With most people absorbed by the ongoing implosion of the United Malays National Organisation (Umno), a major shift happened a couple of months ago which may have gone largely unnoticed.
For the first time in 63 years, going back even before the independence of Malaya in 1957, the largest party in the country is no longer a race-based party but a multi-ethnic party – the People’s Justice Party (PKR), which now has 50 seats (as of 12 December).
The second largest party, the Democratic Action Party (DAP) with 42 seats, is also multi-ethnic to a certain extent.
This trend is a distinct move towards multi-ethnic parties, including in Sabah and Sarawak. Full article on the Aliran website.