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MALAYSIA: Can’t Catch a Break

MARLENA NIP WRITES –  From missing airlines to kidnapped tourists, Malaysia struggles to stay out of the bad spotlight. Media outlets from all around the world are capturing the most recent kidnapping that occurred on an island off the eastern coast of Sabah. It was reported that last week an armed Filipino group, suspected to […]

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MALAYSIA: The Mystery of Flight MH370

MARLENA NIP WRITES – Update after update and still the families and friends of flight MH370 passengers have been given no hope. Media outlets around the world have provided constant coverage since the commercial plane went missing March 8. Some even provide live, update feeds to keep readers and viewers posted on the latest. Sadly, […]

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MALAYSIA: Valentine’s Day is a Bust

MARLENA NIP WRITES – Bitter officials did their best again this year to turn Malaysian youth against the tradition of Valentine’s Day. While in the West we poke fun at February 14 as a ‘Hallmark holiday,’ turn it into a femme-positive ‘Galentine’s Day,’ or throw anti-Valentine’s Day parties to celebrate being single, in Malaysia officials take it to a […]

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MALAYSIA: Got Cannabis? See You on Death Row

MARLENA NIP WRITES - Drug trafficking charges loom over a French woman, an Indonesian maid, and three Malaysian men. About a pound of processed cannabis and 36 pot plants were allegedly confiscated from the quintet by police in the nation’s capital Sabah. If found guilty, the group face the death penalty, with zero room for argument. Malaysia has tight […]

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MALAYSIA: ‘Allah’ is a no-go for Non-Muslims

MARLENA NIP WRITES – Imagine not being able to use a certain word because your ideals don’t match those of the ruling party. Then imagine being under investigation by your government for using said word. That’s the case for a Catholic priest in Malaysia after saying the word “Allah” at a Catholic Mass. Last October, […]

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MALAYSIA: Trickery beats out U.S. Navy’s Ignorance

MARLENA NIP WRITES– A sneaky Malaysian businessman is accused of overcharging the U.S. Navy and obtaining military secrets from naval officers. Three senior officials were arrested from the United States Navy for taking part in one the highest corruption scandals within the Navy in years. U.S. Naval Commander Jose Luiz Sanchez is one of the […]

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MALAYSIA: Government says NO to Ke$ha

MARLENA NIP WRITES — Tick Tok. At the eleventh hour, the Malaysian government closed its gates to American pop star, Ke$ha. The risqué pop star was scheduled to play a concert in Kuala Lumpur, the nation’s capital. Livescape, the promotion group holding the event, was notified the night before that Malaysian officials would not allow the […]

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MALAYSIA: Say Goodbye to Human Rights

MARLENA NIP WRITES – Malaysian citizens are watching human rights disappear right before their eyes. Prime Minister Najib Razak and his fellow lawmakers passed new crime-prevention legislation in response to recent organized crime outbreaks. These amendments did not pass without heated debate. In recent months, there have been a number of robberies and high-profile, public shootings targeting businessmen. Najib firmly […]

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MALAYSIA: Grammy Nominated Band Denied Concert by Malaysian Government

MARLENA NIP WRITES – Malaysian officials won’t take any risks with Western bands bashing Allah and the Quran. The Communications and Multimedia Ministry has denied Lamb of God, a U.S.-based heavy metal band, a permit to perform in Kuala Lampur. Tour promoter Livescape Asia had scheduled a concert featuring the Grammy-nominated band at the end of September, […]

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MALAYSIA: Says “No” to Tobacco and the US

MARLENA NIP WRITES – Malaysia is taking a stand against a smoking Uncle Sam. In ongoing trade talks with the U.S., it adamantly defended its right to set stiff rules on the sale of tobacco products within its own borders. In the process, it won the praise of everyone from the New York times to […]

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MALAYSIA: Elections Up In Flames!

MARLENA NIP WRITES- The National party of Malaysia is up in flames! Tuesday night, it quite literally was up in flames.   Two bottles containing gasoline were found in the headquarters of the Barisan Nasional (BN) party. It is predicted that persons from the opposition party were aiming to burn the historic site for supporters […]

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MALAYSIA: Time to Say Good-bye?

MARLENA NIP WRITES – The Malaysian elections are fast approaching and judging from current public opinion polls, it looks like Malaysian citizens are shoving the national party out the door.  This could be a historical election if the opposition party is able to take the reigns on Malaysian politics. The United Malays National Organization (UMNO) […]

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MALAYSIA: Excuse Me, That’s Our Island!

MARLENA NIP WRITES – Filipinos are fed up with their Malaysian neighbors, and claim that a large portion of the country rightfully belongs to the Philippines. Sabah, the northernmost state of Malaysia, has historically been part of the Philippines. The waters first became murky between the two countries when Malaysia claimed Sabah as its own […]

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MALAYSIA: Government Tell Aussie to Butt Out

Australia has every right to question Malaysia’s actions. Nick Xenophon, an independent senator from Australia, was recently deported from Malaysia after traveling to Kuala Lumpur on an unofficial parliamentary “fact-finding” journey to analyze the ‘free and fair elections’ in Malaysia.  Malaysia says otherwise. According to the Malaysian government, Xenophon was detained prior to his deportation […]

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MALAYSIA: ‘Dakar Rally’ of the Gaza Strip

  The Palestinian people welcomed Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Razak last week on a “Dakar Rally” type visit to the Gaza Strip. Najin Razak got a real feel for life on the Gaza Strip with a tour that consisted of zipping through the narrow streets in a 30-car delegation. His hosts, the Hamas […]

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