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The Dam that Wouldn’t Die

The resuscitation of the controversial Bakun Dam as the result of an agreement to build a nearby aluminum smelter is the latest chapter in a long running saga to push forward the environmentally s... Read More...
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Rot and More Rot in Malaysia’s Judicial System

With the trial of three defendants for the brutal murder of Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu entering another week, the Malaysian judiciary system is facing arguably its biggest crisis since former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad sacked ... Read More...
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Elite Malays and Mixed Marriage

In early June, the Malaysian media blossomed with pictures of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in the traditional Malay suap-menyuap ceremony, exchanging bites of colored glutinous rice with his new bri... Read More...
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Maybe Najib Rides it Out

It has been a bad week for Najib Tun Razak, the deputy prime minister of Malaysia. With his close friend Abdul Razak Baginda on trial for her murder, Najib was identified Monday by a witness as having had his picture taken with t... Read More...
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Malaysia’s Opposition Pulls Up Lame

With the powerful United Malays National Organisation faced with the spectacle of a sensational murder trial inching closer and closer to Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, this would seem an ... Read More...
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Najib and Altantuya: A Picture Connects Them

Months of conjecture in Malaysia about the relationship of Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to Altantuya Shaariibuu have been heightened by testimony Friday of Altantuya’s cousin, Burmaa Oyunchimeg, that she had seen a photo of Najib having dinner wi... Read More...
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Malaysia’s Pipeline Dreams

Despite the departure of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad three years ago, and with him some of the more grandiose dreams of Malaysian development, the country’s fondness for megaproject... Read More...