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The seeds of hope

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

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Urban exclusion in Southeast Asia

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

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Malaysia’s political polarisation

ANU public seminar to examine deepening crisis.

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Personalities and institutional power in Malaysia

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

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The politics of hudud in Malaysia

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

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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?

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A pressing concern

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

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Mahathir no solution for Malaysia’s mess

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

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Why Najib Razak is still in power

A flawed political system and power vacuum keeps scandal-hit PM in office.

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Nightclubs and nepotism in Singapore

PM's son crashes the party, everyone else goes home.

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An education in captivity

Edith Mirante reports on a Malaysian boarding school escape with tragic consequences.

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Ritualism and the erosion of human rights

States in the Asia-Pacific increasingly pay lip service to protections they sign up to.

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Najib and Malaysia’s road to redemption?

There could be even darker times ahead for Malaysia's democracy, writes Amrita Malhi.

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Region’s human rights watchdogs lack bite

National institutions aren't protecting anyone, new report shows.

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Muslim politics is not subsuming Malaysian politics

Manjit Bhatia offers a response to Ooi Kok-Hin.

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The rise and rise of Muslim politics

Political Islam will shape Malaysia more and more, argues Kok-Hin Ooi.

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Sarawak’s Wayang Kulit

In the lead up to state elections, old masters still rule from the shadows.

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Democratic contraction in Southeast Asia

Bridget Welsh surveys the rise of a worrying trend in the region.

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New Mandala’s 2015 in review (and Christmas dance)

Scandals, succession, secret payments and more; here are our top articles for the year, and some festive dancing.

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Pluralism imperiled in Southeast Asia

Rise of identity politics could mean more violence.

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Malaysia reaps what UMNO sows

Aficionados and acolytes confirm a system built on avarice, writes Manjit Bhatia.

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Malaysia’s slide into the UMNO abyss

Move from authoritarian towards totalitarian UMNO rule can't be halted, writes Manjit Bhatia.

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What is “Islamism”?

Clive Kessler charts the rise of political Islam and what it means today.