News & Commentary / 11.06.2007

In 2005 the Young Turks in PAS led by deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa swept to power, bringing a promise of greater dialogue and engagement. They aimed to re-brand the party to strengthen its national electoral position, with the hope of expanding its support reminiscent of the heyday 'reformasi' era....

News & Commentary / 25.09.2006

From Time Asia When the cat’s away, the mice will play. And play they did last week in Thailand. In a bloodless coup led by General Sonthi Boonyaratglin, the military ousted Thaksin Shinawatra from power while he was attending the U.N. General Assembly in New York City. ...

News & Commentary / 10.08.2005

Less than four months ago, Terence Gomez's forced resignation raised a series of issues about problems in higher education - inadequate salaries, biased appointments and promotions, over-politicitized university management, limits on academic freedom, and, in some cases, gross administrative incompetence. After robust debate, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi wisely intervened to correct the...

News & Commentary / 16.06.2005

With the election of dynamic young professional leaders to key leadership positions within Islamic Party PAS, change is clearly in the air. Older stalwarts were replaced by a younger cohort of politicians committed to political pragmatism, including working with non-Muslims. The dynamic new deputy party leader, Nasharudin Mat Isa, three non-ulama...

News & Commentary / 20.05.2005

The forced resignation of Edmund Terence Gomez from Malaysia's most prestigious university, Universiti Malaya, illustrates a continued decay in the standards and practices of higher education. Despite the impressive investment in education through the 1990s, professional standards have dropped to a level that respected scholars and quality teachers are being pushed...

News & Commentary / 03.11.2004

By Paul Wiseman, USA TODAY KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — In a remote village that locals call the Sky Kingdom, Malaysian villagers revere a giant teapot and follow the teachings of an illiterate 61-year-old man who claims to be the reincarnation of holy figures from the world's major religions. Kampung Batu 13 village...