After a decade of growth, Malaysia's DAP faces brain drain

Three top figures likely to sit out next GE, raising questions about party's direction

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The Democratic Action Party (DAP) is set to lose a clutch of its most academically qualified MPs - a "brain trust" that has been acknowledged as key to the party's growth over the past decade to become Malaysia's largest in Parliament.

Bangi MP Ong Kian Ming, Damansara MP Tony Pua, and Bakri MP and former minister Yeo Bee Yin - all Oxbridge graduates - have indicated that they will likely sit out the next general election (GE).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 15, 2022, with the headline After a decade of growth, Malaysia's DAP faces brain drain. Subscribe