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Mar 6, 2014
Mar 6, 2014

Exclusive: Trafficking abuse of Myanmar Rohingya spreads to Malaysia

BUKIT MERTAJAM, Malaysia (Reuters) – Human traffickers have kept hundreds of Rohingya Muslims captive in houses in northern Malaysia, beating them, depriving them of food, and demanding a ransom from their families, according to detailed accounts by the victims.

The accounts given to Reuters suggest that trafficking gangs are shifting their operations into Malaysia as Thai authorities crack down on jungle camps near the border that have become a prison for the Muslim asylum seekers fleeing persecution in Myanmar.

Feb 27, 2014
Feb 26, 2014

Insight: China’s assertiveness hardens Malaysian stance in sea dispute

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – The submerged reef would be easy to miss, under turquoise seas about 80 km (50 miles) off Malaysia’s Borneo island state of Sarawak.

But two Chinese naval exercises in less than a year around the James Shoal have shocked Malaysia and led to a significant shift in its approach to China’s claims to the disputed South China Sea, senior diplomats told Reuters. The reef lies outside Malaysia’s territorial waters but inside its 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone.

Feb 26, 2014

China’s assertiveness hardens Malaysian stance in sea dispute

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 (Reuters) – The submerged reef would be
easy to miss, under turquoise seas about 80 km (50 miles) off
Malaysia’s Borneo island state of Sarawak.

But two Chinese naval exercises in less than a year around
the James Shoal have shocked Malaysia and led to a significant
shift in its approach to China’s claims to the disputed South
China Sea, senior diplomats told Reuters. The reef lies outside
Malaysia’s territorial waters but inside its 200 nautical mile
exclusive economic zone.

Feb 26, 2014

Malaysia, Singapore grapple with prolonged dry spell

SINGAPORE/KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Singapore and
Malaysia are grappling with some of the driest weather they have
ever seen, forcing the tiny city-state to ramp up supplies of
recycled water while its neighbour rations reserves amid
disruptions to farming and fisheries.

Singapore, which experiences tropical downpours on most
days, suffered its longest dry spell on record between Jan 13
and Feb 8 and has had little rain since.

Jan 21, 2014
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Malaysia’s God/Allah problem erupts, tarnishing its moderate image

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(A priest and altar boys walk down the aisle after prayers were conducted during a mass service inside the church of Our Lady of Lourdes at Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur January 12, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said )

The Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic church seems like a model for the multicultural, tolerant Malaysia that its government likes to present to the outside world.

Jan 20, 2014
Jan 19, 2014

Malaysia’s God problem erupts, tarnishing moderate image

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 (Reuters) – The Sunday Mass at Our Lady
of Lourdes Catholic church seems like a model for the
multicultural, tolerant Malaysia that its government likes to
present to the outside world.

An ethnic Chinese priest conducts the service in the Malay
language to a congregation made up of migrants from the
country’s eastern Borneo island states along with a handful of
Vietnamese immigrants.

Dec 6, 2013
via FaithWorld

Malaysia ruling party tightens embrace of Islam to gain support

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(Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak (front R) announces the 2014 budget at the parliament in Kuala Lumpur October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Samsul Said)

Malaysia’s ruling party, stung by an election setback in May, is burnishing its Islamic credentials, aiming to gain ground among majority ethnic Malay voters in a move that could heighten concern over growing religious intolerance in the multi-racial Southeast Asian country.

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      "I cover the politics, economics and people of Southeast Asia from Kuala Lumpur, where I also act as head of editorial for Malaysia and Brunei. I joined Reuters on the Singapore editing desk back in 1997 and have been on the move ever since, from Japan to the Philippines to the U.S.A and then Brazil."
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