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Malaysia’s Summer of Discontent?

During elections, people tend to be more inspired to voice their opinions on politics, governance, and democracy. Campaigning hasn’t officially started in Malaysia, but it’s encouraging to see that ordinary citizens have been so aggressive in recent weeks in pushing for various government reforms.

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During elections, people tend to be more inspired to voice their opinions on politics, governance, and democracy. Campaigning hasn’t officially started in Malaysia, but it’s encouraging to see that ordinary citizens have been so aggressive in recent weeks in pushing for various government reforms.


Bersih (clean), an electoral reform movement, surprised the government when it successfully mobilized thousands of people in the streets on April 28. It was reported to be the biggest rally ever held in Malaysia. But before Bersih, there were several “people power” initiatives that deserve recognition, such as the Occupy Dataran Merdeka, the student march against the “inefficient and exploitative” national school loan program, and the popular indignation against the operation of a rare earth refinery in the town of Kuantan.

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Malaysia, Thailand banks to join the ASEAN Banking Integration Framework

Banking institutions from Thailand and Malaysia are invited to join the ASEAN Banking Integration Framework and indicate their interest to become a Qualified ASEAN Bank (QAB) in Malaysia and Thailand.

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Pursuant to the bilateral arrangement under the ASEAN Banking Integration Framework (ABIF) between Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and the Bank of Thailand (BOT) which was concluded in April 2019, banking institutions from Thailand and Malaysia are invited to indicate their interest to be a Qualified ASEAN Bank (QAB) in Malaysia and Thailand.

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Department of Foreign Trade (DFT) to organize Southern Trade Fair

The event will provide a platform for business negotiations and stimulate the economy, trade and investment in the three southern border provinces.

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DFT to organize Southern Border Trade Fair

BANGKOK, 18 April 2019 (NNT) – The Department of Foreign Trade (DFT) will organize a Southern Border Trade Fair to provide knowledge to entrepreneurs in preparation for accessing the Malaysian market.

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