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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

Inside story behind Malaysia’s political meltdown

Malaysia has been cast into political disarray following Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s shock decision on February 24 to resign as prime minister, a move that shattered his Pakatan Harapan (PH) … → Read More

Mahathir still on top as knives out in Malaysia

In a shock move with wide-reaching ramifications, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir tendered his resignation today (February 24), setting off heated speculation about his motives and where the coun… → Read More

Why Mahathir may not step aside for Anwar

In one corner is Malaysia’s 94-year-old premier, Mahathir Mohamad. In the other is his nemesis-turned-ally and presumed successor, 72-year-old Anwar Ibrahim. When the two long-time rivals last trad… → Read More

How scandal-hit AirAsia could fall even further

Shareholder lawsuit against bribery-tainted company execs could hit budget airline’s shares → Read More

Malaysia, Singapore brace for China viral contagion

Both SE Asian nations poised to take an economic hit as coronavirus fears spread → Read More

Malaysia in the middle of Israel-Palestine conflict

Malaysia opens its doors to renegade Israeli academic Ilan Pappé to promote Palestinian causes → Read More

Limp economy enlivens Singapore election season

PM Lee Hsien Loong’s PAP expected to win 2020 snap polls despite the city-state’s shaky economic outlook → Read More

Vietnamese woman now lone suspect in Kim Jong-nam killing

Malaysian prosecutors deny defendant’s appeal despite Hanoi’s protestations and evidence of North Korean state complicity in the assassination → Read More

Surge of hangings in Singapore while Malaysia shuns death penalty

Despite appeals, a Malaysian citizen ensnared in neighboring Singapore’s capital punishment regime was not spared; he was one of four executed this week → Read More

Surge of hangings in Singapore while Malaysia shuns death penalty

Despite appeals, a Malaysian citizen ensnared in neighboring Singapore’s capital punishment regime was not spared; he was one of four executed this week → Read More

Moon looks to SE Asia for peace and prosperity

South Korean leader's visit to Singapore aimed to leverage Asean's fast growth and willingness to integrate North Korea into the global community → Read More

Mahathir looks beyond China to Japan

Malaysia's new premier has hit the ground running, reaching out to Japan to ease reliance on China, and seeking new multilateral fora to boost the region's bargaining power → Read More

The Singaporean NGO that shapes North Korean entrepreneurs

Chosun Exchange has quietly been teaching North Koreans the business of business for over a decade → Read More