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Stories about Malaysia

1 August 2015

Malaysia’s #AtTheEdge Campaign Challenges Media Censorship

"At a time when there are more questions than answers available regarding the financial scandal, the Ministry’s action appears to be a self-serving draconian attempt at shutting up inquisitive Malaysians."

13 July 2015

Malaysian Prime Minister’s Corruption Scandal Inspires Movie Memes

The hashtag #1MDBMovies appeared after a Wall Street Journal report alleged that 700 million US dollars was transferred into the bank accounts of Prime Minister Najib Razak.

19 May 2015

Despite Protests, Malaysia Still Plans to Build a Mega Dam That Could Displace 20,000 Indigenous People

"It is built for the benefit of others rather than those who live in Baram and for the long term good of the Baram."

3 May 2015

Workers Celebrate Labor Day by Joining Street Protests Across Southeast Asia

Tens of thousands of workers across the region trooped to the streets to demand higher wages, benefits, and other improvements amid rising living costs.

27 April 2015

Southeast Asian Activists Unite in ‘People’s Walk’ Ahead of Regional Leaders’ Summit

More than 1,000 activists and leaders from various civil society organizations across Southeast Asia declared their position on human rights and growing economic inequality.

18 April 2015

Malaysian Cartoonist Vows to Continue Fighting Government Abuses Despite Sedition Charges

Global Voices Advocacy

"I will not keep quiet. How can I be neutral, even my pen has a stand!"

11 April 2015

Malaysia’s New Law Targets Online Sedition

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"This latest curtailment of freedom of expression further restricts public discourse and will create a void in Malaysian social media and a deafening silence in news forums."

8 March 2015

#KitaLawan: Thousands Join March to Call for the Release of Malaysia's Opposition Leader

GV interviews MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, daughter of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, and captures reactions to a massive protest against his incarceration.

26 February 2015

How Did Palm Oil Become Such a Problem—and What Can We Do About It?

Production of palm oil is devastating for the environment. Solutions are complex, but they exist.

6 February 2015

Malaysian Fan Girls Threatened With Jail Time Over Public Hugs From K-Pop Stars

One Malaysian TV channel posted a YouTube video of a fan meeting with band B1A4 under a title that accused the musicians of having "molested Muslim girls".

9 January 2015

Young Malaysian Volunteers Are Taking a Leading Role in Flood Relief Efforts

After Malaysia was hit by the worst flooding in decades, young volunteers organized relief efforts in several communities. Global Voices spoke with two women who helped a soup kitchen program.

28 December 2014

Air Asia Plane Carrying 162 People from Indonesia to Singapore Reported Missing

Indonesian authorities are focusing on the Bangka Belitung islands off the east coast of South Sumatra to find the missing plane.

27 December 2014

More Than 120,000 Evacuated as Malaysia Hit by Worst Flooding in Decades

Heavy rainfall caused flooding in Malaysia's eastern states. Netizens used social media to monitor impact of the flood disaster and to coordinate relief efforts.

22 December 2014

#IAm26: Open Letter Inspires Malaysians to Speak Out Against Religious Intolerance

Twenty-five retired senior officials, who came to be known as the "prominent 25", urged the Malaysian government in a widely supported open letter to review the country's Islamic laws

10 December 2014

Southeast Asia's Tigers Are in Desperate Need of Saving

Forest loss and poaching have led to the decline in the number of wild tigers. Organizations are fighting to bring them back from the brink.

1 December 2014

Refugees in Malaysia Face Abuse and Stigma, UN Official Says

Speaking to Al Jazeera, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Malaysia representative Richard Towle exposed the poor conditions of refugees and asylum seekers, but some politicians disagreed with the portrayal.

29 October 2014

Understanding Southeast Asia in 19 Infographics

Global Voices looks at 19 infographics that help explain the promising future ahead for Southeast Asia, as well as the obstacles to greater regional prosperity.

16 September 2014

Criticizing the Government Could Get You Arrested in Malaysia. Is it Time to Repeal the Sedition Act?

The law was passed in 1948 and it has been used ever since to harass the opposition

15 August 2014

How the ‘Boycott McDonald’s’ Campaign for Gaza is Hurting Some Muslims in Malaysia

The campaign was organized to pressure companies accused of supporting Israel. But McDonald's in Malaysia says it is hurting their workers and their families.

13 August 2014

Malaysian Government Threatens to Block Facebook Over “Abuse” Reports

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Other legislators want to create a government registry of Facebook accounts or amend the country's Sedition Act to address online hate speech -- moves that would still threaten free speech.

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