While many celebrate the jailing of Najib Razak, the 1st former Malaysian prime minister to be imprisoned, as proof of judiciary independence and long-awaited justice, not everyone’s happy. Dr. Bridget Welsh looks at how Umno continues to support its convicted former leader and how the court decision affects internal power struggles.
Amid upheaval and uncertainty, and despite the presence of foul-mouthed politicians and a divisive speaker, Dr. Bridget Welsh argues that Malaysia’s Parliament has notched a number of important firsts. But can this period of democratic maturity last, and for how long?
Attention on the Sulu claim focuses on the French 2022 arbitration. Dr. Bridget Welsh argues that the legal “arbitration” lens approach is too narrow. This piece highlights the need for holistic engagement and a multi-faceted approach that takes into account the socio-political issues in forming a constructive path forward.