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My Say: Time to hold a national conversation about Malaysia’s ties with China

This article first appeared in Forum, The Edge Malaysia Weekly, on July... Read More

To ‘rescue’ Malaysia, get a grasp of constitution

Leaders, voters need to understand ‘document of destiny’ to resolve many thorny... Read More

Activism, journalism are key to nation-building

IN the last few months, Malaysia has seen increasing crackdowns on activists... Read More

Elites alone can’t solve Myanmar’s turmoil

JULY 12 — ”Myanmar protest.” “Myanmar military coup.” “Is it safe in... Read More

Migrant vaccination policies

IN May last year, Malaysians thought they were experiencing the height of... Read More

Rohingya refugees in Malaysia struggling to survive amid rising arrests

By Melissa Goh - 29 Jun 2021  Malaysia hosts the largest number of... Read More

Asean must act on to achieve consensus points

LAST Saturday (24 April), Asean leaders met in Jakarta to discuss the... Read More

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Ms Tashny Sukumaran

Tashny Sukumaran is a Senior Analyst in the Foreign Policy and Security Studies division of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia. Her research interests include domestic politics, labour migration, gender parity and equality, and the regional role and position of international human rights mechanisms.
 
She is the founder of 50-50 Malaysia, a tool to connect policymakers, journalists and members of the public with female experts in, on or from Malaysia. Tashny also operates Kolektif BungaRaya, a support group for survivors of sexual harassment and assault, and is active in Cybher, a feminist collective that seeks to reclaim online spaces for women.
 
Tashny was previously the Malaysia correspondent for the South China Morning Post where she wrote extensively on the Belt and Road Initiative in Malaysia. She holds a  postgraduate degree in human rights law from SOAS, University of London. In her spare time she enjoys reading speculative fiction and collecting records.

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My Say: Time to hold a national conversation about Malaysia’s ties with China

01 October 2021
This article first appeared in Forum, The Edge Malaysia Weekly, on July 26, 2021 - August 01, 2021. by Tashny Sukumaran and Shahriman Lockman If 1978 was the year China began to open up, 2020 may well be remembered not just for the Covid-19 pandemic, but also for how the Middle Kingdom began to turn its…

To ‘rescue’ Malaysia, get a grasp of constitution

03 August 2021
Leaders, voters need to understand ‘document of destiny’ to resolve many thorny issues confronting us today. THERE has been a lot of talk of late about the Federal Constitution, particularly surrounding the Emergency Ordinances and role of the Agong. Malaysians have seen opinions, analyses and reactions from lawyers and academics attempting to distil complex legal…

Activism, journalism are key to nation-building

02 August 2021
IN the last few months, Malaysia has seen increasing crackdowns on activists and civil society members – from iconoclastic graphic designer Fahmi Reza to, most recently, 20-year-old Sarah Irdina from youth-run collective Misi Solidariti. Others in this cohort include journalists, healthcare workers and Heidy Quah, who runs NGO Refuge for the Refugees. This renewed zeal…

Elites alone can’t solve Myanmar’s turmoil

12 July 2021
JULY 12 — ”Myanmar protest.” “Myanmar military coup.” “Is it safe in Myanmar?” These are just some of the options that pop up when one searches online Asean’s most troubled member state and they are reflective of the questions many have surrounding the South-east Asian nation and its unfolding political and civil society developments. Activists and human rights defenders have increasingly…

Migrant vaccination policies

01 July 2021
IN May last year, Malaysians thought they were experiencing the height of the pandemic. Against the backdrop of isolation and social distancing, economic woes and worsening mental health, xenophobia reared its ugly head.  Covid-19 clusters among foreign workers ― largely due to poor housing conditions and lax screening at construction sites ― saw immigration crackdowns…

Rohingya refugees in Malaysia struggling to survive amid rising arrests

30 June 2021
By Melissa Goh - 29 Jun 2021  Malaysia hosts the largest number of Rohingya refugees in Southeast Asia. Many of them are struggling and still living under a cloud of uncertainty, as Malaysian authorities increase immigration arrests in migrant and refugee neighbourhoods identified as COVID-19 cluster areas.   This interview first appeared in Channel News Asia…

Asean must act on to achieve consensus points

28 April 2021
LAST Saturday (24 April), Asean leaders met in Jakarta to discuss the Myanmar crisis, including the junta’s crackdown on civilians since the 1 February coup. Asean and Senior Gen Min Aung Hlaing reached a “five-point consensus”, which Myanmar’s pro-democracy activists criticised sharply for its failure to address the human rights violations and post-coup violence. As violence…
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