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epa04932727 Malaysia's pro-government 'red shirt' protestors clash with the police during a rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 16 September 2015. Some 250 Malay NGOs pledged support for the rally, which they said was aimed at countering last month's Bersih protest, where tens of thousands hit the streets of Kuala Lumpur calling for institutional reform and the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak.  EPA/AHMAD YUSNI

Social cohesion and scandal cycles in Malaysia

Mahathir on the divisions tearing a country, the opposition and politics apart.


Graft games

How corruption fuels Southeast Asia's democratic deficit.


Double by-election win a boost for Najib

A snap election may be on the cards after healthy returns in West Malaysian state votes.


Mahathir and Malaysia’s money politics

In a country where cash is king, soon nothing will happen without bribery, alleges former PM.

Mahathir prepares for Najib confrontation

Malaysian politics braces for a clash of the titans.


Can a cartoonist bring down the Malaysian government?

Ross Tapsell in conversation with Zunar about freedom of expression and sedition.


The Kuala Lumpur logo controversy

Does a tacky logo point to the return of authoritarianism in Malaysia?


Pakatan Harapan electrocutes itself

Manjit Bhatia writes on why the Sarawak poll results mean the death of Malaysia's opposition coalition.


Counting the cost of 1MDB

Podcasts from a panel discussion on Malaysia's political polarisation.


Orangutans and ‘non-human’ rights

Should we recognise humanity in another species?


The seeds of hope

How a grassroots voting project could revive Malaysia's democracy.

A Manilia slum. Photo by Adam Cohn on flickr.

Urban exclusion in Southeast Asia

When it comes to urban planning, lines of exclusion and inclusion need to be redrawn.


Malaysia’s political polarisation

ANU public seminar to examine deepening crisis.


Personalities and institutional power in Malaysia

An authoritarian system set up to let unpopular and weak leaders rule -- no matter what.

Photo: maslee soon on flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/mase_photo/

The politics of hudud in Malaysia

Islamic parties need politics and theology that appeal to both Muslims and non-Muslims.

Photo by Lim Huey Teng/ Malaysiakini

Not business as usual in Malaysia

Najib and nation both bruised by new and rough political terrain, writes Bridget Welsh.

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Silencing the media in Malaysia

Is there any chancing of ending a long history of stifling free speech?


A pressing concern

Amrita Malhi examines what's behind the expulsion of Australian media from Malaysia.


Mahathir no solution for Malaysia’s mess

Hopping into bed with former PM is an act of narrow-interest desperation.