Author: Diana Jablonski

MALAYSIA: MAHB CLEARED FROM LEAKING ALLEGED ATTACK ON KIM JONG NAM

DIANA JABLONSKI WRITES – Malaysia’s high-profile trial on the murder of Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has resumed. Two women, 25-year-old Indonesian Siti Aisyah and 29-year-old Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, were charged with the alleged murder, caused by a chemical substance known as the VX Nerve Agent on Kim Jong Nam’s face. The brutal attack occurred at a Malaysian airport terminal in broad daylight. Both women have pleaded not guilty and claimed that the attack was part of a television hidden camera prank. If convicted, the two could face the death penalty. Also,...

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Malaysia: Flooding in Penang Calls for Better Disaster Preparedness

DIANA JABLONSKI WRITES – Recently, Malaysia has suffered from a severe storm, resulting in massive flooding and local residents being forced to evacuate. The flood has caused at least seven dead in Penang, and has caused damage to nearby areas. Rescue troops have been sent to Penang to help the victims of the storm. Many people have turned to social media to offer support and send prayers to those in Penang, especially via Twitter. People have tweeted prayers and offered support, hoping that the situation will return to normal. The government has made various statements regarding the massive floods,...

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MALAYSIA: NEW TECH IMPROVEMENTS SUPPORTED BY PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK COULD IMPACT COMING ELECTION

DIANA JABLONSKI WRITES – Malaysia’s government believes that providing children in schools with debit card systems and smart boards will prepare them for a brighter future in the advanced digital world. Recent news has proven that the K-12 school system has been improving over time, mainly due to technology, such as the debit card system and the use of smart boards. Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid wants to provide debit cards to students to buy food and supplies instead of cash. He has stated that, “We must educate students to be ready for the digital world which is...

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MALAYSIA: PM RACES TO PUT THE BRAKES ON FORMULA ONE GRAND PRIX

DIANA JABLONSKI WRITES – For the past 19 years, Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit has hosted the annual Formula One Grand Prix race. This particular race hs consistently attracted one of the largest crowds that Malaysia has ever seen. The race debuted in Malaysia in 1999, and has been part of the nation’s recent history ever since. Prime Minister Najib Razqk commented: “We have hosted this for 19 years and I think we have seen some thrilling events.” Even so, the Malaysian government officially announced that it will no longer host the F1 Grand Prix planned for next April, due...

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MALAYSIA: MAHATHIR MOHAMAD MAKES SURE NAJIB RAZAK IS HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR RECENT SCANDALS

DIANA JABLONSKI WRITES – The government of Malaysia has been under close observation due to reports of corruption against current Prime Minister Najib Razak. Mahathir Mohamad, the longest serving former Prime Minister in Malaysia, has taken advantage of Razak’s vulnerable state by convincing the Malaysian people that Razak is unfit to lead the country. Mohamad focused on targeting Razak’s actions pertaining to the recent financial scandal involving 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Razak was accused of setting up the 1MDB fund for fraud and money laundering purposes, which was said to have resulted in an amount equivalent to more...

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Asia Media International Staff

ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL is a student-driven publication of Loyola Marymount University’s Asia Media Center – a vital part of LMU’s Department of Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS), in an alliance with the university's award-winning Dept.of Political Science, and with the internationally influential Pacific Century Institute.

MANAGING EDITORS:
Savannah Nunez
Sabrina Verduzco


Executive Director and Executive Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief:
Jay Seo

Senior Writers [Beat]:
Nadia Aljojo
Kate Barkley [Australia]
Murad Basrawi
Emily Carman
Katrina Crosby [Profiles]
Alexis Cruz [Qatar]
Truman Daly
Jacqueline Dilanchyan
Bobby Fretz
Diana Jablonski [Malaysia]
Matthew Lange [Asian Profiles,Anime]
Frances Magsalin [Korea/Kpop]
Aashna Malpani [Feminism in Asia]
Beth McLaughlin
Rachel Oakes
Hiromi Ochi [Singapore]
Dylan Ramos
Fassa Sar [Film]
Tiara Salvabilla
Gloria Santillan [Korea]
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Elizabeth Soelistio [Indonesia]
Nicolas Swaya
C.J. Stone [Japan]
Tommy Sutjipto [China]
Eva Thio [Indonesia]
Clementine Todorov [Bangladesh & Vietnam]
Yi Ning Wong [Asia Culture]

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Clementine Todorov

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Yi Ning Wong, Jennifer Eaton

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Mary Grace Costa
Kelcey Lorenzo

Contribuing Editors Emeritus:

Robert Dylan Fields
Eriko Lee Katayama
Ryan Lippert
Adrian Narayan [India]
James Royce [Australia]
Miranda Pak [Hong Kong]
Lamiya Shabir [Pakistan & Islam]
Yunfei Suo [China]
Erisa Takeda [Japan Politics]
Katie Trinh [Vietnam]
Ryan Urban [Singapore]

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Jeremiah Fajardo
Brian Chris Canave
Peyton Cross

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Lexie Tucker

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Ben Sullivan

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Prof Tom Plate

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