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A Malaysian cabinet divided, yet united

June 20, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR – With the national elections fast-approaching, Malaysians are witnessing an unprecedented shift in alliances.


Lim Kean Siew, ex-Labour Party member released an official press statement announcing his intention to join the “Bros Alliance”, founded and led by Ganie Gilong, representative of the United Sabah National Organisation (The Straits Times, 1965).


This means that Lim will be resigning from the Labour Party, and will also lose his Parliamentary seat in Penang. Other Labour Party members have openly berated Lim for his lack of loyalty.

However within the cabinet, support for this new party is strong and other members of the opposition have even expressed their willingness to possibly join the Bros Alliance.


Key members of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) have also expressed their support. Senu Abdul Rahman, Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Abdul Razak Hussein, Minister of National and Rural Development have commented that this move “aids in staying united during these difficult times”.


“(This will) help create a Malaysian Malaysia, for everyone,” said Syed Hussein Alatas, an Independent member in the house.


In an interview with Mr. Ganie Gilong, he told correspondents from TODAYonline that the Bros Alliance will very soon release a party manifesto. Meanwhile, rallies will be conducted in the next few weeks in Penang, Sabah and Selangor (North Borneo Times, 1967).




  1. North Borneo Times, 1967. “BROS Establishes Party Manifesto.” North Borneo Times, June 20, 1967.

  2. The Straits Times, 1965. “A New Challenger Appears.” The Straits Times, 1965.

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