The world is trending hard right. So why should Malaysia be any different?
A latest development is the just concluded election in Israel. Winner Benjamin Netanyahu will be building a coalition with his allies the ultra-orthodox religious parties to form a far right government.
Netanyahu‘s Likud party yesterday had the biggest haul of 35 seats for the Knesset (Israeli parliament). By comparison, Israel’s left wing has decisively collapsed. Labour – a dovish and secular party – won only six seats.
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Labour is the party of Israel founding father David Ben-Gurion and has produced a series of Israeli prime ministers, namely Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and <span id=”ref789902″></span>Ehud Barak.
Another leftist party, Meretz, which is led by a touchy feely female politician, won four Knesset seats.
Israel’s Mother-Of-All-Elections result and the super strong showing by the far right is bad news for its minority Arabs and their Palestinian cousins. Netanyahu‘s election promise to ‘annex’ the West Bank – if carried out – will likely set off a new intifada.
But at the same time, however, it should be noted that Palestinians under Muslim rule are not exactly enjoying the democratic freedom to vote. The last legislative election in West Bank and Gaza was held in 2006 and there have been no fresh election since then.
Rise of European right wing over the last year
Right wingers “accelerated in [the] recent year like a snowball rolling down a hill – picking up size and momentum,” said one Editor’s Note in a veteran’s magazine. The populist wave has even hit Latvia – see tweet above.
The European Union will be holding its continent-wide EU election next month.
Only a couple of days ago, the right wingers got together to form an European Alliance of the Nationalist Populist Right ahead of the polls. They comprise parties from Italy, Finland, Germany and Denmark and they expect to win big.
Furthermore, Italy’s firebrand interior minister Matteo Salvini – who is a right wing populist – is expected to crest the victory wave to become his country’s prime minister replacing current Italian PM Giuseppe Conte.
Right wingers keep on winning elections
Estonia had its general election last month that saw a surge in the far right. Meanwhile in Spain this month, the political right is anticipating an electoral triumph where far right party Vox could play kingmaker – see stories in tweets above.
Poland must hold its parliamentary election not later than this November. The well-established right-wing Law and Justice Party is expected to sweep the board.
Poland is part of the Visegrád Four – a group of neighbouring countries that includes Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic (the latter two countries previously known as Czechoslovakia).
Hungary has been described as “a semi-autocratic state under one political party’s control”. Its prime minister is the famously right wing Viktor Orban who heads Fidesz, a conservative nationalist party.
Czech President Miloš Zeman is staunch critic of Islam. He won the presidential election on 26-27 January 2018 for his second term in office.
Billionaire Andrej Babiš – dubbed the Czech Donald Trump – is prime minister leading a minority government. He’s said to mirror Trump’s divisiveness.
Jair Bolsonaro (pix above) who’s known as the Brazilian Donald Trump became his country’s president early this year. The world media have labelled Bolsonaro “far right“.
Norway and Austria have right-wing governments.
A young anti-immigrant Dutch party called FvD is currently polling second in the Netherlands – see tweet below.
Anti-immigrant party Sweden Democrats finished third in the country’s election last September.
Trump detractors falling by the wayside
Globalist leaders who oppose the populist and nationalist right wing, on the other hand, are in the doldrums.
German chancellor Angela Merkel has been inundated with calls for her resignation, including from the conservative bloc in her own CDU party – see Yahoo Finance article below.
French president Emmanuel Macron has been beset by week after week of Yellow Vest protests in Paris and other cities in France. He’s become so unpopular that his most recent public approval rating has plummeted to 29 percent.
In yesterday’s top news, the other leng chai poster boy, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, has similarly fallen from grace – see story embedded in tweet below. Pressure is mounting for Trudeau (a former elementary school drama teacher) to exit stage left.
British prime minister Theresa May – who leads a minority government – has so badly botched Brexit that it’s difficult to envision her remaining in office for much longer.
Merkel, Macron, Trudeau and May had all turned up their polished, elitist noses at Trump but it is the American president – whose voter base is right wing – that’s having the last laugh. In fact, Trump 2020 is almost guaranteed.
The pattern is set and Malaysia will follow in the footsteps of the rest of the world. That’s good news for Umno and PAS.