Malaysia

Islamic Research Foundation President Zakir Naik delivers a speech at a conference in Istanbul on March 23, 2017. (Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Malaysia Can’t Decide if Zakir Naik Is a Preacher or a Terrorist

The fiery Muslim teacher is wanted back home in India, but Malaysia won’t give him up.

Former Malaysian prime minister and winning opposition candidate Mahathir Mohamad (L) speaks to journalists during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on May 10, 2018. (ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

‘The Best Form of Jihad Is to Tell a Word of Truth’

Islam helps inspire Southeast Asian journalists to fight for press freedoms.

A demonstrator wearing a mask painted with the colors of the flag of East Turkestan and a hand bearing the colors of the Chinese flag attends a protest  in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul, on July 5, 2018.(OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Islamic Leaders Have Nothing to Say About China’s Internment Camps for Muslims

Hundreds of thousands of Uighur have been detained without trial in China's western region of Xinjiang.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (C) is welcomed upon his arrival at the international conference "The Future of Asia" in Tokyo on June 11, 2018. (KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

Malaysia’s Diplomacy Is Trapped in Mahathir’s Shadow

The newly energized democracy is missing the chance to make its diplomatic mark in the region.

Indonesian officials boarded the luxury yacht 'Equanimity', reportedly worth some $250 million and owned by Jho Low, a former unofficial adviser to the Malaysian fund 1MDB, at Benoa Bay in Bali on February 28, 2018.
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Malaysia’s $6.5 Billion Scandal Almost Sank Its Democracy

The cover-up of the 1MDB affair was taking the country toward autocracy — until the people won the day.

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Sexpat Journalists Are Ruining Asia Coverage

Newsroom predators in foreign bureaus hurt their colleagues — and their stories.

Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition candidate Mahathir Mohamad celebrates in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 10. (Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images)

Everyday Anger Brought Down Malaysia’s Government

Corruption and incompetence pushed Malaysians to end decades of one-party rule.

Supporters of former Malaysian prime minister and opposition candidate Mahathir Mohamad celebrate in Kuala Lumpur on May 10. (Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images)

Malaysia’s Elites Ride The People’s Tsunami

Amid a democratic triumph, the new boss is still literally the old boss.

CORAL GABLES, FL - APRIL 27:  Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee perform onstage at the Billboard Latin Music Awards at Watsco Center on April 27, 2017 in Coral Gables, Florida.  (Photo by Sergi Alexander/Getty Images)

‘Despacito’ Is Too Sexy for Malaysia, Says Minister

State-owned outlets are prohibited from broadcasting the steamy Latin hit.

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (L) and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (R) talk to each other prior to their meeting at the prime minister's office in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on February 6, 2015. Widodo arrived in Malaysia on February 5 for his first bilateral trip abroad, with the two sides hoping to shore up an important Southeast Asian relationship frequently strained by diplomatic spats. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN        (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The World’s Biggest Muslim Nation Is Telling Its Citizens to Shut Up About Trump

Indonesians and Malaysians are afraid they could be next in the U.S. president’s crosshairs.

An ethnic Rohingya refugee residing in Malaysia, holds his daughter while waiting under a flyover near the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Kuala Lumpur on August 11, 2015. A rumor about refugee status cards being issued by the UNHCR saw hundreds of ethnic Rohingya refugees throng the office, local media reported. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN        (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Rohingya Refugees Finally Leave the Shadows?

Migrants from Myanmar have been forced into hiding in Malaysia, but a new U.N. pilot program promises some of them — and other refugees in the region — a chance at a better life.

GRABOVO, UKRAINE - JULY 22:  Wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 lies in a field on July 22, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine.  Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed killing all 298 on board including 80 children. The aircraft was allegedly shot down by a missile and investigations continue over the perpetrators of the attack.  (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Russia Is In Tailspin Over MH17 Shootdown Report

Moscow’s counterspin hits high gear to discredit a Dutch-led inquiry that strongly indicates Russia played a role in downing of Malaysian Airlines flight over Ukraine.

People look for their names on a master list prior to casting their ballot in the presidential election at a polling station in the Quezon City district in suburban Manila on May 9, 2016.
The Philippines on May 9 launched elections to elect a new president with anti-establishment firebrand Rodrigo Duterte the shock favourite after an incendiary campaign full of profanity-laced threats to kill criminals.
  / AFP / TED ALJIBE        (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Not All Doom And Gloom in Southeast Asia

The U.S. pivot to Asia has led to a lot of hand-wringing about the region’s democratic shortcomings. In reality, it’s looking pretty good.

<> on April 2, 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Is Malaysia’s Single-Party State Starting to Crack?

Meet the unlikely alliance trying to take down Malaysia’s embattled prime minister.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter looks on as fake dollar notes fly around him, thrown by a British comedian during a press conference at the FIFA world-body headquarter's on July 20, 2015 in Zurich. The 79-year-old Swiss official looked shaken as the notes thrown by Simon Brodkin, stagename Lee Nelson, fluttered around him in a conference hall at the FIFA headquarters. Brodkin was taken away in a Swiss police car after the stunt. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Worst Corruption Scandals of 2015

A number of corruption scandals exploded in 2015. FP looks back at some of the most egregious.

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