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Malaysia’s mystery man Najib Razak earns a mandate

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak. Photo: EPA

Prime Minister Najib Razak stands on firmer ground after gaining his first mandate in weekend elections after years of walking a tightrope between voters demanding change and resistant hardliners.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

'Record voter turnout' in Malaysia as polls close

Malaysian voters wait in a line to cast their ballots in Pekan, Pahang state, Malaysia. Photo: AP

The first results are expected within hours. The Election Commission estimated about 80 per cent of 13 million voters – or more than 10 million people – turned out, which it called a record high.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Chinese railway builders hit by Malaysian politics

Chinese railway companies shortlisted for big money-spinning contracts to build a trans-Malaysia rail link have become victims of the country's changing political guard.

16 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


We will not stop the polluters if all they get is a verbal warning

How much longer is our government going to allow perpetrators of anti-social and often dangerous practices to get off with a verbal warning?

21 Sep 2008 - 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

Mahathir can't blame his successor

Predictably, Mahathir Mohamad reacted to the stunning election rebuff to Malaysia's ruling coalition by demanding that Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi resign immediately. He could not resist badmouthing his successor, claiming that he had made a big mistake in appointing Mr Abdullah in the first place.

15 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

By-election to test Chinese voter support for Abdullah

A by-election is shaping into a litmus test of ethnic Chinese voter support for Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi after opinion polls last month showed nearly 60 per cent of Chinese were unhappy with his government.

21 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Angering Chinese a proven way to get ahead in Umno

Khairy Jamaluddin, the ambitious son-in-law of Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, is embroiled in a political storm after suggesting minority Chinese are political opportunists.

In the fortnight since his remarks, he has continued to stoke anger among ethnic Chinese but has lifted his political profile among Malays.

6 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Race-based politics again rears its head in Malaysia

Resurgence of Chinese-backed DAP expected to raise the racial temperature

While Malaysia's election result killed off the rise of Islamic parties, an old enemy that threatens multicultural secularism has made a comeback: race-based politics.

5 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Veteran fears party's decay

A MALAYSIAN Government minister and senior official of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) said constant bickering and in-fighting among members were signs of moral decay in the party.

12 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Landslide buries opposition

PRIME Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad delivered a shattering blow to his rivals, reducing the opposition presence in Parliament and dashing their hopes of securing new state strongholds.

27 Apr 1995 - 12:00am