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Malaysia

Reclaiming the sea from the Melaka Gateway

The Melaka Gateway is threatening the livelihood of a seaside community that is now leveraging its Portuguese–Malay roots to survive.

The political economy that Perikatan Nasional inherits – and will have to tackle

Malaysia has another new government; Tricia Yeoh looks at the ramifications of past leadership approaches on the new coalition's future.

Four years of people’s war: an assessment of the New People’s Army from 2016-2019

The end of the NPA's insurgency isn't guaranteed despite what officials say.

An interview with Shamsul Iskandar

Malaysia's Deputy Minister of Primary Industries discusses his political awakening, GE14, and reforming the palm oil industry.

Securing the electoral success of women in Malaysia Baharu

Despite female politicians’ ambivalence about gender quotas, they remain an essential tool in making politics more representative.

Not the Emperor’s, not the King’s, but the Straits Chinese

Ann Ang discusses the historical context, origins and identity of the Straits Chinese.

Raising Naik: a resurgence of ethnoreligious sectarianism?

Pakatan Harapan's concessions on the Zakir Naik controversy illustrate the high cost of chasing the Malay vote

What can ‘New Malaysia’ learn from the Bersih Movement?

Leaders’ roles as entrepreneurs of identity can help create inclusive campaigns.

‘Green Islam’: Islamic environmentalism in Indonesia

Indonesia promises a future of Quran-inspired sustainability and renewables but is constrained by fossil fuel interests in government.

Millenia of maritime mastery: Philip Bowring’s ‘Empire of the Winds’

Though Austronesians operated in networks of oceanic trading that stretched from Asia to the Mediterranean for thousands of years, both the term and cultural grouping are little known.

Making policies work for women in Malaysia Baharu

The “i-Suri” scheme shows the PH government continues to make limited strides toward women’s progress.

Death amid oil palms: Malaysia’s Batek Orang Asli health crisis

Public shock should be channelled towards real empowerment of indigenous communities.

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?

The erosion of partisan loyalty and polarisation in Malaysia?

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

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?

The forgotten voters: the Orang Asli in the Malaysia Baru

"Pengundi yang dilupakan: Orang Asli dan Malaysia Baru"

An interview with Khairy Jamaluddin

BN's former youth chief on how the party is adapting to opposition, and how it wins back power.

Conserving a New Malaysia

Does the change in Malaysian government provide hope for some of the world’s most diverse forests and wildlife?

An interview with Malaysia’s Foreign Minister, Saifuddin Abdullah

Answering New Mandala's questions on the "New Malaysia" and its place in the region and the world.

A Changing Malaysia?

A new series of perspectives on the “Malaysia Baharu” from Malaysian scholars, activists, and policymakers.

Business as usual: regime change and GLCs in Malaysia

Pakatan is using state enterprise as a tool of patronage just as well as Barisan.