The same political coalition ruled Malaysia from independence in 1957 until 2018, maintaining power by manipulating electoral districts, appealing to ethnic nationalism, and suppressing criticism through restrictive speech laws and politicized prosecutions of opposition leaders. The coalition lost to an opposition alliance in the May 2018 general elections, and the new government began to deliver on its promises of reform, though the momentum for legislative changes appeared to ebb by year’s end.
Freedom on the Net— Malaysia a Country Report
Malaysia is rated Partly Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.
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