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COVID-19: The Real Wedding Crasher

With the pandemic projected to last until a vaccine is discovered, perhaps... Read More

Dealing with COVID-19 Pandemic in Malaysia: Lessons from Negeri Jiran

Article by Zarina Zainuddin and Muhammad Sinatra CSIS Commentaries DMRU-066-EN 6 May 2020 Download as... Read More

Onus on businesses to not depend fully on Penjana

THE latest economic stimulus package Penjana aims to initiate the economic recovery... Read More

Covid-19: Is Indonesia a time bomb?

A recently viral TV interview brought to surface a question that many... Read More

Expanding the Military’s Role?

The MAF has been deployed since 21 March to help patrol and... Read More

2020: ASEAN’s Annus Horribilis

By Zarina Zainuddin and Muhammad Sinatra illustrate Southeast Asia might be facing its... Read More

Book capital: A formula for change

THE people of Malaysia must not let disheartening developments elsewhere in the... Read More

Riding the Gojek wave amid litmus test of perceptions

IT seems that the energetic Youth and Sports Minister is poised to... Read More

Peaceful Process a Sign of Political Maturity

INDONESIA’S 2019 General Election, which saw a rematch between incumbent Joko “Jokowi”... Read More

Vibrant political developments in 2019

WHAT are several developments in Southeast Asia’s political sphere that are worth... Read More

Who Will Win the 2019 Presidential Election?

IN Michael Vatikiotis’ book Blood and Silk, Javanese dewaraja (divine kings) are... Read More

What Indonesia Can Learn from Malaysia’s Election

The commemoration of Indonesia’s 20th year of Reformasi in May this year... Read More

Tough Fight for Jokowi

WITH Malaysia anticipating the 14th General Election next month, Indonesia is also... Read More

A long Election Season Looms for Indonesia

The year 2018 will be an eventful year for Indonesian politics. In... Read More

Struggle Against Extremism Must Continue

THE consecutive fall of Islamic State strongholds in Raqqa and Marawi four... Read More

ASEAN Must Deliver Results

THE month of August is regarded as the month of “independence” by... Read More

Changing Landscape of Terrorism in the Region

THERE are three developments that might prove influential in shifting Southeast Asia’s... Read More

Jakarta’s Game of Thrones Enthralls

Malaysia-Indonesia ties have been on a quiet, even keel for most of... Read More

The Terror is Not Over

IN a period where a failed coup attempt, a global fever over... Read More

Stemming the Flow of Islamic State’s Messages

AS we head rapidly towards mid-2016 and beyond, where do we stand... Read More

A More Active Foreign Policy

NEW PHASE: Indonesia is intensifying its relationship with China while enhancing bilateral... Read More

Expected Results Will Take Time

MALAYSIA-INDONESIA TIES: Both countries want closer collaboration in political, economic and cultural... Read More

Domestic Pressure to Shadow Jokowi's KL Visit

Indonesian President cannot afford to be seen as weak especially in dealing... Read More

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Mr Muhammad Sinatra

Muhammad Sinatra is an Analyst in Foreign Policy and Security Studies division at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia. He graduated with a BHSc (Political Science) from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and obtained his MSc (Strategic Studies) from S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. During his master's degree, he worked on a dissertation entitled “A Shift in Perspective: The Fallacy of Indonesia-Malaysia 2009 Conflict”. His research interests include Malaysia-Indonesia relations and Prevention/Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) in Southeast Asia. He has written for such publications as East Asia Forum Quarterly, New Straits Times, The Jakarta Post and The Diplomat. He has also been quoted by South China Morning Post, Al-Jazeera and Arab News. Sinatra is an avid reader and an aspiring photographer, aiming to capture all of Indonesia's magical fantasies one day.


Published Articles

COVID-19: The Real Wedding Crasher

23 June 2020
With the pandemic projected to last until a vaccine is discovered, perhaps it is necessary to give some thought to how COVID-19 may have changed...

Dealing with COVID-19 Pandemic in Malaysia: Lessons from Negeri Jiran

17 June 2020
Article by Zarina Zainuddin and Muhammad Sinatra CSIS Commentaries DMRU-066-EN 6 May 2020 Download as PDF The story of Malaysia’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic thus far is...

