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…

Power in Malaysia Should be Duty, Not a Prize

Power in Malaysia Should be Duty, Not a PrizeWe are pleased to reprint this speech by former Malaysian Finance Minister Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah,  one of the country’s architects of its economic framework. Razaleigh, still a member of the United Malays National Organization, has increasingly issued calls to clean up the party. Malaysia’s post-colonial history began with optimism and a grand hope in 1957.…