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An employee handles latex gloves at a Top Glove factory in Selangor, Malaysia | Bloomberg

World’s demand for gloves sees Malaysia mint new billionaires 

Malaysia produces about 65% of the world’s supply for rubber gloves, and counts at least four billionaires whose fortunes were made in the industry.
File photo of Muhyiddin Yassin | Bloomberg

How coronavirus gave cover for a subtle power grab in Malaysia

The Covid lockdown in Malaysia has allowed PM Muhyiddin Yassin's govt to avoid votes in parliament that would have otherwise exposed his razor-thin majority.
A group of Rohingya refugees wait for their turn to be screened at a local clinic facility on March 24, 2020 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images via Bloomberg)

Rohingyas, migrant workers face the brunt of Malaysia’s xenophobia during Covid

Malaysia's economy is dependent on millions of undocumented migrants, but that hasn't stopped demands that foreigners go back to where they came from.

Southeast Asian economies are reopening but infection risk among migrants still a threat

Thailand and Malaysia are trying to avoid what happened in Singapore, where infections spiked among low-wage foreign workers living in cramped housing.
Malaysia

How a 16,000-strong religious gathering led Malaysia to lockdown

More than half of Malaysia’s 673 confirmed coronavirus cases, the most in Southeast Asia, were linked to the gathering at a mosque between 27 Feb-1 March.
Security personnel and passengers wear masks to mitigate the spread of coronavirus at Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal, Friday I

India bans entry of passengers from Afghanistan, Philippines & Malaysia

The latest travel advisory said no flight shall take off from these countries to India after 1500 hours IST Tuesday until 31 March.
Erdogan at UN General Assembly

Why four important Islamic nations are angry with India

A short summary of Episode 408 of #CutTheClutter where Shekhar Gupta elaborates on India's relationship with Turkey, Iran, Malaysia and Indonesia.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | Praveen Jain |ThePrint

Not all Muslim nations love Modi. This is why Iran, Malaysia, Turkey don’t

In many parts of the Muslim world, Modi now appears to be the most intensely disliked Indian prime minister ever. And there is a pattern to it.

How a $7 billion dispute helped topple Mahathir’s ‘New Malaysia’

Mahathir's proposals to reduce living costs, a key part of 'New Malaysia' that had propelled the bloc’s win, was met with growing discontent in his coalition party.
File photo of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad | Flickr

Fresh out of power, Malaysia’s 94-year-old Mahathir plots a comeback

Former PM Mahathir is planning an urgent confidence vote, as he has the backing of 114 lawmakers - enough for a majority in Malaysia’s 222-member parliament.

On Camera

Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, delivers a speech during a special address on day two of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos

Quantum chemist Angela Merkel has finally become Europe’s leader

There's consensus in Berlin that Merkel's connection with European integration is cerebral, not emotional. Covid seems to have changed that.
File image of a GST Council meeting chaired by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

GST collections in June stand at Rs 90,917 crore, 9% lower than last year

GST collections for the first quarter of this fiscal declined 59% as lockdown imposed to contain spread of Covid-19 pandemic severely impacted economic activity.

Defence

An army convoy moving towards the Zojilla pass, in Drass, Ladakh on 28 May 2020 | Representational image | ANI

India, China repeat calls for phased de-escalation in 3rd round of corps commander talks

India & China's calls for de-escalation are similar to those made at the second round of military talks but implementation is proving a challenge on the ground.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

India must believe threat of war is real, even if Chinese build-up is coercive diplomacy

India invented coercive diplomacy with Op Parakram. But unlike Pakistan back then, it must never blink, be prepared for war, and wear out the Chinese.