Articles by James Chin

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'.

A regime change glanced askance

The ‘cari makan’ or a rent-seeking political culture may be the hardest thing to reform in Malaysia, even under a reformist government. And human nature will make this almost impossible to do.

The ‘Apa Lagi Cina Mahu’* politics of endless division

Malaysia's GE14 marks the end of Malaysian Chinese politics after 60 years of dwindling and divisive outcomes, as its modern patron UMNO itself struggles to survive.

Losing a legacy, finding a nation in Sarawak

A new generation's contest over Sarawak's lost autonomy may force its GE14 voters to reconsider how today's leaders are trapped by the past.

Scratching the itch out east with Warisan

Can former minister and prime minister Najb Razak's ‘good friend’ Shafie Apdal sweep out Sabah's incumbents at GE14, and end up delivering power to Mahathir's opposition?

The (re)making of Malaysia and its fabulous 1963 promise

With Malaysia's Parliament now dissolved in the official rush to GE14's polling day, Sabah and Sarawak are again crucial states determining the winning coalition.

The politics of native titles in Sarawak

Dayaks' land claims left on shaky ground by self-serving leaders and political malaise.

Killing Kim

Political sanctuary, assassination and why Kim Jong Nam’s killing won’t be the last.

Najib’s China legacy

Is Malaysia turning its back on the West?

Malaysia the fragile federation

Whether it is 53 or 59, an old debate shows why Sabah and Sarawak may not be celebrating independence.

Sarawak’s Wayang Kulit

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

East Malaysia: primus inter pares

Has the leadership of Sabah and Sarawak failed its people?