NEWS AND NOTES ABOUT NEW MANDALA, SOUTHEAST ASIA, AND ANYTHING ELSE

I’m Liam Gammon, the day-to-day editor of New Mandala. I’ll be using this page to share news on what’s happening at NM and any information that may interest readers, and also to share my own thoughts on events in Southeast Asia. I’m a PhD student at the Australian National University’s Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, but my opinions are my own and not those of the School or the University. You can follow me on Twitter at @liamgammon, though I only tweet intermittently. Please email me with tips, feedback, or submissions at liam.gammon@anu.edu.au

FROM THE EDITOR[S]

The “orang gila” scare in Indonesia

What's behind a fresh panic about attacks on Islamic figures at the hands of "crazy people"?

My recommendations

After Ahok: the Islamist Agenda in Indonesia

The IPAC team in Jakarta asks whether the coherence of Islamist actors seen in the anti-Ahok demonstrations in 2016-17 can be reestablished and turned against Jokowi. Answer: unlikely, but possible.

“Ready, Aim, Vote”

A fascinating look by Julia Wallace and the VOA team in Cambodia into how the Hun Sen regime is relocating soldiers to key electorates to boost the CPP's vote in the July elections.

The Battle for the Real Malaysia

ANU's Amrita Malhi on Malaysia's election at Inside Story.