The Online Citizen

‘Abominable’ won’t be screened in Malaysia over S. China Sea map

Animated film “Abominable” will not be shown in Malaysia after its distributor Sunday said it could not comply with censors’ demands to cut a controversial scene showing Beijing’s disputed claims in the South China Sea. The decision comes after Vietnam pulled the Universal Pictures movie from theatres days ago and the Philippines’ foreign secretary called for the segment to be …

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Indonesia rights commission calls for probe into Papua deaths

by Haeril HALIM Indonesia’s human rights commission called for a probe into scores of deaths in Papua on Friday after some of the deadliest violence in years swept the restive region. Dozens were killed when riots broke out in Wamena city last month, with some victims burned alive when buildings were set ablaze, and others stabbed in the chaos. Since …

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Murderer who triggered Hong Kong protests will go to Taiwan: pastor

A man who inadvertently triggered Hong Kong’s huge protests after he murdered his girlfriend in Taiwan has agreed to return to the island to face justice, a clergyman who has visited him in prison said on Friday. Chan Tong-kai, 20, is wanted in Taiwan for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend during a holiday the two Hong Kongers took there …

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Backlash grows over China sea map in ‘Abominable’ film

Backlash is growing in Southeast Asia over a scene in the animated film “Abominable” that features a map of the South China Sea showing Beijing’s contested claims in the flashpoint waterway. The Philippines’ foreign secretary has called for the controversial segment to be excised, while Vietnam this week pulled the film altogether. China has long laid claim over most of …

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Malaysia held talks with Goldman over 1MDB charges: report

Malaysia held talks with Goldman Sachs about dropping charges against three units of the Wall Street bank that prosecutors brought over the multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal, a report said Thursday. Huge sums were stolen from Malaysian state fund 1MDB in a fraud allegedly involving former leader Najib Razak and his cronies, and spent on everything from high-end real estate to a …

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China irked by Nobel Peace Prize nomination for Hong Kong

China called for foreign governments not to interfere in its affairs Thursday, after a Norwegian politician nominated the “people of Hong Kong” for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. Semi-autonomous Hong Kong has been hit by months of pro-democracy protests, which Beijing has portrayed as riots fuelled by foreign forces. “Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs and no foreign …

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China slams US restrictions on Chinese diplomats as ‘groundless’

China on Thursday slammed as “groundless” a US decision to order Chinese diplomats to notify the State Department before meeting with local officials, in the latest spat to strain bilateral relations. Washington — which called the move “reciprocal” — announced the decision Wednesday in response to the inability of US diplomats to meet with a range of Chinese officials and …

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Malaysia looks to strengthen navy as sea tensions grow

Malaysia must strengthen its navy to better defend the country’s waters, a minister said Thursday, as tensions mount over Beijing’s growing assertiveness in the contested South China Sea. China has laid claim to nearly all of the sea and has built numerous military outposts on small islands and atolls, angering other countries with competing claims to the waters, including Malaysia. …

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Teo Soh Lung: Govt should not be seeing ghosts everywhere

by Teo Soh Lung Minister of Education, Mr Ong Ye Kung’s long sermon in parliament touched on many things. What was most alarming for me was his singling out of young people who had committed no wrong. He was brutal in his comments, clearly forgetting that as a minister of education, he has the responsibility to be fair to all …

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