Here’s my roundup of the major stories across Southeast Asia this morning.
[Malaysia] Malaysian PM given go-ahead to negotiate pact with major opposition party
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak has been told he can form an electoral pact with the Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), according to Annuar Musa, information chief of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the largest party in the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.
It is the first time the possibility of an alliance between the two rival parties has been seriously considered. [Reuters]
Here’s my roundup of the major stories across Southeast Asia today.
[Myanmar] Thousands of Rohingya continue to flee violence in Rakhine State, Western leaders consider sanctions
The exodus of Rohingya Muslims towards neighbouring Bangladesh shows no signs of slowing. Amid continued violence in Rakhine State, thousands crossed the border into Bangladesh on Monday alone, according to Reuters.
On Sunday, 12 Rohingya refugees died after a boat reportedly carrying over one hundred people capsized on the way to Bangladesh.
Washington and the European Union are considering introducing targeted sanctions on Myanmar military’s top brass in response to the recent offensive, according…