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Spotlight – Malaysia: November 23, 2021

On October 4, the state legislative assembly of Melaka in the south of Malaysia was dissolved and the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO)-led government collapsed after four members of the assembly, including two members of UMNO, withdrew their support for the...

Spotlight – Malaysia: November 12, 2021

The successful trans woman entrepreneur Nur Sajat, hunted by the Malaysian police since January and harassed for several years, has finally reached Australia where she obtained asylum last month. Nur Sajat was under warrant of arrest to face charges in the Islamic...

Spotlight – Malaysia: October 1, 2021

Over the past month Malaysia has witnessed great political change… almost. The resignation of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin came after months of tensions between the government and the palace. Parliament had been suspended amid the state of emergency declared in...

Spotlight – Malaysia: August 5, 2021

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has found his way out of another major political storm and maintains his power, at least until the next Parliament session in September. At that time he will call for a confidence vote, as announced today. Malaysian politics has gone...

Is Muhyiddin Unstoppable?

Since he took power in March 2020, Malaysian prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin has faced several attempts to topple his government by opposition leaders Anwar Ibrahim and former premier Mahathir Mohamad. Earlier this year, acting upon the prime minister’s advice,...

Spotlight – Malaysia: June 10, 2021

Malaysia entered its third Movement Control Order (MCO) on June 1. Slated to last until June 14, MCO 3.0 may be renewed for an additional two weeks. If the lockdown is not renewed, Malaysia will enter a six-week period of dialing restrictions back to pre-MCO 3.0...