Malaysia

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 […]

Malaysia

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 […]

Malaysia

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 […]