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Daily news – February 9, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Brookings, East Asia Forum, Global Times, Key4Biz, Reuters, RFE RL, The Jamestown Foundation, ThinkChina, US Department of State  AFRICA The criticality of climate finance for Africa. Amar Bhattacharya, Brookings: Climate finance will be critical for enabling Africa to adapt to the growing impacts of climate change and to ensure that its […]

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UMNO strikes back after Malaysia’s year of political melee (William Case, Al Jazeera)

For nearly half a century, Malaysia’s political dynamics were demarcated by a stable hybrid regime, an amalgam of democratic procedures, electoral manipulations, and repressive controls. This regime was anchored in the single-party dominance of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). UMNO strikes back after Malaysia’s year of political melee | East Asia Forum

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Silver linings for Perikatan Nasional after its Melaka election loss (Kevin Zhang, Joshua Wan, East Asia Forum)

After winning only two out of the 28 seats in Malaysia’s recent Melaka state election, Chairman of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition Muhyiddin Yassin found himself defending against calls to disband and return to the victorious Barisan Nasional (BN). Silver linings for Perikatan Nasional after its Melaka election loss | East Asia Forum

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The United States-Malaysia Relationship (US Department of State)

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 14-15 where he will meet with Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob and Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah to discuss peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific as well as our strong bilateral relationship rooted in robust security, economic, and people-to-people ties.  […]

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Wang Yi meets Malaysian counterpart, calls for jointly resisting actions that undermine regional peace (Global Times)

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi called for jointly resisting actions that undermine regional peace, stability and prosperity at a press conference after his meeting with Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah on Saturday. Wang Yi meets Malaysian counterpart, calls for jointly resisting actions that undermine regional peace – Global Times

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Is it time for Anwar Ibrahim to step aside? (Kamles Kumar, Al Jazeera)

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia’s perennial prime minister-in-waiting, is facing questions over his leadership after a humiliating performance by his Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition in recent state elections. The lack of votes left many wondering about its chances of success in national elections expected as early as next year. Is it time for Anwar Ibrahim […]

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The Opportunity for Cloud-driven Economic Recovery in Malaysia (DSA)

Across Asia, governments face the difficult task of delivering sustained economic recovery while managing the unpredictable transition of COVID-19 from a pandemic to an endemic disease. In the early stages of the pandemic, cloud computing powered a rapid shift to remote work and distance learning. Now, digital technology – and the cloud computing services that […]

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Colonial hill station becomes Malaysia’s third biosphere reserve (Marco Ferrarese, Al Jazeera)

Dusk is fast approaching when a hiker spots a strange and furry bump clinging to a tree trunk along a jungle trail on Penang Hill. It is no common macaque, but a rare Sunda colugo: akin to a mix between a fruit bat and a giant squirrel, this nocturnal mammal glides from tree to tree […]

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Oshkosh wins $16M deal to boost military mobility for Iraq, Lebanon and Malaysia (Agnes Helou, Defense News)

U.S. Staff Sgt. Edward Dinkins ground guides an M1070A1 HET in an uncoupling exercise on Fort Bragg, N.C., in June 2015. (Sgt. Leticia Samuels/U.S. Army National Guard) Oshkosh Defense has won a $16.7 million contract to provide three types of Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks as well as Heavy Equipment Transporters to Lebanon, Iraq and Malaysia. […]

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Digital banks and the transformation of Malaysia’s financial landscape (Kim Leng Yeah, East Asia Forum)

Malaysia’s push into digital banking is gathering pace. The central bank’s decision to issue up to five digital bank licences in the first quarter of 2022 generated considerable interest. With the country’s existing banks already deploying digital delivery channels and financial technology as a competitive tool, the advent of new digital banks will further enliven the […]

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China ready to work with Malaysia to strengthen communication and properly handle differences on South China Sea issue: Chinese Defense Minister (Global Times)

China is ready to work with Malaysia to oppose hegemonism and power politics, strengthen communication and properly handle differences on the South China Sea issue, jointly safeguard peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific and inject more positive energy into the turbulent world, said Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister, Wei Fenghe, on Monday during a […]

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Malaysia’s rapid vaccination can’t outrun its COVID-19 failures (Wei Aun Yap, East Asia Forum)

In the 1930s, France built an impressive defensive border — the Maginot Line — to repel a German invasion. A technological wonder at the time, the Line is now remembered chiefly for its enormous cost and the false sense of security and overconfidence it bred while tying up infantry divisions to its defence. Malaysia’s rapid […]