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

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

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?

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

จงสังเกตความโหยหาอำนาจนิยมในสังคมไทย: มงคลกิตติ์เป็น ส.ส. สะท้อนอะไร

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.

The Philippines’ counterrevolution from above

After failing to assemble a critical mass that aggressively rallies for his policies, Duterte is leading a top-down insurgency to overturn to overturn the liberal-democratic establishment.

“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.

The erosion of partisan loyalty and polarisation in Malaysia?

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

Abdul Somad: ustadz jaman now

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

1919, 1969, and memories of Malay cosmopolitanism

Why riots in Wales in June 1919 are a useful resource for appreciating histories of Malay identity beyond the violence of 13 May 1969.

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?

Live and die with dignity: a publisher vs. a kingdom

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".

Between throwing rocks and a hard place: FPI and the Jakarta riots

Clouds are gathering for the hard-line Islamic group.