On the rural political economy of Malaysia

This is looking back a bit,  but thought it might be useful to draw together here various media interviews and think tank articles I have had on this subject. Primarily on the Felda-FGV political economy.

Recent and upcoming:

  • A radio show interview. GE14 - BECAUSE FELDA MATTERS by KHOR Yu Leng, Independent Political Economist, Segi Enam Advisors 08-May-18 11:13 on BFM 89.9 The Business Station.
  • Two topics in commentary: 'FELDA in GE14 - New Access to the BN Fortress and a Takeover Rumour' in The Edge Malaysia http://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/felda-ge14-%E2%80%94-access-bn-fortress-and-takeover-rumour. 
  • Research article comparing the voting preference and socio-economic indicators for Felda settlements and kampung biasa in GE14.

Playing palm oil politics ahead of Malaysia’s elections By KHOR Yu Leng - East Asia Forum, Australia National University, Crawford School, 26 April 2018.

The FELDA Quarrel and its National Ramifications By KHOR Yu Leng - ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, 12 Jul 2017.

Malaysia Paddy Fields Are Najib’s Battlefield to Woo Voters By Shamim Adam, Bloomberg, June 20, 2016.

The Political Tussle Over Felda Land Schemes by KHOR Yu Leng - Kajian Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 2014.

Others include interviews on Al Jazeera news.

Also, do read:

Voting Behaviour in FELDA Parliamentary Constituencies since 2004 by Geoffrey Pakiam, 26 Apr 2018.

Coalitions in Collision: Malaysia's 13th General Elections, Ed. J Saravanamuttu et al., 2015. Chapters by Maznah Mohamad and KHOR Yu Leng.


#Felda #FGV #Malaysia #PRU14 #GE14 #PRU13 #GE13 #PoliticalEconomy #GeneralElection

Think tank: Counting Migrant Workers in Malaysia

Published by ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS): "Counting Migrant Workers in Malaysia:  A Needlessly Persisting Conundrum” by Hwok-Aun Lee  and KHOR Yu Leng is now out and downloadable... https://www.iseas.edu.sg/articles-commentaries/iseas-perspective/iseas-perspective-2018-2

Features #KhorReports geo-data analytics and estimates on foreign worker ratio by district. 

#Malaysia #Labour #Data #DataScience  


Think tank: Palm oil issues and Malaysia's GE14 on East Asia Forum-ANU Crawford

Recently out, commentary at East Asia Forum, at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University:

Playing palm oil politics ahead of Malaysia’s elections

26 April 2018  Author: Yu Leng Khor, Singapore



This piece also picked up by other media, including Channel News Asia, https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/malaysia-general-election-felda-palm-oil-politics-10178430

In the media: Wider 4G coverage in Malaysia paves way for a 'WhatsApp election'

#KhorReports mapping data and commentary is featured in The Straits Times. In Shannon Teoh's report: 

...68 per cent of Malaysians are now using mobile broadband, a massive jump from 14 per cent in 2013.... Nowhere is this more apparent than in Johor, according to political economist Khor Yu Leng. "The digital reach is potentially complete across the entire state, with the exception of the forest zones. This affordable access to digital social media is unprecedented, especially in rural Peninsular Malaysia, along the coastal belts and in Johor," she told The Straits Times... This puts previously impenetrable areas, such as Felda settlements, in play....

Please click here to access the article (subscription may be required).

#SocialMedia #WhatsApp #DataScience #Data #GE13 #PRU14 #Malaysia #Johor #PoliticalEconomy #Felda


Khor Reports map data & analytics

Featured in The Straits Times, Singapore, 19 Apr 2018.

In the media: Malaysia’s mid-week polling day to impact voter turnout


Commentary: Malaysia’s mid-week polling day may impact voter turnout in Johor, Kelantan and East Malaysia

The worry for politicians facing the ruling BN coalition is that the voters most affected are “outstation voters”. They work in bigger urban areas including the Klang Valley, Johor Bahru, Penang and Singapore, and they tend to be opposition supporters.

The BN wants to discourage urban outstation voters from going back to vote in their usually more rural home seats and cause an electoral upset in their rural stronghold. These voters need to travel some distance intra or inter-state or further including from Peninsular to East Malaysia to return home to vote.

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/malaysia-voting-day-may-impact-over-a-million-voters-10131718

#KhorReports #Data #SocialMedia #PulangMengundi #Migrants#Traffic #Waze #PoliticalEconomy #GeneralElection #GE14 #PRU14