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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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"GE-14 in Malaysia: Fortress Johor has Fallen" by Francis E. Hutchinson

2018/56, 11 May 2018 Against the prevailing wisdom that Najib Razak’s administration would retain a slim majority in parliament and retain the unbeaten vote bank of Johor, in GE-14 BN obtained only 79 parliamentary seats and was swept from power in its southern bastion. Johor is a crucial state for…
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"Green Tsunami in East Coast of Peninsula Malaysia" by Norshahril Saat

2018/55, 10 May 2018Malaysians have decided, and Pakatan Harapan (PH) will form the new government. This is the BN’s and UMNO’s first defeat since the country’s independence. Many would attribute PH’s victory to a Malay “tsunami”—the Malay voters’, particularly from those from the rural areas, change of allegiance from BN…
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"Consensus by Accommodation" by Hoang Thi Ha

2018/54, 8 May 2018 The leaked Zero Draft of the Chairman’s Statement of the 32nd ASEAN Summit in Singapore with member states’ attributed inputs on the South China Sea (SCS) has put ASEAN under scrutiny and criticism. ASEAN’s decision-making on this matter was disparaged as “consensus by deletion” because several…
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"Strategic Imperatives for India and Australia to Conclude RCEP Negotiation in 2018" by Sanchita Basu Das

2018/53, 7 May 2018 There is immense expectation that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), under negotiation for the past five years, will be delivered by ASEAN in 2018. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his post-ASEAN Summit press conference called for RCEP negotiations to be concluded soon. Referring to…
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"New wave of Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea?" by Le Hong Hiep

2018/52, 7 May 2018On 2 May 2018, U.S. news network CNBC reported that China had installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three of its outposts in the Spratlys, namely Fiery Cross Reef, Subi Reef and Mischief Reef. The report substantiates the concern among regional observers that China…
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"The ASEAN Way on the South China Sea Speaks Volumes" by Tang Siew Mun

2018/51, 7 May 2018ASEAN continues to face criticism from outside the region for being “soft” on the South China Sea issue. ASEAN official statements, including the Chairman’s Statement of the recently concluded 32nd ASEAN Summit have been singled out as “subdued,” “watered down” and “failing to rise to the occasion.”…
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"ASEAN Smart Cities Network: Preparing For the Future" by Moe Thuzar

2018/50, 3 May 2018At the 32nd ASEAN Summit in April 2018, Singapore introduced the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) as one of the key deliverables. The ASCN is aimed at being prepared for the security and socio-economic implications arising from changing centres of urban populations. As this is a regional…
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