Young People’s Political Participation in Malaysia During the 1998 <i>Reformasi</i> Era


  • Norhafiza Mohd Hed Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia



Young People, Political Participation, the 1998 Reformasi, Conventional Politics, Unconventional Politics


This article examines the dynamics of young people’s political participation in Malaysia during the 1998 Reformasi era by focusing its analyses on the patterns of participation and the impacts of the 1998 Reformasi and the 1999 general election on young people’s political engagement.  By using content analysis of secondary data, the findings show that the 1998 Reformasi marked as a turning point that changed political engagement of young people from politically indifferent or disconnected generation to politically engaged citizens, whether in the forms of conventional politics (i.e. voting) or unconventional politics (i.e. protest activism and social movements) whilst failed to replace the existing ruling regime.  This change was closely related to the regional trend, socioeconomic factors and the new media.

Author Biography

Norhafiza Mohd Hed, Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia

Senior Lecturer

Department of Social Studies and Citizenship

Faculty of Human Sciences


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How to Cite

Mohd Hed, N. (2018). Young People’s Political Participation in Malaysia During the 1998 <i>Reformasi</i> Era. Asian Journal of Humanities and Social Studies, 6(6).