Factors driving the resurgence of minority party politics

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The resurgence of minority political parties is a relatively recent world wide phenomenon that is gaming fresh interest in political studies. In Malaysia, after decades of struggle, minority political parties the Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) and the Parti Keadilan Nasional (ADIL) had succeeded in overthrowing the Barisan Nasional (National Front) state government of Terengganu in the 1999 state election. The objective of this paper is to analyse the factors leading to this episode of the resurgence of the PAS and ADIL in Terengganu. Data were collected through questionnaire survey and field observations. The results of the study showed that six factors drove the resurgence of the Malaysian minority political parties, viz. (1) change of strategy; (2) skilful exploitation of leadership and economic crises; (3) appeal to young voters; (4) good track record; (5) complementary ideological platform and (6) electronic information and telecommunication technologies including the Internet. In conclusion, this particular resurgence of the Malaysian minority political parties was a manifestation of changing political struggles at the local level against what was perceived as repressive and unjust status quo mainstream politics. It would be very interesting to test again the veracity of these critical factors in the country's next general elections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-33
Number of pages5
JournalWorld Applied Sciences Journal
Volume13
Issue number13 SPECIAL ISSUE
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Factors driving the resurgence of minority party politics. / Mat Jali, Mohd. Fuad; Awang Besar, Junaidi; Buang, Amiah @ Amriah; Katiman, R.; V. Selvadurai, Sivapalan.

In: World Applied Sciences Journal, Vol. 13, No. 13 SPECIAL ISSUE, 2011, p. 29-33.

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