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Four years after Egypt uprising, patronage politics dominate again

SADAT CITY, Egypt (Reuters) - How much is a vote worth? In Egypt's Sadat City - a sprawling, industrial centre filled with the young and unemployed - it costs the same as it did under Hosni Mubarak: blankets, sacks of fertiliser and affordable healthcare.

Retailers record higher sales and patronage since Pokemon GO craze begins

CROWDS have been thronging Sunway Malls in Malaysia following the launch of the phenomenally popular Pokemon GO augmented reality game.

Civil servants may need to announce patronage of gambling houses

THE Government intends to require all public officers who visit casinos frequently or who purchase the annual casino entry pass to declare these actions, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said in Parliament.

Still a lot of promises to deliver

From WALTER SANDOSAM of Kuala Lumpur.

The responsive government

MY article, “Patronage is king?” (The Star, Jan 12), has elicited much response from those associated with the Pakatan Harapan government.

Insight: Mubarak-era networks return for new military man in Egypt

SHEBIN EL KOM, Egypt (Reuters) - When an uprising toppled Egyptian autocrat Hosni Mubarak, men like Ahmed Saif who helped run his vast patronage network melted away.

Breaking from the bad practices of the past

Letter from M. SANTHANANABAN , Kajang

Have GLCs really been reformed under Pakatan asks academic studying political corruption

KUALA LUMPUR: A well-known academic is claiming that political patronage and possible corruption of government-linked corporations (GLCs) has not been dismantled.

ANALYSIS - Global jihad creeping into Russia's insurgency

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Islamist insurgency in Russia's North Caucasus region appears to be mutating from a grassroots separatist movement towards global jihad or holy war, whose goals, propaganda and patronage point abroad.

Economists say graft weakens Philippine bureaucracy

MANILA (Reuters) - Corruption, patronage politics and ageing government structures have weakened the bureaucracy in the Philippines and slowed improvement of the country's human development, economists said on Wednesday.