Malaysia

Islamic State’s appeal in Malaysia

In the aftermath of the recent suicide bombing blamed on ISIS in Jakarta last week, Malaysia is in a panic. Reports are coming out that hundreds of Malaysians are joining the jihad in Syria and Iraq, and that...

Malaysia’s Kampung High

I grew up with many adults in my village in Majidee in Johor in the 1960s who were stoned either on ganja imported from Thailand or pil khayal – ecstasy – bought from some pharmacist in the town of Johor Baru...

The Disgrace of Malaysian University Education

Malaysia’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 2...

An ‘Idea Economy’ for Malaysia

Unemployment 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 ha...

Embattled Cartoonist Zunar Wins Freedom Award

Zulkifli 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...

Social Crisis in Malaysia’s Rural Heartlands

Over 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 ...

Malaysia’s Educational Genocide

On 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...
Malaysia Rapper NameWee

Malaysian Rapper Namewee Pulls in Horns for HK Concert

Controversial 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...
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Malaysia’s Past Damns its Future

The 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 Bri...
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Record Dengue Outbreak Fans Fears in Malaysia

Malaysia 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.  ...