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Is There A Malaysian Deep State?

BANGKOK, Thailand--There has been much discussion about the existence of a deep state within Malaysia. This essay looks at its components. The deep state is not a unified and coordinated mechanism. It is heterogeneous and diverse. It is probably only bound together by a common narrative, sometimes interpreted differently. At different points of time, different aspects of this deep state exercise more power over the others. Other times, there is even conflict between the various elements.

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ASEAN’s New Math: Washington Should Think Addition, Not Subtraction

WASHINGTON, U.S.--Is the U.S. strategy of reducing Russian and (especially) Chinese influence in Southeast Asia working? If the recent summit with ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) leaders in Washington is any indication, the answer has to be a no.

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Time To Expand The APEC List Of Environmental Goods


SINGAPORE CITY, Singapore--In 2012, APEC Leaders endorsed a groundbreaking initiative for green trade policy cooperation — a commitment to reduce applied tariff rates on a list of 54 environmental goods to 5 percent or less by the end of 2015. 

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Helen Mary Johnson: A Tough And Committed Comrade

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--We lost another courageous activist today (4/5/2022). Comrade Helen was admitted early this morning to the Johor Bahru General Hospital with upper back pain and difficulty breathing.

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Where Did the Policy Debate Go?

KUALA LUMUR, Malaysia--The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) and the Center for Market Education (CME) express concerns over the limited debate surrounding issues of political economy and the long-term consequences of implemented policies.

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Malaysians Really Want A Credible Opposition

BANGKOK, Thailand--Remember when Pakatan Harapan secured their surprise election victory back in 2018? Many expressed their joy as Merdeka Day relived. There was so much hope about a Malaysia baru being born.

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The Lost Malaysian Dream: The Struggle To Revive Multi-Culturalism

BANGKOK, Thailand--The Tourism Malaysian highlights Malaysia’s ethnic diversity as a unique strength. The website proudly espouses Malaysia as the only “one place where all the colours, flavours and sights of Asia come together.”  

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Philippines, China Call For Restraint In South China Sea

NEW YORK, U.S.--Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the need to exercise restraint to maintain peace in the South China Sea, Manila's presidential office said on Saturday.

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PSSC On Anti-Hopping Amendments Is A Case Of Better Late Than Never

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) welcomes the decision of the Government and Pakatan Harapan (PH) to refer the vote on a constitutional amendment on Article 10(3)(a) to a Parliamentary Special Select Committee (PSSC) on anti-hopping bills.

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