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Malaysia Protest Peaceful, Crackdown Continues

Malaysia’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 ouste...

Malaysian Police Sweep Up Opponents Ahead of Rally

In 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 ac...

Beset by Scandal, Malaysia Sentences Another Critic

Malaysia’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 ...
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George Soros Becomes Malaysia’s Bogeyman Again

It 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 M...

Malaysia’s Najib Tilts to China

China’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 imp...

China Turns the East Red

At the height of the Cultural Revolution, “The East is Red” became the de facto national anthem of the People’s Republic of China. The composer, reportedly a farmer from Shaanxi province, had, of course, no...

Malaysia’s Najib Erases Predecessor’s Economic Vision

On Oct. 21, Malaysia’s scandal-hit Prime Minister Najib Razak tabled a RM260.8 billion budget that is not only short on money and long on politics but seeks to obliterate the philosophy behind the economic blue...

Malaysia: Crackdown on Free Speech Intensifies

Malaysia’s prosecutions of peaceful speech over the past year have spread beyond activists and politicians to ordinary citizens on social media, Human Rights Watch said today in a new report. The government’s a...