Mahathir Bin Mohamad

Sex, lies & videotape

When rumours emerged in March that a man resembling a high-ranking figure in Malaysia's political opposition had been caught on videotape having sex, it predictably set the local media and cyberspace abuzz with excitement.

Sunday, 15 May, 2011, 12:00am

A brawler who won't quit

Five years after retiring in a blaze of glory, at 82 and nursing an ailing heart, former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad is back in a big way as leader of a growing rebel movement in the ruling Umno party.

5 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Malaysia needs system of checks and balances

The constitutional crisis in Malaysia places embattled Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi in a perilous position. It also raises serious questions about the state of the country's parliamentary democracy.

27 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Malaysian parties desperate to woo Chinese electors

With the Malay vote divided and minority Indians leaning towards the opposition, Malaysia's government is pulling out all stops to win over Chinese voters ahead of Saturday's legislative polls.

4 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1986

Members of a club that meets to watch crickets fight each other were robbed of valuables estimated at nearly HK$200,000 in Mongkok. But the robbers missed the most valuable assets - the fighting crickets, which can be worth up to HK$10,000 each.

18 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Omens are good for Malaysia's next 50 years

It was not a very happy Malaysia that, on Friday, celebrated 50 years since Malaya became independent. (Malaysia came into existence in 1963 when the British-ruled Sabah, Sarawak and [briefly] Singapore joined.)

3 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Abdullah faces heat over empty vows to tackle graft

Across Kuala Lumpur, graffiti of the slogan '18?' is scrawled on pavements and underpasses.

It is a reference to the failure of Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi to deliver on a 2004 election promise to charge 18 unnamed VIPs he had said were guilty of corruption.

2 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

A free media and China's economy

The irrepressible Mahathir Mohamad, while Malaysia's long-reigning prime minister, once muttered something to the effect that people do not have the right to know everything, and that it won't kill them if they don't. This cavalier attitude towards freedom of information - a principle so revered in the west - is not unknown elsewhere in Asia, as well.

1 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Abdullah to shed old guard in reshuffle

Impatient supporters hope Malaysian PM will promote them to cabinet posts

Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi is set to announce a cabinet shake-up, finally discarding survivors from the era of his predecessor Mahathir Mohamad, political analysts and government insiders say.

14 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

America's loss could be China's gain

Perhaps it is too soon to render final judgment, but I well recall that Australian Prime Minister John Howard and former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad could not agree on the wisdom of the US invasion of Iraq.

26 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

National breakdown

On Sunday, the nation will hold its annual Independence Day celebration. June 12 really commemorates two events: one is the country's revolutionary break with Spain in 1898, just shortly before the Americans attacked, killed a lot of Filipinos in a war that the Yankees called an 'insurrection', and grabbed the country as a colony.

9 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Islamic puzzle

I am one of the 'few million' who control the world 'by proxy' ('Accepting change', October 25).

31 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Malaysia's ruling coalition bans party-hopping by its members

But opposition lawmakers will remain free to defect to the government's side

Malaysia's ruling 13-party National Front coalition has sought to end inter-party bickering ahead of the expected early general elections by barring people elected under the banner of one coalition partner from crossing over and joining another.

26 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Still carrying the baggage of history

Australia and Asia. Is one part of the other or not? It is a subject of ongoing debate, at least among Australians, and from time to time it attracts some comment from the relatively few Asians who think about Australia at all.

2 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Malaysia launches a populist package for battered electorate

Outgoing Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad yesterday announced a 7.3 billion ringgit (HK$15 billion) economic stimulus package to boost the flagging Malaysian economy and help sectors battered by the Sars outbreak. The measures are also likely to improve the government's electoral prospects.

22 May 2003 - 12:00am