Caught Between Two Koreas, Malaysia Dithers on Kim Killing

Caught Between Two Koreas, Malaysia Dithers on Kim KillingSouth and North Korean diplomats are battling to persuade Malaysian authorities of diametrically different versions of the February 13 Kuala Lumpur International Airport assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam, who had exiled himself out of a well-founded belief he could be murdered. One result may have been to stall the investigation,…

Trump’s “Extreme Vetting” for Muslims: Najib Exempt?

Trump’s “Extreme Vetting” for Muslims: Najib Exempt?At 2:30 a.m. one day in mid-November, after the election of Donald J. Trump to the presidency of the United States, the telephone rang in the official residence of Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia. Najib’s wife Rosmah Mansor answered the telephone. On the other end was businessman Syed Azman of Weststar Group, a sprawling…

Anwar Appeal Loss a Blow for Awakening Malaysian Opposition

Anwar Appeal Loss a Blow for Awakening Malaysian OppositionAnwar Ibrahim’s Dec. 14 failure of the final appeal to overturn his sodomy conviction and a five-year jail term is regarded by critics as little more than a subterfuge to keep him in prison for at least another 16 months and blocking him from competing in the next general election, which must be held by…

The Conspiracy to Save Najib

The Conspiracy to Save NajibIn an extraordinary twist, a new Malaysian website has conflated George Soros, Tony Blair, former US Vice President Al Gore, the “Clinton team,” the aristocratic Rothschild family,  Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy chief Andrew McCabe, former golfing buddy and US President Barack Obama, UK critic Clare Rewcastle Brown and her husband, unnamed individuals from the…

Malaysia’s sedition crackdown continues, political cartoonist held

Malaysia’s sedition crackdown continues, political cartoonist heldPolitical cartoonist Zunar, who has for months defied Prime Minister Najib Razak with a stinging series of almost-daily cartoons, is free after having been arrested for putting on a show of his work in Penang that was trashed by a pro-government mob that punched him and roughed him up. The 54-year-old Zunar, whose name is…

Malaysia Protest Peaceful, Crackdown Continues

Malaysia Protest Peaceful, Crackdown ContinuesMalaysia’s largest anti-government protest in a year saw smaller crowds than a year ago and proceeded peacefully on Saturday with former strongman Mahathir Mohamad calling for the current prime minister’s ouster while a key leader was held without trial for a month under a new security law. Several politicians and activists were also picked up…

Malaysian Police Sweep Up Opponents Ahead of Rally

Malaysian Police Sweep Up Opponents Ahead of RallyIn an unprecedented move, Malaysian authorities yesterday, November 18, descended on the headquarters of the election reform NGO Bersih, arresting its chairperson, Maria Chin Abdullah, and a half dozen other activists in advance of a rally against the government scheduled for the weekend. That was only part of a wide-ranging attack on critics over the…

Beset by Scandal, Malaysia Sentences Another Critic

Beset by Scandal, Malaysia Sentences Another CriticMalaysia’s 1MDB financial scandal – the biggest in its history – has seen its first conviction but not one that will bring any cheer to those questioning Prime Minister Najib Razak’s pet project, which has run into at least RM50 billion in debt. Instead, the government says it will jail one of its most effective…

George Soros Becomes Malaysia’s Bogeyman Again

George Soros Becomes Malaysia’s Bogeyman AgainIt is almost possible to believe that Mahathir Mohamad is running Malaysia again, given the shrill headlines in government-backed media over the past week that have accused businessman George Soros of funding Malaysian civil society and activists to “topple democracy.” But Mahathir’s protégé-turned-nemesis Najib Razak is a prime minister in the middle of a massive…

Malaysia’s Najib Tilts to China

Malaysia’s Najib Tilts to ChinaChina’s gift for buying foreign political leaders has scored another triumph with the visit to Beijing of Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak, whose ingratiating tone of remarks in China at least give the impression that Malaysia’s foreign policy has veered farther away from its traditional informal alliance with the US.  In the end that may…
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