Malaysia

Lawyers For Liberty lambast K Shanmugam’s allegedly “arrogant and unbecoming” remark on Malaysia’s de facto Law Minister

Malaysian lawyer and founder of human rights and law reform organisation Lawyers For Liberty (LFL) N Surendran has lambasted Singapore’s Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam’s alleged “attack” on Malaysia’s de facto Law Minister Liew Vui Keong, branding the Minister’s remarks “arrogant & unbecoming” of a senior minister. Mr Shanmugam told The Straits Times that Datuk Liew had reached …

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12 Malaysian universities to award over RM11.4mil in scholarships to Palestinian undergraduates and postgraduates residing in Malaysia

Palestinian students pursuing their undergraduate, postgraduate and post-doctoral degrees in 12 Malaysian universities stand to receive almost RM11.5mil in scholarships via the Palestinian Cultural Organisation Malaysia (PCOM), said Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Among the 12 universities are Multimedia University, UCSI University, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Sunway University, Universiti Kuala Lumpur and Universiti Utara Malaysia. Speaking at the 9th …

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Singapore and Malaysia to suspend RTS link project until end of September as Malaysia revises project scope and costs

Singapore and Malaysia have agreed to suspend the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) link project until the end of Sep this year upon Malaysia’s request to revise the specifics of the infrastructure project, particularly in relation to costs. TODAY reported Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan as saying at a joint press conference on Tue (21 May) that the …

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Malaysia arrests suspected militants over IS plots

Three militants inspired by the Islamic State group have been arrested in Malaysia, accused of planning attacks on non-Muslim places of worship in the country and neighbouring Indonesia, police said Thursday. The suspects are thought to have links to a wider IS-inspired cell, some of whose members were detained last week in Malaysia. Malaysia and Indonesia, both Muslim-majority countries, are …

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Malaysian teen took own life after Instagram poll

by Patrick Lee A Malaysian teenager who posted an Instagram poll asking if she should live or die took her own life after a majority of respondents voted for the latter, sparking calls for an investigation. The unidentified 16-year-old from Kuching in eastern Sarawak state died after posting the poll Monday on the Facebook-owned picture-sharing platform. Police have classified the …

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History made as women to referee men’s AFC Cup clash

The Asian Football Confederation announced Tuesday that for the first time an all-female referee team will take charge of a men’s continental club cup clash. Japanese referee Yoshimi Yamashita and assistants Makoto Bozono and Naomi Teshirogi will officiate the AFC Cup match between Myanmar’s Yangon United and Cambodia’s Naga World at the Thuwunna Stadium on Wednesday. “This will be the …

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Sedition Act to be repealed or replaced before the end of the year, says Malaysia’s Law Minister; Lawyer argues replacement not necessary

Malaysia’s Sedition Act will be repealed, replaced with a new law, or its provisions placed under the penal code sometime this year, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong. Datuk Liew, who is also the de facto Law Minister, said that the repeal of the colonial-era law will allow for more freedom of expression in the country, …

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Malaysia foils IS-linked plot, seizes explosives

Malaysian police said Monday they have arrested four militants linked to the Islamic State (IS) group who were in possession of explosives and planned to attack non-Muslim places of worship. The suspects — a Malaysian who led the group, two Rohingya from Myanmar and one Indonesian — were detained last week in raids around Kuala Lumpur and in eastern Terengganu …

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