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Lamenting 1MDB

Optimism about Malaysia's latest financial scandal is as hard to find as answers.

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?


Mak Yong in May: Sembah Guru

Julia Mayer recounts watching the ancient North Malaysian dance-theatre known as Mak Yong.


Pakatan Harapan electrocutes itself

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

Sometimes mistaken as a Chinese temple, the Seremban Al-Saadah Mosque Complex is one of the newly established Chinese-style mosques in Malaysia.

Musing on the aesthetics of modern Muslims

Hew Wai Weng explores various aesthetic forms that are popular among middle-class Muslims.

‘Same old’ in Sarawak campaign

Campaign in critical state election confusing and uninspiring, writes Bridget Welsh.


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.