In his widely anticipated new economic strategy Tuesday, Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak criticized longstanding affirmative action policies – which benefit his political base of ethnic Malays – but gave few specifics on how he would undo them.
Malaysia's opposition coalition is struggling to stay united as their popular leader Anwar Ibrahim focuses on his sodomy trial. Already four lawmakers have defected.
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim will stand trial Wednesday on a sodomy charge, which he says is politically motivated. Anwar was jailed for a sodomy conviction that was overturned in 2004.
Three churches in Malaysia were firebombed early Friday as religious tension continues over a court decision that allows a Catholic publication to use the word 'Allah' for God, which Catholics claim is a long-standing practice.
Communal tensions over a Hindu temple and the death of an ethnic Chinese while in antigraft investigators' custody pose tough tests for the multiracial government.
Anwar Ibrahim, who heads an increasingly popular alliance, says the charges are meant to check his rise to power.
The prime minister, his ruling coalition under pressure, vows to end policies that favor ethnic Malays and to boost foreign investment.
Amid allegations of corruption and a drop in popularity, the party that has been in power for five decades tries to shore up support.
Anwar Ibrahim retook his parliament seat Tuesday. His goal: topple the government.