US looks on as Malaysia wobbles

Improved relations with this key Muslim ally could be beneficial for the United States, writes Tony Wilson in the Asia Times.

Protests for greater democratization have spurred a strategic Muslim ally of the United States to clamp down and prioritize security concerns over civil liberties. Opposition parties have promised more protests, while the government states it will not tolerate any more public demonstrations that it deems a threat to national security. All of this takes place with critical democratic elections on the horizon.

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