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At ASEAN Summit, Malaysia's PM Is a Tyrant Among Tyrants

Jared Genser | Posted 02.12.2017 | Home
Jared Genser

When Obama meets Najib Razak at the ASEAN summit in California, it is time for a new direction in the U.S.-Malaysia relationship. Human rights should return to the fore. Obama must publicly demand the release of prisoners charged with politically motivated crimes. For him to remain silent is tantamount to giving Najib a license to act with impunity.

Malaysia Must Listen to What Protesters Have to Say, Not Attack Them

Josef Benedict | Posted 08.28.2016 | Home
Josef Benedict

LONDON -- Malaysian authorities must ensure that this weekend's protest is not a repeat of the one in 2012 that resulted in protesters tear-gassed and arrested. The government has a duty to respect people's right to freedom of expression and to peacefully protest. A heavy-handed response by the authorities could sow the seeds of further resentment.

Malaysian Opposition Leader Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For Sodomy

Reuters | EILEEN NG | Posted 04.11.2015 | Home

By Trinna Leong and Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Malaysia's highest court rejected on Tuesday an appeal by opposition lea...

Obama Must Pivot Towards Democracy in Malaysia

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 06.28.2014 | Home
Azeem Ibrahim

In Malaysia's hotly contested political environment, there is little room for foreign dignitaries to meet with opposition figures.

What MH370 Says About Malaysia's Challenge

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.26.2014 | Home
Daniel Wagner

Malaysia sits at a crossroads. The government has been widely criticized for a lack of perceived transparency, and although the legacy of semi-authoritarian rule remains strong, it's slowly changing in some fundamental ways.

Statement Regarding Anwar Ibrahim

Al Gore | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Al Gore

It is extremely disturbing that the government of Malaysia -- by continuing to press this case beyond the bounds of reason, let alone the bounds of justice -- has used the courts to short-circuit the political process.

Deteriorating Democracy in Malaysia

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Azeem Ibrahim

Malaysia's self-described "best democracy in the world" is looking increasingly tarnished these days, following the recent election and return to power of its long-ruling Barisan National party.

Malaysia -- Slaying the Tiger Economy

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 07.28.2013 | Home
Azeem Ibrahim

Malaysia's rapid economic growth may well be coming to an end, as natural resources are being depleted and the workforce has reached a limit of productivity.

Election Fraud in Malaysia

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 07.07.2013 | Home
Azeem Ibrahim

Malaysians cast their ballots in the most important election in the nation's history on Sunday. On Election Day, as had been predicted by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, reports of electoral fraud were widespread.

Will Najib Razak Remove Malaysia's System of Racial Preferences?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.06.2013 | Home
Daniel Wagner

If history is any guide, Malaysians have every reason to doubt that the Bumiputra system will be dismantled under BN rule. But the BN is swimming against the long-term tide. Our hope is that it does not view this win as a fresh mandate for more of the same, but rather, as a wake-up call.

Malaysia's Ruling Party Gets Desperate

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 06.28.2013 | Home
Azeem Ibrahim

Malaysia has in reality been a one party state for over 55 years with the ruling UMNO party winning a string of elections without much opposition. However, with the stellar rise of Anwar Ibrahim, the ruling party is facing its most tightly contested election in its history.

Malaysian Economy: Is the Party Over?

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 06.25.2013 | Home
Azeem Ibrahim

With an election in the near future, scheduled for May 5th, Malaysia's economy is under scrutiny. Is it really as good as the present government says it is in its campaign propaganda?

Shameless Malaysian Government Fraud Goes Global

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.22.2013 | Home
Azeem Ibrahim

Prime Minister Najib Razak's government professes to be taking a lead in weeding out graft but the perception is growing that corruption under the Najib administration is flourishing.

Malaise in Malaysia: Corruption in High Places

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.22.2013 | Home
Azeem Ibrahim

Malaysia may not be in big trouble yet. While it still has a robust free press and whistleblowers are protected, the current issues have a chance to be addressed fairly. But the media is under pressure to conform and whistleblowers have been arrested instead of the corrupt officials.

What Does "Moderate" Mean in Malaysia?

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.22.2013 | Home
Azeem Ibrahim

Najib Razak presents himself as a reformer on a mission to modernize Malaysia. But the reality is that Malaysians want more than window dressing as the time gets closer to the next election.

Malaysia and the Muslim Spring

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.22.2013 | Home
Azeem Ibrahim

The movement behind the Arab Spring has a different connotation in Southeast Asian countries where Burma for example, is slowly transitioning into democracy and Thailand and Pakistan are emerging from periods of military rule.

Drop the Charges Against Anwar Ibrahim

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Azeem Ibrahim

It is clear that the Anwar Ibrahim trial has been unfair from the start. Every day that it continues is a further blot on the Malaysian judiciary and, in turn, on that democracy.

Rebuttal to Josh Treviño on Anwar Ibrahim's Trial

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Azeem Ibrahim

It is true that most Western media have not taken the accusations against Anwar Ibrahim too seriously. There are three good reasons for this.

Joshua Treviño | Posted 03.01.2013 | Home
Joshua Treviño


The Jews Control Everything? I Want My Share!

Noa Tishby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Noa Tishby

It's a long way from arguing with a government's policy, to labeling all Jews as conspirators. If you have a problem with the Israeli government, talk about the government but do not bundle me into your Jewish paranoia.

Malaysia's Bridge is Falling Down

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Thor Halvorssen

The modern splendor of Kuala Lumpur help disguise one of the world's most insidious authoritarian governments. Sadly, this country's appalling human rights record remains buried

Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysian Opposition, Faces Fresh Sodomy Charges

TIME | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Today Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, a little more than a decade after he was arrested, beaten and jailed on sodomy charges, walked into a...