Najib Abdul Razak
Malaysia’s political transition: Mahathir to Anwar 2.0
Before his triumphant return to office at the unlikely age of 93, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad made a deal to hand over power after an interim period to his former deputy-turned-bitter rival Anwar Ibrahim. Both men left the timing vague, intent to avoid any repeat of the falling-out that led to Mr. Anwar’s imprisonment in 1999. It might take Dr. Mahathir more than two years to clean up the previous government’s mess, but Mr. Anwar seems content to wait.
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 country’s borders, the new government’s approaches to neighbors like China and Singapore are already making waves.
Geopolitics drives Japan’s economy
Japanese companies are making a big push overseas. The phenomenon is a result of a shrinking population, but also geopolitical pressure from China. To counter Beijing’s influence, Japan is using its economic heft to expand its reach and protect its interests. Its ties with countries like India and Australia will continue to grow, and it will step into the vacuums left by a withdrawing United States and an overstretched China.
Global Outlook 2017: Southeast Asia and the U.S.-China dynamic
Southeast Asian nations will continue their long-term strategy of making the most out of their relationships with the United States and China in 2017. Though some leaders, especially in the Philippines and Malaysia, have made high-profile overtures to Beijing, and Vietnam has much to lose from TPP’s demise, none of these countries will abandon partnership with Washington.
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 a catalogue of other challenges...
Malaysia prepares for ‘crucial’ general election
Malaysia’s parliamentary elections on May 5, 2013, are the most crucial since the country gained independence in 1957. The fight is between the opposition party People’s Alliance (Pakatan Rakyat) and the ruling National Front (Barisan Nasional) – which has been in power since Malaysia’s inception. And for the first time, there is a chance that the opposition, runn...