The Disgrace of Malaysian University Education

The Disgrace of Malaysian University EducationMalaysia’s public universities have dropped completely out of the World University Rankings maintained by the Times of London. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia was ranked 87th in the top 100 Asian rankings in 2013, but has since fallen out. Not a single Malaysian university made the top 100 Asian rankings. The collapse of higher education in Malaysia…

An ‘Idea Economy’ for Malaysia

An ‘Idea Economy’ for MalaysiaUnemployment is rapidly increasing in Malaysia, especially among college graduates  aged 20-24, who number 161,000 out of the 400,000 unemployed within the country, or 40.25 percent. In addition, close to half the graduates of public universities are working in mismatched occupations unrelated to their formal training. A Finance Ministry report states that over 90 percent…

Embattled Cartoonist Zunar Wins Freedom Award

Embattled Cartoonist Zunar Wins Freedom AwardZulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, better known as Zunar, the irrepressible cartoonist for the Malaysian news website Malaysiakini, is due to go on trial this month, facing nine counts of sedition and a potential 43 years in prison basically for lampooning the suave Prime Minister Najib Razak and his portly, domineering wife Rosmah Mansor, who invariably appears…

Social Crisis in Malaysia’s Rural Heartlands

Social Crisis in Malaysia’s Rural HeartlandsOver recent years, crime, domestic violence, incest and rape have afflicted Malaysia’s rural kampungs, creating a domestic and social crisis in the heartland. There are concerns that decades of state neglect and politicization of infrastructure at the very grassroots of society have been accompanied with a decay of morals and ethics, with critics sounding concerns…

Malaysia’s Educational Genocide

Malaysia’s Educational GenocideOn Oct. 12, seven children – six girls and a boy between the ages of seven and 11 – were discovered to have died in Malaysia’s northeastern state of Kelantan after being lost for 48 days in the jungle, having run away from their residential school. Two girls survived by eating grass and wild fruits.…

Malaysian Rapper Namewee Pulls in Horns for HK Concert

Malaysian Rapper Namewee Pulls in Horns for HK ConcertControversial Malaysian rapper Wee Meng Chee has become the latest to join a growing number of artists and brands facing stern Chinese limitations on their performance in return for a bite of China’s US$150 billion entertainment and media industry. Wee, whose stage name is Namewee – a pun on his name in Putonghua – posted…

Malaysia’s Past Damns its Future

Malaysia’s Past Damns its FutureThe seeds of today’s political crisis in Malaysia were sown decades ago in an elaborate structure that has maintained a small elite in power since it was known as Malaya and achieved its independence from Britain in 1957. Direct discussion of the subject has basically been criminalized since the 1970s and deemed too sensitive for…

Record Dengue Outbreak Fans Fears in Malaysia

Record Dengue Outbreak Fans Fears in MalaysiaMalaysia is facing its largest dengue outbreak ever, with 201 deaths so far in 2015, with the number of fatalities rising sharply. There were 215 deaths in the whole of 2014, with 92 in 2013, and 35 in 2012.  In addition to the increased number of cases, doctors are seeing different types of symptoms, which…

How Asia’s Governments Spy on Their Citizens

How Asia’s Governments Spy on Their CitizensIf you live in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand or Vietnam and you are an activist or a journalist, the government probably knows a lot more about the inside of your computer than you think, and more than you want it to. On July 5, unknown hackers broke into the computers a shadowy company based in Italy…

Malaysia Gymnast Issue Energizes Photoshoppers

Malaysia Gymnast Issue Energizes PhotoshoppersLast week, a tiny 21-year-old Malaysian gymnast named Farah Ann Abdul Hadi absolutely tore up the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, winning two gold medals and  six awards in total. The real Farah But when the young athlete got home, she faced a barrage of criticism for wearing what was regarded as a “revealing” leotard…
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