How ‘irrepressible optimist’ Anwar Ibrahim went from prison to becoming Malaysia’s leader

Lionised as a student leader, elevated to the forefront of Malaysian politics, then jailed and sidelined under a vengeful mentor, Anwar Ibrahim is finally leading his country after some 30 years of trying. The prime minister's office had appeared beyond the grasp of Anwar, Malaysia's perennial nearly man who looked well set for the role in 2020...

New PM Anwar Ibrahim ‘can’t afford to be distracted’ amid economic woes, US-China rivalry, analysts say

Malaysia's king on Thursday (Nov 24) appointed reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister, a decision that ended a protracted post-election impasse and capped one of the most remarkable turnarounds for a politician in modern Southeast Asian history. Over three decades, Anwar had gone from the country's number two leader to a protest leader, a prisoner...

Anwar Ibrahim: Who is Malaysia’s new prime minister?

Malaysia's new prime minister, 75-year-old Anwar Ibrahim, was sworn in on Thursday (Nov 24), bringing to a close his three-decade quest for the job that had eluded him time and again and led to him spending nearly a decade in jail. How did he rise to the top? As opposition leader, Anwar led tens of thousands of Malaysians...

Hope for Anwar Ibrahim as Malaysian king remains firm on unity plan

Weariness began to set in among Malaysians on Wednesday (Nov 23) as the country's post-election political impasse lingered, though there were positive signs for those backing reformist opposition Anwar Ibrahim as the next prime minister. King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah's convening of a special meeting with the nation's other hereditary sultans suggested a resolution was...

Malaysia king to choose prime minister in post-election crisis

Malaysia's king said on Tuesday (Nov 22) he will pick the next prime minister, after the leading two contenders failed to win a majority in last weekend's election and his proposal for the two to work together was turned down. The vote resulted in an unprecedented hung parliament, with neither opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim nor former...

Malaysia King set to decide on Anwar or Muhyiddin as prime minister

Malaysia's King Al-Sultan Abdullah will pick the next prime minister soon, state news agency Bernama reported on Tuesday (Nov 22), citing the national palace, which did not specify timing for his decision. The palace statement comes as incumbent coalition said it would not support opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim or former premier Muhyiddin Yassin in forming...

Key issues as Malaysia gets set to go to the polls

Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob called for an early election on Monday (Oct 10), to win a stronger mandate and stabilise a rocky political landscape that has persisted in the wake of the multi-billion dollar 1MDB scandal and covid crisis. Here are the key issues that will determine how Malaysians vote: Economy & inflation Rising prices and...

Malaysia sets up Hong Kong-style ‘special committee’ to rescue Southeast Asia job scam victims

Malaysia's government has said it will set up a committee dedicated to rescuing citizens who have fallen victim to job scam networks across Southeast Asia's Mekong region amid continued national attention over the issue. The illegal enterprises – which are widely seen as an emerging form of human trafficking – have come into focus after...

Umno-led BN wins key election test amid rise in youth voters

A coalition led by Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Saturday scored a landslide victory in a state election seen as a key test for national polls, after voting reforms that saw a large influx of young and first-time voters. The convincing win in southern Johor state for a coalition led by Ismail Sabri's...

Former Minister of Finance Calls For Najib’s Suspension From Parliament For Refusing To Clarify 1MDB Claims

Just last week, former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak found himself facing backlash from other politicians as well as the rakyat when he stated that not a single sen of public funds have been used to repay 1MDB debts and that the government should not blame the country’s financial situation on the 1MDB debt. Following the backlash, Najib explained that he...