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12 Feb The Be all and End all? BN’s continued strength

Malaysian opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim is contesting a seat in Kajang in Selangor in order to be eligible to take over the role of chief minister. Selangor, which is run by the opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PKR) and is Malaysia’s richest state, has seen  rising religious...

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22 Oct Asia’s (re)invitation to Obama

Mr President, Congratulations on handling the domestic crisis of the government shutdown and debt ceiling. The problem will recur, but most see you as a winner for holding your ground. Now, about that trip you cancelled to Asia. Yes, Secretary of State John Kerry filled in but,...

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04 Oct An unfortunate twist in the US pivot

American President Barack Obama was due to tour Asia next week to attend two key multilateral summits and visit two other countries — Malaysia and the Philippines. The White House initially described this as an “on-going commitment”, building on the American pivot to emphasise ties...

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28 Jun More plantations, more haze to come?

In the wake of record levels of haze, environment ministers from Malaysia and Singapore will be meeting their Indonesian counterpart as soon as July 17 for the Ministerial Steering Committee (MSC). This follows the apology graciously given by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and — more importantly...

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A police officer during nomination day for Malaysia General Election on May 5 elections in Kuala Lumpur April 20 2013.

08 May Malaysia’s vote is over, but the drama is just beginning

Judging by their giddy rally today, markets in Malaysia are beyond relieved that the country’s general elections are over. A win for the incumbent Barisan Nasional coalition, whose main party has led Malaysia since independence, appeared to promise continuity and stability. Prime Minister Najib Razak...

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18 Mar Does Sabah merit ASEAN’s attention?

The ongoing conflict in Sabah at first seemed something of a farce when followers of the Sultan of Sulu landed with claims to the territory. But the situation has quickly developed into tragedy. The death toll has passed 60, with losses on both sides. Kuala Lumpur’s...

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