Over the weekend, Malaysia was plunged into political uncertainty as politicians and parties tried to manoeuvre and out-manoeuvre one another. Mahathir Mohamad has resigned as prime minister—although he’s still serving as the interim prime minister at the moment—and plenty of horse-trading is going on as Malaysians wait to find out who will emerge victorious. (For a recap, check out our explainer.)

But the turmoil of the past weekend isn’t just about party statements and parliamentary seats; it also has an impact on the Malaysian people and the hopes that many had for a “new Malaysia”. New Naratif asked five artists to help make sense of the situation.

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Fahmi Reza

Fahmi Reza is a political graphic designer based in Kuala Lumpur. He has been arrested, charged, banned and sentenced to jail for his design work. He tweets at twitter.com/kuasasiswa

Kedung Ballang Kapong

Kedung Ballang Kapong, or Keds, is a Malaysian visual artist and muralist based in Kuching, Sarawak hailing from the Bario Highlands. She is a member of the Sarawakian multi-discipline arts collective 9Lives Borneo. Currently working as a digital content producer, she combines her interests in culture, music, empowerment, and tattoos through illustrations and stories in the description for added visualizations. Contact her at kedungbk.art@gmail.com and find more of her at on Instagram at @kedsss

Max Loh

Max Loh is an as-and-when comic artist who flits between Malaysia and Singapore. He enjoys whittling at complex issues with words and images, stringing them together with emotions. While on his journey to find the ideal middle ground of practicality and passion, he'll gladly stuff his face with all the food he can get his hands on. Reach him at jlloh86@gmail.com.

Sonia Luhong Wan

Currently engaged in the field of renewable energy, Sarawak-born Sonia Luhong Wan is a self-taught artist who believes in art as a powerful medium for education and awareness. @sonialuhong is where she rambles on Instagram.

Charis Loke

Charis is an illustrator based in Penang, Malaysia. Drawing upon literature and visual culture, she makes pictures that evoke wonder and curiosity. As a member of Arts-ED, she also works on community arts and culture education programmes for youth. Her work can be found at http://charisloke.com.

Charis is Comics Editor and Illustrations Editor for New Naratif. Reach her at charis.loke@newnaratif.com

Charis est une illustratrice basée à Penang, en Malaisie. S'appuyant sur la littérature et la culture visuelle, elle réalise des images qui évoquent l'émerveillement et la curiosité. En tant que membre d'Arts-ED, elle travaille également sur des programmes communautaires d'éducation artistique et culturelle pour les jeunes. Son travail peut être trouvé à http://charisloke.com.

Charis est éditrice de bandes dessinées et éditrice d'illustrations pour New Naratif. Contactez-la à charis.loke@newnaratif.com