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Thailand Raises COVID-19 Alert Level as Neighbors Brace for Omicron Surge
January 07, 2022

Thailand Raises COVID-19 Alert Level as Neighbors Brace for Omicron Surge

By Sebastian Strangio
The fast-spreading coronavirus variant is clouding the region's economic recovery.

Omicron Variant Threatens to Upend Southeast Asia’s COVID-19 Recovery
December 02, 2021

Omicron Variant Threatens to Upend Southeast Asia’s COVID-19 Recovery

By Sebastian Strangio
After a challenging year, the region's governments have ample reason to take the emergence of the new strain seriously.
Malaysia’s Record Spending Bill Seeks to Fuel Recovery Ahead of Elections
November 03, 2021

Malaysia’s Record Spending Bill Seeks to Fuel Recovery Ahead of Elections

By Alifah Zainuddin
The country keeps spending in preparation for a post-pandemic economy, but there are big risks ahead.

Malaysia Plans to Avoid Another COVID-19 Disaster During State Polls
October 27, 2021

Malaysia Plans to Avoid Another COVID-19 Disaster During State Polls

By Alifah Zainuddin
Local authorities must figure out the safest way to cast a ballot to avoid another virus outbreak.

Malaysia Lifts Ban On Interstate, Overseas Travel In Transition To Endemic Phase
October 11, 2021

Malaysia Lifts Ban On Interstate, Overseas Travel In Transition To Endemic Phase

By Alifah Zainuddin
The next few weeks will reveal if the country is prepared for a COVID-19 endemic phase, or if it will experience another wave of hospitalizations.

An End To Winner-Takes-All In Malaysian Politics?
September 14, 2021

An End To Winner-Takes-All In Malaysian Politics?

By Alifah Zainuddin
Malaysia’s political leaders sign a landmark deal as Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob pledges a slew of reforms. But will his government follow through?

The Risks Facing Malaysia’s ‘Second Chance’ Government
August 31, 2021

The Risks Facing Malaysia’s ‘Second Chance’ Government

By Alifah Zainuddin
Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s decision to give his predecessor’s cabinet a second chance might just work in his favor.
Southeast Asia Facing ‘Critical’ Weeks in COVID-19 Fight: Red Cross
August 19, 2021

Southeast Asia Facing ‘Critical’ Weeks in COVID-19 Fight: Red Cross

By Sebastian Strangio
In recent weeks, the region has seen more than twice as many deaths from the coronavirus than North America.

Politics is Wrecking Malaysia’s Pandemic Response
August 09, 2021

Politics is Wrecking Malaysia’s Pandemic Response

By Alifah Zainuddin
The COVID-19 crisis offers a convenient pretext for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to hold on to power.

Democracy Is Teetering in Malaysia as PM Tightens Grip on Power
August 03, 2021

Democracy Is Teetering in Malaysia as PM Tightens Grip on Power

By Alifah Zainuddin
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s desperate attempt to hold on to power threatens to shake the country's democratic system to the core.

Malaysia’s Youth Step Up Protests As Political Crisis Deepens
August 02, 2021

Malaysia’s Youth Step Up Protests As Political Crisis Deepens

By Alifah Zainuddin
Young protestors gather momentum as calls for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s resignation grow louder.
Malaysia’s Parliament Opens After 7 Months, Emergency to End
July 27, 2021

Malaysia’s Parliament Opens After 7 Months, Emergency to End

By Eileen Ng
The reopening has been criticized as a sham, as the five-day session is limited to reviewing the government's COVID-19 response and there are no plans for any votes.

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