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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.

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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
Huang Jing, Chinese-American academic expelled by Singapore, is working in Beijing and has ‘no hard feelings’

Huang Jing was permanently banned from the city state over claims he tried to influence foreign policy for an unknown government. He says he has just spent a year in Washington to ‘prove’ himself but admits he ‘made some mistakes’

17 Jun 2019 - 10:18PM

Huang Jing was permanently banned from the city state over claims he tried to influence foreign policy for an unknown government. He says he has just spent a year in Washington to ‘prove’ himself but admits he ‘made some mistakes’

Huang Jing, Chinese-American academic expelled by Singapore, is working in Beijing and has ‘no hard feelings’
Gay sex video leak: new Malaysia a bit like the old one as politics returns to the gutter

Just over a year after a watershed election heralded a new era for Malaysia’s democracy, dirty politics are back with a vengeance, sex videos and all.

17 Jun 2019 - 12:55PM

Just over a year after a watershed election heralded a new era for Malaysia’s democracy, dirty politics are back with a vengeance, sex videos and all.

Gay sex video leak: new Malaysia a bit like the old one as politics returns to the gutter
Malaysia’s Azmin Ali sex scandal: politician Haziq Abdul Aziz arrested at airport after admitting appearing in video

Haziq Abdul Aziz made headlines earlier this week after confessing to appearing in a sex video with another man, who he claimed was a government minister.

15 Jun 2019 - 11:54AM

Haziq Abdul Aziz made headlines earlier this week after confessing to appearing in a sex video with another man, who he claimed was a government minister.

Malaysia’s Azmin Ali sex scandal: politician Haziq Abdul Aziz arrested at airport after admitting appearing in video
China-Malaysia industrial park project draws US$4.8 billion in investments, fuelled partly by trade war

Observers believe the park will bring much-needed foreign direct investment to Malaysia’s east coast, and the escalating trade war will lure Chinese manufacturers to relocate factories.

14 Jun 2019 - 11:42PM

Observers believe the park will bring much-needed foreign direct investment to Malaysia’s east coast, and the escalating trade war will lure Chinese manufacturers to relocate factories.

China-Malaysia industrial park project draws US$4.8 billion in investments, fuelled partly by trade war
Malaysia’s Azmin Ali sex scandal: minister’s aide asked me to lie, says Haziq Abdul Aziz, who claims he is the other man in viral video

Haziq claims the economic affairs minister sent political secretary Hilman Idham to ask him to help in a cover up. But Hilman reported the allegations to Islamic authorities, claiming his boss is a victim of false accusations.

13 Jun 2019 - 10:44PM

Haziq claims the economic affairs minister sent political secretary Hilman Idham to ask him to help in a cover up. But Hilman reported the allegations to Islamic authorities, claiming his boss is a victim of false accusations.

Malaysia’s Azmin Ali sex scandal: minister’s aide asked me to lie, says Haziq Abdul Aziz, who claims he is the other man in viral video
‘I categorically deny this vicious libel’: Malaysian minister Azmin Ali condemns gay sex video as attempt to ruin his reputation

Economic affairs minister Azmin Ali claims allegations of him being in a gay sex video are the latest in a series of attempts to assassinate his reputation.

13 Jun 2019 - 11:01AM

Economic affairs minister Azmin Ali claims allegations of him being in a gay sex video are the latest in a series of attempts to assassinate his reputation.

‘I categorically deny this vicious libel’: Malaysian minister Azmin Ali condemns gay sex video as attempt to ruin his reputation
Malaysian minister implicated in gay sex video, prompting comparisons with Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy scandal

PKR politician Muhammad Haziq Abdul Aziz said he was the other man in the video, with the case prompting comparisons to the sodomy rumours that hounded party leader Anwar Ibrahim for years.

13 Jun 2019 - 9:16PM

PKR politician Muhammad Haziq Abdul Aziz said he was the other man in the video, with the case prompting comparisons to the sodomy rumours that hounded party leader Anwar Ibrahim for years.

Malaysian minister implicated in gay sex video, prompting comparisons with Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy scandal
Never mind Interpol, Mahathir says Malaysia can decide whether to extradite Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to India

The controversial televangelist, who has claimed September 11 was an ‘inside job’, fled India in 2016 – and the Mahathir administration, struggling to retain its Muslim-Malay vote bank, may take a blow to its popularity if he is deported.

