After the Tsunami: Malaysia’s Transformed Political Landscape in 2004 Continues to Test its Democracy
By Accountability Initiative, 28 May 2010

The documentary Selapas Tsunami (After the Tsunami), assesses the sweeping political changes brought about by the results of the 12th General Election in Malaysia, and discusses the ramifications these changes have had on government accountability and the building of an inclusive democracy. The film raises powerful arguments for decentralization—the benefits of greater regulation at the local level, the friction between federal power and local control--and highlights the inevitable backlash from an old guard that is uncomfortable with the transparent new model of democracy.