Tashny Sukumaran

Tashny Sukumaran

Malaysia correspondent

Tashny Sukumaran reports for the Post from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and her work for Asia desk covers a variety of issues ranging from national politics to women's rights. She has ten years of journalism experience in Malaysia, and holds a postgraduate degree in human rights law.

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Quiet falls over Malaysia, with residents in lockdown after last night of travel and dining out

Roads were packed before the order came into effect at midnight on Tuesday, with some rushing to stock up on groceries or spend time with family before travel was banned.

13 Jan 2021 - 8:30PM

Roads were packed before the order came into effect at midnight on Tuesday, with some rushing to stock up on groceries or spend time with family before travel was banned.

Quiet falls over Malaysia, with residents in lockdown after last night of travel and dining out
Explainer | What Malaysia’s new coronavirus lockdown and state of emergency mean for the public, and for PM Muhyiddin

How will Malaysia’s lockdown affect daily life, what happened to its earlier success and is there a political angle to all of this?

13 Jan 2021 - 9:55AM

How will Malaysia’s lockdown affect daily life, what happened to its earlier success and is there a political angle to all of this?

What Malaysia’s new coronavirus lockdown and state of emergency mean for the public, and for PM Muhyiddin
Malaysia declares emergency over Covid-19 surge, giving embattled Muhyiddin some breathing room

The emergency could last until August 1 and will give PM Muhyiddin Yassin the ability to govern by fiat, helping to preserve his political future.

12 Jan 2021 - 9:36PM

The emergency could last until August 1 and will give PM Muhyiddin Yassin the ability to govern by fiat, helping to preserve his political future.

Malaysia declares emergency over Covid-19 surge, giving embattled Muhyiddin some breathing room
‘Jho Low 2’: Malaysia says Tedy Teow has fled to Thailand after US$83 million Macau scam

Police say the businessman – compared by some to the alleged mastermind of the 1MDB scandal – has fled to Thailand after a cryptocurrency and property scam.

12 Jan 2021 - 9:00AM

Police say the businessman – compared by some to the alleged mastermind of the 1MDB scandal – has fled to Thailand after a cryptocurrency and property scam.

‘Jho Low 2’: Malaysia says Tedy Teow has fled to Thailand after US$83 million Macau scam
Coronavirus: Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin declares targeted lockdowns

The country’s 13 states and three federal territories will be put under some form of lockdown starting Wednesday. All inter-state travel is banned.

12 Jan 2021 - 9:45AM

The country’s 13 states and three federal territories will be put under some form of lockdown starting Wednesday. All inter-state travel is banned.

Coronavirus: Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin declares targeted lockdowns
What derailed the Singapore-Malaysia high-speed link, and where now for neighbours’ troubled relationship?

It was supposed to be a seminal, US$25 billion deal that would make Malaysia’s Johor a New Jersey to Singapore’s Manhattan. Where did it all go wrong?

10 Jan 2021 - 12:15PM

It was supposed to be a seminal, US$25 billion deal that would make Malaysia’s Johor a New Jersey to Singapore’s Manhattan. Where did it all go wrong?

What derailed the Singapore-Malaysia high-speed link, and where now for neighbours’ troubled relationship?
Spectre of lockdown looms again in Malaysia after record coronavirus surge

The country recorded 3,027 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, its highest ever total, prompting experts to recommend swift action.

8 Jan 2021 - 7:05PM

The country recorded 3,027 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, its highest ever total, prompting experts to recommend swift action.

Spectre of lockdown looms again in Malaysia after record coronavirus surge
Muhyiddin under renewed pressure in Malaysia as key ally Umno considers political split

Umno said it would discuss the motion to cut ties with Muhyiddin’s Bersatu party during its general assembly at the end of this month.

8 Jan 2021 - 3:50PM

Umno said it would discuss the motion to cut ties with Muhyiddin’s Bersatu party during its general assembly at the end of this month.

Muhyiddin under renewed pressure in Malaysia as key ally Umno considers political split
Malaysia has a new ambassador from Beijing. How will he handle their South China Sea dispute?

Ouyang Yujing’s appointment could mean ‘more authoritative decisions’ over the countries’ overlapping claims in the waterway.

21 Dec 2020 - 10:28PM

Ouyang Yujing’s appointment could mean ‘more authoritative decisions’ over the countries’ overlapping claims in the waterway.

Malaysia has a new ambassador from Beijing. How will he handle their South China Sea dispute?
Malaysia: Muhyiddin’s razor-thin parliamentary majority in spotlight after MP found guilty of corruption

Tengku Adnan Mansor, a minister in the cabinet of disgraced former premier Najib Razak, has been found guilty of graft for taking a US$495,000 bribe.

