Month: April 2013

GE13 – The view from Singapore

Written by Derek da Cunha. Malaysia’s 13th General Election is being observed with a great deal of interest and fascination by its southern neighbour, Singapore. This is not least because the historical experience shared by both countries goes back to colonial days under the British and then later when […]

Ethnic Politics and the Challenge of PKR

Written by Thomas Pepinsky. As Malaysia’s thirteenth general elections approach, all eyes are on the two coalitions: the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition and the opposition Pakatan Rakyat. Once again, the master scripts of Malaysian politics—ethnicity and redistribution—lie at the heart of each coalition’s platform. Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s […]

See of troubles

Written by Jackie Sheehan. Choosing the successor to one of China’s best-known Catholic bishops will provide an early test of relations between Beijing and the Vatican under Pope Francis The death on Saturday of 97-year-old Aloysius Jin Luxian, the Catholic Bishop of Shanghai, highlights one of the trickier […]