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Politics and plague make a noxious mix in Malaysia

SINGAPORE – As Malaysia’s political dysfunction worsens, so too has the country’s health crisis. Successive days of record-shattering Covid-19 caseloads → Read More

Singapore’s Covid success springs a leak

SINGAPORE – After months of reporting nearly zero daily Covid-19 community infections, Singapore is moving swiftly to curb a resurgence of locally → Read More

Malaysia locks down to preempt India-like crisis

SINGAPORE – Malaysia is set to begin its third nationwide lockdown following its deadliest week on record since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Prime → Read More

ASEAN diplomacy buys time for the Tatmadaw

YANGON and SINGAPORE – Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders met over the weekend in what was the first concerted international effort to → Read More

Singapore leadership plan upended as heir bows out

SINGAPORE – Singapore’s leadership succession plans were thrown into disarray on Thursday when Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat told a press conference he was taking himself out of the run… → Read More

Singapore set for an inauspicious Chinese New Year

SINGAPORE – Chinese New Year will be a distinctly muted affair for those ringing in the Year of the Ox in Singapore, where authorities have tightened restrictions on festivities amid fears of new C… → Read More

Lee family still just can’t get along in Singapore

SINGAPORE – When the fifth anniversary of the death of Singapore’s founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew was observed earlier this year, his estranged children mourned apart. An acrimonious dispute among the siblings that began over the fate of their late father’s estate has not yet been put to rest and has since taken on political dimensions. Related legal proceedings are set to be heard in… → Read More

Goldman spends itself free of 1MDB guilty plea

SINGAPORE – Goldman Sachs, one of Wall Street’s most powerful investment banks, agreed to a US$2.9 billion settlement with US federal prosecutors and the → Read More

Exclusive insights from the Southeast Asia Insider

If you want to dive deeper into the stories that matter across Southeast Asia, look no further than the Southeast Asia Insider, the latest newsletter from → Read More

Sabah polls could decide Malaysia’s next leader

SINGAPORE – Skepticism and uncertainty hang over Malaysia in the wake of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s bold declaration on September 23, in which he → Read More

The changing face of Singapore democracy

SINGAPORE – When Singaporeans went to the polls on July 10, voters handed the long-ruling People's Action Party (PAP) another landslide general election → Read More

Singapore’s migrants still captive to Covid-19

SINGAPORE – Passing their days within a ringfence, Singapore’s foreign workers have spent the past four months coping with fears of contracting → Read More

Why Malaysia’s Muhyiddin fears a free press

SINGAPORE – Advocates are sounding the alarm over a rapid deterioration of press freedom conditions in Malaysia following a series of police raids, → Read More

China drops the gauntlet with new HK security law

SINGAPORE – China’s top legislature formally approved a controversial national security law for Hong Kong on Tuesday (June 30) that will provide Beijing → Read More

Anwar-Mahathir countercoup hits a wall in Malaysia

SINGAPORE – Nearly four months after losing power in a backroom political maneuver, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) opposition’s efforts to reclaim the electoral → Read More

Trump’s Hong Kong threat likely more bark than bite

When China’s National People’s Congress overwhelmingly supported new national security legislation for Hong Kong on May 28, seen by many as a death knell → Read More

Singapore poised for risky pandemic polls

SINGAPORE – With classes in session and reopened workplaces abuzz, Singaporeans are easing into life after lockdown. Despite a continued rise in Covid-19 → Read More

Mahathir down but not out in topsy-turvy Malaysia

SINGAPORE - Malaysia’s former premier Mahathir Mohamad may be down, but the 94-year-old political veteran is not yet out. Mahathir was sacked on Thursday → Read More

Mahathir vs Muhyiddin in a fight to the finish

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia’s first meeting of Parliament this year ended as quickly as it began on May 18 in an unprecedented one-day sitting, nominally to → Read More

Swiss bank folds under 1MDB corruption cloud

NEW YORK and SINGAPORE – Falcon Private Bank, a Zurich-based wealth manager implicated in the transfer of alleged illicit funds into the personal bank → Read More