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Liew Chin Tong
Liew Chin Tong
Liew Chin Tong was Malaysia's Deputy Defence Minister from July 2018 to February 2020. He is now a politician with the Democratic Action Party.

The opposition has pledged to support the Ismail Sabri administration’s bills if it carries out several reforms, including amending the constitution to end party-hopping and capping the prime minister’s tenure at 10 years.

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Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s appointment as Malaysia’s third premier in three years, with a slim majority, means the PM is no longer able to lord over everyone in the political system.

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Covid-19 has exposed Malaysia’s political divisions, unwieldy bureaucracy and capacity – or lack thereof – to deal with a crisis, says Liew Chin Tong.

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PM Muhyiddin now has unfettered powers after calling a state of emergency to handle surging Covid-19 cases, the first time one has been declared since racial riots in 1969, but voters will not tolerate a return to authoritarian rule.

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Beijing shouldn’t use the China-US binary to define the world but forge ties with Asian neighbours without behaving like a big power or causing anxiety among smaller nations, says Malaysia’s Deputy Defence Minister Liew Chin Tong.

The thinking of Malaysia’s new prime minister – ‘Mahathir 2.0’ – offers an insight into weaker states’ views of the evolving Asian order in the Trump-Xi era and suggest a firmer stance on the South China Sea

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