Onus on businesses to not depend fully on Penjana

13 June 2020
THE latest economic stimulus package Penjana aims to initiate the economic recovery phase of Malaysia through three thrusts — empowering the people, propelling business and...

Covid-19: Is Indonesia a time bomb?

22 April 2020
A recently viral TV interview brought to surface a question that many have pondered upon: Will the Covid-19 crisis in Indonesia become a time bomb...

Expanding the Military’s Role?

17 April 2020
The MAF has been deployed since 21 March to help patrol and enforce the MCO in response to COVID-19. At the time of writing, the...

2020: ASEAN’s Annus Horribilis

09 April 2020
By Zarina Zainuddin and Muhammad Sinatra illustrate Southeast Asia might be facing its greatest external challenge since the foundation of ASEAN.  Interestingly, it did not emanate...

Book capital: A formula for change

27 January 2020
THE people of Malaysia must not let disheartening developments elsewhere in the world dampen the optimism of 2020. A number of programmes have been lined...

Riding the Gojek wave amid litmus test of perceptions

11 September 2019
IT seems that the energetic Youth and Sports Minister is poised to go after big-ticket items this year. Having played an instrumental role in lowering...

Peaceful Process a Sign of Political Maturity

26 June 2019
INDONESIA’S 2019 General Election, which saw a rematch between incumbent Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and challenger Prabowo Subianto, offers a few takeaways that are perhaps more...

Vibrant political developments in 2019

18 January 2019
WHAT are several developments in Southeast Asia’s political sphere that are worth looking forward to in the next six months? The first on the radar...
Who will win the 2019 presidential election?

Who Will Win the 2019 Presidential Election?

12 September 2018
IN Michael Vatikiotis’ book Blood and Silk, Javanese dewaraja (divine kings) are described to have derived their legitimacy not only from their possession of charismatic...

What Indonesia Can Learn from Malaysia’s Election

12 June 2018
The commemoration of Indonesia’s 20th year of Reformasi in May this year coincided with Malaysia’s new chapter in democratization and governance. In the 14th general...
Tough fight for Jokowi

Tough Fight for Jokowi

24 April 2018
WITH Malaysia anticipating the 14th General Election next month, Indonesia is also gearing up towards this ritual of democracy that would determine the nation’s future....

A long Election Season Looms for Indonesia

20 March 2018
The year 2018 will be an eventful year for Indonesian politics. In June 2018, 171 regional areas will simultaneously take to the polls to elect...

Struggle Against Extremism Must Continue

27 February 2018
THE consecutive fall of Islamic State strongholds in Raqqa and Marawi four months ago produced some respite in the global fight against terrorism. This, unfortunately,...

ASEAN Must Deliver Results

09 August 2017
THE month of August is regarded as the month of “independence” by citizens of Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. But, how many of us know that...

Changing Landscape of Terrorism in the Region

07 February 2017
THERE are three developments that might prove influential in shifting Southeast Asia’s terrorism landscape this year and beyond. These are the establishment of the Islamic...

Jakarta’s Game of Thrones Enthralls

19 October 2016
Malaysia-Indonesia ties have been on a quiet, even keel for most of this year. Even the destruction of Malaysian fishing boats and the annual haze...

The Terror is Not Over

26 July 2016
IN a period where a failed coup attempt, a global fever over virtual monsters, and an international tribunal’s ruling on a long-disputed piece of sea...

Stemming the Flow of Islamic State’s Messages

31 May 2016
AS we head rapidly towards mid-2016 and beyond, where do we stand on the issues of radicalisation and terrorism? In the first quarter of this...
A More Active Foreign Policy

A More Active Foreign Policy

27 October 2015
NEW PHASE: Indonesia is intensifying its relationship with China while enhancing bilateral relations with the US With the haze choking our ability to breathe clean...

Expected Results Will Take Time

17 February 2015
MALAYSIA-INDONESIA TIES: Both countries want closer collaboration in political, economic and cultural spheres There was a significant absence of public fanfare at the conclusion of...
Domestic Pressure to Shadow Jokowi's KL Visit

Domestic Pressure to Shadow Jokowi's KL Visit

02 February 2015
Indonesian President cannot afford to be seen as weak especially in dealing with foreign governments. THE upcoming official visit to Malaysia by Indonesian President Joko...