UN expert urges Malaysia to end child marriages

A UN human rights expert has urged Malaysian authorities to redouble their efforts to end child marriages, and to establish a robust non-discriminatory child protection system. The UN Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, called on the Government to enter into a dialogue with religious communities and judges who continue to grant exceptions …

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Rosmah Mansor, wife of former Prime Minister Najib Razak, arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission

Wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Rosmah Mansor, infamous for her extravagant spending and penchant for Hermès Birkin handbags during her husband’s tenure, has been arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at its headquarters today. According to Rosmah’s lawyers, the arrest took place at 3.20 p.m. while she was giving her statement during her third appointment with MACC officials. …

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Deferment of KL-Singapore HSR project a “fair arrangement”: Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan

Despite having the option to decline Malaysia’s request for a postponement of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project, Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan reasoned that opting for an alternative “that protects Singapore’s interests while reasonably accommodating Malaysia’s request” would be a better and “fair arrangement.” Speaking in Parliament on Monday (1 Oct) in response to questions from …

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Malaysian Cabinet has agreed to lower the voting age from 21 to 18

The Malaysian Cabinet has agreed to lower the voting age from 21 to 18. Youth & Sports Minister Syed Saddiq said at a post-Cabinet press conference last week that several amendments will have to be made to the Malaysian Federal Constitution for the move to take effect. This will require Pakatan Harapan to reach across the aisle to the opposition …

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Vehicle Entry Permit for foreign vehicles may be implemented by end of 2018: Malaysia’s Road Transport Department

Beginning the end of this year, Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ), or The Road Transport Department of Malaysia (RTD), will oversee the implementation of the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) against all foreign vehicles entering Malaysia through the Johor Bahru-Woodlands Causeway and the Tuas Second-Link Expressway. RTD director-general Datuk Seri Saharuddin Khalid revealed to Bernama that the permit system is currently undergoing …

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Anwar Ibrahim: Singaporeans should decide whether the country should move on to a more vibrant, democratic reform

De facto president of Malaysia’s Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR – People’s Justice Party) and Prime Minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim revealed that watching Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s inauguration as Prime Minister on television in May made him think that he should have been sworn in instead of his former political rival. Speaking in response to a Raffles Institution student’s query as to what he …

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