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Malaysia: Statelessness and child rights in Sabah

By Tue, Dec 09, 2014 3:35PM UTC Comments Off Image via New Mandala.

The Malaysian state of Sabah is currently embroiled in a bad-tempered political debate about whether or not the many thousands of stateless children living in the state should be granted birth certificates. For supporters, this measure will enable such children to finally access the education from which they are currently excluded. ...

Aer Lingus boss Mueller to head Malaysia Airlines

By Sat, Dec 06, 2014 12:22PM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government says it has picked Christoph Mueller, the chief executive of Ireland's Aer Lingus, as the new head of its beleaguered flag carrier, Malaysia Airlines....

Japan telco Softbank invests $250m in GrabTaxi

By Thu, Dec 04, 2014 12:55PM UTC Comments Off A cyclist  weaves through heavy traffic during the morning rush hour in Bangkok, Thailand. Pic: AP.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Japanese telecommunications and Internet company Softbank Corp. has invested $250 million in one of Southeast Asia's top taxi app services, GrabTaxi Holdings Pte. Ltd....

Singapore’s ‘Battle for Merger’ revisited

By Wed, Dec 03, 2014 12:19PM UTC Comments Off Image via New Mandala.

2015 is the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s separation after almost two years of being part of the Federation of Malaysia (16 September 1963 – 9 August 1965). The event is marked as the day when the island gained independence. The British colonial rulers formally relinquished its residual power over Singapore’s defence, foreign affairs and internal security to the newly formed Federation of Malaysia when merger came into effect. Reunification was the aspiration of its people as the island was severed in 1946 by the British after being part of the Straits Settlements for 120 years, save for the Japanese Occupation...

Malaysia leader Najib Razak reverses pledge to scrap sedition law

By Thu, Nov 27, 2014 5:50PM UTC Comments Off Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Pic: AP.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says a colonial-era law curbing free speech will be retained and strengthened, backpedaling on a pledge two years ago to abolish the law as part of political reforms....

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