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Helen Mary Johnson: A Tough And Committed Comrade

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--We lost another courageous activist today (4/5/2022). Comrade Helen was admitted early this morning to the Johor Bahru General Hospital with upper back pain and difficulty breathing.

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Where Did the Policy Debate Go?

KUALA LUMUR, Malaysia--The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) and the Center for Market Education (CME) express concerns over the limited debate surrounding issues of political economy and the long-term consequences of implemented policies.

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Malaysians Really Want A Credible Opposition

BANGKOK, Thailand--Remember when Pakatan Harapan secured their surprise election victory back in 2018? Many expressed their joy as Merdeka Day relived. There was so much hope about a Malaysia baru being born.

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The Lost Malaysian Dream: The Struggle To Revive Multi-Culturalism

BANGKOK, Thailand--The Tourism Malaysian highlights Malaysia’s ethnic diversity as a unique strength. The website proudly espouses Malaysia as the only “one place where all the colours, flavours and sights of Asia come together.”  

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Philippines, China Call For Restraint In South China Sea

NEW YORK, U.S.--Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the need to exercise restraint to maintain peace in the South China Sea, Manila's presidential office said on Saturday.

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PSSC On Anti-Hopping Amendments Is A Case Of Better Late Than Never

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) welcomes the decision of the Government and Pakatan Harapan (PH) to refer the vote on a constitutional amendment on Article 10(3)(a) to a Parliamentary Special Select Committee (PSSC) on anti-hopping bills.

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The Unilateral Conversion Conundrum In Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--A deputy minister recently took the position that state laws on religious conversions should be respected – apparently regardless of what the Malaysian Federal Constitution states.

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Urban Farming Becoming Key To Food Security

BANGKOK, Thailand--Urban farming should be promoted as a means to improve food security, according to a recent forum organised by Chulalongkorn University's Research and Development Centre for Sustainable Development.

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What If Anna Jenkins Had Gone Missing In Queensland, Australia?

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--In this post, I answer the question “What if Anna Jenkins had gone missing in Queensland?” by discussing a Queensland coroner’s decision in January 2022. I point out five differences of law and practice in Queensland and Malaysia.

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