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A new fork in the road for the DAP

The formally multiracial but Chinese-dominant Malaysian party is mulling over a future within more multiracial coalitions and partnerships, possibly even including Umno. Why?

Whether its leadership can square the circle will doubtless have a bearing on its political fortunes as the DAP gears up for party elections later this month.
Whether its leadership can square the circle will doubtless have a bearing on its political fortunes as the DAP gears up for party elections later this month. PHOTO: DEMOCRATIC ACTION PARTY/FACEBOOK

The Democratic Action Party (DAP) is the biggest party in the Malaysian Parliament today. This is a curious anomaly, given the prevailing narrative of Malay dominance that defines Malaysian politics.

But it is another anomaly that appears to impact the party more profoundly: the DAP is a Chinese-dominated political party (about 70 per cent of its membership is Malaysian Chinese) that propounds a multi-ethnic agenda predicated on racial diversity and inclusion, yet it is often associated with narrow Chinese interests.

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