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New US Ambassador to Malaysia aims to build stronger bilateral relations

Malaysian National News Agency 28 Feb 2021
27 -- The United States (US) Ambassador-designate to Malaysia Brian McFeeters is aiming to work in building a stronger relation between the US and Malaysia ... “Our overall goal is stronger relations with the Malaysian people and government ... talented and dedicated Malaysians.

Malaysia’s Highest Court Strikes Down State Gay Sex Ban

Human Rights Watch 26 Feb 2021
Another law punishes any sexual act involving “introduction of any object or any part of the body, except the penis into the vagina or anus of the other person.” The federal laws, however, are rarely enforced, and federal police tend not to share state religious officials’ zeal for invading the privacy of Malaysian bedrooms.

'This is historic': Malaysian man wins appeal against Islamic gay sex charge

The Observer 26 Feb 2021
A Malaysian man has won a landmark court challenge against an Islamic ban on sex “against the order of nature”, raising hopes for greater acceptance of gay rights in the mostly Muslim country ... The country, which has 13 states, has a dual-track legal system, with Islamic criminal and family laws applicable to Muslims running alongside civil laws.

Malaysian man wins landmark challenge against Muslim gay sex ban

Post Bulletin 26 Feb 2021
KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Malaysian man on Thursday won a landmark court challenge against an Islamic ban on sex "against the order of nature", raising hopes for greater acceptance of gay rights in the mostly Muslim country ... Numan hoped Selangor would immediately repeal the Islamic ban, with other states following suit.

Forest patches amid agriculture are key to orangutan survival: Study

Mongabay 26 Feb 2021
Over the past two decades, orangutan researcher Marc Ancrenaz watched as a tidal wave of oil palm has engulfed his once-forested research sites in northern Borneo ... Ancrenaz, a biologist and director of the conservation organization HUTAN, works along the Kinabatangan River in northeastern Sabah, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo.

Could Warisan join BN-Umno for GE15?

Malaysia Today 26 Feb 2021
(FMT) – Warisan, which ruled Sabah as an opposition state after the last general election, may swing to other parties and coalitions instead of working with Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Pejuang in the coming general election (GE15), say analysts ... relevant to Malaysian politics.

Amid controversy, Education Ministry says Form 4 history textbook vetted by multiracial panel in April ...

Malaysia Today 26 Feb 2021
“To mewasitkan (determine) certain facts, MOE obtained verification of historical facts and content from government agencies that were involved, such as the National Archives, National Museum, Malaysian Historical Society, the Election Commission and the state government secretary,” the ministry said ... .

Malaysia defies court, deports over 1,000 Myanmar nationals

Independent online (SA) 25 Feb 2021
On Sunday, a group of 27 Malaysian legislators and senators sent a joint letter to Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, asking him to postpone the deportation. Refugee groups have stated that among those being deported are refugees from minority groups Chin, Kachin and non-Rohingya Muslim communities fleeing war and oppression at home.

Malaysian man wins court battle against homophobic Islamic law

La Prensa Latina 25 Feb 2021
The Malaysian LGTBQ+ network welcomed the ruling of the country’s highest court in the case of the man, prosecuted under Islamic laws in the state of Selangor ... Some states have Islamic laws running alongside civil laws ... Several Malaysian states continue to have laws that penalize same-sex relationships.

Malaysia deports over 1,000 Myanmar nationals, defying court order

The Philadelphia Inquirer 25 Feb 2021
The migrants, whom activists say include vulnerable asylum seekers, departed on three Myanmar navy ships from a Malaysian military base ...

As Malaysian politicians bicker, royals gain authority

Malaysia Today 25 Feb 2021
( – In a landmark election in 2018, Malaysians voted for change ... Dismayed at the increasing venality of the ruling Malaysian National Organization (UMNO), in power since the founding of the country, they opted instead for Pakatan Harapan (“Alliance of Hope”) ... Nine of Malaysia’s 13 states have monarchs ... Not all Malaysians are happy.

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