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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

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Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

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Proposed pact between Najib’s party and main opposition would see Malaysian PM hold onto power

By: Euan Black - Posted on: October 11, 2017 | Current Affairs

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been given the go-ahead to form a pact with the main opposition party, an agreement many believe will ensure the ruling party’s victory in the upcoming elections

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak arrives for a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street in London, United Kingdom, 14 September 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE/Neil Hall

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak has been given the green light by members of his United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party to form an electoral pact with the country’s main opposition, Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), an alliance that many believe, even in the form of an informal agreement, would ensure Najib’s return to power.  

“[The door] is very much open, in terms of having electoral cooperation with PAS. We have given the full mandate to the president,” UMNO’s information chief Annuar Musa told reporters after an event in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, according to the Malaysian Insight news site.

Annuar did not elaborate on how a pact would affect the two parties’ approaches to the upcoming general election, which by law must take place on or before 24 August 2018.

A formal pact between the two rival parties would be the first of its kind in history.

In May, PAS ended its ten-year alliance with jailed former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim’s Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), the basis of the previous opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition, over disagreements over the implementation of the Islamic criminal system, or hudud, in Malaysia.

A surge in conservative Islamic sentiment in Malaysia has helped PAS, which wants to bring Malaysia in line with a stricter interpretation of Islam, become the country’s main opposition party.

Prior to PAS’ breakaway from the opposition coalition, Malay-majority seats in the election were contested by just two parties – Najib’s UMNO and one of either Anwar’s PKR or the Malaysian United Indigenous Party.

However, PAS’ refusal to join the opposition coalition has turned a two-horse race into a three-cornered fight.

According to James Chin, director of the University of Tasmania’s Asia Institute, the two parties are less likely to sign a formal agreement – which would require UMNO to share its seats with PAS – than reach an understanding whereby PAS fielded candidates in select constituencies to prevent the other opposition parties winning seats.

“My take is that there will be no formal electoral pact but an understanding that PAS will put up a candidate in all the Malay-majority seats (about 110-120), thus dividing the opposition vote… If this were to happen, it is almost certain that UMNO will return to power,” he wrote in an email to Southeast Asia Globe.

“For UMNO, it’s about staying in power despite massive corruption allegations. For PAS, it’s about preventing the non-Muslims and non-Malays from capturing power.”

That such a pact has been mooted is indicative of the direction in which Malaysian society is heading, Chin added.

“It says [that], after six decades of independence, we are seeing the rise of political Islam, and [that] race politics is still [the] dominant force in Malaysian politics,” he said.