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Jerrenn Lam

Social media and all things digital excite me. Although working in marketing pays the bills, I have a particular interest in politics, international relations, advocacy and human rights.

Besides a love for writing, I also enjoy travelling and keeping up with the Kardashians.

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Latest posts by Jerrenn Lam

30 April 2012

Malaysia: Thousands Joined Bersih 3.0 Protest

Thousands of Malaysians gathered in the streets in support of Bersih 3.0, a campaign for electoral reforms. But police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse the crowd. Hundreds...

27 April 2012

Malaysia: Rare Earth Processing Plant Creates Backlash

An Australian mining company has established a processing plant in Kuantan, Malaysia. But many Malaysians are incensed that this plant was constructed without consulting the residents. Netizens debate whether the...

14 March 2012

Malaysia to Impose Minimum Wage Policy Soon

Malaysia has reportedly set a minimum wage policy for the first time in the country’s history. Netizens discuss whether the measure will be good for the economy.

29 November 2011

Malaysia: Protesting the Peaceful Assembly Bill

The Malaysian Parliament has approved the controversial Peaceful Assembly Bill which critics believe will make it difficult for citizens to organize protest assemblies. Netizens used the #pa2011 hashtag to express...

8 November 2011

Malaysia: Sexuality Rights Festival Banned

The Malaysian police has banned the annual Seksualiti Merdeka (sexuality independence) Festival which angered many people, including bloggers who support gender and LGBT rights.

19 October 2011

Malaysia: Food and Blog Action Day 2011

For this year’s Blog Action Day, bloggers around the world discussed food. Many Malaysians took part in the cause and wrote about highly diverse topics in their blogs. Some described...

17 October 2011

Malaysia: Proposed Electoral Reforms

Bersih 2.0 is pressing the Malaysian government to implement eight electoral reforms in preparation for the next general elections. Bersih organized a massive demonstration last July which evolved into a...

17 September 2011

Malaysia: Mahathir Says Bush Lied About 9/11

As the world commemorated the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attack in the United States, former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad came out again to declare that it was...

30 August 2011

Malaysia: Generation 709 Calls for Political Reforms

Following the Bersih democracy rally last July 9, a group of young Malaysians has come forward to continue the demand for free and fair elections, calling themselves ‘Generation 709’. The...

15 August 2011

Malaysia-Australia Refugee Swap Deal Criticised

The refugee swap between Malaysia and Australia that was signed last month has been suspended by the Australian High Court after huge criticism. Under the deal, the next 800 refugees...

11 July 2011

Malaysia: Bersih 2.0 Rally Rattles the Government

It was organized to push merely for electoral reforms but Malaysia's huge Bersih rally last weekend which was violently dispersed by the police has grown into a political movement that...

5 July 2011

Malaysia: More Arrested Before Planned Rally

More people have now been arrested in Malaysia for supporting the Bersih 2.0 rally that is planned to happen on the 9 July, 2011. Some were arrested merely for wearing...

1 July 2011

Malaysia: Planned Rally Calling for Fair Elections Banned

The monumental 2007 Bersih rally in Malaysia is going to have a sequel. A Bersih 2.0 democracy walk on July 9 has been organized where supporters of the cause for...

21 June 2011

Malaysia: Costly Government Spending on Facebook Pages

The Malaysian Tourism Ministry is now involved in a controversy after revealing that it had spent $RM 1.8 million (US$594,000) in developing six Facebook pages to promote tourism in Malaysia....

18 June 2011

Malaysia: Hacktivist Group Attacks Government Websites

At least 50 other government websites in Malaysia were attacked by international ‘hacktivist’ group Anonymous last Thursday over the government’s proposed censoring of several file sharing websites. Online reactions were...

20 April 2011

Malaysia: Email For Citizens Project Draws Criticism

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that all Malaysians aged 18 years and above will receive a 1Malaysia email account. But many bloggers have criticized the project as unnecessary, saying...

19 April 2011

Malaysia: Ruling Coalition Tops Sarawak Elections

On Saturday 16 April, 2011, Malaysia’s ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition won the state election in Sarawak, winning 55 of the 71 seats contested to retain its control and two-thirds...

7 April 2011

Malaysia: State Election Brings Another Sex Scandal

The Sarawak state election this April will have a big impact on Malaysia's national politics. Will the opposition finally defeat Sarawak's longest serving chief minister? Meanwhile, an alleged sex video...

20 March 2011

Malaysia: ‘Offensive’ Novel Creates Controversy

A recent controversy that has arisen in Malaysia is the issue of a novel used as a textbook for literature in secondary schools. Critics claim the book, which discussed the...

24 February 2011

Malaysia: Suicide a Rising Problem

Malaysia has recently been gripped by an alarming social issue: suicide. It is estimated that an average of 60 suicides every month are being committed in Malaysia. A young Malaysian...