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In Malaysia, hopes for racial unity as Independence Day approaches. The reality? Growing division

The country’s multicultural identity becomes a cause for celebration every August as Malaysia gears up for its national day party, but democratisation is now pushing politicians to exploit ethnic differences for electoral gain.

18 Aug 2019 - 10:40AM

The country’s multicultural identity becomes a cause for celebration every August as Malaysia gears up for its national day party, but democratisation is now pushing politicians to exploit ethnic differences for electoral gain.

In Malaysia, hopes for racial unity as Independence Day approaches. The reality? Growing division
Malaysian youths supporting Hong Kong protests don’t know ‘right from wrong’, says Chinese diplomat in Malaysia

Minister-counsellor Chen Chen said supportive young people in Malaysia have been swayed by ‘other people’s opinions’ and urged Malaysians to view the events more rationally.

16 Aug 2019 - 3:28PM

Minister-counsellor Chen Chen said supportive young people in Malaysia have been swayed by ‘other people’s opinions’ and urged Malaysians to view the events more rationally.

Malaysian youths supporting Hong Kong protests don’t know ‘right from wrong’, says Chinese diplomat in Malaysia
Malaysia rides on Japanese technology to roll out next national car

Local firm DreamEDGE will collaborate with Japan’s Daihatsu to develop a third national car.

9 Aug 2019 - 8:53PM

Local firm DreamEDGE will collaborate with Japan’s Daihatsu to develop a third national car.

Malaysia rides on Japanese technology to roll out next national car
Malaysia looks to woo Chinese cash with belt and road positivity

The country’s finance minister teased a new system designed to attract investors from China at a forum on economic cooperation held on Thursday.

8 Aug 2019 - 10:16PM

The country’s finance minister teased a new system designed to attract investors from China at a forum on economic cooperation held on Thursday.

Malaysia looks to woo Chinese cash with belt and road positivity
Malaysia makes Arabic-script calligraphy optional for non-Malay schoolchildren after outcry

Critics had complained the move represented the ‘Islamisation’ of education and would not help students improve their language skills.

8 Aug 2019 - 10:16PM

Critics had complained the move represented the ‘Islamisation’ of education and would not help students improve their language skills.

Malaysia makes Arabic-script calligraphy optional for non-Malay schoolchildren after outcry
1MDB trial: Jho Low’s code name for Najib Razak was ‘Optimus Prime’, Malaysian court hears

Najib’s relationship manager at a local bank discussed where to bank the scandal-tainted premier’s money with Low, who remains in hiding.

6 Aug 2019 - 7:28PM

Najib’s relationship manager at a local bank discussed where to bank the scandal-tainted premier’s money with Low, who remains in hiding.

1MDB trial: Jho Low’s code name for Najib Razak was ‘Optimus Prime’, Malaysian court hears
Australian rare earths miner Lynas looks set for green light in Malaysia after months of doubt

Economic pressures mean Kuantan project is expected to proceed despite protests by environmentalists.

1 Aug 2019 - 10:03PM

Economic pressures mean Kuantan project is expected to proceed despite protests by environmentalists.

Australian rare earths miner Lynas looks set for green light in Malaysia after months of doubt
Malaysia-China friendship in focus as second panda cub born in country is named Yi Yi

Born last January after being conceived in mid-October 2017, Yi Yi is the second offspring of giant pandas Xing Xing and Liang Liang, who were sent to Malaysia by China in May 2014 to mark 40 years of diplomatic ties.

1 Aug 2019 - 7:54PM

Born last January after being conceived in mid-October 2017, Yi Yi is the second offspring of giant pandas Xing Xing and Liang Liang, who were sent to Malaysia by China in May 2014 to mark 40 years of diplomatic ties.

Malaysia-China friendship in focus as second panda cub born in country is named Yi Yi
Malaysia’s monarchy looks to turn page on scandal as new king Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah installed

Installation of Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah marks a new chapter for the monarchy, which has been troubled by scandals and public spats with the government.

31 Jul 2019 - 10:34AM

Installation of Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah marks a new chapter for the monarchy, which has been troubled by scandals and public spats with the government.

Malaysia’s monarchy looks to turn page on scandal as new king Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah installed
Top Malaysian minister Azmin Ali calls on Mahathir Mohamad to serve full term as country’s leader, not make way for Anwar Ibrahim

Statement from economic affairs minister Azmin Ali adds further strain to relationship with prime minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim following accusations over viral sex tape.

29 Jul 2019 - 9:09PM

Statement from economic affairs minister Azmin Ali adds further strain to relationship with prime minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim following accusations over viral sex tape.

Top Malaysian minister Azmin Ali calls on Mahathir Mohamad to serve full term as country’s leader, not make way for Anwar Ibrahim
Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad confirms US$240 million seizure from state-linked Chinese firm

The government was ‘entitled’ to the money, the prime minister told reporters, as the funds were meant to pay for a pipeline project that had only been 13 per cent completed.

16 Jul 2019 - 12:51PM

The government was ‘entitled’ to the money, the prime minister told reporters, as the funds were meant to pay for a pipeline project that had only been 13 per cent completed.

Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad confirms US$240 million seizure from state-linked Chinese firm
Malaysia’s ex-attorney general Apandi Ali sues politician Lim Kit Siang over 1MDB scandal

Apandi Ali cleared now-deposed leader Najib Razak of any wrondoing before he himself was investigated. He claims Lim, a veteran politician, defamed him.

15 Jul 2019 - 9:58PM

Apandi Ali cleared now-deposed leader Najib Razak of any wrondoing before he himself was investigated. He claims Lim, a veteran politician, defamed him.

Malaysia’s ex-attorney general Apandi Ali sues politician Lim Kit Siang over 1MDB scandal
Tempers flare in Malaysia as opposition MPs slam new terms of China-backed ECRL project

Members of Barisan Nasional, the coalition in power when the deal with China was first signed, have hit out at changes to the project brought in to bring down costs.

12 Jul 2019 - 10:44PM

Members of Barisan Nasional, the coalition in power when the deal with China was first signed, have hit out at changes to the project brought in to bring down costs.

Tempers flare in Malaysia as opposition MPs slam new terms of China-backed ECRL project
Mahathir Mohamad turns 94 and has a new goal to reunite Malays. But what for?

The Malaysian leader says his aim is to help the ethnic group economically. Analysts spot other motives: hollowing out the opposition and thwarting his rival Anwar Ibrahim.

10 Jul 2019 - 7:44PM

The Malaysian leader says his aim is to help the ethnic group economically. Analysts spot other motives: hollowing out the opposition and thwarting his rival Anwar Ibrahim.

Mahathir Mohamad turns 94 and has a new goal to reunite Malays. But what for?
Beware of ‘grabbing hands’ in Chinese projects, says Malaysian economist Terence Gomez

Political economist Terence Gomez called for tighter monitoring of projects linked to local corporations with a history of receiving political patronage.

9 Jul 2019 - 9:14PM

Political economist Terence Gomez called for tighter monitoring of projects linked to local corporations with a history of receiving political patronage.

Beware of ‘grabbing hands’ in Chinese projects, says Malaysian economist Terence Gomez
There is a ‘ray of hope’ in US-China trade war after Donald Trump and Xi Jinping met at G20, says Beijing’s ambassador to Malaysia

During his keynote address, Bai Tian claimed a stable US-China relationship would benefit not only the two countries but also the rest of the world.

9 Jul 2019 - 10:52AM

During his keynote address, Bai Tian claimed a stable US-China relationship would benefit not only the two countries but also the rest of the world.

There is a ‘ray of hope’ in US-China trade war after Donald Trump and Xi Jinping met at G20, says Beijing’s ambassador to Malaysia
Deal or no deal: is Asean’s RCEP trade pact going the way of the TPP?

First proposed in 2011, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership would span territories home to 3.5 billion people, with a GDP of US$22.6 trillion – if only its prospective members could agree on its terms.

7 Jul 2019 - 2:42PM

First proposed in 2011, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership would span territories home to 3.5 billion people, with a GDP of US$22.6 trillion – if only its prospective members could agree on its terms.

Deal or no deal: is Asean’s RCEP trade pact going the way of the TPP?
1MDB scandal: stepson of Malaysia’s disgraced ex-leader Najib charged for laundering US$200 million

Riza Aziz, co-founder of US production company that made the blockbuster Wolf of Wall Street, faced court after being detained by Malaysia’s anti-corruption watchdog.

5 Jul 2019 - 9:42PM

Riza Aziz, co-founder of US production company that made the blockbuster Wolf of Wall Street, faced court after being detained by Malaysia’s anti-corruption watchdog.

1MDB scandal: stepson of Malaysia’s disgraced ex-leader Najib charged for laundering US$200 million
Malaysia draws a line over sea sand exports – but says ban wasn’t aimed at Singapore

The Mahathir administration says it stopped exporting sea sand to any countries last year over environmental concerns, and is trying to downplay a report saying the embargo was in response to Singapore’s reclamation plans.

4 Jul 2019 - 10:36PM

The Mahathir administration says it stopped exporting sea sand to any countries last year over environmental concerns, and is trying to downplay a report saying the embargo was in response to Singapore’s reclamation plans.

Malaysia draws a line over sea sand exports – but says ban wasn’t aimed at Singapore
Palm oil: Malaysia launches investigation into school for putting on ‘propaganda’ play about deforestation

The Education Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that it would not allow ‘indoctrination’ that tarnishes the image and name of the country.

4 Jul 2019 - 10:19AM

The Education Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that it would not allow ‘indoctrination’ that tarnishes the image and name of the country.

Palm oil: Malaysia launches investigation into school for putting on ‘propaganda’ play about deforestation
Will return of Malaysia’s scandal-ridden ex-DPM Zahid Hamidi boost Umno or leave it in tatters?

The former deputy to disgraced ex-PM Najib Razak faces 87 corruption charges and his return could signal more race and religious rhetoric by the embattled party. Observers say this could backfire and alienate non-Malay voters in the long run.

