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Whither Malaysia? Assessing the Impact for Investors of the Post-Election Political Transition

For the first time since Malaysia’s independence, UMNO and its coalition Barisan Nasional (BN) have been voted out. The alliance that is taking over power, Pakatan Harapan (PH), brings back together former UMNO stalwarts and then political opponents, Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim.

While the transition to a new government is progressing smoothly, the reshuffle of the country’s ruling elite is creating significant uncertainty. It remains unclear to what extent PH will now seek to overturn BN’s policies, whether in relation to trade, investment and the economy, or to the country’s foreign policy including towards China.

The seminar will shed light on the political and social dynamics behind the earth-shattering election’s results. It will also provide insights on Malaysia’s new leadership. Last, it will offer prospective views on the impact for investors of the ongoing transition.


Mohamed Nawab Osman is the Coordinator of the Malaysia Program at RSIS and a Senior Advisor at Asia Group Advisors. He is a leading expert on the politics of Malaysia and of Muslim politics in Southeast and South Asia. His opinion pieces have been featured in leading media including The Straits Times, The Nation and Jakarta Post. Nawab also is a frequent commentator on political Islam, terrorism and Southeast Asian politics on CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera and Channel News Asia. Nawab is a social activist and serves as the President of Critical Xchange. He also sits in the board of Association of Muslim Professionals. In 2014, he was nominated to attend the inaugural Young Southeast Asian Leader’s Initiative.

Romain Caillaud is a Director at Asia Group Advisors. He oversees the firm’s project execution teams in Malaysia, Singapore and Myanmar. Romain has more than a decade of advisory experience in Southeast Asia in extractive industries, telecoms and technology, financial services, and the food & beverage industry. He served as President of the French-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce from 2012 to 2015.

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