Norshahril Saat

Politicking was supposed to be suspended during the state of emergency. Instead, MPs are crossing over like it’s a game of musical chairs, writes Norshahril Saat.

The 95-year-old’s new party was trounced in a Perak state assembly election but it doesn’t mean Perikatan Nasional is secure, for the outcome revealed how Umno does not need Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s Bersatu.

At the crux of the Indonesian leader’s dilemma is that the government would have to provide food and medicine for millions amid a shutdown, further straining resources.

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Luhut Pandjaitan, a trusted aide of the Indonesian president and his point man on China affairs, says Jakarta’s biggest task is luring foreign investors who can give the country a leg-up in technological development.

The Malaysian prime minister’s urging of Malays to join the party he currently leads not only caught opposition parties by surprise, but also his partners in government.