11 Jun 2019 - 10:44AM

The controversial televangelist, who has claimed September 11 was an ‘inside job’, fled India in 2016 – and the Mahathir administration, struggling to retain its Muslim-Malay vote bank, may take a blow to its popularity if he is deported.

Never mind Interpol, Mahathir says Malaysia can decide whether to extradite Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to India
Mahathir’s pick for Malaysia’s anti-corruption chief: a check on Anwar?

Should PM-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim be worried about Malaysia’s new anti-graft chief? Ask the current PM, Mahathir Mohamad, who went against his manifesto to appoint her

8 Jun 2019 - 7:37PM

Should PM-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim be worried about Malaysia’s new anti-graft chief? Ask the current PM, Mahathir Mohamad, who went against his manifesto to appoint her

Mahathir’s pick for Malaysia’s anti-corruption chief: a check on Anwar?
Hari Raya 2019: refugees in Malaysia mourn lost dreams as they mark Eid

For many displaced families, the Muslim festival is a low-key affair as they eke out a living in a strange land.

5 Jun 2019 - 10:25PM

For many displaced families, the Muslim festival is a low-key affair as they eke out a living in a strange land.

Hari Raya 2019: refugees in Malaysia mourn lost dreams as they mark Eid
In Malaysia, it’s time for Hari Raya ads – here are seven that will warm or break your heart (with one from Singapore, too)

Advertisements for the Eid celebration are more than just a branding exercise. The short films have garnered a huge following over the years, stemming from the beloved work of late filmmaker Yasmin Ahmad.

4 Jun 2019 - 9:00AM

Advertisements for the Eid celebration are more than just a branding exercise. The short films have garnered a huge following over the years, stemming from the beloved work of late filmmaker Yasmin Ahmad.

In Malaysia, it’s time for Hari Raya ads – here are seven that will warm or break your heart (with one from Singapore, too)
Being gay in Brunei: how a travel ban and sharia law upended activist’s life

Aziq Azman has not been able to travel for the past two years after authorities put him on a blacklist for drinking alcohol.

5 Jun 2019 - 11:49AM

Aziq Azman has not been able to travel for the past two years after authorities put him on a blacklist for drinking alcohol.

Being gay in Brunei: how a travel ban and sharia law upended activist’s life
Malaysia’s Mahathir backs Huawei, snubbing US blacklist of Chinese telecoms giant

The prime minister has suggested the Trump administration’s campaign against the firm is hypocritical, while experts say Kuala Lumpur’s 20-year relationship with Huawei means it will not blindly follow Washington.

31 May 2019 - 1:41PM

The prime minister has suggested the Trump administration’s campaign against the firm is hypocritical, while experts say Kuala Lumpur’s 20-year relationship with Huawei means it will not blindly follow Washington.

Malaysia’s Mahathir backs Huawei, snubbing US blacklist of Chinese telecoms giant
Malaysia’s Mahathir faces backlash over race quota for contractors on China-backed East Coast Rail Link

Prime minister has confirmed preferential treatment for so-called Bumiputra companies will also apply to hiring for multibillion-dollar construction project, but detractors say affirmative action risks compromising on quality and policy rubbishes election promises of full equality.

29 May 2019 - 11:15PM

Prime minister has confirmed preferential treatment for so-called Bumiputra companies will also apply to hiring for multibillion-dollar construction project, but detractors say affirmative action risks compromising on quality and policy rubbishes election promises of full equality.

Malaysia’s Mahathir faces backlash over race quota for contractors on China-backed East Coast Rail Link
Malaysian minister Yeo Bee Yin blasts importers of illegal waste, vows to return 450 tonnes of rubbish to likes of US, Japan

Environment minister Yeo Bee Yin says the Southeast Asian country ‘won’t continue to be a dumping ground for developed nations’. The 10 shipping containers of refuse to be sent back contain plastic packaging and e-waste.

29 May 2019 - 12:31PM

Environment minister Yeo Bee Yin says the Southeast Asian country ‘won’t continue to be a dumping ground for developed nations’. The 10 shipping containers of refuse to be sent back contain plastic packaging and e-waste.