22 Dec 2020 - 1:40PM

Tengku Adnan Mansor, a minister in the cabinet of disgraced former premier Najib Razak, has been found guilty of graft for taking a US$495,000 bribe.

Malaysia: Muhyiddin’s razor-thin parliamentary majority in spotlight after MP found guilty of corruption
Da’i Syed’s sex scandal: a test from God for Malaysia’s reality TV Islamic preachers?

Shows in which handsome young men compete in reciting the Koran and preparing bodies for burial are modernising religion, but with sometimes unfortunate consequences.

19 Dec 2020 - 9:11PM

Shows in which handsome young men compete in reciting the Koran and preparing bodies for burial are modernising religion, but with sometimes unfortunate consequences.

Da’i Syed’s sex scandal: a test from God for Malaysia’s reality TV Islamic preachers?
Malaysia’s slim budget vote win leaves PM Muhyiddin safe – for now

The knife-edge budget victory disproved Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s claim that more MPs supported him than PM Muhyiddin Yassin.

18 Dec 2020 - 12:37AM

The knife-edge budget victory disproved Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s claim that more MPs supported him than PM Muhyiddin Yassin.

Malaysia’s slim budget vote win leaves PM Muhyiddin safe – for now
Malaysian women, children bear brunt of coronavirus lockdown

In one case discovered by the national rights body, pregnant migrant women were on the verge of selling their babies because they could not access health care.

18 Dec 2020 - 4:22PM

In one case discovered by the national rights body, pregnant migrant women were on the verge of selling their babies because they could not access health care.

Malaysian women, children bear brunt of coronavirus lockdown
Censorship, sedition probes: is Perikatan Nasional’s Malaysia ‘sliding down the democracy scale’?

Rights groups warn the country is backtracking on the progress made after its landmark election in 2018.

18 Dec 2020 - 12:37AM

Rights groups warn the country is backtracking on the progress made after its landmark election in 2018.

Censorship, sedition probes: is Perikatan Nasional’s Malaysia ‘sliding down the democracy scale’?
Malaysian corruption trial halted as PM Muhyiddin faces pressure over draft budget

The public prosecutor has called for a discharge not amounting to acquittal in the case involving Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, an Umno ally of ex-premier Najib Razak.

18 Dec 2020 - 12:37AM

The public prosecutor has called for a discharge not amounting to acquittal in the case involving Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, an Umno ally of ex-premier Najib Razak.

Malaysian corruption trial halted as PM Muhyiddin faces pressure over draft budget
Explainer | The nearly man: will Anwar Ibrahim ever lead Malaysia?

Anwar’s future is in special focus after what observers say are blunders brought on by his own hubris– but swift reversals of fortune cannot be discounted in Malaysia’s Game of Thrones.

18 Dec 2020 - 12:36AM

Anwar’s future is in special focus after what observers say are blunders brought on by his own hubris– but swift reversals of fortune cannot be discounted in Malaysia’s Game of Thrones.

The nearly man: will Anwar Ibrahim ever lead Malaysia?
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar, assailed for backing Muhyiddin’s budget bill, goes on defensive

Pakatan Harapan coalition leader vows to ‘fight more intensely’ next week after finer details of the bill are released.

18 Dec 2020 - 12:36AM

Pakatan Harapan coalition leader vows to ‘fight more intensely’ next week after finer details of the bill are released.

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar, assailed for backing Muhyiddin’s budget bill, goes on defensive
Malaysia’s Muhyiddin Yassin wins draft budget vote, overcoming leadership test

The 2021 budget bill has moved past the so-called policy stage following a voice vote in the 222-seat parliament, but it can still be defeated in upcoming debates.

18 Dec 2020 - 12:36AM

The 2021 budget bill has moved past the so-called policy stage following a voice vote in the 222-seat parliament, but it can still be defeated in upcoming debates.

Malaysia’s Muhyiddin Yassin wins draft budget vote, overcoming leadership test
Can AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines stay aloft amid the coronavirus pandemic? Only with major restructuring, experts say

AirAsia’s combination of lay-offs, diversification and loans is seen as a viable strategy, but analysts say the future is less clear for Malaysia Airlines.

24 Nov 2020 - 9:08AM

AirAsia’s combination of lay-offs, diversification and loans is seen as a viable strategy, but analysts say the future is less clear for Malaysia Airlines.

Can AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines stay aloft amid the coronavirus pandemic? Only with major restructuring, experts say
Did a Belt and Road project in Malaysia just crash and burn?

The termination of the agreement to build Melaka Gateway could mean the end for the US$10.5 billion development.

17 Nov 2020 - 10:14PM

The termination of the agreement to build Melaka Gateway could mean the end for the US$10.5 billion development.

