Mahathir Mohamad

Dr M: Graft committed openly by top leaders

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 6): Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said corruption in this country has over the years reached a level of almost becoming a lifestyle, with cash ushered in and heralded as the new king.

“I used to say that previously, when corruption was an ‘under the table’ act, it was a scourge to our nation’s future. But the last few years, saw corruption becoming an ‘over the table’ act, being committed openly by the top leaders. Others will then do the same without fear.


SINGAPORE (Oct 14): “We have certainly received a lot of questions regarding the freedom to move money.” Clifford Ng, managing partner at Zhong Lun Law Firm in Hong Kong, whose clients are keen to shift assets to Singapore.

Singapore ousts US for top spot in competitiveness ranking


Malaysia to scrap anti-fake news law once used against Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 10): Malaysia is set to scrap an anti-fake news law that was once used to investigate Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad during his election campaign.

The parliament’s lower house voted to repeal the law a second time, after its first attempt was blocked by the upper house last year. This time, the decision is set to be passed to Malaysia’s king regardless of the upper house’s stance, and the king isn’t expected to deny it.

Rough road to national reform in Malaysia

SINGAPORE (Sept 2): Who would have thought that as Malaysia celebrates its second Merdeka Day since voting in a new government, the question on everyone’s lips would be whether the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition will survive the next general election?

Behind that question lies a raft of issues that have preoccupied the people, the leaders, the business community and an array of pundits and public interest groups since the heady days of the formation of the Mahathir administration.


Malaysia has room to pump-prime, revise 3% fiscal target for 2020

SINGAPORE (Aug 12): Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, who is slated to table Budget 2020 on Oct 11, has said that meeting the country’s fiscal consolidation targets will be “challenging” on the back of the US-China trade war, but added that the government will do its best in balancing that with growth.

Experts, however, believe that Malaysia has leeway to revise the 3% fiscal deficit target pencilled in for next year, given the need to prop up economic growth, bolster confidence and stoke investments to future-proof the country’s economy.


Mahathir uses Huawei to needle the US

(June 20): China is definitely the new Japan. For Mahathir Mohamad, at least.

That’s not because of its demographic challenges or the trade war with Washington, which has evoked comparisons with the US-Japan tussle of the 1980s. Malaysia's prime minister needs China the way he needed Asia’s biggest economy decades ago. In his first spell as his country’s leader, Mahathir dubbed this approach “Look East.”


SINGAPORE (June 3): “MAS does not and cannot use the exchange rate to gain an export advantage or achieve a current account surplus.”The Monetary Authority of Singapore, responding to the US’ inclusion of Singapore on a watch list for exchange rate and macroeconomic policies.

Wages up in 2018


What's next for Malaysia?

One year on from a stunning election victory, the Pakatan Harapan government faces hostile global economic conditions, a resurgent Malay-dominated opposition and disenchanted supporters.



SINGAPORE (Apr 22): “I’m a kiasu Singaporean. Being first in line for this is a privilege that will never happen again.”Justin Zheng, who was the first in line to eat at US burger chain Shake Shack in Jewel Changi Airport on its April 17 opening day. He started queuing at 4.30am.

Jokowi takes lead in early counting


Many issues remain, but leaders' retreat has paved the way for further talks

SINGAPORE (Apr 15): Meeting for the third time since the new Pakatan Harapan government won the elections in Malaysia a year ago, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his counterpart Dr Mahathir Mohamad put on a show of amiability before the press, appearing not only to be open to arbitration but also to reconciliation.


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