Political Islam has populist appeal

Politicians in Malaysia and Indonesia are taking increasingly hardline positions to win votes and stay ahead of shifting grass root sentiments

January 26, 2017 4:39 PM (UTC+8)
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak addresses delegates of the ruling party, United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), during the opening ceremony of the annual general assembly at the Putra World  Trade Center (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur on December 5, 2013. The ruling party UMNO's six day general assembly 2013 began with the official opening by the party President Najib Razak. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak addresses delegates of the ruling party, United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), during the opening ceremony of the annual general assembly at the Putra World Trade Center (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur on December 5, 2013. The ruling party UMNO's six day general assembly 2013 began with the official opening by the party President Najib Razak. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN