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  • Ballooning number of road accidents taking toll on Indonesia

    By Feb 14, 2012

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    Indonesia’s ballooning number of road accidents is taking a toll on the country, with the lack of traffic law enforcement being blamed as the main culprit. The Jakarta Globe said 1,547 deaths out of 9,884 road accidents were reported this year, with more than 90% of accidents involving motorbikes, while the remaining were cars and

  • Malaysia: Anwar faces renewed pressure to retract Israel remarks

    By Feb 14, 2012

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    Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. Pic: AP.

    The chapter on Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s controversial remarks on Israel has not yet come to a close, as he faces renewed pressure from various political leaders to retract his statements. Nik Abdul Aziz, the spiritual leader of Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), said Anwar must withdraw his statement or sue the Wall Street Journal

  • Malaysian govt: No court order to stop deportation of Saudi blogger

    By Feb 13, 2012

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    Malaysian govt: No court order to stop deportation of Saudi blogger

    The Malaysian government has denied receiving any court order that prevented Saudi blogger-in-exile from being repatriated to his country, where he might face execution for allegedly insulting Islam on his Twitter account. Malaysia’s Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said if there were a court order, the country’s authorities would abide by it. “But, there wasn’t, so

  • Malaysian Muslims warned not to celebrate Valentine’s Day

    By Feb 10, 2012

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    Malaysian Muslims warned not to celebrate Valentine’s Day

    Every year, just days before Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Malaysia and other parts of the world, Muslim authorities forewarn Malaysian Muslims to refrain from commemorating the ministry of St. Valentine. Malaysian Muslim clerics argue that Valentine’s Day was first and foremost, a Christian celebration and secondly, a day of promiscuity and when immoral activities

  • Malaysian government mulls controversial health scheme

    By Feb 10, 2012

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    Malaysian government mulls controversial health scheme

    Malaysia aims to implement a mandatory health insurance scheme for the nation, which could lead to a deduction off workers’ salaries into a government insurance fund. A representative of the scheme, known as 1Care, yesterday confirmed that it would be made mandatory for all Malaysians, adding more controversy on a scheme that is viewed as

  • Video of KFC staff punching customer goes viral in Malaysia

    By Feb 09, 2012

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    Video of KFC staff punching customer goes viral in Malaysia

    A video capturing staff of fast food chain KFC punching a customer has gone viral in Malaysia, prompting a police report to be lodged on the incident and the victim holding a press conference on the issue. The 28-second video, which was captured using a mobile phone device, showed a group of KFC staff walking

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