For Malaysian politicians, speaking out in support of Palestinians is a well-worn tradition, especially when Israeli oppression makes headlines. However, by depriving refugees of basic rights at home, these same leaders undermine the Palestinian cause, writes Wael Qarssifi.
Ba dalam Sempekat Malaysia 1963, Sabah enggau Sarawak bela nyadi kaban kunsi begulai enggau dulu kelia dikangau Serakup Persekutuan Malaya, tang pia penemu tu nyu makin majak lenyau. Ditu meh kebuah mulai ke ia serta nama mai ia besai reti ngagai semua.
Under the Malaysia Agreement of 1963, Sabah and Sarawak were equal partners to the former Federation of Malaya, but this standing has since been eroded. Here’s what restoring it will mean, and why it’s important.
It’s been a rollercoaster ride of a week for Malaysians as they watched their politicians horse-trading and jockeying for political gain. Following the appointment of Muhyiddin Yassin to the premiership, Malaysians are worried that all their efforts to create lasting change in their country might be for naught.
Five Malaysian artists respond to the political turmoil in early 2020 by doing what they do best: making art.
Almost two years after regime change in Malaysia, Malaysians were treated to a spectacle of political turmoil as Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad handed in his resignation amid struggles between factions and parties over the course of a dramatic weekend.
This week: Filipinos vote in their mid-term elections, the Malaysian government unveils a new economic model, Sabah clamps down on “illegal immigrants” and Indonesia sets up a new “legal aid team”… to help the prosecution.
This week, Pakatan Harapan’s approval ratings take a nosedive in Malaysia, Aung San Suu Kyi heads to Cambodia, and tough conversations on campus sexual harassment are ongoing in Singapore.
This week in Southeast Asia: the Malaysian Parliament narrowly misses the threshold needed to amend the Federal Constitution, Cambodians head home to celebrate the Khmer New Year, and Indonesia enters its “quiet period” ahead of the vote on 17 April.
Consociationalism—the rule, in a plural society, by an alliance of elites from respective ethnic groups—has been Malaysia’s dominant political arrangement for over 60 years. The defeat of Barisan Nasional spells the end of consociationalism. What happened? And is the Pakatan Harapan government a new form of power-sharing or merely another form of consociational democracy?