Malaysia

Malaysia Probes Al Jazeera Documentary On Migrants

Malaysian police said Tuesday they are investigating an Al Jazeera documentary about the arrests of undocumented migrants during the coronavirus lockdown after officials denounced it for damaging the country's image.The move comes after several activists, journalists and opposition figures have been put under investigation recently in what critics say is a bid to silence dissent. The documentary by the Qatar-based broadcaster, "Locked Up in Malaysia's Lockdown", f

8 July 2020
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Reviving Malaysia’s Virus-Hit Economy

It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected livelihoods, local industries and the economy in general. As we enter nearly the seventh month of the outbreak – many have lost their jobs across Southeast Asia. According to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the pandemic will threaten the employment of 68 million workers across Asia if the outbreak goes on until September.

3 July 2020
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Nearly 100 Rohingya Rescued Off Indonesia

Nearly 100 Rohingya from Myanmar, including 30 children, have been rescued from a rickety wooden boat off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, a maritime official said Wednesday.Images shot from Indonesian rescue boats showed dozens of children and adults, many weeping, after they had been plucked from their vessel by local fishermen."The boat with Rohingya onboard was broken and floating in the middle of the sea when the fishermen found them," said Muhammad Nasir, head of

25 June 2020
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Malaysia To Send Back Latest Rohingya Boat Arrivals

Malaysia said Tuesday it will send back hundreds of Rohingya who arrived by boat this week after months at sea, as fears mounted that the refugees could be carrying a new wave of coronavirus.The country is a favoured destination for the persecuted Muslim minority from mostly Buddhist Myanmar, with thousands risking their lives on perilous sea crossings every year.They usually travel from Myanmar or Bangladesh, where about one million live in squalid refugee camps after fleeing a 2017 military

10 June 2020
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Malaysia’s Property Market In A Pandemic Slump

The coronavirus crisis has severely affected numerous sectors, from aviation, and tourism, to oil and gas even property. The World Bank noted in its recent ‘Global Economic Prospects’ report that the pandemic has caused the broadest collapse of the global economy since 1870.

9 June 2020
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Anti-Blackness In Southeast Asia?

On Tuesday, social media feeds were flooded with black squares posted by corporations, celebrities, sports stars and the general public – along with the hashtag #BlackOutTuesday. It was reported that the idea was to fill Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with blackout squares, halting other activities on social media to free up the time usually dedicated to these platforms for people to educate themselves on the Black Lives Matter movement.

4 June 2020
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Malaysia’s solar sector on the rise

Malaysia’s solar photovoltaics (PV) industry is on the rise thanks to strengthening government support, growing investor confidence and reducing costs.Already ASEAN’s biggest solar PV employers, Malaysia’s solar sector is well poised for more growth given the favourable conditions that are developing. Besides having relatively high irradiation levels, Malaysia already has an established solar manufacturing sector, although most of the solar equipment used is exported at present.“The

3 June 2020
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Malaysia’s Hospitality Industry KO’d By Pandemic

Millions of people have had to cancel their 2020 travel plans due to the coronavirus crisis. Fuelled by virus fears while being urged to stay home – most people are avoiding any kind of travel which has further dampened the demand for air transportation, hotels and other tourism-related services. Over in ASEAN member state Malaysia, it’s no different.According to the country’s prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, COVID-19 has hit the nation’s tourism sector hard, with an expect

3 June 2020
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Malaysia’s Immigration Depots: COVID-19 Hotspots?

Just yesterday, Malaysian media reported that a Rohingya man escaped from a quarantine centre at the Ministry of Health Malaysia’s Training Institute in Tanjung Rambutan, a small town in the west coast state of Perak. Local police are now on the hunt for the migrant.

2 June 2020
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Are kids in Malaysia watching porn?

Last year, a Malaysian non-governmental organisation (NGO) called Malaysians Against Pornography (MAP) made a startling discovery regarding pornography consumption among children in Malaysia. While pornography is typically meant for those aged 18 and above, the MAP’s survey found that in 2018, 80 percent of Malaysian children aged 10 to 17 years have watched pornography intentionally.

2 June 2020
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Medical supplies shortage in ASEAN

China’s central Hubei province, where the COVID-19 virus first emerged late last year, is to lift curbs after two months under lockdown, local officials told the media. It was reported that the once epicentre of the virus has closed all of its public facility-turned temporary hospitals as the number of infected patients continues to decrease.

1 June 2020
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Is Malaysia serious about sexual harassment?

Last month, the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) called for the Malaysian government to commit to a clear timeline to table the Sexual Harassment Bill after it was delayed. The bill covers protection mechanisms and processes, counselling, organisational responsibilities and the establishment of a tribunal.A sexual harassment law would provide a clear definition of prohibitive conduct and outline the seriousness of the violation.

1 June 2020
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