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MALAYSIA IN 2007: Abdullah Administration under Siege

The article discusses the political and ethnic turmoil in the country of Malaysia during the year 2007. Long held ethnic and religious discrimination policies affecting the Indian community resulted in a demonstration by tens of thousands of Indians organized by the Hindu Rights Action Force. The lack of public confidence in Prime Minister Abdullah culminated from a series of scandals such as allegations of corruption. Malaysia's opposition parties and its economic growth are discussed. [Download]

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Leaving Umno the Mahathir way: A crumbled trinity

Mahathir’s departure is the latest and clearest signal that the Umno-Mahathir-Abdullah trinity, hegemonic up to the general election of April 2004, has crumbled, observes Khoo Boo Teik, in the first of a three-part series. For the pretenders to top posts and powerbrokers, there’s much to do, stealthily and quickly, because Umno has reached a well-known political condition: the leader is too weak to impose his will, the led are not yet strong enough to depose him.  Author: Khoo, Boo Teik.  Publication: Aliran 3 June 2008.  [Download]

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Crystal Ball Gazing: Forecasting the Malaysian Elections

Given the fact that demonstrations are becoming a common thing in the Klang Valley, the feel-good factor is presently not working to the government's advantage. The need to lower subsidies in the coming months, makes it even less likely that Abdullah will pick a date any time soon.  Publication: Opinion Asia, 17 Nov 2007. [Download]

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In Malaysia: UMNO must sharpen its wits, not its elbows

Great danger lies in wait if UMNO fails to summon enough ingenuity in remarketing itself. The recent use of dubious sedition charges against major critics like blogger Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin, journalist and author Syed Akbar Ali and DAP MP Karpal Singh does not bode well for the country. The less the party succeeds in reinventing itself, the more it sharpens its elbows.

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