Caught Between Two Koreas, Malaysia Dithers on Kim Killing

South and North Korean diplomats are battling to persuade Malaysian authorities of diametrically different versions of the February 13 Kuala Lumpur International Airport assassination of North Korean leader Kim...

Trump’s “Extreme Vetting” for Muslims: Najib Exempt?

At 2:30 a.m. one day in mid-November, after the election of Donald J. Trump to the presidency of the United States, the telephone rang in the official residence of Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia. Naj...

Malay Scholars Find Fault in Malay Leaders

The United Malays National Organization (UMNO) presents itself as the guardian of Malay interests, culture and language. So what do the 1MDB and other scandals say about the fundamental problems of this long-dominant ruling party, the institutional arm of the ...

Myanmar Migrants Face Malaysian Violence

The hundreds of thousands of Buddhist migrant workers in Malaysia face a growing cycle of violence, with scant attempts to protect their lives beyond sending out safety instructions.  In recent weeks, relati...

Anwar Appeal Loss a Blow for Awakening Malaysian Opposition

Anwar Ibrahim’s Dec. 14 failure of the final appeal to overturn his sodomy conviction and a five-year jail term is regarded by critics as little more than a subterfuge to keep him in prison for at least another...

The Conspiracy to Save Najib

In 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 bud...
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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 activists in advance of a rally against the governme...

Veteran Malaysian Diplomat Sounds Alarm over Tyranny

Overcome 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 po...