TOM PLATE WRITES – Over the decades, China’s leaders have been known to greatly respect the tell-it-like-it-is political instincts of Malaysian maestro Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad. But now you have to wonder how much love may have been lost of late. No one in Beijing or anywhere else doubts even…Full Article HONG KONG: A COLUMNIST’S PERSPECTIVE ON CHINA
DIANA JABLONSKI WRITES – The government of Malaysia has been under close observation due to reports of corruption against current Prime Minister Najib Razak. Mahathir Mohamad, the longest serving former Prime Minister in Malaysia, has taken advantage of Razak’s vulnerable state by convincing the Malaysian people that Razak is unfit…Full Article MALAYSIA: MAHATHIR MOHAMAD MAKES SURE NAJIB RAZAK IS HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR RECENT SCANDALS
TOM PLATE WRITES – When “Conversations with Mahathir,” the second of four volumes in the Giants of Asia series, was published a few years ago, some of my friends and colleagues were utterly aghast. How could you ― gullible American author ― dignify this vulgar man with such semi-reverential treatment?…Full Article MALAYSIA: MAYBE MAHATHIR IS RIGHT?
On 5 January The Straits Times of Singapore published as its lead opinion essay a review of ‘Conversations with Ban Ki-moon,” the new book on the United Nations Secretary General that is featured as part of the ‘Giants of Asia’ series. The reviewer Asas Latif, a visiting research fellow at…Full Article SINGAPORE: Book on UN Secretary General Reviewed
A book bag of contemporary gifts that show real smarts December 4, 2011 LOS ANGELES – It has finally hit Washington that Asia will be the major-league playing field for the foreseeable geopolitical future. But why should we complain when Uncle-Sam-comes-lately? Instead, we vow stay ahead of the great global…Full Article PACIFIC PERSPECTIVES: How to Better Understand Asia and the World