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Diesel Prices Leap Upward as Malaysia Begins Subsidy Reforms

Diesel Prices Leap Upward as Malaysia Begins Subsidy Reforms

By Sebastian Strangio
The government could face a political backlash over its plans to remove blanket fuel subsidies, which it claims are straining the national budget.

Former Malaysian PM Seeks to Serve Remaining Prison Term Under House Arrest

Former Malaysian PM Seeks to Serve Remaining Prison Term Under House Arrest

By Sebastian Strangio
Najib Razak claims that the authorities have concealed the existence of a royal order permitting him to serve his remaining sentence at home.
Why Are Southeast Asia’s Young Voters Turning to Illiberal Populists?

Why Are Southeast Asia’s Young Voters Turning to Illiberal Populists?

By Imran Said and Alexander Berghaus
Recent elections have upended the assumption that young people are inherently more progressive than their elders.

What Malaysia’s New King Means For the Country’s Monarchy

What Malaysia’s New King Means For the Country’s Monarchy

By Prem Singh Gill
In recent years, the ceremonial monarchs have been taking a more active role in the country's political life.

Former Malaysian PM’s Prison Term Halved by Royal Pardon, Report Claims

Former Malaysian PM’s Prison Term Halved by Royal Pardon, Report Claims

By Sebastian Strangio
Former PM Najib Razak is currently serving a 12-year sentence for his involvement in the multibillion-dollar 1MDB corruption scandal.

What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?
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What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?

Billionaire Sultan Ibrahim of Johor Sworn in as Malaysia’s King

Billionaire Sultan Ibrahim of Johor Sworn in as Malaysia’s King

By Eileen Ng
The Western-educated sultan is the 17th person to serve as king under the country's unique rotational monarchy.

Former Malaysian Finance Minister Latest to be Charged in Corruption Probe

Former Malaysian Finance Minister Latest to be Charged in Corruption Probe

By Sebastian Strangio
Daim Zainuddin, a former close associate of ex-PM Mahathir Mohamad, has been accused of failing to declare millions of dollars worth of assets.
Ex-Malaysian PM Mahathir Accuses Government of Prosecuting Its Rivals

Ex-Malaysian PM Mahathir Accuses Government of Prosecuting Its Rivals

By Eileen Ng
The former leader's claims came a week after his eldest son was ordered to hand over information to anti-graft investigators.

Southeast Asia Likes Polarization – and That’s Not a Bad Thing

Southeast Asia Likes Polarization – and That’s Not a Bad Thing

By David Hutt
The region's problem is not that there is too much political contestation, but rather that there is not enough.

Targeting the Economy, Malaysia’s PM Announces Cabinet Reshuffle

Targeting the Economy, Malaysia’s PM Announces Cabinet Reshuffle

By Sebastian Strangio
The move comes after a turbulent year for Anwar Ibrahim and his unity government.

Head of Malaysian Youth Party Found Guilt of Corruption

Head of Malaysian Youth Party Found Guilt of Corruption

By Sebastian Strangio
The conviction comes two months after Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman pulled his party out of the ruling coalition due to graft concerns.
Malaysia Says It Won’t Recognize Unilateral Sanctions on Supporters of Hamas

Malaysia Says It Won’t Recognize Unilateral Sanctions on Supporters of Hamas

By Sebastian Strangio
Anwar Ibrahim has again said that his government would resist any outside pressure to declare Hamas a terrorist organization.

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