Hate speech targeting refugees in Malaysia, often rooted in false information, has spread online as the nation stares down the threat of COVID-19. The allegedly organised rhetoric has turned some against refugees and migrants alike.
Malaysia has a new government in place after much political turmoil, putting an end (for now) to much speculation. It’s easy to view this recent saga as a struggle between personalities, but Malaysia’s political woes are embedded in a problematic electoral system.
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.
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.
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As 9 May approaches, the Barisan Nasional government is faced with the possibility of being uprooted by their own former leader, Mahathir Mohamad. But can Mahathir (and his new image as Malaysia’s grandfatherly champion) actually drive BN out of Putrajaya?
Many Malaysians in Titiwangsa view their incumbent MP Johari Abdul Ghani as a local boy who cares for their well-being.
Past election results show that the Malaysian parliamentary constituency can be swayed by federal sentiments.