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
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
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 – 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
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…Full Article MALAYSIA: MAHATHIR MOHAMAD MAKES SURE NAJIB RAZAK IS HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR RECENT SCANDALS
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITES – Australia warned Sunday that terrorists may be plotting attacks in and around Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s largest city. The Australian High Commission in Malaysia said in a travel advisory that there was an ongoing terrorism threat in Malaysia, noting that authorities there have arrested a number of…Full Article AUSTRALIA: BE EXTRA CAREFUL IN MALAYSIA, TOURISTS!
ALEX PARK WRITES – Google plays such an important part in today’s global society and it is our most used search engine. Countless numbers of people have Google accounts, which they use for things like email, social media and other websites and programs. It is terrifying to think that someone…Full Article MALAYSIA: Google Hacked?
ALEX PARK WRITES – There are five groups of people that will not be watching the movie adaptation of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. People who loved the book but know that the movie will disappoint, those who were intensely uncomfortable with the material, women activists who stand against…Full Article MALAYSIA: Fifty Shades of No Way
ALESSANDRA DALY-JOHNSON WRITES – The highly anticipated film adaptation of the novel Fifty Shades of Grey was deemed inappropriate by the United Arab Emirates’ National Media Council (NMC) this past week. While the infamous book series, written by E. L. James, is available in stores in the UAE, the NMC has…Full Article UAE: Fifty Shades Gets Whipped by Censors
“The United States is an Asian-Pacific nation, and we take our enduring interests there very seriously. We know that America’s security and prosperity are closely and increasingly linked to the Asia-Pacific.” So spoke John Kerry, that peripatetic American diplomat. And so finally, if but for one excellent speech, the secretary…Full Article THAILAND: Generals Should Defend But Not Rule Their Countries
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…Full Article MALAYSIA: The Mystery of Flight MH370