14 February, 2019

Q&A: Supalak Ganjanakhundee on Thailand’s week of chaos

New Mandala

The editor of "The Nation" talks to New Mandala.

THAILAND AT NEW MANDALA

New networks in Thai royal politics

On Ubolratana's abortive PM candidacy and what it suggests about the fragmentation of the "network monarchy".

MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE

How Deng and his heirs misunderstood Singapore

Chinese elites have looked to Singapore as a model throughout much of the reform era, but have failed to understand what made the city-state tick.

Pakatan Harapan has the momentum in Sarawak

Time is running out for the state's rebranded BN government, despite a late embrace of 'state nationalism'.

Himpunan 812 and a new rivalry in Malay politics

Observations on what many are calling Malaysia's answer to Indonesia's 212 movement.

When illiberal social media takes over democratic Philippines

Social media has amplified, rather than created, an existing culture of disinformation.

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Indonesia & East Timor

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Habib Bahar’s fifteen minutes of infamy

An eccentric—and violent—Islamic preacher has been catapulted to fame in Indonesia after becoming a target of the authorities.

Notes on 212 in 2018: more politics, less unity

The second reunion of the 2016 anti-Ahok rally was a show of force from FPI ahead of elections.

Playing the marriage card in Indonesia

A proposal for marriage registration cards is an invitation for more moral surveillance of Indonesian citizens.

BOOK REVIEWS

Indonesia at the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

A despatch from Brisbane, where an eclectic selection of Indonesian works stands out at the APT.

PERSPECTIVES ON THE PAST

OTHER COUNTRIES & TOPICS

SEE THE NEW MANDALA ARCHIVES

The end of the road for the Khmer Rouge tribunal

The Nuon Chua and Khieu Samphan verdicts are likely a fitting end for the ECCC and its complicated legacy.

Welcoming ‘Near West’ to New Mandala

New Mandala will be home to a South Asia guest section in the lead up to India's general elections.

Where in the world is Cambodia?

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

MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE

Rebellion and regret: talking to rural voters after GE14

The ‘new Malaysia’ is viewed with sceptical eyes in poor rural communities in Johor.

A new electoral system for a new Malaysia

The majoritarian first-past-the-post system has had its day. It’s time to think about bold options for reform.

Malay dominance remains despite UMNO’s rout

Despite the routing of UMNO at GE14 amid regime change, Malay politicians still dominate the new coalition government.

DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS?

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Wielding the purse strings of Southeast Asian civil society

Illiberalism at home, and pro-market ideologies abroad, are putting pressure on Southeast Asian civil society organisations' financial health.

Southeast Asian cyberspace: politics, censorship, polarisation

The internet is both a factor in, and a victim of, the region’s crisis of democracy.

Old dominance, new dominoes in Southeast Asia

Democracy in the region finds itself in dark days. Can anything save it?