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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Malaysia’s getting hotter. Can its leaders rise to the climate challenge?

Some Malaysian cities have recorded temperature rises of up to 6.7 degrees Celsius over the past two decades.

Some Malaysian cities have recorded temperature rises of up to 6.7 degrees Celsius over the past two decades.

18 Mar 2021 - 9:15AM
Malaysia’s coronavirus vaccination efforts dogged by accusations of queue-jumping

A week into its national immunisation plan, doctors have complained that political aides and workers are cutting ahead of medical frontliners to get inoculated.

A week into its national immunisation plan, doctors have complained that political aides and workers are cutting ahead of medical frontliners to get inoculated.

4 Mar 2021 - 11:12AM
In Malaysia, power struggles, pandemic woes mar Muhyiddin’s first year in office

The embattled leader has promised to hold elections after the Covid-19 pandemic is under control. He has only a slim parliamentary majority now, and is faced with an unhappy populace hard-hit by repeated coronavirus lockdowns.

The embattled leader has promised to hold elections after the Covid-19 pandemic is under control. He has only a slim parliamentary majority now, and is faced with an unhappy populace hard-hit by repeated coronavirus lockdowns.

1 Mar 2021 - 11:44AM
Amid deep political dysfunction, how did Malaysia pull together its coronavirus vaccine plan?

Science minister Khairy Jamaluddin has become the face of Kuala Lumpur’s public health drive, and he – and PM Muhyiddin Yassin’s government – stand to benefit from its success.

Science minister Khairy Jamaluddin has become the face of Kuala Lumpur’s public health drive, and he – and PM Muhyiddin Yassin’s government – stand to benefit from its success.

24 Feb 2021 - 12:18AM
Malaysians turn to Clubhouse amid coronavirus lockdown, weighing its inequities vs practicality

Science minister Khairy Jamaluddin, actress Maya Karin and disgraced ex-premier Najib Razak have all used the audio-chat app to reach out to audiences.

Science minister Khairy Jamaluddin, actress Maya Karin and disgraced ex-premier Najib Razak have all used the audio-chat app to reach out to audiences.

22 Feb 2021 - 10:44AM
Coronavirus Malaysia: PM Muhyiddin Yassin will be first to receive vaccine when roll-out starts

Malaysia will get its first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines on Sunday, and a national immunisation plan will kick off on February 26.

Malaysia will get its first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines on Sunday, and a national immunisation plan will kick off on February 26.

16 Feb 2021 - 6:05PM
Coronavirus Malaysia: mental health issues surge, but where is government’s response?

Although one woman is making an effort to provide mental health resources via her Instagram page, the country’s overall strategy on the issue is said to be lacking.

Although one woman is making an effort to provide mental health resources via her Instagram page, the country’s overall strategy on the issue is said to be lacking.

12 Feb 2021 - 11:21PM
Coronavirus Malaysia: Muhyiddin’s government takes more flak over quarantine exemption order for cabinet ministers

A ruling under which ministers returning to the country only have to quarantine for three days was met with fierce public criticism, if not ridicule.

A ruling under which ministers returning to the country only have to quarantine for three days was met with fierce public criticism, if not ridicule.

10 Feb 2021 - 9:45PM
Lunar New Year: as coronavirus crashes the party, Southeast Asians find other ways to celebrate

‘There’s no more visiting my aunties and all that, I’ve told them not to expect a visit.’

‘There’s no more visiting my aunties and all that, I’ve told them not to expect a visit.’

22 Feb 2021 - 10:33AM
Echoing Hong Kong protests, Malaysia’s ‘five demands’ to king over coronavirus go viral

Sultan Abdullah has been urged to take five steps to help the country amid anger over the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sultan Abdullah has been urged to take five steps to help the country amid anger over the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

10 Feb 2021 - 12:24AM
Malaysian-Chinese see red over Lunar New Year reunion dinner policy flip-flop

Although the government loosened restrictions related to reunion dinners, some Malaysian-Chinese were less than thrilled about any rules at all.

Although the government loosened restrictions related to reunion dinners, some Malaysian-Chinese were less than thrilled about any rules at all.

9 Feb 2021 - 11:14AM
Could Malaysia’s fake halal meat scandal impact its export reputation?

A decades-long smuggling racket could jeopardise Malaysia’s image of having a ‘gold standard’ halal status.

A decades-long smuggling racket could jeopardise Malaysia’s image of having a ‘gold standard’ halal status.

7 Feb 2021 - 12:30PM
Indonesia, Malaysia call for Asean meeting to discuss Myanmar coup as Muhyiddin says country has taken a ‘step backwards’

Malaysian PM Muhyiddin Yassin said a special Asean meeting was necessary as the turmoil in Myanmar may jeopardise peace and stability of the region.

Malaysian PM Muhyiddin Yassin said a special Asean meeting was necessary as the turmoil in Myanmar may jeopardise peace and stability of the region.

5 Feb 2021 - 10:07PM
Malaysia draws battles lines with EU over palm oil, focusing on public relations blitz

Government complaint filed at WTO says Europe’s anti-palm oil measures create ‘unreasonable trade barrier’.

Government complaint filed at WTO says Europe’s anti-palm oil measures create ‘unreasonable trade barrier’.

1 Feb 2021 - 12:35PM
A year after its first coronavirus case, Malaysia’s contact-tracing efforts are falling dangerously short

A health policies specialist says the country’s contact tracing is not fast or comprehensive enough even for an influenza pandemic, let alone Covid-19.

A health policies specialist says the country’s contact tracing is not fast or comprehensive enough even for an influenza pandemic, let alone Covid-19.

26 Jan 2021 - 10:37AM
Coronavirus boom for Malaysia’s rubber glove industry loses shine amid worker rights abuses

As investors point the finger over workers’ living conditions, experts say action is needed to keep ahead of competitors in China and Southeast Asia.

As investors point the finger over workers’ living conditions, experts say action is needed to keep ahead of competitors in China and Southeast Asia.

25 Jan 2021 - 9:09AM
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.

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
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?

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
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.

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
‘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.

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
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.

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
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?

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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

21 Dec 2020 - 10:28PM
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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

18 Dec 2020 - 12:37AM