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.
The resurgence of ‘old’ Mahathir against the Najib coalition has been matched with the ‘new’, the cheap smartphone.
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.
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.
Closer scrutiny of Malaysian elections since the era of Najib Razak's father can sharpen the contrasts over winning—and losing—legitimacy.
Sophie Lemiere argues that "gangsters" are now embedded into Malaysia's political system.
Sophie Lemiere explores the nexus between UMNO and gangsterism in this four part article.
Praba Ganesan says he is a willing volunteer to support an abstract convolution called Malaysia
The TPP is diametrically opposed to the government's economic philosophy. What are Premier Najib Razak's options?
The dissonance between Abe and Najib is explained by the current status of their long dominant parties
The problem with the ETP is not the diagnosis, but the prescription.
If pleasurable pain can be said to be a critical political factor, then recent developments in Malaysia is to be welcomed.
The "Kajang Move" undermines the essence of democracy and Malaysia's transition to a genuine two-party system, argues Azmil Tayeb.
The condemnation of UMNO is increasingly becoming mainstream. Does this signal a change of what the international community thinks of UMNO?
Will the Abbot government reverse the decision to deny Haris Ibrahim a visa to Australia?
A roundtable to discuss the nature of Malaysian politics post GE13 -- which way will Malaysia head.
A national unity government has so much to give Malaysia, but there are too many forces against this reality.
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.
In facilitating KL112, Pakatan Rakyat have created new myths that would solidify its presence in the memories or 'imagery' of Malaysians positively.
Racism and bigotry are crutches or shields for the journey towards European type progress for the Malays, and ultimately Malay dignity.
The aim of most Malaysians is not to turn this country into another repressive state that claims to rule with a mandate from God.
Bridget Welsh provides an interesting analysis on why two of the world's longest serving ruling regimes are in decline.
Southeast Asia shows us that there are two paths to democratisation – one of big bang change with reforms and another of simply muddling through.
Is Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, pursuing the military strategy of Roman dictator Fabius Maximus, who was known as Fabius the Delayer?