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Rising Political Risk in Asia

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.04.2017 | World
Daniel Wagner

As the world continues to gyrate from the political paradigm shift under way with the rise of 'alternative' political movements, many countries will s...

Malaysia's Bersih 5 rally: protesters weigh the cost of action under a repressive regime

The Conversation Global | Posted 11.18.2016 | Politics
The Conversation Global

Participants in the 2015 rally organised by the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections in Malaysia. Olivia Harris/Reuters Khoo Ying Hooi, University...

Malaysia's Dangerous Path

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.30.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Muslims from around the world have long chosen Malaysia as a holiday destination, being widely viewed as a moderate Muslim country, where people of di...

U.S. Lawsuits Implicate Malaysia's PM In Massive Stolen Money Scandal

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 07.21.2016 | World

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Thursday judgment should be withheld until all the facts are known after the U.S...

Why Asia Doesn't Have a Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders

Kishore Mahbubani | Posted 02.24.2016 | World
Kishore Mahbubani

SINGAPORE -- The Trump-Sanders surge sends a clear signal that Americans are losing faith in their political establishment. In theory, America has a government of the people, by the people and for the people. In practice, it has a government chosen by the people to serve special interests, not their interests.

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People: The Stymied Progress of U.S.-Malaysia Relations

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 02.14.2017 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Najib was no boy scout before the 1MDB scandal, but for many in the U.S. policy community he was at least a credible leader who could get things done. Now it appears that the embattled prime minister is more interested in protecting himself than accomplishing the grand reforms he had promised.

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

Jared Genser | Posted 02.12.2017 | World
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.

With Malaysia at the Helm, Southeast Asia's Economic Community Takes Off

Rachael Willis | Posted 12.08.2016 | World
Rachael Willis

Kuala Lumpur as seen on Flickr via gulfu Under the watchful eye of Malaysia's Prime Minister, Najib Razak, an agreement was finally signed on Novembe...

Does a No-confidence Vote Signal the End for Malaysia's PM?

Rachael Willis | Posted 10.14.2016 | Politics
Rachael Willis

As Najib Razak, Malaysia's current Prime Minister, struggles for political survival on the back of the 1MDB scandal, observers are questioning whether this signals the end of his position as the nation's leader.

Singapore's Election Runs Counter to Global Trends

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.15.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Modern Singapore's political landscape has often served as a bellwether (or mirror, as the case may be) for what other countries in Asia have come to expect from their polities.

Former Malaysian Leader Joins Massive Anti-Government Protests

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 01.03.2017 | World

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad, joining anti-government protesters for a second day on Sunday, called for a...

Islam: What's the Problem? It's Not Faith -- It's the Neighborhood Which Restricts Muslim Women's Rights

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 08.07.2016 | Impact
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

Islam gets a bad rap -- mostly because it is not understood by large populations of uneducated followers who misinterpret the content and context and are guided primarily by the cultural context of the countries where they reside -- the neighborhood if you will.

Malaysian Opposition Leader Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For Sodomy

Reuters | EILEEN NG | Posted 04.11.2015 | World

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...

Malaysian Prime Minister Not Ready To Declare MH370 Passengers Dead

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 04.24.2014 | World

It's been more than six weeks since Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 disappeared, but Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says he's still not ready to...

What MH370 Says About Malaysia's Challenge

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.26.2014 | World
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.

Investigation Turns To Pilots In Plane Disappearance

Reuters | Posted 05.16.2014 | World

* Police investigating backgrounds of pilots and crew * Homes of the two pilots have been searched * Malaysia contacting...

Prime Minister: Missing Plane Was Diverted Deliberately

Reuters | Anshuman Daga and Siva Govindasamy | Posted 03.15.2014 | World

KUALA LUMPUR, March 15 (Reuters) - A missing Malaysian airliner appears to have been deliberately steered off course after someone on board shut down ...

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 | World
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 | World
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.

Malaysia's Ruling Party Gets Desperate

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 06.28.2013 | World
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.

Shameless Malaysian Government Fraud Goes Global

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.22.2013 | World
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 | World
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.

Philippines Signs Landmark Peace Deal With Muslim Rebels

Reuters | Manuel Mogato | Posted 12.14.2012 | World

MANILA, Oct 15 (Reuters) - The Philippine government and the country's largest Muslim rebel group signed a peace deal on Monday that serves as a roa...

What Does "Moderate" Mean in Malaysia?

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.22.2013 | World
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.