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Najib’s Mother of All Budgets: Gearing Up For 14th General Election
The Najib government’s Budget for 2018 is widely seen as a feel-good package geared for the upcoming general election. This contrasts with the opposition coalition’s emphasis on good governance in its Alternative Budget. ...
Hadi Tjahjanto : Who is TNI’s New Chief?
The new Indonesian Armed Forces Commander, Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, created waves when he reversed the reshuffle of the military top brass initiated by his predecessor, General Gatot Nurmantyo. Who is Indonesia’s ...
Beyond 50: ASEAN’s Role in the Evolving Regional Order
Given the flurry of activities surrounding ASEAN’s commemoration of its 50th anniversary last month, it is now timely to take a step back, reflect on ASEAN’s achievements and then look ahead to its future. Will the ...
Malaysia’s New Opposition Party Bersatu: Balancing Potential with Public Image
Malaysia’s newest opposition party, Bersatu, will struggle to win seats in the country’s next general election if it cannot overcome its leaders’ political baggage and some key problems with its public image. Bersatu’s ...
Mother of All Elections 2.0 : New Crossroads in Malaysian Politics?
Prime Minister Najib Razak, under siege but fighting back, has beaten the war drums for a do-or-die general election that is just around the corner. Will we see UMNO returned to power, or be replaced for the first time?
2017 Jakarta’s Election and Participatory Politics - What’s Gone Wrong with Indonesia’s Democracy?
Amid the 2017 Jakarta Election, some loosely interpreted laws (such as regarding blasphemy, anti-Pancasila, and treason) have frequently been used as a tool for political manoeuvre both by the establishment and the opposition. ...
Indonesia-Singapore Relations: Between New Order and Reformasi Era
As Singapore and Indonesia celebrate their relations that span 50 years, there are striking changes in ties between Suharto’s New Order and the Reformasi state.