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Jul 9, 2011

Malaysia police lock down capital ahead of anti-govt protest

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian police sealed off parts of the capital on Saturday in a bid to thwart a protest aimed at igniting an uprising against Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government similar to the revolutions in the Middle East.

Police set up roadblocks in the city center and trucks mounted with water cannons were deployed to prevent the demonstration, which was planned by the opposition and an electoral reform group seeking greater transparency.

Jul 5, 2011

Malaysian opposition backs off from street rally threat

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A Malaysian electoral reform group backed down on Tuesday from a threat to hold a big anti-government street rally this weekend, but analysts said Prime Minister Najib Razak faces increasing pressure to improve transparency of the voting process.

The group, which is backed by former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim’s three-party opposition coalition, had promised to bring tens of thousands onto the streets on Saturday in what could have been Malaysia’s biggest protest since 1998 when Anwar’s sacking triggered violent demonstrations.

Jun 30, 2011

Q+A-Lynas to get Malaysian licence if recommendations met

KUALA LUMPUR, June 30 (Reuters) – Malaysia has ordered
Australian miner Lynas to comply with an independent
panel’s recommendations in order to receive a pre-operating
licence for a rare earths facility.

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The $230 million Malaysian plant is part of a plan by Lynas
to process rare earths from its mine in Australia and bridge
gaps in global supply after top producer China slashed its
export quotas last year.

Jun 30, 2011

Q+A-Lynas to get Malaysian licence if recommendations met

KUALA LUMPUR, June 30 (Reuters) – Malaysia has ordered
Australian miner Lynas to comply with an independent
panel’s recommendations in order to receive a pre-operating
licence for a rare earths facility.

For a related story:

The $230 million Malaysian plant is part of a plan by Lynas
to process rare earths from its mine in Australia and bridge
gaps in global supply after top producer China slashed its
export quotas last year.

Jun 24, 2011

Preaching good sex, Obedient Wives Club spreads word across Asia

JAKARTA/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Indonesian Gina Puspita traded a career in aircraft engineering for a mission to preach Islam and help young women build happy marriages through good sex.

The French-educated mother of three hosts religious programs through the Obedient Wives Club which is based on the belief that a fulfilling sex life is the cure for “Western-style” social problems such as divorce and abuse.

Jun 22, 2011

Analysis – Foreign worker exodus to spark Malaysian labour crunch

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Indonesian plumber Yadi has been plying his trade in Malaysia since 2003, part of a two million-strong migrant labour force that forms the backbone of Kuala Lumpur’s plantations and construction industries.

But now, the 30-year old wants to go home as wages rise and job opportunities open up in Jakarta, a growing trend among Indonesian workers that analysts say could produce a labour crunch and slower economic growth for Malaysia.

Jun 19, 2011
via FaithWorld

Islamic reality TV show in Malaysia seeks best women preachers

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("Solehah" hopeful Nur Shamseeda preaches during an audition for the new Islamic reality television show "Solehah" in Kuala Lumpur June 18, 2011/Bazuki Muhammad)

A forthcoming Islamic reality television show in Malaysia aims to find the best women preachers and change conservative mindsets on the role of women in Muslim societies. The 13-episode prime time program titled “Solehah,” an Arabic word meaning “pious female,” is a talent contest that will feature charismatic young Muslim women judged by clerics on their religious knowledge as well as their oratory skills and personality.

Jun 5, 2011
via FaithWorld

Malaysia’s Obedient Wives Club angers women’s rights groups

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(Ishak Md Nor, 40, (2nd L) and his two wives, Aishah Abdul Ghafar, 40, (C) and Afiratul Abidah Mohd Hanan 25 -- both members of the Obedient Wifes Club -- laugh with their children after the club's launch in Kuala Lumpur June 4, 2011/Samsul Said)

A Malaysian group urging wives to avoid marital problems by fulfilling their husbands’ sexual desires like prostitutes has angered politicians and women’s rights groups, the New Straits Times reported on Sunday. The Obedient Wives Club, which was set up by a group of Muslim women, said domestic violence, infidelity and prostitution stemmed from a lack of belief in God and a failure of women to satisfy their husbands.

Jun 4, 2011

Islamic reformists win Malaysian party poll, change seen

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Reformists were elected to main posts in Malaysia’s main Islamic party on Saturday pledging to widen the party’s appeal beyond a traditional ethnic Malay base to boost the opposition’s chances of making inroads in the next general election.

The Pan Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) broke with a decades-old tradition to vote in non-clerics to a slew of top posts, which could soften the party’s image as a stern moralist bent on establishing an Islamic state.

May 26, 2011

Q+A-What is Malaysia doing about subsidies on fuel?

KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister
Najib Razak could face questions over his commitment to economic
reform after his government dodged a cut in fuel subsidies,
threatening to put finances in peril and test the patience of
investors seeking change.

The decision on Wednesday to avoid a subsidy cut is likely
to be regarded as the latest in a series of U-turns by Najib’s
two-year old government which has tried to woo investment by
pledging to overhaul the economy while trying to keep voters
happy.