Malaysia: King ‘satisfied’ with PM Ismail Sabri’s majority support among parliamentarians

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — No mention of confidence motion was made in Parliament on Monday (13 Sep) as the King is “satisfied” with the majority support given by 114 Members of Parliament (MPs) to newly appointed Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob. During his opening royal address at the fourth session of the 14th Parliament sitting, … Read more

“Mental health is inherently political”: From poverty to racial discrimination, Malaysian youth-led collective examines systemic factors contributing to heightened suicide risk

This article contains material on suicide and mental health issues. Readers’ discretion is advised. KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — Discussions on mental health and suicide cannot be extricated from systemic issues such as poverty and racial discrimination, among other forms of oppression and setbacks faced by marginalised and underprivileged groups in society. This is the crux … Read more

Malaysia: Election Commission to implement lowering of voting age to 18 by 31 Dec, says new de facto law minister

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — The country’s Election Commission (EC) will implement the lowering of the minimum voting age to 18 by 31 Dec as directed by the Kuching High Court, said new de facto law minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar. This is regardless whether the government will appeal against the High Court’s … Read more

Malaysia: Attorney-General should not “stray into political minefield”, says DAP chief Lim Kit Siang regarding PM vote of confidence issue

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — The nation’s Attorney-General should not “stray into the political minefield” — instead, he should strictly adhere to his role as the legal adviser of the government, said former Democratic Action Party (DAP) secretary-general Lim Kit Siang. Mr Lim’s statement on Saturday (4 Sep) was made in relation to Tan Sri Idrus … Read more

Lawyers For Liberty: Contempt of court threat a “disproportionate response” to Malaysian news portal’s article on Changi Prison death row inmates’ landmark lawsuit

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — Threatening a Malaysian news portal with contempt of court action over its article on a landmark lawsuit by Changi Prison death row inmates is a “disproportionate and heavy-handed response” by the Singapore government, said human rights NGO Lawyers For Liberty (LFL). The article referenced by LFL is a publication dated 31 … Read more

Malaysia: Election Commission could consider electronic vote casting for future elections in view of COVID-19 pandemic, says tourism minister

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — The country’s Election Commission could consider allowing votes to be cast electronically for future elections in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, says Tourism, Arts and Culture minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah. The Borneo Post reported the minister as saying at the launch of Sarawak Sports Challenge Virtual Run in Kuching on … Read more

Malaysia: Authorities take no further action on political satirist Fahmi Reza’s ‘Dengki Ke’ sedition case

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — Authorities on Tuesday (24 Aug) dropped a sedition case made against political satirist Fahmi Reza for allegedly insulting the nation’s Queen. In a tweet on Tuesday evening, Fahmi wrote: “Good news! Remember when I was arrested under the #SeditionAct and was held in lockup for my satirical work #DengkiKe containing the … Read more

Malaysia: Next #Lawan protest called off following Muhyiddin’s resignation from PM post — but campaign “will not stop”, says organisers

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — The #Lawan protest scheduled to take place on Saturday (21 August) has been called off after Muhyiddin Yassin announced his resignation from the Prime Minister post on Monday. Organisers Sekretariat Solidariti Rakyat (SSR) said in a statement on Thursday that Muhyiddin’s decision to step down “is a victory for the people of … Read more