Malaysia en Malaysia's anti-gay camp should be abolished, says minister <p> Teachers in the east Malaysian state of Terengganu identified boys between the ages of 13 and 17 who displayed effeminate mannerisms and sent them to a four-day camp for counseling on how to act masculine.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gay rights Malaysia Asia-Pacific Tue, 19 Apr 2011 14:56:00 +0000 News Desk 5638740 at Vietnam flexes muscle in the South China Sea <p> HANOI &mdash; Experts say out-and-out war isn&#39;t in Vietnam or China&#39;s interest, but more clashes between the two are almost certainly on the horizon.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brunei Malaysia South China Sea Taiwan Conflict Zones Diplomacy Military Energy China Philippines Vietnam Tue, 14 Jun 2011 20:39:00 +0000 Helen Clark 5651153 at Malaysian government's Facebook faux pas <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Tourism Ministry spent $600,000 on its Facebook presence, which critics say was a total waste. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Some 6-year-olds can do it without any help or even allowance money, but the Malaysian government apparently needed $600,000 to figure out Facebook.</p> <p> Or so critics say.</p> <p> <a href="">Malaysians are up in arms</a> over the fact that the Tourism Ministry spent nearly <a href="">$600,000 on six Facebook</a> pages.</p> <p> The pages, one of which is <a href="">Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia</a>, are used to promote tourism, and the ministry has said the money went toward everything from coding and flash programming to campaign management, according to the Malaysian Insider.</p> <p> Still, many netizens feel that it was a misappropriation of funds in a country that still rife with corruption despite its aim to become an <a href=";sec=nation">economic powerhouse by the year 2020</a>.</p> <p> In the words of one blogger,<a href=""> Fared Isa:</a> &quot;To think that the Tourism Ministry threw away RM1.8 million of taxpayers&#39; money on something that is free, makes me want to throw up.&quot;</p> <p> To prove how absurd the expenditure was, critics set up the satirical page, <a href="">Curi-Curi Wang Malaysi</a> &mdash; practically overnight ... for free. The page attracted 120,000 followers, at least three times the number the main Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia page, according to one <a href="">blogger</a>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Facebook Internet Malaysia Entertainment Asia-Pacific Technology The Rice Bowl Tue, 21 Jun 2011 18:40:20 +0000 Emily Lodish 5652671 at Malaysia: 10,000 protest for reforms despite government lockdown <p> The government declared the rally illegal and imposed a lockdown on the city. Police sealed off main roads leading into the city Friday night and checked each vehicle for protesters. Police also closed train stations and deployed trucks with water cannons in downtown Kuala Lumpur.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malaysia Elections Asia-Pacific Sat, 09 Jul 2011 07:08:53 +0000 News Desk 5669965 at Shirley, an orangutan in Malaysia, is forced to quit smoking A Malaysian wildlife official told the Associated Press Shirley, who is more than 20 years old and a redhead, was often seen with cigarettes given to her by zoo visitors.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malaysia Asia-Pacific Culture & Lifestyle Weird Wide Web Mon, 12 Sep 2011 15:37:00 +0000 News Desk 5675112 at Asia’s skyscraper supremacy <p> BANGKOK &mdash;&nbsp;For all the hype surrounding the Freedom Tower, it won&#39;t even crack the world&#39;s top 10 tallest buildings. Sorry, America. Asia&#39;s winning this one.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malaysia Singapore Taiwan Travel/Tourism Emerging Markets Middle East United States Thailand Thu, 13 Oct 2011 03:29:00 +0000 Patrick Winn 5676957 at Elite Asian students cheat like mad on US college applications <p> BANGKOK &mdash; Rapid economic growth across China and other parts of Asia has sparked an explosion in foreign students hoping to secure their ascent with a Western diploma.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malaysia Emerging Markets China Education South Korea United States Thailand Vietnam Wed, 04 Jan 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Patrick Winn 5685805 at Southeast Asia: migrant maids as modern day slaves PHNOM PENH — The complaints about mistreatment of Cambodian maids by their Malaysian employers has surged, as young women's jobs turn into harrowing ordeals.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cambodia Malaysia Travel/Tourism Asia-Pacific Emerging Markets Global Economy Indonesia Health Fri, 03 Feb 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Paul Vrieze 5687194 at Saudi blogger Hamza Kashgari may face execution for "blasphemous" tweets about the Prophet Muhammad <p> BEIRUT &mdash; A Saudi blogger was extradited from Malaysia to Saudi Arabia to face charges of blasphemy, which is punishable by death, for tweets he wrote that Riyadh says insulted the Prophet Muhammad.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malaysia Asia-Pacific Middle East Saudi Arabia Mon, 13 Feb 2012 14:29:00 +0000 Tim Fitzsimons 5691476 at Unhappy Valentine's Day for Malaysian couples, arrested for 'close proximity' <p> You might think you hate Valentine&#39;s Day, but in Malaysia, some people really, <em>really</em> hate it.&nbsp;</p> <p> The evidence: several Malaysian couples were arrested today for trying to get a little, y&#39;know, <em>closer</em>.&nbsp;<a href=";sec=nation">Local news site The Star Online reported</a> that, starting from 12:30 AM Valentine&#39;s morning, police swooped on &quot;budget hotels&quot; in central Selangor state and carried off several young men and women in police vans.</p> <p> Their crime? Alleged <em>khalwat</em>, or &quot;close proximity,&quot; which for unmarried Muslims is a crime punishable with two years in jail and/or a 3,000 Ringgit ($984) fine.</p> <p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Islam Malaysia Asia-Pacific Weird Wide Web Tue, 14 Feb 2012 18:33:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5691676 at Malaysia’s Arab Spring? In the Arab Spring’s wake, pundits and politicians have toyed with predicting where a Tahrir Square-style street upheaval might catch on next. Candidates, however implausible, have included Russia, China, North Korea and, of course, Wall Street. Add Malaysia to the list, with a massive rally this weekend. The parallels with Egypt are compelling. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malaysia Asia-Pacific Emerging Markets Politics Political Risk Fri, 27 Apr 2012 15:01:00 +0000 Patrick Winn 5702136 at Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to be charged over rally The move comes just four months after the one-time deputy prime minister was acquitted of a second round of sodomy charges after spending six years in jail.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malaysia Asia-Pacific Politics Mon, 21 May 2012 14:48:00 +0000 Luke Browne 5704983 at Vietnam says China's South China Sea oil bid "illegal" Vietnam’s foreign ministry said in a statement Wednesday that the blocks on offer lay “deep inside Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone,” while its state-owned oil firm, PetroVietnam, called on foreign companies to boycott the invitation to tender.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brunei Malaysia Asia-Pacific China Philippines Vietnam Wed, 27 Jun 2012 19:44:50 +0000 Luke Browne 5709703 at Kuala Lumpur: 10,000 protest rare earth plant over health concerns Nearly 10,000 people took to the streets in Kuala Lumpur Sunday to protest the opening of Australia-based mining company Lynas' new rare earth plant.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malaysia Asia-Pacific Energy Science Health Sun, 25 Nov 2012 20:34:18 +0000 Talia Ralph 5727103 at Malaysia's eastern coast floods, forcing thousands to flee their homes Northeastern Malaysia is being pummeled by torrential rains this week, forcing thousands of locals to flee towards government relief centers to escape the deluge—and more rains are anticipated over the next few days. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malaysia Asia-Pacific Wed, 26 Dec 2012 19:08:00 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5730308 at