An examination of the Malaysian General Elections 2022

The margin of victory at GE15 was close, and after a short period of uncertainty, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim was appointed as Prime Minister of Malaysia. Coalitional politics is challenging due to many factors, and although there have been some encouraging signs over the past few years of parties working together, the current make-up of parliament will lead to higher political risk in Malaysia. We will examine what the administration has prioritised and how it has attempted to implement measures outlined in the five-year plan, as well as key positions in the cabinet and how policy could shift.

Agenda

Times below are shown as GMT+8

08:00 – 08:30 – Doors open and registration

08:30 – 09:00 – Opening presentation

09:00 – 09:45 – Panel discussion

09:45 – 10:00 – Q&A and networking

Event panellists

Tricia Yeoh

Chief Executive Officer at Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS)

Chin Huat Wong

Professor and Deputy Head (Strategy), SDSN Asia Headquarters at Sunway University

Ibrahim Suffian

Co-Founder and Director of Programs at Merdeka Center

Event chairman

Sumana Rajarethnam

Sumana Rajarethnam is the South-east Asia director of the Economist Corporate Network based in Singapore. Sumana works closely with network members to help inform their business strategies through political, economic and operational insight and to connect them with their senior leadership peers.

Sumana is a senior policy professional with 17 years of business advisory experience, nine of those as an analyst, principal and director with the EIU from 2011-2020. He has most recently been working in the Chinese technology sector, including stints at Kuaishou Technology and ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok.

Before joining The Economist Group, Sumana worked as a journalist and in public relations with a focus on government and institutional clients. He served as executive director of the Asian Dialogue Society, working to develop an alternative ASEAN Charter with leading policymakers, and organised the “Building a Better Asia” series, a programme for young leaders across Asia undertaken with Peking University and the Nippon Foundation.

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