Malaysian minister Yeo Bee Yin blasts importers of illegal waste, vows to return 450 tonnes of rubbish to likes of US, Japan
In Malaysia, a snag in US search for alternative to Chinese rare earths

As the trade war threatens to put Chinese rare earth minerals out of America’s grasp, Washington turns to alternative sources to fill the gap. In Malaysia, few are willing to tolerate the environmental damage that would entail.

28 May 2019 - 2:15PM

As the trade war threatens to put Chinese rare earth minerals out of America’s grasp, Washington turns to alternative sources to fill the gap. In Malaysia, few are willing to tolerate the environmental damage that would entail.

In Malaysia, a snag in US search for alternative to Chinese rare earths
‘I want to protect other students’: Malaysian woman in University of Hong Kong sex harassment case on why she spoke up on Facebook

The former postgraduate student in the faculty of dentistry said she went public to ‘protect other students, to make sure their safety is not jeopardised’.

19 May 2019 - 8:52PM

The former postgraduate student in the faculty of dentistry said she went public to ‘protect other students, to make sure their safety is not jeopardised’.

‘I want to protect other students’: Malaysian woman in University of Hong Kong sex harassment case on why she spoke up on Facebook
Malaysian economy: a boost for Mahathir, but US-China trade war threatens to spoil Pakatan Harapan’s party

A better than expected first quarter gives the new government cause for celebration – but fears for exports and uncertainties for investors over leadership transition mean it shouldn’t rest on its laurels.

17 May 2019 - 8:49AM

A better than expected first quarter gives the new government cause for celebration – but fears for exports and uncertainties for investors over leadership transition mean it shouldn’t rest on its laurels.

Malaysian economy: a boost for Mahathir, but US-China trade war threatens to spoil Pakatan Harapan’s party
Malaysia’s May 13 racial riots: 50 years on, they couldn’t happen again, could they?

As the new Pakatan Harapan government grapples with helming a ‘new Malaysia’, will they succeed in ensuring the bloody spectre of the politically spurred May 13 incident remains a thing of the past?

14 May 2019 - 12:53PM

As the new Pakatan Harapan government grapples with helming a ‘new Malaysia’, will they succeed in ensuring the bloody spectre of the politically spurred May 13 incident remains a thing of the past?

Malaysia’s May 13 racial riots: 50 years on, they couldn’t happen again, could they?
Malaysia’s Jason Leong: former doctor, prize-winning comedian, and Jho Low lookalike

He’s garnered a fair few accolades since starting out in comedy, but one of Jason Leong’s claims to fame has nothing to do with his jokes – and he’s hoping it will land him a role in a Hollywood film.

12 May 2019 - 9:44PM

He’s garnered a fair few accolades since starting out in comedy, but one of Jason Leong’s claims to fame has nothing to do with his jokes – and he’s hoping it will land him a role in a Hollywood film.

Malaysia’s Jason Leong: former doctor, prize-winning comedian, and Jho Low lookalike
Snapshots of Ramadan across Asia reveal changing lives of Muslims

From Hong Kong to Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur, Muslims in the region have begun the holy month of fasting from dawn till dusk, with communal bonds and traditions binding their communities amid changing societies.

10 May 2019 - 6:42PM

From Hong Kong to Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur, Muslims in the region have begun the holy month of fasting from dawn till dusk, with communal bonds and traditions binding their communities amid changing societies.

Snapshots of Ramadan across Asia reveal changing lives of Muslims
#MalaysiaBaharu: one year into ‘new Malaysia’, but the same old Mahathir Mohamad?

As Malaysia marks the Pakatan Harapan’s historic election victory over the Barisan Nasional, critics say the prime minister’s second stint in power is beginning to resemble his first – when he ruled with an iron fist.

9 May 2019 - 9:35PM

As Malaysia marks the Pakatan Harapan’s historic election victory over the Barisan Nasional, critics say the prime minister’s second stint in power is beginning to resemble his first – when he ruled with an iron fist.

#MalaysiaBaharu: one year into ‘new Malaysia’, but the same old Mahathir Mohamad?