Norman Goh

Norman Goh

Norman Goh is an independent journalist based in Kuala Lumpur, and he produces the weekly political podcast "Bicara Minggu Ini". He follows Malaysian politics and current affairs, focusing on East Malaysian socio-political issues.

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Malaysia’s striking doctors defiant after police probe, vow further action ‘if promises are not kept’

The organisers estimated that up to 8,000 medical professionals took part in the industrial action, returning to their work stations afterwards.

The organisers estimated that up to 8,000 medical professionals took part in the industrial action, returning to their work stations afterwards.

Malaysia’s striking doctors defiant after police probe, vow further action ‘if promises are not kept’
26 Jul 2021 - 11:45PM
Coronavirus: as Malaysia’s contract doctors prepare for day-long strike, who is to blame for their woes?

Thousands of medics have planned to take part in an industrial action on Monday to express their discontent with a contract system they say is unfair.

Thousands of medics have planned to take part in an industrial action on Monday to express their discontent with a contract system they say is unfair.

Coronavirus: as Malaysia’s contract doctors prepare for day-long strike, who is to blame for their woes?
25 Jul 2021 - 10:34PM
Durian boom exposes ugly land tussles in Malaysia’s Pahang, home of Musang King cultivar

A clampdown on ‘illegal’ durian farmers in Pahang state shows the fraught land politics at play in the country’s increasingly lucrative Musang King industry, observers say.

A clampdown on ‘illegal’ durian farmers in Pahang state shows the fraught land politics at play in the country’s increasingly lucrative Musang King industry, observers say.

Durian boom exposes ugly land tussles in Malaysia’s Pahang, home of Musang King cultivar
12 Jul 2021 - 9:50AM
Is Covid-19 terminal for the rising middle classes of Malaysia and Indonesia?

As one economist has put it: “We’re going to become a very unequal society.”

As one economist has put it: “We’re going to become a very unequal society.”

Is Covid-19 terminal for the rising middle classes of Malaysia and Indonesia?
12 Jul 2021 - 2:33PM
Malaysians raise white flags as hunger spreads under lockdown

The #benderaputih campaign is the clearest sign yet of the economic despair that hundreds of thousands of Malaysia’s lower income families now live under, community organisers say.

The #benderaputih campaign is the clearest sign yet of the economic despair that hundreds of thousands of Malaysia’s lower income families now live under, community organisers say.

Malaysians raise white flags as hunger spreads under lockdown
4 Jul 2021 - 8:54PM
As Malaysia’s Covid-19 vaccination drive revs up, sceptics threaten to spoil the party

Online disinformation has left many elderly too afraid to get jabbed and is fuelling ‘vaccine choosiness’, with many preferring China’s Sinovac over Pfizer.

Online disinformation has left many elderly too afraid to get jabbed and is fuelling ‘vaccine choosiness’, with many preferring China’s Sinovac over Pfizer.

As Malaysia’s Covid-19 vaccination drive revs up, sceptics threaten to spoil the party
27 Jun 2021 - 1:00PM
Malaysia’s sultans to meet as public anger against Muhyiddin government grows

The country’s sultans are set to convene on Wednesday in a special meeting, with analysts believing they are likely to state a preference for parliament to be reconvened

The country’s sultans are set to convene on Wednesday in a special meeting, with analysts believing they are likely to state a preference for parliament to be reconvened

Malaysia’s sultans to meet as public anger against Muhyiddin government grows
15 Jun 2021 - 8:32PM
As Nurul Izzah Anwar joins the critics, could Penang South Reclamation project be stopped?

Political heavyweight Nurul Izzah Anwar’s withdrawal of support for the BiodiverCity scheme has given activists hope that it is not the fait accompli they feared.

Political heavyweight Nurul Izzah Anwar’s withdrawal of support for the BiodiverCity scheme has given activists hope that it is not the fait accompli they feared.

As Nurul Izzah Anwar joins the critics, could Penang South Reclamation project be stopped?
9 Jun 2021 - 8:57PM
As Malaysia begins ‘total lockdown’, disgraced Najib rises as complainer-in-chief

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is under pressure not just from the country’s opposition, but also from forces within his own party such as Najib.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is under pressure not just from the country’s opposition, but also from forces within his own party such as Najib.

