Mahathir should focus on institutions, not personalities

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohammad reading an anti-Prime Minister Najib Razak declaration during a media conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Shankaran Nambiar, MIER

Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia’s former prime minister, seems to have missed the mark with the Citizen’s Declaration that he has so vigorously supported. The bulk of the Declaration is directed at Prime Minister Najib Razak and his alleged wrongdoings in connection with the beleaguered 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Therein lies its fatal flaw.

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Sarawak political machine will keep propping up Najib

Author: James Chin, University of Tasmania

On 7 May residents of Sarawak, the larger of the two Malaysian states located on Borneo island, will be going to the polls. Sarawak is the only one of Malaysia’s 13 states to hold its state and federal polls separately. Read more…

Malaysia’s government silencing dissent

A file photograph showing Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak as he prepare to deliver his speech during an event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 14 March 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Ross Tapsell, ANU

The current scandal embroiling Prime Minister Najib Razak has led the Malaysian government to crack down on press freedoms. But a restricted mainstream Malaysian media has not stopped the publishing online of information on the ongoing corruption scandal surrounding the Prime Minister and 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Read more…

Will Mahathir and Anwar’s uneasy alliance unseat Najib?

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak delivers a speech during an event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 14 March 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Yang Razali Kassim, RSIS

The unthinkable is happening in Malaysian politics. Former prime minister Mahathir Mohammad and his jailed former deputy Anwar Ibrahim have joined hands in a seemingly impossible alliance to unseat Prime Minister Najib Razak. Never before in Malaysian history have such sworn enemies buried their hatchets for a common cause. Read more…

Malaysia disconnecting from online freedoms

Malaysian children surf the Internet. (Photo: AAP)

Authors: Susan Leong, Curtin University, and Terence Lee, Murdoch University

Not long ago, the Malaysian government thought that mastery of the internet was a path towards economic development. In February 1996, it launched the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), essentially a special economic zone, to entice high-technology corporations like Microsoft to set up shop in Malaysia. Read more…

Is the TPP really a leap forward for Malaysia?

Malaysia Minister of International Trade and Industry Mustapa Mohamed signs the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Shankaran Nambiar, Malaysian Institute of Economic Research

Malaysia’s leadership must be extremely satisfied on two counts: their success in negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and the parliament’s favourable position on the agreement.

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Can Malaysia revive its economy in 2016?

A maintenance worker works near a portrait of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak during the 69th United Malays National Organisation general assembly in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 8 December 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Shankaran Nambiar, Malaysian Institute of Economic Research

It has been a rather challenging year for the Malaysian economy. Political disruptions and economic shocks have rocked the nation.

Prime Minister Najib Razak has been strenuously committed to undertaking fiscal reform. He has repeatedly stressed the importance of reducing fiscal deficits. Read more…