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Jude Chia

Currently report on education, economic and democratic progress in Malaysia. Muse about social entrepreneurship at Twitter @judechia.

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Malaysia to Overhaul Security and Censorship Laws

  19 September 2011

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak surprised everybody during the Malaysia Day celebration when he announced an overhaul to several controversial acts related to national security, censorship, speech and freedom of assembly

Malaysia: Where is Press Freedom Heading Now?

  20 August 2010

The image you have on Malaysia may be one of fastest growing economies in Asia, but do you know it is languished at the bottom 3rd (ranked 131st) in the 2009 global press freedom ranking? Is it getting any better for the citizens and opposition parties that fight against censorship? We will find out from the recent press freedom situation in Malaysia.

Malaysia: New Economic Model

  2 April 2010

Dubbed as the New Economic Model, Malaysia's Prime Minister has finally unveiled the first part of the plan detailing the country's future economic direction. The effort is much lauded especially by policy makers in mainstream press, but the citizen media abounds with skepticism.

Malaysia: No to English in Science & Mathematics

  14 July 2009

No more English in science and mathematics by 2012 in Malaysia. That is the long overdue decision from the Ministry of Education on the policy of teaching science and mathematics in English. The government refuted the claim of political influence in the decision-making process.

Malaysia: Globalization Dilemma – Educational Progress or Preserving Ethnic Identity?

  31 May 2009

The teaching of science and mathematics in English implemented in 2003 replaced Malay and other ethnic languages as the medium of teaching instruction in Malaysia. It is set for a final decision after long reassessment and repeated delay, with influential lobby groups aiming to preserve the relevance of ethnic languages especially the preeminence of Malay language as the national language in the age of rapid globalization.

Malaysia: Is The New PM a Market Reformer?

  26 May 2009

Are we expecting a gradual political revolution with new leadership in Malaysia? The Prime Minister does not only embrace social media technology to improve citizen engagement, he ventures a step further where none of his predecessors had attempted before to introduce selective liberalization on financial and service sectors recently.

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