Category: Malaysia

Malaysia

Islam set to remain key contest point in Malaysian politics

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The deepening Islamisation of Malaysia has echoes in the current populism policies of the US and Europe, writes Gerhard Hoffstaedter The Islamisation of Malaysian society has received much attention over the last few decades. Much scholarship has focused on the changing daily lives of Muslims, how Malaysness and Islam were fused into a nationalist project […]

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Time for leadership and engagement in Malaysian Studies in Australia

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Australia needs to look beyond Malaysia’s current political impasse and engage more widely with an important neighbour For some time now, Malaysia watchers in Australia have focused much of their attention on the potential for the 1MDB crisis, and the 2013 election result before it, to unseat UMNO president and Barisan Nasional prime minister Najib […]

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Mahathir and the politics of expediency

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By joining forces with the opposition to oust prime minister Najib Razak for alleged corruption, former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad is playing a longer game Two weeks ago, Mahathir Mohamad did something that no one would have dared to predict—he appeared on the same stage with opposition heavyweights, including Democratic Action Party (DAP) leader Lim […]

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The plot to topple Malaysia’s prime minister

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As scandal swirls around Malaysia’s beleaguered prime minister Najib Razak, GREG LOPEZ assesses Najib’s prospects of remaining in power. On 2 July 2015, the Wall Street Journal alleged that US$700 million from the state development fund 1 Malaysian Development Berhad (1MDB) had gone into a personal bank account of Malaysia’s prime minister Najib Razak. Najib […]

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Malaysia one step closer to authoritarian rule

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The five-year jail sentence imposed on opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim last week, writes JAMES GIGGACHER,  raises serious questions about the future of Malaysia’s politics and opposition movement. The fate of long-time opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was decided on 10 February – and along with it the increasingly slim democratic prospects for his native Malaysia. With […]

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Malaysia struggles to escape the middle-income trap

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Malaysia’s economic reforms are under question, writes GREG LOPEZ. The term ’middle-income trap’ possibly first entered Malaysia’s official policy lexicon when Premier Najib Razak (pictured below) referred to it as Malaysia’s greatest development challenge. He noted: We have become a successful middle-income economy. But we cannot and will not be caught in the middle income […]