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Why Najib Razak is still in power

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


Nightclubs and nepotism in Singapore

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


An education in captivity

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


Ritualism and the erosion of human rights

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


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.


Muslim politics is not subsuming Malaysian politics

Manjit Bhatia offers a response to Ooi Kok-Hin.


The rise and rise of Muslim politics

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


Sarawak’s Wayang Kulit

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


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.


Pluralism imperiled in Southeast Asia

Rise of identity politics could mean more violence.


Malaysia reaps what UMNO sows

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


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.


Wielding the pen as a torch for freedom

As free speech in Malaysia is muzzled, Michael Vatikiotis reports from one event where people are speaking out.


Malaysia’s ‘strongman’?

Najib’s divisive 1MDB politics undermine his long-term survival.


Sex workers and sex robots: what’s really at stake

Talk of robots only distracts from the real issues in the sex trade.

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Sex robots and the sex trade

There are dangerous and disturbing links between the sex trade and sex robots, writes Kathleen Richardson.

Malaysia's incoming prime minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, delivers a speech at the National Malays National Organisation (UMNO) Ramadan dinner in Kuala Lumpur, 30 October 2003. Abdullah will become Malaysia's next prime minister as outgoing leader Mahathir Mohamad delivered messages to the world's Jews and his own people on his final full day in office after 22 years in power and weeks of controversy.  AFP PHOTO/Jimin LAI

Malaysia’s Mr Clean

Greg Lopez looks at the legacy of former Malaysia PM, the 'ethical' Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.


Solving Malaysia’s economic crisis

In this special in-depth report, Datuk Ramesh Chander and Bridget Welsh examine how Malaysia can resolve its economic woes.


ASEAN can learn from Europe’s refugee crisis

Refugee crises must be met by the power and spirit of regionalism.


Bersih 4, citizenship and civics in Malaysia

Politics of struggle must become the politics of everyday life.


Tony Milner on Malaysia today

Tun Hussein Onn Chair on key issues, and non-Western approaches to foreign relations.