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Reflexive hostility towards Israel and sympathy for the Palestinians has been institutionalised into the foreign policies of Malaysia and, in a different way, Indonesia for several decades... There was a certain predictability in the response to the release of the Trump Administration’s peace plan for the Middle East.
Elected on promises of sweeping, long-overdue reforms, the Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) coalition is consumed by internal rivalries, while the “New Malaysia” of greater racial equality feeding into improved education and economic vitality is still little more than a talking point.
The region’s thousands of islands and dense, mountainous jungles present acute security challenges. After beginning coordinated air and sea patrols in 2017 and agreeing to enhanced intelligence sharing last year, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines will launch joint ground exercises in August
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is to be commended for its principled, moral decision to prevent Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's Malaysia from hijacking the Paralympic world swimming championships in defiance of the ideals of the international Paralympic movement.
As expected, Malaysia’s recycled Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has resumed his Israel-hating ways, this time taking out his bigotry on, of all people, paralympic swimmers.