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Zubaidah Nazeer

Zubaidah Nazeer is a regional communications consultant and former foreign correspondent who has reported around Southeast Asia for 15 years.

Articles by Zubaidah Nazeer (4)

  • Indonesia's political elites loom large in the battle for Jakarta

    The last person to be elected governor of Jakarta ended up President of Indonesia after two years which helps explain why the country's elites have so much invested in next year's election. The three pairs of candidates vying to be governor and deputy are all backed by prominent politicians and reflect the power play between President Joko Widodo, his rival retired general Prabowo Subianto, and former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The competition is as much about Jakarta’s old elites as t
  • After the referendum, Thailand remains a nation divided

    Official results of from Sunday's referendum show that two-thirds of Thais backed the junta-drafted constitution and support enhanced powers for a military-backed senate in selecting a prime minister. Many see this referendum as a test of confidence in military rule, in effect since 2014 when General Prayuth Chan O Cha seized power from elected leader Yingluck Shinawatra, the sister of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The referendum itself was controversial, with two questions: one seek
  • Three reasons why Malaysia's Najib isn't going anywhere

    Money stolen from the troubled Malaysian state fund 1MDB was laundered in jaw-dropping ways: multi-million dollar real estate in Manhattan, Beverly Hills and London; art worth US$130 million; and funding for Hollywood movie The Wolf of Wall Street, among others.  The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is trying to seize US$1 billion in assets traced to 1MDB, its largest ever such endeavour. Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak is the chief of 1MDB’s advisory board as well as the country’s finance m