New Mandala guest writer, Gregore Lopez, has an interesting piece in Eureka Street on “Malaysia’s threat to Rudd’s Asia Pacific Community.” Here is a short extract:

This week’s visit to Malaysia of Kevin Rudd and Foreign Minister Stephen Smith reminds us of stormy bilateral relations under former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Following Mahathir’s retirement in 2003, Australia-Malaysia relations returned to stability under the Badawi Administration. But with current Prime Minister Tun Haji Abdul Razak appointing Mahatir’s son Mukhriz Mahathir (pictured) as Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry, some now fear a return of ‘Mahathirism’.

The full article is available here.