Politics of Malaysia

Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak vows to reform Election Commission

Najib Razak

Najib said a special, bipartisan parliamentary committee would be set up to oversee the commission, which is in charge of running elections, to "strengthen public confidence" in it.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 7:36am

How they see it

Supporters of Anwar Ibrahim fill a stadium. Photo: EPA

Malaysia's governing coalition extended its unchallenged success in the national elections ever since our neighbouring country's independence from Britain in 1957.

12 May 2013 - 4:00am

Najib and Anwar launch their election campaigns

A supporter of Malaysia's opposition People's Justice Party waves the party flag in Permatang Pauh constituency. Photo: Reuters

Malaysian premier Najib Razak and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim yesterday kicked off their rival campaigns for the May 5 elections likely to be the country's closest ever.

21 Apr 2013 - 7:02am

Malaysia defends poll setup after massive opposition rally

Demonstrators march towards Independence Stadium on Saturday to attend the opposition People's Uprising Assembly in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo: Xinhua

Malaysia’s government defended the country’s electoral system as free and fair after a massive opposition rally demanded further transparency in general elections due in months.

13 Jan 2013 - 2:45pm

Malaysia's opposition needs to be heard

A strong opposition keeps a government honest. An administration that faces no credible resistance can do what it likes without fear of being voted out of power.

16 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Penang's new chief walks an ethnic tightrope

The archetypal ethnic-Chinese politician in Malaysia has always been a defender of all things Chinese - culture, Chinese-vernacular education, business - against real or imagined encroachment by a Muslim-led government.

The new chief minister of Penang, Lim Guan Eng, 47, fits the bill perfectly.

22 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Malaysian vote a clear demand for change

Malaysia's leaders have been shocked by the losses the ruling National Front coalition suffered in elections at the weekend. They believed that their grip on power was so strong that no matter what the demands of their ethnically and culturally diverse constituents, their mandate to rule was assured.

10 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Malaysian health minister admits being caught in sex-sting videos

Malaysia's health minister, who is one of the country's most senior Chinese political leaders, has admitted he is the man featured having sex with a young woman in a hotel room in DVDs that were distributed to hundreds of ethnic Chinese households and businesses in southern Johore state.

2 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Malaysia lashes out at Lee Kuan Yew remark

Malaysian leaders have hit back at Singaporean Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, who last week said that Malaysia would be more successful if it treated ethnic Chinese and Indians as equal citizens.

16 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Malaysian firms told to list staff by race

The Malaysian government has riled the country's commercially powerful Chinese minority by demanding that publicly listed companies, most of them Chinese-controlled, declare the race of their employees.

15 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

No smooth handover to Mr Opposition's son

Grumbles build against DAP leader Lim Guan Eng as a 'source of crisis' in the party

After nearly 40 years as the 'Mr Opposition' of Malaysian politics, Lim Kit Siang only wanted to hand over the reins to his son smoothly before calling it a day.

23 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Holier-than-thou MPs ignoring traffic fines

As many as 18 ministers have been caught with unpaid traffic summonses dating as far back as 1999.

Ironically, some of the group, who together owe M$116,000 ($247,500) in fines, have often lectured motorists to pay up promptly to avoid arrest and an overnight stay in the police lock-up.

12 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Malaysian national service bill decried

The opposition says the government has misled people over the training scheme

When the Malaysian government announced last month details of a national service scheme for 18-year-olds, the idea was so well received that opposition parties lined up to support it.

24 Jun 2003 - 12:00am