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Syabas! Two Malaysian winners at Sony World Photography Awards 2015 !

Syabas! Two Malaysian winners at Sony World Photography Awards 2015 ! | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it
Received this fantastic news a few days ago, but obviously it has been embargoed till 00:01 GMT! Congratulations to both Malaysian photographers, and good luck in competing against the other catego...
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13 mind-blowing Malaysian DeviantArtists (with pictures!)

13 mind-blowing Malaysian DeviantArtists (with pictures!) | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it
Check out these homegrown DeviantArt artists out. It's mind-blowinggggg! Malaysia Boleh!! #anime #art #cool
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Indigenous fruits are going the way of the dodo

Indigenous fruits are going the way of the dodo | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it
MY Singaporean friend recently showed me a picture of a grape-like fruit which he found in Kuala Terengganu when he was there last year. He wanted to know what it was called. He would be going there again this month and would like to buy some to take home. I told him that locals called …
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Cement company blows up limestone hill and renders snail extinct

Cement company blows up limestone hill and renders snail extinct | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it
Malaysian snail among hundreds of species to become extinct as a result of fishing, logging, mining, agriculture and other activities to satisfy our growing appetite for resources
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Congratulations YTL on causing the extinction of an entire species.

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Greed and Resistance in Sarawak's Rainforest

Greed and Resistance in Sarawak's Rainforest | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it
The greed and corruption of a small clique are now turning Sarawak's rainforests into a monoculture of oil palms and hydropower reservoirs. Lukas Straumann documents the local politics, international complicity and desperate resistance in the struggl...
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Review of Money Logging: On the Trail of Asian Timber by Lukas Straumann.  An essential read for Malaysians.

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For 3 old city roads, a multi-layered history

For 3 old city roads, a multi-layered history | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 27 — The roads here are steeped in history, playing a crucial role in the development of the country and its capital.

Despite their significance, their names — much like the development that takes place — continue to
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The road names have recently been changed again to the names of rulers past and present.  The problem is that the names are long, complicated, and not memorable at all.

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North Koreans are needed to do the dangerous jobs, says Malaysia

North Koreans are needed to do the dangerous jobs, says Malaysia | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it
Minister says no locals would dare work underground after death of North Korean in mining accident raises questions about the use of labour
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Did you know Malaysia was employing North Korean workers?  The conditions they are working in sound horrific, and the workers are not even being paid direcetly for their labour. And what kind of deal has the government cut with that evil regime to facilitate this?

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Doing the Impossible: Quitting Islam in Malaysia

Doing the Impossible: Quitting Islam in Malaysia | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it
A Malay woman’s long battle to legally convert to Christianity highlights Malaysia’s religious and ethnic divide.  
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It is a basic human right to be able to choose your religion, but in Malaysia that right is denied to the Malays.

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Jungle the size of Cyberjaya logged

Jungle the size of Cyberjaya logged | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it
EXCLUSIVE: A jungle area the size of Cyberjaya is being logged in the middle of one of Pahang’s most important forests to make way for possible rubber plantations.
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The Women Who Made Malaysia

The Women Who Made Malaysia | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it
Founding Mothers of our nation.
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Happy Malaysia Day.  Let's celebrate the women.

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5 Awesome Day Trips From Kuala Lumpur

5 Awesome Day Trips From Kuala Lumpur | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it
There is certainly no shortage of excellent places to visit around Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Here is a selection of some of the best day trip destinations from KL, where the vi
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This amazing ad lit up Kuala Lumpur with surreal LED parkour

This amazing ad lit up Kuala Lumpur with surreal LED parkour | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it
We've always thought KL would be a kickass location for some high-octane parkour acrobatics, but this video, put together by ad agency CHI&Partners, turns the kinetic art of parkour into a surreal series of static - and beautiful - snapshots all over a serene nighttime Kuala Lumpur.  Done as part of automaker Lexus's Amazing in Motion ad campaign, the #LexusStrobe video project brought together a team of 40 engineers and experts from Thailand, insane logistical preparation, and a troupe of stuntmen each wearing a suit made up of 1,680 LEDs. Seeing it all come together - and set against the familiar backdrop of Petaling Street and Jalan Raja Laut, among others - is really something else:     And in case you're leering at how most of what you just saw is probably just pasted on CGI, CHI&Partners have got you sorted: they've also released a behind-the-scenes video on YouTube detailing how they made it happen IRL:     Pretty amazing, and just plain pretty and amazing.
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Amazing ad shot in KL -  totally deflects attention from the object its advertising, though. (A rather dull-looking car called Lexus).

