Economic redistribution should start from giving workers bargaining power long denied to them.
The return of Anwar
Anwar has a chance to bring stability and reform, but he'll be on a short leash within his coalition and besieged by race-and-religion politics.
Malaysia’s new struggle over state power
The UMNO era is over, but its political economy model and the social conflicts it created still set the terms of the new politics.
Watch now: The inaugural Tony and Yohanni Johns lecture by Greg Fealy
On-the-ground studies find enormous variety and behaviour that often confound the conventional categorisations of religious type.
“Let the land be”: culture, heritage, and economic development in Melaka
Lacking faith in public and private institutions the Kristang community is taking matters in its own hands.
Flipping the SCRIPT: Anwar seeks to repair his nation in postnormal times
The opposition leader's new book is a pitch to lead Malaysians as they set out together to repair their social fabric.
Azhar Harun: Speaker of the Lower House who descended to a ‘Government Lapdog’
There is an urgent need for a reform-oriented speaker to be appointed to combat toxic Malaysian parliamentary proceedings.
Public programs weekend: Our Grandfather Road
Interact with some of the most socially-engaged and topical art produced by contemporary artists both emerging and established from the region
Time to take a bow for the “Bossku” show that had many going
Last week, it became clear that the perception that Najib has huge public support is false.
NBSEAS: Nicole Curato talks to Baogang He about “Deliberative Democracy in Asia”
Professor He draws on a range of case studies in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, and reflects on the wider trend of deliberative democratization in Asia and beyond.
“Mandatory” deaths for the poor, get out of jail free card for the rich in Asia
The fact that dirty money needs to be cleaned provides opportunities for law enforcement agencies in ASEAN to collectively monitor drug lords and drug traffickers.
Antisemitism in Southeast Asia: Stories from Jerusalem to Jakarta
Southeast Asian antisemitism has often bemused scholars and researchers, because it has been described as an antisemitism without Jews.
Rethinking self-censorship in Southeast Asia’s media landscape
By intentionally devising concealment strategies that maintain the core messages...research participants demonstrate their commitment to continue producing critical information while avoiding punishment.
Looking beyond borders at Asia Pacific Triennial 10 – Part 1
APT10 forces us to look past the categories of nation or ethnicity to embrace perspectives in life that are centred on multiplicity and hybridity, on community and friendship.
Mitos terbenam di Dasar Ekonomi Baru
Sistem hanya mengekalkan mitos bahawa tugas utama tindakan afirmatif adalah menangani kekurangan individu, bukan mengatasi kekurangan sistemik
Embedded myths of Malaysia’s New Economic Policy
Reproducing postcolonial subjectivities perpetuates the myth that affirmative action addresses individual deficits rather than systemic disadvantages.
Politics of literary translation in plurilingual Malaysia and Singapore
Literary translations between languages becomes a conscious, if not political, effort to let one another be heard within the national context.
Alatas and autonomous knowledge
Ideas for an autonomous social science tradition have influenced scholars for two generations.
Other ways of remembering
Do local peoples—hunter-gatherer, farmers, and others who are “missing” from historical records—remember in the same way? In subjecting memories to maps, we alter the knowledge...
Malaysia: The New Political Normal, for Now
The promise of the “New Malaysia” that would emerge after the historic 2018 election has been delayed again indefinitely.
Jawi: identity and controversy
The furore over a few seemingly innocuous pages in a textbook provide an indication of just how polarised Malaysian society has become.
Poverty policy making during the pandemic
In Malaysia, government social spending is on the decline while policy debates on critical issues such as UBI remain suspended.
Whither labour law reform in Malaysia?
The unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic shows the role of trade unions is even more important in defending workers’ rights during the health and social crisis.
Groundhog day for Fake News in Malaysia
Legitimate criticism of the government’s decision to obtain the state of emergency declaration is now a criminal offence under Malaysian law.