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Malaysia’s power transition: stormy conditions, steady course
Regime change: postelection scenarios in Malaysia
The unprecedented election of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad leaves open several big questions. The election could make way for a new political order, after throwing out the coalition that had ruled Malaysia since independence. Meanwhile, the opposition is embroiled in a heated debate over its own identity. Beyond the ...
Malaysia inches closer to China
Malaysia, which traditionally has depended on the United States for defense and security, is gradually tightening its economic and military links with China. It would be premature to predict a geopolitical realignment at this stage, since the pro-China policy trend can be reversed by the next government in Kuala Lumpur. ...
The reconciliation that jolted Malaysian politics
The surprise decision by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to reconcile with his archrival, imprisoned opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, delivered a powerful jolt to Malaysian politics. The two erstwhile foes are cementing the opposition in the hope of removing scandal-tainted Prime Minister Najib Razak from power.
Anwar jailing could impact Malaysia’s politics for years
The removal of Anwar Ibrahim, the biggest threat to Malaysia’s ruling coalition government, could have a long-term impact on the country’s political battleground. The five-year jail term, on what some regard as a politically-motivated conviction, takes away the biggest headache - continuing the coalition’s 50-year grip on power – but ...