The Malaysian government has had a difficult year and its response to traumatic issues – ranging from downed airliners to home-grown Islamic militants tying-up with mercenaries employed by the self-titled Islamic State – has at times been wanting.

Amid all this, the country has successfully lobbied for a seat on the UN Security Council. Prime Minister Najib Razak was thrilled with this week’s election, saying Malaysia has a strong record of promoting peace, moderation and security around the world. [Read more] – Michael’s Blog