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Stories about Malaysia

Digital discourse: How going online is keeping Kadazan and other indigenous languages alive in Borneo

"The indigenous languages don’t have to stay in dusty cabinets. We can use technology to have our languages and cultures available online."

Malaysia’s internet regulator deactivates Twitter account after offensive tweets exposed

"It is shocking that they violated Twitter's terms by acquiring an account of a person that had no shame with their racism, misogyny, anti-baldness."

Exemplary governance: Which countries should high-COVID nations follow?

"What seems clear is that global exemplars do not have to look the same in terms of political structures, incomes, or economic ideology."

Malaysian students face sedition probe over Facebook post urging the king not to interfere in politics

"Academic scholarship and promotion of human rights cannot flourish in an atmosphere of censorship and disproportionate restriction of speech and expression."

Human rights defenders and journalists under attack in Southeast Asia

The past two weeks saw several disturbing cases of arrests, convictions, and raids targeting human rights activists and journalists in Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

Al Jazeera, Malaysiakini, and Code Blue news websites probed for critical reporting in Malaysia

"The government...should be working to earn the confidence and trust of voters, particularly given how it came to power this March."

Malaysia’s new government probes journalists, critics despite free speech pledge

Civic groups argue that the Communications and Multimedia Act is being wielded as a weapon against free speech.

These officials flouted lockdown rules in Myanmar, Malaysia, and the Philippines

From "pagoda renovations" to "mananitas", the region's politicians are finding a language to bypass harsh lockdowns.

Fighting the COVID-19 ‘Infodemic’ in the Asia-Pacific

EngageMedia lists some of the media initiatives addressing the COVID-19 "Infodemic' across the Asia-Pacific region

Malaysia orders ‘stern action’ against media misreporting government statements on COVID-19

"Resorting to censorship, especially in its extreme form, in a time of crisis reflects the insecurity of the government of the day."

Malaysian journalist targeted by hate speech and racist attacks on Facebook

"Timely action by Facebook and other social media platforms is crucial in curbing online attacks, which commonly include trolling and doxing."

Controversy in Malaysia: Do Facebook posts about the coronavirus amount to ‘circulating rumors’?

"...while I agree some restrictions are necessary in times of crisis, dragging someone under the Penal Code is unjustified. Restrictions need not be through punitive measures in this case."

Malaysian writer faces probe after publishing a book about her decision to not wear a hijab

"It is important for us to remind the government that freedom of expression is not a crime and freedom of religious beliefs is not an insult to Islam."

DreamWorks’ ‘Abominable’ film banned in Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines for showing China’s claim over disputed seas

"We have to engage with them, and they are sensible people...They are just being misled."

A snapshot of climate strikes across Southeast Asia

The protest actions in Southeast Asia highlighted various issues such as the impact of large-scale mining, haze pollution, and continuing dependence on fossil fuels.

What will it take to combat digital authoritarianism in Southeast Asia?

"Applied to the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia, digital authoritarianism refers to how the internet has been weaponized in aid of existing authoritarian regimes."

Malaysian activist under police probe after LGBT speech at the United Nations

"The police investigation into Numan’s statement merely serves to highlight the harassment, bullying and discrimination faced by LGBT persons in Malaysia."

Netizen Report: Activists in Pakistan and Malaysia confront online backlash after International Women’s Day events

This week, the EU parliament approved its Copyright Directive, Pakistan blocked mobile services (during a military parade) and Bangladesh blocked Al Jazeera English.

Controversy at Malaysia’s Women’s Day march leads to its organizers being probed for sedition

"The government must not take the side of the bullies. Denying a group of marginalised groups their right to participate in democracy is truly an abuse of democracy."

As Malaysia's new government marks 100 days in office, is free speech still under threat?

"We hope to see a genuine departure from the old oppression, and a transition into a Malaysia where all ideas can be discussed peacefully and our constitutional rights exercised maturely."

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