Malaysia

Malaysia has its second unelected government after the king appointed Ismail Sabri Yaakob prime minister. Green Left' spoke to Parti Sosialis Malaysia deputy chairperson S. Arutchelvan about the political situation.

Environmental activists and local residents have been waging a long-running campaign against a toxic rare-earths refinery in Malaysia run by Lynas Rare Earths, an Australian corporation, reports Peter Boyle.

Lee Tan talks to Green Left about refinery company Lynas about its plans to establish a permanent radioactive waste dump in Malaysia.

The latest crackdown on journalists, authors and publishers in Malaysia, which is aimed at protecting former government figures facing trial for corruption and money laundering, is being fuelled by a nauseating campaign of racism and xenophobia, writes Peter Boyle.

More than 2000 refugees and migrant workers have been rounded up by Malaysian authorities since May 1, in a series of sweeps through communities under the pretext of combatting COVID-19, writes Peter Boyle.

In this time of crisis, Jeyakumar Devaraj argues governments cannot worry about maintaining the profits of the rich, and should instead focus on the basic needs of the poor.

A boat carrying 200 Rohingya men, women and children was turned away from Malaysian shores by the Royal Malaysian Navy on April 16, writes Alex Salmon. This move comes amid growing xenophobic sentiment against Rohingya refugees in Malaysia.

Malaysia is being battered by a serious three-faceted crisis, argues Jeyakumar Devaraj

Flattening the curve and other "mitigation" strategies to battle COVID-19 are dangerous routes for governments to follow, argues Malaysian socialist and doctor Jeyakumar Devaraj. 

Green Left's Peter Boyle spoke to Socialist Party of Malaysia deputy chairperson S Arutchelvan (Arul) about the latest political developments since the meltdown of the Pakatan Harapan government.

After a week of political crisis, betrayals and rapidly shifting alliances, former MP and Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) chairperson Jeyakumar Devaraj shares some reflections with Green Left's Peter Boyle.

Less than two years after being elected, a split-off from the Alliance of Hope has reached out to corrupt former MPs to try to form a new government in a move widely denounced as a “backdoor coup”, writes Peter Boyle.

Twelve men were detained under Malaysia’s Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (SOSMA) on October 11–12, among them two state parliamentarians from the Democratic Action Party (DAP), part of the Pakatan Harapan ruling coalition.

Nearly 100 Malaysian environmental and civil society groups have that Australia stop exerting "bullying" diplomatic pressure on Malaysia to accept half a million tonnes of toxic radioactive waste piled up at Australian corporate polluter Lynas’s rare-earth refinery in Gebeng, near the Malaysian city of Kuantan.

Since it began operating its controversial rare earth refinery in Malaysia in 2013, Australian company Lynas Corp has produced about 450,000 tonnes of radioactive waste. Peter Boyle interviewed Malaysian environmental and residents’ rights activist Jade Lee from the  about the latest developments.  

The Malaysian Socialist Party (PSM) contested the Semenyih by-election in the state seat of Selangor on March 2. Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Zakaria Hanafi defeated Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali. Green Left Weekly’s Alex Salmon spoke to PSM’s campaign media coordinator Nalini Elumalai about the campaign and result.

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