Did a Belt and Road project in Malaysia just crash and burn?
Malaysia’s latest economic data offers hope but Covid-19 curbs could threaten recovery

Q3 GDP contracted 2.7 per cent from the same period in 2019, less severe than the 3.2 per cent forecast, and improved from the 17.1 per cent plunge in the second quarter.

13 Nov 2020 - 9:47PM

Q3 GDP contracted 2.7 per cent from the same period in 2019, less severe than the 3.2 per cent forecast, and improved from the 17.1 per cent plunge in the second quarter.

Malaysia’s latest economic data offers hope but Covid-19 curbs could threaten recovery
Malaysia opposition blasts Muhyiddin budget for short-changing key demands

The government’s request for 322.5 billion ringgit in funds for 2021 would be a 2.5 per cent increase from 2020.

18 Dec 2020 - 12:35AM

The government’s request for 322.5 billion ringgit in funds for 2021 would be a 2.5 per cent increase from 2020.

Malaysia opposition blasts Muhyiddin budget for short-changing key demands
Muhyiddin pleas for unity on Malaysia budget in face of potential revolt

Prime minister is trying to rally political backing on bill even as he stares down no-confidence motions.

18 Dec 2020 - 12:52AM

Prime minister is trying to rally political backing on bill even as he stares down no-confidence motions.

Muhyiddin pleas for unity on Malaysia budget in face of potential revolt
Coronavirus strikes Malaysian parliament, but glimmer of hope for budget

Parliamentary sittings in final meeting of the year may be cut short after several officers test positive for Covid-19. Some say real reason is to stifle no confidence motions.

18 Dec 2020 - 12:51AM

Parliamentary sittings in final meeting of the year may be cut short after several officers test positive for Covid-19. Some say real reason is to stifle no confidence motions.

Coronavirus strikes Malaysian parliament, but glimmer of hope for budget
For Malaysian survivors of Telegram porn scandal, abuse and exploitation lead to calls for change

Victims who infiltrated chat groups – with names such as ‘Virgin Boys’ and ‘Vitamin for Testicles’ – call for tougher laws against sexual harassment and cyberbullying.

1 Nov 2020 - 8:38PM

Victims who infiltrated chat groups – with names such as ‘Virgin Boys’ and ‘Vitamin for Testicles’ – call for tougher laws against sexual harassment and cyberbullying.

For Malaysian survivors of Telegram porn scandal, abuse and exploitation lead to calls for change
Muslims ‘have right to kill millions of French’: Malaysia’s Mahathir sparks uproar with his response to Macron

The 95-year-old’s controversial response to Macron’s plan to clamp down on radical Islam comes as three people are killed at a church in Nice in a suspected terror attack.

31 Oct 2020 - 1:05AM

The 95-year-old’s controversial response to Macron’s plan to clamp down on radical Islam comes as three people are killed at a church in Nice in a suspected terror attack.

Muslims ‘have right to kill millions of French’: Malaysia’s Mahathir sparks uproar with his response to Macron
Malaysia’s political turmoil: Najib warns Umno preserving Muhyiddin pact could spell election defeat

Scandal-tainted former prime minister Najib says his party risks defeat at Malaysia’s next election if it continues to back the current administration.

18 Dec 2020 - 12:50AM

Scandal-tainted former prime minister Najib says his party risks defeat at Malaysia’s next election if it continues to back the current administration.

Malaysia’s political turmoil: Najib warns Umno preserving Muhyiddin pact could spell election defeat
Malaysia’s political turmoil: Muhyiddin Yassin retains crucial backing from Umno

The United Malays National Organisation (Umno) declares it will continue to back prime minister after earlier speculation that it was pulling its support.

18 Dec 2020 - 12:50AM

The United Malays National Organisation (Umno) declares it will continue to back prime minister after earlier speculation that it was pulling its support.

Malaysia’s political turmoil: Muhyiddin Yassin retains crucial backing from Umno
Coronavirus Malaysia: Muhyiddin said to ‘contemplate resignation’ after king rejects emergency plan

Sultan Abdullah’s decision quashes possibility that prime minister will suspend legislature and rule by decree.

18 Dec 2020 - 12:49AM

Sultan Abdullah’s decision quashes possibility that prime minister will suspend legislature and rule by decree.

Coronavirus Malaysia: Muhyiddin said to ‘contemplate resignation’ after king rejects emergency plan
Malaysia water disruptions rankle amid coronavirus spike

Disruptions are relatively frequent thanks to a lack of maintenance, pollution and contamination, interstate disagreements and poor collection methods.

25 Oct 2020 - 9:30PM

Disruptions are relatively frequent thanks to a lack of maintenance, pollution and contamination, interstate disagreements and poor collection methods.

Malaysia water disruptions rankle amid coronavirus spike