Hope for a ‘new’ Malaysia derailed by old politics — at least for now

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Hope for a ‘new’ Malaysia derailed by old politics — at least for now

Malaysia has experienced a dramatic political transition with conservative political parties returning to government. The new Perikatan Nasional (National Alliance) coalition recently used legal means to grab power, making Muhyiddin Yassin the country’s eighth prime minister. The alliance includes the 1MDB scandal-tainted United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS). To understand […]

Malaysia: retiring senators to open path for speedier reforms

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Malaysia: retiring senators to open path for speedier reforms

The pattern of political reform following a regime change is usually predictable: the reformers gain popular support, make changes to the constitution and then use constitutional politics to achieve their ends. But Malaysia’s current period of political change is straying far from this pattern. Instead, Malaysia is proving that peaceful transition and reform may be […]

Malaysia #GE14: Najib’s fall about being truly ‘Malaysian’ *updated

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Malaysia #GE14: Najib’s fall about being truly ‘Malaysian’ *updated

The stunning victory of Malaysia’s opposition on May 9, 2018 in the country’s 14th general election and the equally impressive peaceful turnover of power — as the federal government changed hands for the first time in the country’s 60-year history — has put Malaysia in the international spotlight. Bucking the global trend of authoritarianism, millions […]

Thailand English-language News for May 10 (HD video)

In Thailand English-language News for May 10, 2018, Newsline presenter Cholaphansa Narula tells us about: 00:46 | Deputy prime minister and defence minister General Prawit Wongsuwon yesterday said that he not concerned about the planned rally by pro-election activists on May 22.  General Wongsuwon reiterated that the government is expecting to hold general election in accordance with the […]

Disenfranchised & Discouraged: Malaysian Youth Shun Politics

Disenfranchised & Discouraged: Malaysian Youth Shun Politics

Observing the Parliament of Malaysia or indeed any of Malaysia’s 13 state legislative assemblies and it is noticeable that the corridors of power are packed with the elderly. There are no elected politicians between the ages of 15 to 24 in the country, and more than 70 per cent of parliamentarians are above the age of 50. This is […]

Complicit partners: Who Controls The UMNO–PAS Consortium?

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Complicit partners: Who Controls The UMNO–PAS Consortium?

Malaysia’s fourteenth general elections are looming. This time, almost unprecedentedly, they will see the two great Malay political parties — the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and the Malaysian Islamic Party (Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS)) — working implicitly as allies, not rivals. The fate of Malaysian politics, despite the nation’s ethnic diversity, is decided by the […]

Circling The Wagons: Will Najib’s Bolstered Arsenal of Legislation Be Enough?

Circling The Wagons: Will Najib’s Bolstered Arsenal of Legislation Be Enough?

The year 2016 ended with Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak still firmly entrenched, despite two years of scandal, scrutiny and speculation over funds missing from state development fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), including US$800 million that is believed to have passed through his personal accounts. Mr Razak quickly shut down Malaysian investigations into 1MDB in […]

Mahathir And Anwar: Unlikely Bedfellows Reunite For BN/ Najib Battle

Mahathir And Anwar: Unlikely Bedfellows Reunite For BN/ Najib Battle

On Monday September 5,  former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad did the unthinkable. He turned up at the High Court for Anwar Ibrahim’s filing of an interim injunction to stop the enforcement of the newly-passed National Security Council (NSC) Act. Mahathir shook hands with his former ally turned nemesis and both exchanged pleasantries. He wished […]

Why Najib Razak is a Political Dead Man Walking

Why Najib Razak is a Political Dead Man Walking

Last month the US Department of Justice (US-DoJ) announced that it was taking action to seek ‘the forfeiture and recovery of more than US$1 billion in assets’ related to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). This action will likely start the process that will eventually lead to the removal of Najib Razak, Malaysia’s sixth prime minister. According […]

Malaysia’s Troubles Are Just Beginning

Malaysia’s Troubles Are Just Beginning

As it tussles with multiple crises of political legitimacy and governance Malaysia has reached a decisive point in its more than half-century history as an independent nation. What started as a shocking but not exceptional scandal has turned into a political crisis of unprecedented proportions. This was underlined by the Bersih 4 protests on August 29–30  […]

‘Rule Britannia’ Takes on New Form For Cameron’s SE Asia Tour

‘Rule Britannia’ Takes on New Form For Cameron’s SE Asia Tour

British Prime Minister David Cameron wrapped up his July visit aimed at  boosting trade ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) at a time when the organisation itself is in the countdown to the commencement of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) at the end of this year. His trip took him to four […]

Malaysia’s mess is Mahathir-made

Malaysia’s mess is Mahathir-made

At least embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is right about one thing. The current mess in Malaysian politics is the making of his greatest nemesis, Mahathir Mohamad, who led the Southeast Asian nation with an iron fist from 1981–2003. What Najib fails to fathom is that Mahathir has not produced this mess by criticising […]