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“The Surabaya Bombings Highlight Urgency to Ratify the Revisions to Indonesia’s Anti-terrorism Law” by Deasy Simandjuntak

2018/66, 17 May 2018 On Sunday morning, 13 March 2018, between 6.30-7.53am, suicide bombers carried out deadly attacks on three churches, namely the Santa Maria Tak Bercela Catholic Church, the Indonesian Christian Church at Diponegoro Street and the Pantekosta Church at Arjuno Street. At least 14 persons were killed and…
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"Pakatan’s Landslide Win in Selangor Thwarts BN Ploys" by Lee Hwok-Aun

2018/65, 17 May 2018 Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) colossal victory in GE14 sprang from a nationwide surge in its popularity and collapse of confidence in the 61-year ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) regime, but PH’s spectacular success in Selangor is exceptional. BN manipulated electoral boundaries to engineer favourable conditions, were most aggressive…
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“BN’s FELDA Vote Bank Running on Borrowed Time” by Geoffrey K. Pakiam

2018/64, 15 May 2018 Malaysia’s 2018 general elections saw unprecedented numbers of FELDA-occupied parliamentary constituencies rejecting politicians from Barisan Nasional (BN). In doing so, they have obliterated any lingering presumptions that most Peninsular rural voters – particularly in agricultural areas established by Malaysia’s Federal Land Development Authority – would invariably…
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“Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang’s Political Prospects” by Lye Liang Fook and Ha Hoang Hop

2018/63, 15 May 2018 Health issues seem to have dogged Tran Dai Quang since he became Vietnam’s state president in April 2016, leading to speculation that he would soon be shunted aside. The most recent speculation occurred just before the seventh plenum of the 12th Central Committee of the Communist…
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"The Future of China’s Investment in Malaysia under Mahathir" by Tham Siew Yean

2018/62, 14 May 2018The return of former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad as Malaysia’s seventh Prime Minister on 10 May 2018 is construed by many to have a negative impact on China’s investment in Malaysia, as he had called for a greater scrutiny of these investments on the campaign trail. The…
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"Will President Trump Come to Singapore Twice in 2018?" by Malcolm Cook

2018/61, 14 May 2018 If things go to plan, President Trump will be in Singapore on 12 June for the historic first US-North Korea Summit, reaffirming Singapore as East Asia’s premiere diplomatic hub. Yet, for President Trump to fulfil his 2018 ASEAN commitments – attending the 6th annual ASEAN-U.S. Summit…
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"When Malaysian Youth Take a Stand… a Wave of Change Follows", by Serina Rahman

2018/60, 14 May 2018 Malaysia’s 14th General Elections resulted in a windfall for the then-opposition People’s Justice Party (PKR); the end of 61 years of Barisan Nasional (BN) rule and unexpectedly large margins and wins in previously BN strongholds. Many were hoping for a Malay tsunami but what happened in…
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"Shock in Sarawak: The Dayak Tsunami" by Lee Poh Onn

2018/59, 12 May 2018Travelling a few days in Kuching before the GE14 would not have prepared anyone for the “shocker” that was to happen in Sarawak. Barisan Nasional (BN) colours (and its coalition parties, notably Sarawak United Peoples’ Party or SUPP) were flying high in Bandar Kuching and Stampin areas,…
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"Whither Malaysia’s China Policy Under Prime Minister Mahathir?" by Ian Storey

2018/57 11 May 2018 As Malaysia’s largest trade and investment partner, China is hugely important to the country’s economic development. However, even though Mahathir was the architect of the country’s China-friendly policy in the early 1990s, he has been highly critical of his predecessor Najib Razak’s relations with Beijing, arguing…
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"Re-instating Fuel Subsidies and repealing GST: Good politics but bad economics in Malaysia?" by Francis E. Hutchinson

2018/58 11 May 2018 Dr Mahathir Mohamad has begun his first day as Malaysia’s 7th Prime Minister with a bang, ordering in-depth probes of the Attorney-General, the Election Commission, and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission. These ‘stroke-of-the pen’ decrees will deliver quick wins to the new administration and generate momentum for…
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