Talk about a messy relationship – and she’s got the scars to prove it. “Ling,” a 16 year old, performed sadomasochism in hopes that she might save her boyfriend’s life. Ling heard from her boyfriend’s uncle, Alex Leung, a supposed royal or “datuk” and a sultan, that by depriving herself…Full Article MALAYSIA: Romeo & Juliet Gone Very Wrong
Nothing says true love more than dedicating a blog to your loved one– at least, that’s what Abil Fikri Ahmad thought (and did) when he created abil4fauziah.blogspot.com. But this isn’t just any ordinary site. This stay-at-home husband created and dedicated his blog for his wife (or dear as he calls…Full Article MALAYSIA: ‘If a True Love’s Blog Can Break the Spell…’
Right, or white? Following the conclusion of the Miss Malaysia 2012 Pageant, a new question arose: What defines “Malaysian-ness?” In a way it was sort of funny. Asians (like everyone else) hate stereotyping. And yet some critics of the winner of the crown were upset because Kimberly Leggett didn’t look….er…Malaysian.…Full Article MALAYSIA: Pageant Winner Too White for Asia?!!
Most of us have heard the story of the Runaway Bride, but probably not one told quite like this! Shamini Flint’s fifth installment of her bestselling book series, Inspector Singh Investigates: A Curious Indian Cadaver, goes far beyond the tale of a missing bride, chronicling the mind of a sweaty,…Full Article IN REVIEW – Shamini Flint’s INSPECTOR SINGH: A CURIOUS INDIAN CADAVER
Leiron Kogoya, journalist, 35, was gunned down on a plane as it landed at Mulia Airport in the independent state of Papua. Kogoya wrote for newspapers Pasific Post and Papua Pos Nabire. At least five gunmen opened fire at 8 a.m in Mulia, injuring passengers as well as pilots, who then lost control of the plane as…Full Article INDONESIA: MURDEROUS LANDING IN PAPUA
Three foreign correspondents recently filed a report against the Indonesian National Police, accusing them of acid attacks. BBC’s Alice Budisatrijo, Al Jazeera’s Bobby Gunawan, and Reuters News Agency’s Louis Benjamin suffered chemical burns while reporting on the fuel policy protests at the gates of the House of Representatives. Anato Handoyo,…Full Article INDONESIA: Police Take Aim at BBC, Al Jazeera and Reuters!
It’s official: There is no ban against portraying homosexual or effeminate characters on Malaysian television or radio. Following the Information Department’s Facebook post, which supposedly said they banned the screening of homosexual or effeminate characters in Malaysian media, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim cleared the air. Datuk…Full Article MALAYSIA: No Ban of Homosexual Portrayals?
Fernan Angeles, reporter for the Daily Tribune, was seriously injured after being shot six times on March 11 near his home in Pasig, located in Manila. According to his wife, Gemma Angeles, the reporter was dragged into an alley by three men, beaten, and then shot with a 45-calibre handgun. The…Full Article PHILIPPINES JOURNALIST DEATH WATCH: The Bloody Assault on Journalists Continues
Attention, soldiers! The Information, Communications, and Culture Ministry of Malaysia is organizing training courses to help veteran groups familiarize themselves with the Internet as well as other forms of contemporary media. The courses are designed to ensure veterans continue contributing positively to the nation’s development and keep up with the…Full Article MALAYSIA: Courses Help Veterans Get in Step With the Young Generation
Malaysia’s lively urban culture is well-known throughout Asia for its enthusiasm for music. This June 1st through 3rd, a concert will take place for the cause of promoting veteran musicians. Datuk Irwan Shah Abdullah, 64, better known as DJ Dave, is a veteran entertainer in Malaysia who is hoping to…Full Article MALAYSIA: Orchestrating a Movement to Aid Struggling Artists
Isagani Yambot, publisher of the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper, one of the Philippines’ leading newspapers, passed away on March 2 at the age of 77 after an unsuccessful cardiac bypass surgery. Yambot was an active journalist from the days of the Marcos regime and continued to mentor young journalists, emphasizing…Full Article PHILIPPINES: Another Legendary Journalist Dead, Though Not By Violence
The Democratic Action Party (DAP) of Malaysia’s national election publicity bureau chief Hew Kuan Yau apologized this week for posting remarks on Facebook in which he likened journalists to prostitutes. Hew allegedly claimed that his post, which was originally in Mandarin, never compared journalists to “prostitutes” but instead used the…Full Article MALAYSIA: Journalists Accused of Prostitution… Or is it “Compensated Dating?”
Malaysian Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein announced that columnist Mohammad Najeeb A. Kashgari is to be repatriated to his home country, Saudi Arabia. Kashgari, a 23 year old journalist, posted several tweets insulting Islam on the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. At the request of the Saudi Arabian government, the columnist had been…Full Article MALAYSIA: Saudi Arabian Columnist Repatriated
Amidst raging pop stars and celebrity gossip queens, Armed Forces Chief Lieutenant General Jessie Dellosa jumped on the Twitter bandwagon after encouragement from his children. His account @CSAFP gained over 60 followers within hours. Dellosa’s first tweet reads, “This is the official twitter account of the Chief of Staff, AFP.…Full Article PHILIPPINES: Tittering About General’s Twitter
The popular social networking sites Facebook and Twitter were full of pictures and gossip items that triggered the scandal. In the end, ten people were nabbed for displaying offensive posters of Malaysian big-shots. They were Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and the two co-chairmen of the Bersih 2.0 coalition…Full Article MALAYSIA: The Poster Boys Were Not Happy at All
Forget about the old-fashioned police sketch artist! Student iGeeks come to the rescue. The Bank of the Philippines Islands Department of Science and Technology awarded a student team in St. Louis University (SLU) in Baguio with Best Project of the Year for 2012 in a competition that recognizes the excellence…Full Article PHILIPPINES: How the Media Can Help the Police Get Their Man!