The Conspiracy to Save Najib

The Conspiracy to Save NajibIn an extraordinary twist, a new Malaysian website has conflated George Soros, Tony Blair, former US Vice President Al Gore, the “Clinton team,” the aristocratic Rothschild family,  Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy chief Andrew McCabe, former golfing buddy and US President Barack Obama, UK critic Clare Rewcastle Brown and her husband, unnamed individuals from the…

Malaysia’s sedition crackdown continues, political cartoonist held

Malaysia’s sedition crackdown continues, political cartoonist heldPolitical cartoonist Zunar, who has for months defied Prime Minister Najib Razak with a stinging series of almost-daily cartoons, is free after having been arrested for putting on a show of his work in Penang that was trashed by a pro-government mob that punched him and roughed him up. The 54-year-old Zunar, whose name is…

Malaysia Protest Peaceful, Crackdown Continues

Malaysia Protest Peaceful, Crackdown ContinuesMalaysia’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 ouster while a key leader was held without trial for a month under a new security law. Several politicians and activists were also picked up…

Malaysian Police Sweep Up Opponents Ahead of Rally

Malaysian Police Sweep Up Opponents Ahead of RallyIn 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 activists in advance of a rally against the government scheduled for the weekend. That was only part of a wide-ranging attack on critics over the…

Veteran Malaysian Diplomat Sounds Alarm over Tyranny

Veteran Malaysian Diplomat Sounds Alarm over TyrannyOvercome our fear or go quietly into the dark night that awaits us Fear is filling our land. People are becoming increasingly afraid of their government, a government which has been amassing more and more power to harass, intimidate, threaten, punish or imprison those who oppose or disagree with it. The goal is to cow…

Beset by Scandal, Malaysia Sentences Another Critic

Beset by Scandal, Malaysia Sentences Another CriticMalaysia’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 into at least RM50 billion in debt. Instead, the government says it will jail one of its most effective…

George Soros Becomes Malaysia’s Bogeyman Again

George Soros Becomes Malaysia’s Bogeyman AgainIt 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 Malaysian civil society and activists to “topple democracy.” But Mahathir’s protégé-turned-nemesis Najib Razak is a prime minister in the middle of a massive…

Malaysia’s Najib Tilts to China

Malaysia’s Najib Tilts to ChinaChina’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 impression that Malaysia’s foreign policy has veered farther away from its traditional informal alliance with the US.  In the end that may…

Malaysia’s Najib Erases Predecessor’s Economic Vision

Malaysia’s Najib Erases Predecessor’s Economic VisionOn 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 blueprint of his arch-enemy, former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Najib, also the finance minister, dubbed his 30-year development program “Transformasi Nasional…

Ten Years on, Mongolian Beauty’s Murder Remains Unexplained in Malaysia

Ten Years on, Mongolian Beauty’s Murder Remains Unexplained in MalaysiaIt will soon be 10 years since Altantuya Shaariibuu, a jet-setting Mongolian translator and party girl, was murdered sensationally in a patch of jungle outside the Kuala Lumpur suburb of Petaling Jaya on the night of Oct. 19, 2006.  Although two elite policemen were convicted of killing her, the party who ordered her execution has…