2 Jul 2019 - 10:07PM

The former deputy to disgraced ex-PM Najib Razak faces 87 corruption charges and his return could signal more race and religious rhetoric by the embattled party. Observers say this could backfire and alienate non-Malay voters in the long run.

Will return of Malaysia’s scandal-ridden ex-DPM Zahid Hamidi boost Umno or leave it in tatters?
Does the Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines partnership clear the runway for a future merger?

While there has been resistance against a future merger on grounds of national pride, some analysts say such an alliance makes good business sense.

28 Jun 2019 - 9:01PM

While there has been resistance against a future merger on grounds of national pride, some analysts say such an alliance makes good business sense.

Does the Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines partnership clear the runway for a future merger?
Mahathir’s Malaysia supports Huawei, but should be more worried about network control than spying: expert

The prime minister has defended Huawei and suggested Western nations were hypocritical in their espionage concerns, but that stance overlooks a bigger risk – whoever builds a network has the power to take it over or shut it down.

27 Jun 2019 - 10:54AM

The prime minister has defended Huawei and suggested Western nations were hypocritical in their espionage concerns, but that stance overlooks a bigger risk – whoever builds a network has the power to take it over or shut it down.

Mahathir’s Malaysia supports Huawei, but should be more worried about network control than spying: expert
‘Hong Kong is a city in China – we have many more’: academic Gao Jian defends Beijing’s governance at regional conference

However, Gao encountered resistance from participants, who referenced the protests in Hong Kong and the treatment of Uygurs to criticise Beijing’s approach to governing.

26 Jun 2019 - 12:48PM

However, Gao encountered resistance from participants, who referenced the protests in Hong Kong and the treatment of Uygurs to criticise Beijing’s approach to governing.

‘Hong Kong is a city in China – we have many more’: academic Gao Jian defends Beijing’s governance at regional conference
Rohingya Muslims need citizenship and basic rights from Myanmar and Asean should make it happen, experts say

Citizenship and basic rights are key to ensuring the safe repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees from Bangladesh.

26 Jun 2019 - 11:41AM

Citizenship and basic rights are key to ensuring the safe repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees from Bangladesh.

Rohingya Muslims need citizenship and basic rights from Myanmar and Asean should make it happen, experts say
Social media: Asia’s new battleground between youth movements and state control of fake news

Young people across Southeast Asia are leading the charge to bring about political change using social media – but rising digital authoritarianism to tackle fake news could affect whether these movements flourish, analysts say.

26 Jun 2019 - 12:20PM

Young people across Southeast Asia are leading the charge to bring about political change using social media – but rising digital authoritarianism to tackle fake news could affect whether these movements flourish, analysts say.

Social media: Asia’s new battleground between youth movements and state control of fake news
What’s the difference between Indo Pacific and Asia-Pacific? Regional control for the US or China

The ongoing debate over how the region should style itself has come into sharp focus as Asean adopted the US-style “Indo Pacific” at its recent summit.

25 Jun 2019 - 12:47PM

The ongoing debate over how the region should style itself has come into sharp focus as Asean adopted the US-style “Indo Pacific” at its recent summit.

What’s the difference between Indo Pacific and Asia-Pacific? Regional control for the US or China
1MDB scandal: Malaysian authorities claim US$65 million siphoned from fund followed ‘clear trajectory’ from former PM Najib Razak’s bank account

Former Malaysian leader Najib Razak stands accused of playing a key role in the 1MDB scandal and faces more than 40 charges of corruption, as officials intensify their efforts to recover the siphoned funds.

21 Jun 2019 - 11:20PM

Former Malaysian leader Najib Razak stands accused of playing a key role in the 1MDB scandal and faces more than 40 charges of corruption, as officials intensify their efforts to recover the siphoned funds.

1MDB scandal: Malaysian authorities claim US$65 million siphoned from fund followed ‘clear trajectory’ from former PM Najib Razak’s bank account
China to buy US$120 million of durians a year from Malaysia as spike in sales expected after green light on export of whole fruits

Malaysia’s agriculture minister says more Malaysian companies are hoping to obtain permission to export to China; its advantage, according to an expert, is that the flavours of fully ripened durian are more in line with Chinese tastes.

18 Jun 2019 - 8:00AM

Malaysia’s agriculture minister says more Malaysian companies are hoping to obtain permission to export to China; its advantage, according to an expert, is that the flavours of fully ripened durian are more in line with Chinese tastes.

China to buy US$120 million of durians a year from Malaysia as spike in sales expected after green light on export of whole fruits
Malaysian minister: China must treat Southeast Asian neighbours ‘exceedingly well’ to prove its rise is peaceful

At a forum on Malaysia-China relations, deputy defence minister Liew Chin Tong says Beijing must prove its rise is peaceful, while Chinese Minister Counselor Chen Chen says ties are ‘soaring through the roof’.

18 Jun 2019 - 1:03AM

At a forum on Malaysia-China relations, deputy defence minister Liew Chin Tong says Beijing must prove its rise is peaceful, while Chinese Minister Counselor Chen Chen says ties are ‘soaring through the roof’.

Malaysian minister: China must treat Southeast Asian neighbours ‘exceedingly well’ to prove its rise is peaceful