Francis E. Hutchinson

Dr Francis E. Hutchinson is a Senior Fellow and coordinator of the Malaysia Studies Programme at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.

Articles by Francis E. Hutchinson (19)

Anwar Ibrahim and Zahid Hamidi – Forbidden Phone Friends?

Francis E. Hutchinson|Kevin Zhang

An audio clip of a conversation between Anwar Ibrahim and Zahid Hamidi has given Malaysians a ringside seat into the shady backroom dealing between two of the nation’s prominent politicians. Genuine or not, the political interests of the two men have increasingly converged.

Anwar Ibrahim’s Parti Keadilan Rakyat: Losing Its Moral Compass?

Francis E. Hutchinson

There is a logic to Anwar Ibrahim’s Parti Keadilan Rakyat working with its arch-nemesis UMNO. But it could well be that the former has lost its moral compass.

Zahid’s Sources of Stress: The Clobbering of UMNO’s “Court Cluster”?

Francis E. Hutchinson

UMNO president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is typically the embodiment of calm. Going forward, however, Zahid and his faction will have to hunker down to confront multiple challenges.

Malaysia’s Declaration of Emergency Keeps PM Muhyiddin’s Window Open

Francis E. Hutchinson|Kevin Zhang

Malaysia’s King has put parliamentary politics on hold to the undoubted benefit of the current prime minister.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysian PM Muhyiddin Yassin

Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail: End of the Line?

Francis E. Hutchinson|Kevin Zhang

A truncated high-speed rail service that ends in Johor Bahru rather than Singapore will significantly reduce the potential economic benefits of the railway project.