James Chai is a Visiting Fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute and a columnist for MalaysiaKini and Sin Chew Daily. 

Articles by James Chai (17)

PAS’s Long-Term Play Is to Go Its Own Way

James Chai

Parti Islam SeMalaysia, the political party which has the most seats in Parliament, intends to capture the reins of federal power. This time, however, it plans to do so on its own.

Abdul Hadi Awang Enhances His Power as PAS President and Drives the Party to the Far-Right

James Chai

This Long Read examines how PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang consolidated his influence since 2015 to lead the party to its current political high.

PAS’ Over-confidence Might Be Its Undoing

James Chai

PAS appears to be riding a wave of confidence after its solid wins in the recent state elections. It should be more circumspect.

From the Fringes of Defeat: How UMNO President Zahid Hamidi Transformed His Vulnerability into Invincibility

James Chai

This Long Read examines the structural moves UMNO President Zahid Hamidi took to consolidate power within the party. It argues that these decisions are likely to disincentivise reforms, rejuvenation and change within UMNO, which may exacerbate its decline in electoral popularity.

Sanusi’s Bully Pulpit Populism: Boon or Bane?

James Chai

In the run-up to the state elections in Kedah, Parti Islam SeMalaysia is touting a Trumpist-type politician. The approach is unconventional but explicable if one considers the party’s ambitions.