As Malaysia begins ‘total lockdown’, disgraced Najib rises as complainer-in-chief
1 Jun 2021 - 10:19PM
Malaysians reflect on rape culture after schoolgirl’s TikTok video goes viral

Ain Husniza called out her teacher after he cracked a rape joke, sparking a national conversation on sexism in Malaysia.

Ain Husniza called out her teacher after he cracked a rape joke, sparking a national conversation on sexism in Malaysia.

Malaysians reflect on rape culture after schoolgirl’s TikTok video goes viral
15 May 2021 - 2:46PM
Malaysian ex-police chief Abdul Hamid’s expose makes waves but won’t spark reforms: experts

Abdul Hamid Bador accused Malaysia’s home minister of using the police force’s secretive Special Branch for ‘political purposes’.

Abdul Hamid Bador accused Malaysia’s home minister of using the police force’s secretive Special Branch for ‘political purposes’.

Malaysian ex-police chief Abdul Hamid’s expose makes waves but won’t spark reforms: experts
11 May 2021 - 10:06PM
Will Malaysia dropping AstraZeneca from main inoculation drive fuel vaccine hesitancy?

Experts say this allays public concerns over side-effects like blood clots, but others say this could damage trust in vaccines and undermine global vaccination efforts.

Experts say this allays public concerns over side-effects like blood clots, but others say this could damage trust in vaccines and undermine global vaccination efforts.

Will Malaysia dropping AstraZeneca from main inoculation drive fuel vaccine hesitancy?
30 Apr 2021 - 10:39AM
Is Southeast Asia waking up to the need for unity in South China Sea?

Internal conflicts among Southeast Asian countries that are party to the dispute weaken the negotiations with Beijing, analysts say.

Internal conflicts among Southeast Asian countries that are party to the dispute weaken the negotiations with Beijing, analysts say.

Is Southeast Asia waking up to the need for unity in South China Sea?
19 Apr 2021 - 9:00AM
Malaysia’s AirAsia aims to be ‘more than an airline’ as coronavirus cripples aviation

AirAsia wants to become ‘more than an airline’, eyeing plans for fresh grocery air taxis to drone delivery services.

AirAsia wants to become ‘more than an airline’, eyeing plans for fresh grocery air taxis to drone delivery services.

Malaysia’s AirAsia aims to be ‘more than an airline’ as coronavirus cripples aviation
12 Apr 2021 - 8:11AM
‘Umno’s beauty is its embrace of diversity’: Malaysia’s biggest party meets amid divisions over backing PM Muhyiddin

Influential youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki has dismissed talk of fission, though there is a faction still loyal to the prime minister.

Influential youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki has dismissed talk of fission, though there is a faction still loyal to the prime minister.

‘Umno’s beauty is its embrace of diversity’: Malaysia’s biggest party meets amid divisions over backing PM Muhyiddin
26 Mar 2021 - 3:56AM
Is North Korea’s move to cut ties with Malaysia a ‘test’ for Joe Biden?

The action was called ‘puzzling’, and one that could ‘seriously damage efforts to improve ties between the US and the North’.

The action was called ‘puzzling’, and one that could ‘seriously damage efforts to improve ties between the US and the North’.

Is North Korea’s move to cut ties with Malaysia a ‘test’ for Joe Biden?
19 Mar 2021 - 9:32PM
China-made Sinovac jab a shot in the arm for Malaysia’s coronavirus vaccination programme, minister says

Science minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who heads the programme, took the Sinovac vaccine live on air to allay concerns about its efficacy and safety.

Science minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who heads the programme, took the Sinovac vaccine live on air to allay concerns about its efficacy and safety.

China-made Sinovac jab a shot in the arm for Malaysia’s coronavirus vaccination programme, minister says
18 Mar 2021 - 6:47PM
Malaysian court’s decision to allow use of ‘Allah’ by Christians heralds political, social tension

Analysts say the ruling is unlikely to close the chapter in a saga that has run for more than a decade, with conservative Muslim groups already challenging it.

Analysts say the ruling is unlikely to close the chapter in a saga that has run for more than a decade, with conservative Muslim groups already challenging it.

Malaysian court’s decision to allow use of ‘Allah’ by Christians heralds political, social tension
15 Mar 2021 - 8:25PM