Politics

Lost in race between first world and third

Reform-minded Malaysians are fatigued after two missed opportunities since 2008, with today's centrifugal politics generating even more social tensions. Not even Dr Mahathir’s surprise (re)emergence can mend those fractures, as Malaysians dream of the First World but still struggle in the Third as inequality worsens.

New tech and old loyalties mash up a historic contest

The resurgence of ‘old’ Mahathir against the Najib coalition has been matched with the ‘new’, the cheap smartphone.

All the news that’s fit to fake

As Malaysia rushes to its GE14 on 9 May, the new anti-fake news law is primed against the state's critics, emboldening speech vigilantism by outsourced censors linked to the ruling UMNO party.

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.

As GE14 draws near…or, why hold elections?

Closer scrutiny of Malaysian elections since the era of Najib Razak's father can sharpen the contrasts over winning—and losing—legitimacy.

Gangsta to the roots: Gangsta or civil society?

Sophie Lemiere argues that "gangsters" are now embedded into Malaysia's political system.

Gangsta to the roots: A Gangsta’s paradise

Sophie Lemiere explores the nexus between UMNO and gangsterism in this four part article.

The Praba Ganesan story

Praba Ganesan says he is a willing volunteer to support an abstract convolution called Malaysia

The TPP: Najib Razak’s Gordian Knot

The TPP is diametrically opposed to the government's economic philosophy. What are Premier Najib Razak's options?

Dissonance in Malaysia-Japan relations

The dissonance between Abe and Najib is explained by the current status of their long dominant parties

Malaysia’s ETP: Of diagnosis and prescription

The problem with the ETP is not the diagnosis, but the prescription.

Political participation and pleasurable pain in Malaysia

If pleasurable pain can be said to be a critical political factor, then recent developments in Malaysia is to be welcomed.

The dark and treacherous road to Putrajaya

The "Kajang Move" undermines the essence of democracy and Malaysia's transition to a genuine two-party system, argues Azmil Tayeb.

Who divides Malaysia?

The condemnation of UMNO is increasingly becoming mainstream. Does this signal a change of what the international community thinks of UMNO?

Haris Ibrahim and the growing Malaysian diaspora

Will the Abbot government reverse the decision to deny Haris Ibrahim a visa to Australia?

Roundtable on Malaysia: Political contestation beyond GE13

A roundtable to discuss the nature of Malaysian politics post GE13 -- which way will Malaysia head.

Can there be a national unity government in Malaysia?

A national unity government has so much to give Malaysia, but there are too many forces against this reality.

Citizenship-for-votes scandal in Sabah

How the issue of citizenship-for-votes plays out at GE13 remains moot but the certainty that Sabah remains BN’s fixed deposit no longer holds.

KL112 and a new Malaysian identity?

In facilitating KL112, Pakatan Rakyat have created new myths that would solidify its presence in the memories or 'imagery' of Malaysians positively.

The pathologies of Malay nationalism

Racism and bigotry are crutches or shields for the journey towards European type progress for the Malays, and ultimately Malay dignity.

The inexorable pursuit of an Islamic State

The aim of most Malaysians is not to turn this country into another repressive state that claims to rule with a mandate from God.

Dominant parties in decline

Bridget Welsh provides an interesting analysis on why two of the world's longest serving ruling regimes are in decline.

In the shadow of strongmen

Southeast Asia shows us that there are two paths to democratisation – one of big bang change with reforms and another of simply muddling through.

Najib the Delayer

Is Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, pursuing the military strategy of Roman dictator Fabius Maximus, who was known as Fabius the Delayer?