote on behalf of constituents. Citizens aged 21 and above are able to exercise their rights in choosing their preference ruling party once every 5 years. The next election would be held in 2018.

In 2008 and 2013 election, Barisan Nasional had clear victory in Sabah, retaining their dominance of the parliamentary seats and state assembly, although there is an increase in opposition in the seats. The extent of Barisan Nasional winning was partly due to first-past-the-post electoral system. (Refer to Fig) [1.13]
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Totalitarian regime failed to deliver economic progress to vast bulk of population. This may be the main reason why household income and economic growth of Sabah remain slow before. Furthermore, due to technological advancement in information and communication, it has broken down the ability for the government to control access to uncensored information. When this is so, locals were be educated of other political system available in different countries and would have a preference. There would then be an increase in demand for political

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