PALAU GAYA, Malaysia — In the shallow waters off the coast of the Kota Kinabalu in the Malaysian state of Sabah in northern Borneo, about 30,000 Philippine migrants have built stilted homes. Most live in absolute poverty, their families having fled their homeland in the southern Philippines, where separatists have battled the government for more than three decades. Malaysian authorities are attempting to forcibly repatriate thousands of Philippinos. Malaysian authorities say up to 150,000 of the estimated 400,000 illegal immigrants living in Sabah could be sent back.
FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — For decades, long-range forecasters have been predicting that water – and a lack of it – loomed as the biggest threat to regional security. Booming populations, food security, the occasional drought […]
FA EAST CORRESPONDENT — As the insurgency in Sabah continues, the leadership in neighboring Sarawak has been stung again by charges of corruption that add to the mounting problems faced by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak […]
FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — The focus of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) financial scandal is constantly shifting. Politicians and civil society groups across Malaysia expect extraordinary allegations of financial irregularities at the fund, established by Prime […]