A labour agenda for Malaysia
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by Ng Yap Hwa
1w ago
In being appointed Malaysia’s 10th prime minister in November 2022, Anwar Ibrahim made history by becoming the country’s first prime minister from a multiracial party. Despite Anwar’s unity government commanding the clear support of a majority of parliamentarians, including those of UMNO, the opposition Malaysian Islamic party (PAS) has continuously attacked Anwar for lacking Malay–Muslim support. Supporters of Anwar’s Pakatan Harapan coalition government have offered two prescriptions for his administration to respond to this attack: either make some compromises to the Bumiputera agenda, or t ..read more
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Indonesia’s new criminal code turns representatives into rulers
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by Sana Jaffrey & Eve Warburton
1M ago
After years of debate, protest, and delay, the Indonesian parliament passed a new criminal code (Undang Undang Kitab Hukum Pidana, or KUHP) that gives the state new tools to punish a wide range of ideological, moral and political offences. International attention has focused on those passages of the law that ban sex outside of marriage. But the KUHP’s real power lies in provisions that threaten political dissent with prison sentences and have the potential to muzzle public debate about the purview of the state in citizens’ private and political lives. Here we examine the divergent interests th ..read more
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The return of Anwar
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by Clive Kessler
2M ago
Editor’s note: this article originally appeared at Asialink Insights and is republished with permission. •••••••• It was a Malaysian election like no other. After voters elected the first hung parliament in Malaysia’s history on 19 November, it took almost a week of tense negotiations to form a coalition government able to command a ruling bloc of 112 seats in the new 222-seat Dewan Raykat. Anwar Ibrahim, the perennial aspirant to the prime minister’s office, finally obtained the prize he had long sought. Having consulted with his brother sultans in the Council of Rulers on Thursday ..read more
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Malaysia’s new struggle over state power
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by Wong Teck Chi and Garry Rodan
2M ago
Malaysia’s once exceptionally stable political order has been upended. A new phase has been entered in the long struggle over who formally exercises political power over the state—and to what end. For six decades following political independence in 1957, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO)-led Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition monopolised power. This ended in 2018 when the multiethnic Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition won government from opposition. Yet the PH government collapsed within two years when one of its key members, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, withdrew to form the Perikatan ..read more
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A note from the new (old) editor
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by Liam Gammon
2M ago
Dear New Mandala readers, From today I’ll be taking over as Editor of New Mandala as Dr Elly Kent prepares to leave the ANU to take on a new role in the Indonesian Studies program at UNSW Canberra. Longstanding readers might recognise me as a bit of a New Mandala veteran: along with colleagues at the ANU I co-edited the site’s coverage of the 2014 Indonesian elections and their aftermath, and served as its Editor (ably assisted by a team of country and thematic editors) between April 2017 and July 2019. Related A (qualified) farewell from the editor Working on New Mandala has been a labour ..read more
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A (qualified) farewell from the editor
New Mandala
by Elly Kent
2M ago
Dear New Mandala readers, It is with mixed emotions that I announce that today is my last day as editor of New Mandala. It’s been an enormous privilege to serve in this position over the past (not quite) three years, and to contribute to the elevation and amplification of voices from and on Southeast Asia. Guiding New Mandala through some of the most unprecedented global, regional and local—and even institutional—challenges in recent history has been an enormous learning experience for me. It has offered me the opportunity to engage more deeply with colleagues and contributors from Southeast A ..read more
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Women entrepreneurs in Halmahera: quiet contributors
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by Aveanty Miagina
2M ago
My research focuses on women entrepreneurs in Halmahera, Moluccas, in positioning themselves within the local cultural perspective, and their positive contribution as initiators supporting tourism development. Within a male-dominated social structure, they face challenges running their businesses, but persist in spite of marginalising geographical, economic and cultural conditions. Preliminary data reveals that the patriarchal culture in North Halmahera remain strong but does not eliminate the desire of women entrepreneurs to run their businesses, even though the results are still limited. In ..read more
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Can Indonesia clean up political pollution along the Citarum River?
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by Dewa Wishanti
2M ago
Citarum River in West Java province is dubbed one of the dirtiest river in the world, and cleaning it up is an almost unmanageable job. The government has to deal with more than 3000 businesses along the river bank, with a large portion of them being multinationals. That excludes the tens of millions of households depending on water from the river. My research fieldwork, conducted in West Java from March to May 2022, attempted to verify what the authorities have applied to revitalise the river, and their types of relations. Apparently, massive financial and technological resources have been po ..read more
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Bridging historical archives and earthquake hazard studies in Indonesia
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by Stacey Martin
2M ago
Earthquakes, much like lightning, can strike the same place again. This point was tragically driven home tragically in Cianjur in West Java struck by a deadly earthquake on 21 November 2022. The same area was heavily impacted by an earthquake on 28 March 1879. The same immediate region in West Java was again struck on 14 January 1900, impacting the nearby town of Sukabumi. Therefore, knowledge of where an earthquake has occurred in the past, and how large it was, is crucial. This forms a valuable input into modern seismic hazard maps. These help to determine how buildings and other critical in ..read more
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The other side of Indonesian women workers
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by Firhandika Ade Santury
2M ago
Indonesia has areas devoted to production purposes, one of which is in Semarang Regency, Central Java. This special zone consists of a glut of mostly garment factories. The majority of workers in this production are women, because this work is considered to require the rigor that is identified with women. Engels’ “The Condition of the Working Class in England” is still relevant in reflecting the conditions of this labor, by extension drawing attention to the well-being of women workers as important figures in the process of capital production. Amid the rush of women leaving work one evening, I ..read more
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