"Just five years ago, many people were optimistic that Southeast Asia had
finally turned the corner when it comes to democracy.
Myanmar’s military had finally loosened its decades-long grip on power when
Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party won elections in 2015.
Three years later, Malaysia’s opposition party swept the long-serving Barisan
Nasional from power — the first regime change in the country since independence
These were seismic political shifts. More importantly, both changes in power
took place after free, albeit not completely fair, elections. There was no
Today, that optimism has gone."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics