Malaysia Government Approval Dives

Malaysia Government Approval DivesMalaysia’s government, beset with inflation, political infighting, faltering attempts to find a missing airliner and other problems, continues to face serious headwinds in public opinion, with only 38 percent of the electorate saying the country is going in the right direction against 49 percent who say it’s not, according to the latest poll by the…

The US Looks Good as Obama Heads to Malaysia

The US Looks Good as Obama Heads to MalaysiaPresident Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Malaysia in April as part of a trip that will also include Japan, the Philippines and South Korea. In Kuala Lumpur’s case, it is a trip almost certain to be overshadowed, and justifiably so, by the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 somewhere in the Indian Ocean. That…

Mishaps Mar Malaysia’s Handling of Flight Tragedy

Mishaps Mar Malaysia’s Handling of Flight TragedyMiscues and media gaffes are turning Malaysia into an object of anger and criticism in the aftermath of the disappearance early Saturday morning of a Malaysian Airlines jetliner carrying 239 passengers and crew.  No trace of the craft has been found despite a search encompassing thousands of square kilometers.  On Wednesday, the day was dominated…

Mahathir Behind Rush to Justice in Anwar’s Case?

Mahathir Behind Rush to Justice in Anwar’s Case?The decision to push forward last Friday’s appellate verdict declaring Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim guilty of sodomy represents the final return to power – if from behind the scenes – of former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, sources in Kuala Lumpur say. Several Kuala Lumpur sources told Asia Sentinel that Mahathir and Daim Zainuddin, his…

TIMELINE: Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy case

TIMELINE: Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy caseAsia Sentinel has followed Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy case since it broke in 2008. See our previous stories on the case: July 2008: Were the Anwar Sodomy Charges Faked? A medical report surfaces saying the male aide who filed charges against the opposition leader wasn’t molested August 2008: Anwar’s Sodomy Charge Complicates Political Struggle Economy may…

Anwar ‘Guilty’ Again in Malaysia

Anwar ‘Guilty’ Again in MalaysiaThe guilty verdict against Anwar Ibrahim in a Malaysian court Friday was met with derision even by government supporters, who worry it could boost the opposition leader's political standing and damage the ruling Barisan Nasional. Anwar was sentenced to five years in prison and granted bail awaiting further appeal. The long-running case, which was on…

Malaysia Sodomy Case Flawed from Day One

Malaysia Sodomy Case Flawed from Day OneAnwar Ibrahim’s Sodomy II trial, which ran almost two years before ending in 2012, was built on flawed evidence, procedural mistakes, tainted witnesses and reports of political collusion with the current prime minister, and was condemned internationally by legal scholars and human rights activists.   He was eventually acquitted for lack of evidence only to…

Malaysia’s Allah Issue Seen from Afar

Malaysia’s Allah Issue Seen from AfarLike other friends of Malaysia overseas, I have followed the controversy over the use of the word "Allah" with interest, but also with great concern. For I believe that this issue, if left unchecked, has the potential to tear Malaysia and the dream of "Bangsa Malaysia" apart. While there are racial and religious issues in…

Fund Scandal Looms in Malaysia

Fund Scandal Looms in MalaysiaPolitical insiders in Malaysia say Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak could be facing a fresh political crisis due to the murky dealings of a sovereign fund established five years ago to drive investment in strategic domestic industries. A widening circle of critics, fed in part by exhaustive reporting on independent news sites such as Malaysiakini,…

Fiasco Looms for Malaysia’s Ruling Coalition

Fiasco Looms for Malaysia’s Ruling CoalitionOne of Malaysia’s most respected polling organizations is expected to release figures over the next few days showing that support for the ruling Barisan Nasional from all three of the country’s major ethnic groups is dropping steeply, to the point where if an election were held today,  the national coalition would be buried in a…