Tag Archives: malaysia

Why I Had to Travel Halfway Across the Globe for University

I am Malaysian, but I'm also ethnically Chinese. I grew up in Malaysia and in my final year of secondary school, I recall being told that I was no longer the top student because "the rules had changed." Traditionally, the top spot was awarded to the student with the highest subject average. But that year, my friend who had scored almost 100 points less than me in total marks -- a difference of almost 10 percent between our subject averages -- had claimed the top spot because he had "tested better for Malay/Bahasa." He also happened to be Malay.

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TEACHER IN M’SIA MADE STUDENTS WEAR COW BELLS AND TOLD THEM TO EAT GRASS

Two Year Four pupils from SJKC Khai Meng are claiming that they were made to wear bells around their necks like cows by a teacher for not doing their homework. Their parents claimed that the teacher had also asked them to pull grass from the field and asked the boys to eat it on Thursday. When Tanjung Malim MP Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan spoke to the school’s headmistress to seek clarification over the issue, she admitted that the pupils were asked to wear the bells around the neck but they were not forced to eat grass.

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MALAYSIAN WRITER: SINGAPORE DRIVERS MUST ABIDE TO OUR LAWS

OF late, there has been a series of road accidents involving Singapore-registered vehicles on Malaysian roads. The disregard for our traffic laws by some drivers from the neighbouring country is cause for concern. Just yesterday, I saw a Singapore-registered vehicle speeding in the right lane on the North South Expressway near Sungai Buloh.

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Malaysian New York Times Censor Pictures of Pigs in Newspaper

Printers of the Malaysian edition, KHL Printing Co, had reportedly blacked out the faces of each animal in a frontpage story of Wednesday’s issue. “For the New York Times, if there’s pictures of nudity, smoking, weapons like guns, or pigs, we cover them up. It’s not allowed in a Muslim country,” said G. Omprakash, a representative from the printing company. While he was unsure if there was a government directive against such images, such censorship is apparently a standard practice passed down from “seniors” in the Shah Alam-based company.

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Malaysia: Non-Muslims banned from using word “Allah”

Malaysia’s king gave his backing today (Jan 19) to a court ruling barring non-Muslims from using the word Allah to refer to God, weighing in for the first time on an issue that has fanned religious tensions in the multi-cultural country. Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam, whose role as head of state is largely ceremonial, alluded to the issue which has raised questions over minority rights during his birthday speech to the Southeast Asian nation. A court in October ruled that the word was exclusive to majority Malay Muslims, overturning an earlier decision allowing a Catholic newspaper to use Allah in its Malay-language edition.

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MALAYSIA IMPLEMENTS MININUM WAGES

Beginning 2013, Malaysia joined the league of nations implementing minimum wages. With the wisdom of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, the Government picked enough courage and confidence to implement this policy. The Minimum Wages initiative for Malaysia was announced by the Prime Minister in his Budget Speech on Oct 15, 2010. The policy is meant to ensure employees can meet their basic needs and create the necessary environment for industries to move-up their value chain by increasing the productivity of their employees through the use of technology and other innovations.

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Know a Hoax when you see one

I said, “Conspiracy mongers are dangerous animals. Their naivete feeds the innocent to make them naive as well. I would rather kill the fire than quietly let it breed.” The statement only addresses the messengers, though, and not the source. For that, I told her of a conspiracy theory the Wife told me about once that might explain the fascination with things that go viral in the online world.

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Malaysians in Singapore don’t want to become Singaporeans

The survey polled 100 Malaysians in Singapore. 21 of them said that they love their country, Malaysia. Hence, they have no intention of migrating to Singapore. Others cited the high cost of living in Singapore, the accompanying pressure and difficult housing policies. Last August, for example, HDB changed its housing policy so that new permanent residents have to wait three years before they can buy a resale HDB flat.

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