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Politics, pluralism and the polls : a changing scenario?
The March 8 general election in Malaysia is significant in many ways. It is also about and old rivalry between Abdullah Badawi and Anwar Ibrahim and what they represent. Both have much at stake. Abdullah will succeed if ...
Singapore and the Middle East : launching the second wave
Singapore kicked off 2008 with what appears to be the second wave of its Middle East diplomacy. While there are clearly opportunities for Singapore’s public and private sectors in the Middle East, there is also scope for ...
Malaysian politics : where to after the electoral shock?
The outcome of the 8 March general election in Malaysia has been tectonic. The deep inroads made by the opposition at the expnese of the formidable Barisan Nasional coalition have taken many by surprise. The post-election ...
Suharto : the end of an ASEAN era
The passing of former president Suharto on Sunday 27 January 2008 brings to a close the most important chapter in the plitical history of Southeast Asia -- and of the founding generation of ASEAN leaders. The successor ...
Will Anwar take over? Malaysian politics at the crossroads
As the threat of an Anwar take-over of the government looms large, the strains on the Malaysian political system are growing. Will Pandora’s Box burst open leading to fundamental political changes, or will the UMNO-centred ...