Malaysia’s king has the say

30 August 2007

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Malaysia’s king Mizan Zainal Abidin has approved two new senior judicial appointments, ending an almost eight-month long stalemate with his prime minister and affirming that the country’s constitutional monarch has the final say in the appointment of judges, state officials and analysts say. Read the rest of this entry »

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In Malaysia, the king asserts his power

28 August 2007

Sultan MizanMalaysia faces its worst constitutional crisis in 20 years as its king exercises his constitutional powers to reform the judiciary and the government of the 13-state Southeast Asian federation that has been undermined by charges of wasteful public spending, rising corruption and lawlessness, according to diplomats and political analysts. Read the rest of this entry »


Feud over Malaysian judiciary threatens Abdullah

23 August 2007

Show me proofAn unprecedented feud between Malaysia’s nine hereditary rulers and their Chief Justice, Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim, could lead to the sacking of senior judges, including Ahmad Fairuz himself, and force the resignation of prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, according to political analysts.  Read the rest of this entry »


Mahathir Mohamed, Malaysia’s online dissident

20 August 2007

Malaysia’s former premier Mahathir Mohamed’s disdain for the press, particularly the western media, is legendary. He despised Malaysian journalists who worked for the British, Australian and American press, publicly calling them “pet poodles of their colonial masters” because they often gave him a bad press. But the 82-year-old octogenarian, who brooked no dissent during his 22-year-reign as Malaysia’s longest serving premier, has become an online dissident of sort — enlisting Malaysian bloggers and online news websites to help him in his campaign to oust Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, 67, his hand-picked successor, from office.

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Malaysia’s ‘fair, fair, fair Abdullah’

20 August 2007

I don’t know if I should fault The Star’s English of its front-page story today or to try to understand what the Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi means when he assured Malaysians at the 54th General Assembly of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) yesterday that “his policies” will be “fair and equitable” to them. Doesn’t fair mean equitable? Anyway, is Abdullah saying that he’s abandoning all racially discriminatory policies such as the National Economic Policy (NEP)? The NEP isn’t really fair to the Malays because it aims to give only 30% of the nation’s economy to them and the other indigenous people, collectively known as Bumiputra or sons of the soil, who make up slightly more than half of Malaysia’s 25 million people who include ethnic Chinese and Indians. But, of course, the NEP isn’t HIS policy. Or is it? Read the rest of this entry »


Khairy, the Oxford graduate, speaks faulty English

18 August 2007

 The Malaysian Star newspaper published two reports today that show that Khairy Jamaluddin, the deputy youth leader of Malaysia’s ruling United Malays National Organisation (Umno), speaks faulty English. Khairy graduated from Oxford’s St Hugh’s College with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). Read the rest of this entry »


A jostling, juggling Tan

16 August 2007

Joceline Tan, a columnist of the Malaysian Star newspaper, has received another round of brickbats; this time for heaping praise on Khairy Jamaluddin, Malaysia’s 31-year-old enfant terrible, who is the deputy youth leader of his country’s ruling political party, the United Malays National Organization (Umno). Joceline’s critics have often condemned her for her political propaganda for the ruling Barisan Nasional (National Front) coalition government. Bloggers, like Susan Loone, are offended by Joceline’s flattery of Khairy in her column in The Star, owned by the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), the second largest party out of 13 in the national coalition government, to promote Khairy’s candidacy for the Umno Youth leader’s post. Khairy, the son-in-law of Malaysia’s premier Abdullah Badawi, intends to succeed his father-in-law in office, according to his friends.  Read the rest of this entry »