Malaysia

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Fund Scandal Looms in Malaysia

Political 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 strateg...
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Fiasco Looms for Malaysia’s Ruling Coalition

One 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 gro...
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Malaysia’s Sarawak Strongman Steps Back

Abdul Taib Mahmud, alleged to be one of the world’s great resources looters, reportedly is scheduled to end his 33 years as chief minister of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak. But don’t count on it. Probably...
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Malaysia’s Anwar Takes a New Dare

The surprise decision last month by Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to push aside Khalid Ibrahim, the respected chief minister of Selangor, one of the country’s two biggest states, and try to take the...
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Is Time Running Out for Najib?

Forces aligned with former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad appear to be attempting push embattled Malaysian Premier Najib Tun Razak into giving a time frame for his eventual departure from office and naming a s...
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Mahathir Wing of UMNO Turns The Screws on Najib

Pressure is continuing to rise against Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, the latest in the form of an exclusive interview with Mahathir scion Mukhriz in the Malay-language newspaper Berita Harian Sunday...
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Malaysia’s Najib Faces Party, Public Protest

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak enters 2014 beset by growing hostility from both the public and within his own political party, the United Malays National Organization, characterized by a deluge of New...
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Malaysia’s UMNO Readies for its AGM

Malaysia’s United Malays National Organization's five-day annual general assembly opens today in the party’s sumptuous headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. It is reasonable to expect five days of rhetoric reasserting ...
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Malaysia’s Pakatan Rakyat Loses its Luster

The last general election is almost six months behind us, in which the narratives of Malaysian politics have been defined. The Pakatan Rakyat may have won the popular vote, leading some to believe that the oppo...
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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, in...