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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... Read More...

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 into at least RM50 billion in debt. Instead, the g... Read More...

Malaysia’s Najib-Mahathir ‘Guerrilla War’ Heats Up

Malaysians have been watching with depressed fascination as a no-holds-barred war between former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and his onetime protégé, current Prime Minister Najib Razak, unfolds.  The contest seems to be descending to new levels, with Najib... Read More...
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Malaysian Police Raid Independent Website

As an indication of Malaysia’s deepening crackdown on dissent, for the second time in four days police have raided the offices of Malaysiakini, the country’s biggest independent news website, threatening crimin... Read More...
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Malaysia Stumbles Toward Fiscal Crisis

A perfect storm of bad economic news appears about to inundate a rudderless government in Malaysia as political squabbling paralyzes leaders, according to sources in Kuala Lumpur. Fiscal revenues are going ... Read More...
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UMNO Readies Violence Against Weekend Protests?

The threat of violence by an UMNO-linked coalition of goons against demonstrations set for August 29-30 raises the risk that the party is willing to spill blood in its campaign to save Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's job. Jamal Md. Yunos, a 41-year-o... Read More...
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Opinion: Malaysia’s Broken System

It is ironic that a chorus of leaders from the United Malays National Organization have accused critics of scandal-scarred Prime Minister Najib Razak of “seeking to destroy parliamentary democracy in Malaysia.”... Read More...