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Setting Up Shop: Meet Food Truck Vendor Azalina Eusope

Setting Up Shop: Meet Food Truck Vendor Azalina Eusope | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it
Azalina Eusope grew up in poverty on the streets of Malaysia, the child of street food vendors. Now she's a successful business owner, building out her first brick-and-mortar re...
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'Orang Asli girls turn to prostitution out of desperation'

'Orang Asli girls turn to prostitution out of desperation' | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it
CAMERON HIGHLANDS, Feb 9, 2015: Orang Asli girls prostituting to foreign workers were acts done out of desperation, said Cameron Highlands Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) secretary-general B. Suresh Kumar. The problem had been ongoing for many years and the socialist political party had tried to persuade the Orang Asli community to speak up and lodge police …
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Video Feature: Malaysian Muslims Travel to Syria to Fight Assad

Video Feature: Malaysian Muslims Travel to Syria to Fight Assad | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it
A video about one of several dozen Malaysians whose faith has led them to take up arms against President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.
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[PHOTOS] What's Left Of The Villages After Being Submerged In Floodwaters For Days?

[PHOTOS]  What's Left Of The Villages After Being Submerged In Floodwaters For Days? | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it
"Nothing's left," said a girl when she returned home to her ravaged house in Kelatan.
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Malaysia has the world's highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest map

Malaysia has the world's highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest map | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it
Malaysia had the world's highest rate of forest loss between 2000 and 2012, according to a new global forest map developed in partnership with Google. Malaysia's total forest loss during the period amounted to 14.4 percent of its year 2000 forest cover. The loss translates to 47,278 square kilometers (18,244 square miles), an area larger than the country of Denmark.
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Global report singles out Malaysia for trampling rights of non-religious

Global report singles out Malaysia for trampling rights of non-religious | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 — A global report issued this week singled out Malaysia, along with countries facing social unrest and political turmoil in eastern Africa and the Middle East, for trampling on the rights of non-religious sections of
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DAP: Why was oil palm project approved in forest reserve in Sabah?

DAP: Why was oil palm project approved in forest reserve in Sabah? | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 27, 2014: A Sabah lawmaker has questioned how Sabah Forestry director Datuk Sam Mannan approved 82,000ha of forest reserve for an oil palm plantation. DAP’s Jimmy Wong Sze Phin said this was against the standards of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil ( RSPO). The Kota Kinabalu Member of Parliament said Mannan was …
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Lawyer: Malaysia must show world it treats refugees well

Lawyer: Malaysia must show world it treats refugees well | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22, 2014: Despite priding itself as a progressive country, Malaysia’s treatment of asylum seekers is reason for embarrassment. Lawyers for Liberty’s executive director Eric Paulsen said this in response to a 26-minute documentary entitled Malaysia’s Unwanted by Al Jazeera, which portrayed the harsh reality allegedly faced by refugees at the hands of Malaysian authorities. “The predicament and …
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Malaysia one of the most corrupt nations, survey shows

Malaysia one of the most corrupt nations, survey shows | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it
Malaysia has been ranked as one of the most corrupt nations and listed as a country which is most likely to take shortcuts to meet targets when economic…
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Modern-day slavery rife in Malaysia’s electronics industry

Modern-day slavery rife in Malaysia’s electronics industry | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it
Report says a third of migrant workers in industry are trapped in debt bondage and have their passports illegally withheld
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The plight of migrant workers in the electronics industry here is nothing short of slavery.

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Sedition rap has turned Malaysia into a police state, says Ambiga

Sedition rap has turned Malaysia into a police state, says Ambiga | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it
Putrajaya has lost the moral ground and the right to call Malaysia a democratic country, after the sedition probe against lawyer Edmund Bon, said Datuk…
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Che' Ahmad Azhar - Photographer

Che' Ahmad Azhar - Photographer | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it
Photography by Che Ahmad Azhar | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Atmospheric photos of Kuala Lumpur.

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What price, international school education?

What price, international school education? | Malaysian Things | Scoop.it

Education is largely free in Malaysia's public schools but a growing number of middle-class parents  are forking out amounts up to RM100,000 annually to send their children...

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I doubt it is the bells and whistles parents are prepared to pay for as much as a solid basic education. The sad thing is that public (i.e. state schools) here should be this good ... and of course, aren't.  I'm very sad for parents who have to pay these fees.  And I cheer on the parents who decide to take their own route and educate their kids at home.

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