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Former Malaysian First Lady Sentenced to 10 Years Prison for Bribery
September 02, 2022

Former Malaysian First Lady Sentenced to 10 Years Prison for Bribery

By Sebastian Strangio
Rosmah Mansor, 70, was accused of soliciting and receiving bribes in order to facilitate a contract to provide solar panels for schools in Borneo.

How Malaysia’s Judiciary Fought Back and Convicted a Former PM
August 31, 2022

How Malaysia’s Judiciary Fought Back and Convicted a Former PM

By James Chai
After decades of subordination to politicians, the conviction of Najib Razak on corruption charges was a powerful assertion of independence by the country's judiciary.
Malaysia Budget Announcement Raises Prospect of Early Polls
August 29, 2022

Malaysia Budget Announcement Raises Prospect of Early Polls

By Sebastian Strangio
The ruling United Malays National Organisation is hoping to capitalize on recent strong showings at the state level.

Malaysian Parliament Passes Bill Outlawing Party-Hopping
July 29, 2022

Malaysian Parliament Passes Bill Outlawing Party-Hopping

By Sebastian Strangio
The new law is intended to stabilize Malaysian politics ahead of the next general election, which is due before September 2023.

Malaysia’s Domestic Political Turbulence Threatens to Derail its Foreign Policy
May 26, 2022

Malaysia’s Domestic Political Turbulence Threatens to Derail its Foreign Policy

By Fikry A. Rahman
Foreign policy begins at home, and the country has experienced nearly unprecedented political instability over the past two years.

Malaysia’s Grand Old Party Scores Decisive Victory in Pivotal State Election
March 14, 2022

Malaysia’s Grand Old Party Scores Decisive Victory in Pivotal State Election

By Sebastian Strangio
The strong showing for the Barisan Nasional coalition is expected to intensify calls for an early general election.

Malaysian Youth Vote in the Spotlight as Johor State Prepares for Election
March 11, 2022

Malaysian Youth Vote in the Spotlight as Johor State Prepares for Election

By Sebastian Strangio
The election is the first to be held in Malaysia since a constitutional amendment lowered the voting age from 21 to 18.
A Tumultuous Year in Malaysian Politicking
December 20, 2021

A Tumultuous Year in Malaysian Politicking

By Sophie Lemière
The shifting political allegiances of the past three years seem set to continue until the next general election.

Can MUDA Capture Malaysia’s Youth Vote?
December 16, 2021

Can MUDA Capture Malaysia’s Youth Vote?

By Alifah Zainuddin
If all young people gravitate towards MUDA, the youth-based party will instantly become a major political party. But that is unlikely to be the case.

PM Ismail’s First 100 Days: Beating Expectations Is Not Enough
December 09, 2021

PM Ismail’s First 100 Days: Beating Expectations Is Not Enough

By Alifah Zainuddin
Ismail Sabri’s leadership has offered much-needed stability, but Malaysians deserve more than just the status quo.

Malaysia: Is Barisan Nasional Growing in Strength?
November 26, 2021

Malaysia: Is Barisan Nasional Growing in Strength?

By Alifah Zainuddin
The six-decade-old grand old coalition, led by UMNO, remains in a much weaker state, but it will inevitably be looking to build on its winning momentum.
‘Battle Royale’ Begins for Melaka State Voters
November 10, 2021

‘Battle Royale’ Begins for Melaka State Voters

By Alifah Zainuddin
The outcomes of the state polls will allow political parties to chart a clearer course ahead of the 15th General Election, including forming new alliances.

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