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Malaysia

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.

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.

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.

The politics of hudud in Malaysia

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

Not business as usual in Malaysia

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

Silencing the media in Malaysia

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