Financing Politics in Malaysia: Reforming the System


  • Edmund Terence Gomez
  • Joseph Tong



Political Financing, Institutions, Legislation, Party Elections, Reforms


While debates about reforms of the financing of politics focus on money spent during federal and state elections, this study argues for a review of the financing of internal party elections. In Malaysia, the government proposed reforms of the financing of politics, but its focus was on only one issue, the introduction of a new law governing political parties. This article argues for the need to consider two additional points when this type of reform is proposed, namely: (1) institutional reforms of agencies responsible for monitoring the activities of parties and elections, to allow for greater autonomy of these institutions; and (2) measures to ensure internal party elections are conducted in a manner devoid of deep monetisation. The main reason for these additional proposals is that objectionable practices in the financing of party elections are being replicated in federal and state elections.


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Author Biographies

Edmund Terence Gomez

Professor of Political Economy at the Faculty of Economics & Administration, University of Malaya

Joseph Tong

Master of Public Administration, University of Malaya


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