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Stories about Malaysia

15 July 2016

Painkiller Jokes, ‘Who Cares?’ and Other Chinese Reactions to the South China Sea Ruling

"This is a serious defeat. It is another version of the Cuba missile crisis. The whole world is watching China fall into the trap. So stupid."

23 April 2016

Malaysia Will Likely Force ‘Political Blogs’ and News Websites to Register With the Government

Global Voices Advocacy

Human rights groups and media freedom advocates denounced the proposal as a curtailment of free speech, adding that the move reverses Malaysia's earlier stated commitment to promoting Internet freedom.

23 March 2016

Seen Southeast Asia From a Bird’s Eye? Try an Astronaut’s Lens

Southeast Asia’s capital cities are among the most photographed and famous destinations in the world. But what do they look like from space?

11 March 2016

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Scored a Trending Hashtag, But Not For the Reasons He Hoped

Prime Minister Najib Razak is battling corruption charges at home, but online he's basking in a new hashtag campaign. Except the #RespectMyPM movement didn't trend for the reasons Najib hoped.

3 March 2016

Graphic Artists Launch Online Poster Campaign to ‘Free the Media’ in Malaysia

Global Voices Advocacy

"We feel that the time has come for Malaysians to demand for media and internet freedom in light of the latest assault on freedom of speech in Malaysia."

28 February 2016

The Malaysian Insider News Website Blocked by Authorities for Posting ‘Unverified’ Report on Government Corruption

Global Voices Advocacy

"Such unilateral action could also be construed as an attempt to intimidate the media against running critical news reports."

21 February 2016

Fascinating 16mm Films of Japan, Hong Kong and Asia From the Last Century

Michael Rogge has uploaded a collection of videos documenting life in Japan and other parts of Asia at the dawn of the continent's economic transformation.

17 February 2016

Netizen Report: Medium Stands Up for Malaysian Investigative Journalists

Global Voices Advocacy

The Malaysian government is now blocking the blogging platform Medium, in an apparent effort to censor the Malaysian investigative news organization Sarawak Report.

13 February 2016

Malaysian Police Threaten Internet Users for Sharing Clown Memes of Prime Minister

Global Voices Advocacy

"Public scrutiny is part of the democratic process that serves as the foundation of Malaysia. Satirical images and comments made against government official[s] should not be considered as a crime."

4 February 2016

Malaysia's ‘Toxic’ Politics Are Similar to ‘Game of Thrones’, Says Prime Minister's Brother

"The future terrifies me: I just can't see how our institutions can recover, how our political atmosphere can become less toxic, how our international reputation can be repaired."

1 January 2016

For Southeast Asia, 2015 Was a Year of Corruption Scandals

A look back at some of the biggest corruption scandals that made news in the Southeast Asian region in 2015.

29 November 2015

To the World, He's Malaysia's Most Famous Political Prisoner. To His Daughter, He's Simply ‘My Dear Papa’

Nurul Hana Anwar channeled her sadness into a recently published book, "My Dear Papa". The collages inside offer a deeply personal picture of her father Anwar Ibrahim.

28 November 2015

In Malaysia, One Daughter's Long Wait for Her Father’s Return

When the Malaysian government imprisoned Anwar Ibrahim, they did not just take away his political career. They also took away a grandfather, a father and a husband.

27 September 2015

Consumers and Activists Take Action in Singapore to Stop Haze Pollution

"As consumers, we can contribute towards our collective fight against haze pollution by making informed and responsible purchases."

13 September 2015

Haze Returns to Southeast Asia as Indonesia's Forest Fires Reach Critical Level

Smoke from forest fires in Indonesia has led to hazy skies in Malaysia and Singapore as well. Social media users reacted with concerns about health and jokes about "Haze Runner."

31 August 2015

Malaysia’s 34-Hour Bersih Rally Against Government Corruption Gathers 100,000 People

"To many, Bersih 4 is something that gave them the courage to dream. To know that a fair and just Malaysia can truly exist."

21 August 2015

Malaysia Considers Forcing News Websites to Register with Government, As Political Scandal Unfolds

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is highly unlikely that this move is intended to achieve anything other than the shutting down of criticism."

12 August 2015

In Malaysia, Myanmar's Refugee Children Go to School in Fear

A video documentation project highlights the plight of the Myanmar refugee community in Malaysia.

10 August 2015

Protests as Malaysia Suspends Two Newspapers Following a Corruption Expose

Global Voices Advocacy

"We must never forget abuses of power today. You can suspend The Edge but you can't suspend truth!"

8 August 2015

After 515 Days, Discovered Debris Raises More Questions For Flight 370 Families in China

Contradictions in investigations rekindled frustration among the families of passengers on the missing plane.

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