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A new 'Sultan' of Sulu in Malaysia : implications for politics and bilateral ties
For decades there have been many contenders to the title of the Sultan of Sulu. Recently a Malaysian citizen has proclaimed himself to be the ‘real Sultan of Sulu’. The consequences of this proclamation will be felt in ...
Post Sarawak elections : the sway of chinese voters
Malaysia’s ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional, won two-thirds of seats contested in the recently held Sarawak state elections but suffered an erosion of Chinese voter support. Such a trend will only deepen communal politics ...
Malaysia’s ‘interlok’ issue : communal sensitivities and the next elections
As the next general election looms in Malaysia, political groups seem to be pressing their demands on the Najib administration. Increasingly the demands from the various communities seem to be sectarian in nature. The ...
Anti-Mubarak protests in Malaysia : how Arab issues travel
The current unrest gripping Arab countries like Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen has led to demonstrations of support in other parts of the Muslim world, including Southeast Asia. In Malaysia, do the protests signal a worsening ...
After the Bersih 2.0 Rally : impact and implications
The Bersih 2.0 rally in Kuala Lumpur did not end in widespread violence and inter-ethnic conflict as initially feared, though there was fracas between the police and protesters. But the handling of the rally by the authorities ...
The Partai Keadilan Sejahtera (PKS) in the landscape of Indonesian Islamist politics : cadre-training as mode of preventive radicalisation?
The Partai Keadilan Sejahtera PKS is one of the younger parties in Indonesia today, yet it has established itself as a national party with branch offices all over the Indonesian archipelago and representation in government ...