Defeat for Malaysia’s Mahathir?

Defeat for Malaysia’s Mahathir?A seemingly obscure state by-election in Kedah yesterday may have signaled the cresting of the influence of former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who put all of his resources and those of his son, Mukhriz, into a vain effort to defeat the Islamist Parti Islam se-Malaysia candidate. The 49-year-old Mukhriz, elected chief minister of the conservative,…

Malaysia’s Mahathir Attacks Another Successor

Malaysia’s Mahathir Attacks Another SuccessorFormer Malaysian Premier Mahathir Mohamad today appears to have fired the first volley of a widely anticipated attack on Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, saying the premier’s allies in recent United Malays National Organization intraparty polls preserved their positions in the UMNO hierarchy by buying votes. "We are told that they've eliminated corruption during the…

UMNO goes for the Status Quo

UMNO goes for the Status QuoMalaysia’s intraparty elections for the United Malays National Organization, which concluded over the weekend, have resulted in a resurrection of sorts for Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, who was all but given up as finished in the wake of the May 5 election debacle. The party has been struggling with its identity since the election,…

Malaysia Bans Catholic Newspaper’s Use of Word Allah

Malaysia Bans Catholic Newspaper’s Use of Word AllahA Malaysia appellate court’s decision to ban the use of the word “Allah” to mean “God” by a Roman Catholic newspaper, which is now pushing the country’s Christians and Muslims farther apart, stems from a political decision that reaches back as far as 1981, when former premier Mahathir Mohamad came into office. However, unless it…