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The End of Kleptocracy in Malaysia?

    Najib Razak, former prime minister of Malaysia, had his 12-year sentence for abuse of power and corruption upheld on August 23. It is the first time in the country’s history that a former prime minister has been sent to prison. Najib comes from a unique...

Spotlight – Malaysia: July 21, 2022

  Parti Keadilan Rakyat held its 16th annual convention this weekend, confirming a major change in direction for the party. Keadilan’s inner politics have wide-ranging repercussions, as the party is the historical socle of Malaysia’s democratic opposition and has...

Spotlight – Malaysia: June 9, 2022

  In late May, members of the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR, or Keadilan) led by Anwar Ibrahim elected their new leaders. Keadilan is the first party in Malaysia to have implemented a direct-democratic electoral system for party elections. This round, only 180,000...

Spotlight – Malaysia: April 26, 2022

  The 1MDB case, the largest (known) financial scandal in Malaysia’s history, is taking another turn with accusations of corruption and conflicts of interest against Nazlan Ghazali, the judge who sentenced former prime minister Najib Razak. While the controversy...

Spotlight – Malaysia: March 31, 2022

  While many observers expect Malaysia’s next general election to be held in July or August, parties’ negotiations have intensified over the possible creation of a new political configuration for the opposition. The question is what alliance would be sustainable?...

Spotlight – Malaysia: February 3, 2022

Last month, the sultan of Johor dissolved the State Assembly, and the Election Commission will set a polling day before March 23. The current chief minister of Johor is from Bersatu, the party led by former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Bersatu and the United...