20 June, 2019

Reforming higher education in Malaysia: combating entrenched patronage and racial politics

Lai Suat Yan

Pakatan Harapan had promised academic freedom and institutional autonomy for public universities. Can it—or will it—deliver?

Saigon’s hidden presidential palace and forgotten president: the Republic of Cochinchina and Nguyễn Văn Thinh

Reconsidering an oft-overlooked chapter in Vietnam’s decolonisation.

Thai Civilized: what a minor party tells us about authoritarianism in Thailand

จงสังเกตความโหยหาอำนาจนิยมในสังคมไทย: มงคลกิตติ์เป็น ส.ส. สะท้อนอะไร

MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE & BRUNEI

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What will it take to address poverty in Malaysia?

Despite Malaysia’s record of economic growth since the 1970s, poverty remains a persistent, and especially vexing, problem. How likely is a structural remedy under the new PH government?

The erosion of partisan loyalty and polarisation in Malaysia?

Party-hopping and partisan polarisation have characterised the post-GE14 landscape. What are the implications?

A clamour for Islamic reform in Malaysia: but in which direction under a Divine Bureaucracy?

Can Malaysia's new government depend on its unelected Islamic bureaucracy?

“I feel blessed (to be a Singaporean)”: MY Bridge of Light by the Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC

Part 2 of this 3-part series on the SG Bicentennial explores MY Bridge of Light, a community play sponsored by the official bicentennial fund.

PERSPECTIVES ON THE PAST

The Philippine midterms and the new ‘presidential bandwagon’

Duterte’s success on 13 May entrenches populism further.

The neglected promise of Marawi Rehabilitation

Two years on since Marawi's siege and the city remains in ruin. Will locals ever be able to return?

Mindanao’s future in four conversations

Interviews with Philippine youth voting for first time reveal manifold views of election campaigns

VIDEO: Entrenched Illiberalism in Mainland Southeast Asia

Scholars and activists discuss the region's persistent struggles with democracy at a recent ANU conference.

DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS?

UNDERSTAND INDONESIA’S 2019 ELECTIONS

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Religion, ethnicity, and Indonesia’s 2019 presidential election

The results are suggestive of a growth in regional and religious divides since 2014.

Indonesia’s election and the return of ideological competition

Renewed rivalry between pluralists and Islamists coexists with catch-all patronage politics.

Indonesia’s elections in the periphery: a view from Maluku

The eastern islands showcase how national-level polarisation filters through to the grassroots, but also how the realities of decentralised power interfere with national-level political designs.

INDONESIA AT NEW MANDALA

Abdul Somad: ustadz jaman now

Is Indonesia’s most popular preacher a mentor, or a closet radical?

THAILAND AT NEW MANDALA

  • Thai Civilized: what a minor party tells us about authoritarianism in Thailand about 6 days ago

    จงสังเกตความโหยหาอำนาจนิยมในสังคมไทย: มงคลกิตติ์เป็น ส.ส. สะท้อนอะไร

  • Live and die with dignity: a publisher vs. a kingdom about 2 weeks ago

    Amid assassinations and forced disappearances of Thai dissidents abroad, a dissident publisher reflects on what it means to “survive” under “Democracy with the King as the Head of State".

  • Future Forward: Thanathorn on local elections, welfare and party longevity (Thailand Unsettled #7) about 4 weeks ago

    The episode Thailand’s 2019 election swept in the pro-democracy Future Forward Party into parliament, whose vocal anti-junta platform won it 80 seats after only a year in existence and a few months of campaigning. Here, party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit offers a glimpse into the future of Future Forward, laying out his intentions to revolutionise local elections...

  • VIDEO: Entrenched Illiberalism in Mainland Southeast Asia about 1 month ago

    Scholars and activists discuss the region's persistent struggles with democracy at a recent ANU conference.

  • From coups to crises: where next for Thailand? about 1 month ago

    After a coup, a new constitution and a controversial election, Thailand’s political future remains as uncertain as ever. Join leading Thai political scientist Professor Thitinan Pongsudhirak, The Australian National University (ANU) Thai consitutional law expert Sarah Bishop and Director of Lowy Institute’s Southeast Asia Project Ben Bland for a discussion on what happens next in...

BOOK REVIEWS

Yoga, magic, and politics

Contemporary Indian fiction shows a different awareness regarding the politics of spirituality.

SOUTH ASIA AT NEAR WEST

CAMBODIA

Like it or not, the CPP still needs the West

The idea that China will “bail out” Cambodia if the West applies sanctions is fanciful, and the government knows it.

Where in the world is Cambodia?

The international community needs to take seriously the scepticism of many Cambodians about its intentions.

Disagreements and design flaws at Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Tribunal

The dismissal of the case against Im Chaem highlights longstanding worries about the future viability of the ECCC.

MYANMAR

Introducing ‘Myanmar Transformed? People, Places and Politics’

The latest on the ANU’s Myanmar Update conference series.

‘Illegal migration’ in Arakan: myths and numbers

A look at historical census data yeilds little evidence of widespread illegal migration from Bangladesh.

Assessing the Rohingya crisis

With the expulsion of the Rohingya largely a fait accompli, the world must face up to engaging with a very different Myanmar.