Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s election win without the bulk of ethnic Chinese voters is set to pose the biggest test yet for the pro-Malay affirmative action policies instituted by his father more than three decades ago.
A member of a Singapore opposition party won a by-election today that tested Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s ability to draw back support after the ruling party’s poorest performance at polls last year.
The political party that has ruled Singapore since independence in 1965 is seeking to overhaul its image with voters after the narrowest election victory on record signaled a shortfall in support among younger voters.
Just before sunset on April 10, 2006, a DC-9 jet landed at the international airport in the port city of Ciudad del Carmen, 500 miles east of Mexico City. As soldiers on the ground approached the plane, the crew tried to shoo them away, saying there was a dangerous oil leak. So the troops grew suspicious and searched the jet.
At 4:09 a.m. on May 12, Chinese national Ma Chi sped through a Singapore stop light in his $1.4 million Ferrari 599 GTO and slammed into a taxi, killing himself and two others and sparking a wave of anti-foreigner sentiment.