Malaysia

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How Asia’s Governments Spy on Their Citizens

If you live in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand or Vietnam and you are an activist or a journalist, the government probably knows a lot more about the inside of your computer than you think, and more than you wa...
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Malaysia Gymnast Issue Energizes Photoshoppers

Last week, a tiny 21-year-old Malaysian gymnast named Farah Ann Abdul Hadi absolutely tore up the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, winning two gold medals and  six awards in total. The real Farah But w...
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Malaysia’s Charade Over Refugee Camps

Malaysia’s Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said earlier that he was shocked, shocked at the scenes of horror unfolding in the jungled fastness on the border between Thailand and Malaysia, where h...
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Wahhabism in Southeast Asia

When I joined Malaysia’s foreign ministry in 1972, a major foreign policy concern in the region was that Southeast Asian nations would soon fall like dominoes to militant communism supported and abetted by the ...
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Alarming Rise of Malaysian Religious Extremism

Please note that AS editors inadvertently used a picture of the wrong Aisyah Tajuddin. It has been corrected.  There are worrying signs that the sort of religious self-righteousness that fuels savage jihadi vi...
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Muslim Leaders Must Police Their Own Religion

The recently concluded White House summit to counter violent extremism made much of  root causes like poverty, illiteracy and political alienation but missed an opportunity to address a more immediate and cri...
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Acrimonious Split Rattles Malaysian Premier’s Family

The announcement last week by top Malaysian banker Nazir Razak of his intention to file defamation charges against bloggers believed connected to a close friend of his brother, Prime Minister Najib Razak, has l...
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Religious Law Threatens Malaysian Opposition Coalition

Malaysia’s perpetually fragile opposition coalition headed by Anwar Ibrahim is in danger of coming completely apart as a result of a threat by the rural Parti Islam se-Malaysia to enforce 7th-century criminal l...
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Najib Waffles Over MH17 Disaster

The global criticism that Malaysia and particularly Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Defense Minister Hishamuddin Hussein received four months ago for their handling of the disappearance of MH 370 appears to ...