HALEY BREWER WRITES — With the country of Malaysia having signed the Glasgow Climate Pact in November of 2021, we are reminded of Sabah, a state in Malaysia, which, back in 2015, pledged to produce sustainable palm oil by 2025. While this pledge is a decade-long plan, it is now…Full Article MALAYSIA: WILL THE STATE OF SABAH LEAD THE WAY TO SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL?
ALEX DASHWOOD WRITES — Malaysia’s top court on February 25th ruled that a Syariah (Sharia) state law banning gay sex “against the order of nature” was unconstitutional. Its ruling exemplifies a step toward strengthening legal protections for the LGBT+ community in the Southeast Asian country. The case “arises from a…Full Article MALAYSIA: COURT RULES LAW BANNING GAY SEX UNCONSTITUTIONAL
MICHELLE DOR WRITES– A panel of 2019 scholars and nutritionists in Malaysia has recommended that junk food advertisements be banned during shows targeting children under age 18. This is essential to combat the growing obesity rate among school children. With concrete data from 2015, “more than 1.65 million school children…Full Article MALAYSIA: WHY THE GOVERNMENT WANTS TO JUNK … JUNK FOOD
NICOLE ALAVERDIAN WRITES–Asia is starting to focus on its own environmental problems, rather than taking on the West’s metaphorical and literal trash. In recent months, many countries, including Singapore and China, have refused to take more trash imports from the West. China, the biggest consumer of discarded plastics, has now…Full Article ASIA’S NEW TRASH TALK: STOP DUMPING ON US, WASTEFUL WEST!
MICHELLE DOR WRITES — Airline food is notorious for not living up to what you might expect with a costly plane ticket. It’s probably safe to say that many travelers dread but endure eating it, given the limits to catering options 35,000 feet above ground. In addition, our taste buds…Full Article Malaysia: Air Asia takes Plane Food to Restaurants
ASIA MEDIA WRITES == ‘New’ PM Mahathir nearly covers the South China Sea waterfront in skillful exclusive interview quite rightly showcased in print and digital by influential SCMP newspaper in Hong Kong – arguably print journalism’s leading Beijing-watcher. See: http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2151451/nothing-fear-china-says-malaysias-mahathir-mohamad-lopsidedFull Article HONG KONG: SCMP NAILS SCOOP INTERVIEW WITH MALAYSIAN PM ON CHINA AS OPPORTUNITY VERSUS THREAT
Two of Asia’s most fertile minds – one genius political, the other genius entrepreneurial – recently greeted one another for an officially described “exchange of views.” This was in the office of Malaysia’s newest prime minister, Mohamad Mahathir, 93. His guest was the Alibaba guru, Mr Jack Ma, four decades…Full Article PICTURE FOR THE AGES: DR M MEETS AND GREETS MR MA
TOM PLATE WRITES — The first thing that must be said to Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his Bersatu party for their stunning ejection of the greedy incumbent prime minister is simply this: Congratulations! Sometimes politics is fiendishly complicated, but in this case it is not. The voters of the Republic…Full Article MALAYSIA: THE OLD PRO, A MERE 92, BACK IN THE INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
HRIPSIME MARTIROSYAN WRITES – Over the last few years, Datuk Jimmy Choo Yeang Keat OBE has continued to design high quality shoes for women across the world. Choo’s designs always have celebrities drooling for products that scream class, elegance, and opulence. Through his company, Jimmy Choo Ltd., he has created…Full Article LONDON AND MALAYSIA: IF THE SHOES FIT WITH CELEBRITY BLING, THEY MAY JUST BE CHOOS
DIANA JABLONSKI WRITES- Malaysia’s government has proposed new legislation to outlaw spreading “fake news” by punishing purveyors with up to six years in prison and fines of up to $130,000. The proposed legislation would punish not only those directly responsible for “fake news” articles, but also those who participate in…Full Article Malaysia: New Law Proposal Could Charge Jail Time for Spreading ‘Fake News’
DIANA JABLONSKI WRITES — A total of 249 Malaysians and foreigners have been arrested in Malaysia for being suspected of recruiting terrorists through the use of social media. Social media platforms that were used include Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. According to Deputy Home Minister Masir Kujat, 240 of those suspected…Full Article MALAYSIA: OVER 200 ARRESTED FOR RECRUITING TERRORISTS VIA SOCIAL MEDIA
MICHAELA MERTZ WRITES – Ugly controversy erupted after the release of an article in a leading Malaysian Newspaper reporting on characteristics that explain how one might identify members of the LGBT community. Some of the characteristics included assumptions that lesbian women “tend to hug each other, hold hands, and belittle…Full Article MALAYSIA: ‘HOW TO SPOT A GAY’ CHECKLIST SPARKS UNDERSTANDABLE OUTRAGE
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…Full Article MALAYSIA: MAHB CLEARED FROM LEAKING ALLEGED ATTACK ON KIM JONG NAM
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…Full Article Malaysia: Flooding in Penang Calls for Better Disaster Preparedness
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…Full Article MALAYSIA: NEW TECH IMPROVEMENTS SUPPORTED BY PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK COULD IMPACT COMING ELECTION
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…Full Article MALAYSIA: PM RACES TO PUT THE BRAKES ON FORMULA ONE GRAND PRIX