Politics

Gangsta to the roots: Gangsta or civil society?

Sophie Lemiere argues that "gangsters" are now embedded into Malaysia's political system.

Gangsta to the roots: A Gangsta’s paradise

Sophie Lemiere explores the nexus between UMNO and gangsterism in this four part article.

The Praba Ganesan story

Praba Ganesan says he is a willing volunteer to support an abstract convolution called Malaysia

The TPP: Najib Razak’s Gordian Knot

The TPP is diametrically opposed to the government's economic philosophy. What are Premier Najib Razak's options?

Dissonance in Malaysia-Japan relations

The dissonance between Abe and Najib is explained by the current status of their long dominant parties

Malaysia’s ETP: Of diagnosis and prescription

The problem with the ETP is not the diagnosis, but the prescription.

Political participation and pleasurable pain in Malaysia

If pleasurable pain can be said to be a critical political factor, then recent developments in Malaysia is to be welcomed.

The dark and treacherous road to Putrajaya

The "Kajang Move" undermines the essence of democracy and Malaysia's transition to a genuine two-party system, argues Azmil Tayeb.

Who divides Malaysia?

The condemnation of UMNO is increasingly becoming mainstream. Does this signal a change of what the international community thinks of UMNO?

Haris Ibrahim and the growing Malaysian diaspora

Will the Abbot government reverse the decision to deny Haris Ibrahim a visa to Australia?

Roundtable on Malaysia: Political contestation beyond GE13

A roundtable to discuss the nature of Malaysian politics post GE13 -- which way will Malaysia head.

Can there be a national unity government in Malaysia?

A national unity government has so much to give Malaysia, but there are too many forces against this reality.

Citizenship-for-votes scandal in Sabah

How the issue of citizenship-for-votes plays out at GE13 remains moot but the certainty that Sabah remains BN’s fixed deposit no longer holds.

KL112 and a new Malaysian identity?

In facilitating KL112, Pakatan Rakyat have created new myths that would solidify its presence in the memories or 'imagery' of Malaysians positively.

The pathologies of Malay nationalism

Racism and bigotry are crutches or shields for the journey towards European type progress for the Malays, and ultimately Malay dignity.

The inexorable pursuit of an Islamic State

The aim of most Malaysians is not to turn this country into another repressive state that claims to rule with a mandate from God.

Dominant parties in decline

Bridget Welsh provides an interesting analysis on why two of the world's longest serving ruling regimes are in decline.

In the shadow of strongmen

Southeast Asia shows us that there are two paths to democratisation – one of big bang change with reforms and another of simply muddling through.

Najib the Delayer

Is Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, pursuing the military strategy of Roman dictator Fabius Maximus, who was known as Fabius the Delayer?

Marks of a good Malaysian leader

Tun Dr Ismail has been dead for 40 years but his legacy of inclusion and moderation, and honest and honourable leadership, is unforgettable and can yet inspire new generations of Malaysians from both sides of the political divide.

Women voters: courted – yes, respected – no?

Women are a focal point in Malaysian politics today, with some recent discussion of their ability as voters to decide election outcomes. But this has not translated into their increased representation at a political level.