Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's prison sentence for embezzling RM42 million reduced by the Federal Territories Pardons Board, sparking concerns about transparency and the nation's anti-corruption image.
Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar assumes the role of Malaysia's new King, emphasizing alignment with the people and expressing reluctance to be a "puppet king." Royal intervention remains crucial in shaping political decisions.
The 2023 Corruption Perceptions Index reveals a global stagnation with an average score of 43, signaling persistent challenges. Singapore leads, while Malaysia rises, attributing success to anti-corruption efforts. Vietnam declines amid intensified anti-graft measures, emphasizing the link between corruption and justice deterioration.
Malaysia, recognizing the gig economy's growth, considers establishing the Malaysia Gig Economy Commission for worker welfare. Despite challenges, the sector thrived, reaching RM1.33 billion in Q3 2023.
Strategic Economic Alliances: Hong Kong and Malaysia Forge Deeper Connections Despite Ongoing US-China Dynamics
Hong Kong, facing repercussions from the US trade war, navigates a business exodus. The new government fosters ties with Malaysia, aiming for ASEAN free-trade agreements amid China's support.
Mahathir’s Shadow: Analyzing the Allegations Against Daim Zainuddin in Malaysia’s Corruption Crackdown
Malaysia intensifies high-profile investigations post-Pandora Papers, fueled by long-standing political rivalry between Anwar Ibrahim and Mahathir Mohammed, focusing on figures like Daim Zainuddin and Mirzan.
Malaysia forms royal commission to probe 2018 decision withdrawing ICJ application on Pedra Branca. Focus on potential misconduct and impact on sovereignty dispute with Singapore.
Malaysia steadfastly supports Palestine amid wavering Arab backing, urging UN membership and ceasefire. It condemns Israel's Gaza attacks, asserting justice and legal action against violations.
Singapore, lauded for low corruption, faces shockwaves as ex-Transport Minister S Iswaran faces 27 charges, prompting concerns over PAP's electoral strategy and leadership transition amid a challenging political landscape.
Speculation surrounds an early state election in Sabah, with the ruling GRS coalition considering leveraging its strengthened position and alliances before the Opposition organizes, despite the mandate until 2025. Analysts warn of risks amid internal tensions and advise caution in the face of potential losses.