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The Simmering Disquiet in Gua Musang

Orang Asli up in arms over rampant logging in Gua Musang.

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Cross-class marriage urged to tackle Indonesia poverty

Cross-class marriage urged to tackle Indonesia poverty

JAKARTA: A senior Indonesian minister has suggested that poor people should marry someone of higher social status to reduce poverty.Muhadjir Effendy, the coordinating minister for human development and cultural affairs, told a meeting on the national health program in...

Virus brings two foes together, Japan and China

Virus brings two foes together, Japan and China

Beijing (AFP) - As China faces increasing isolation, with some countries closing off borders over coronavirus fears, an unlikely friend has emerged -- historical arch-foe Japan.After decades of war and animosity, donations and Japanese ballet dancers shouting their...

‘Tiger widows’ shunned as bad luck in rural Bangladesh

‘Tiger widows’ shunned as bad luck in rural Bangladesh

Shyamnagar (Bangladesh) (AFP) - Abandoned by her sons, shunned by her neighbours and branded a witch.  Mosammat Rashida's crime? Her husband was killed by a Bengal tiger. Women like her are ostracised in many rural villages in Bangladesh, where they are viewed as the...

Ancient “ghost” DNA identified in living humans

Ancient “ghost” DNA identified in living humans

Ancient human fossilsare often found in Africa, but ancient human DNA is scarce.Intense heat and humidity destroy DNA, so ancient fossil DNA is rarely found on the continenthumans came from. But in a new study, researchers reveal that the genomes of living West...

A land being strangled by uniformity

A land being strangled by uniformity

A few days ago, a twitter user posted a photo of a pile of socks in the grounds of a school. The socks had allegedly failed to meet a school regulation requiring they be all-white.Most had black or grey soles. Some were also low-cut and thus considered...

Family or job? Tough decisions for Hong Kong border commuters

Family or job? Tough decisions for Hong Kong border commuters

Hong Kong (AFP) - Waiting at a bus stop on Hong Kong's border with mainland China, Billy Yiu was preparing to say goodbye to his wife and baby, unsure when he might see them again.The 40-year-old Hong Konger works in the semi-autonomous financial hub and commutes...

The Harsh Reality of Getting a Divorce as a Mom in Japan

The Harsh Reality of Getting a Divorce as a Mom in Japan

Even before my son was born, I knew raising him in Japan was going to be the hardest thing I would ever do. His father, who is Japanese, was never in the picture. He always had an excuse why he couldn’t be bothered to give our son a bath, change his diaper, or even...

Giving A Voice To Those In Need

Giving A Voice To Those In Need

Written by Ayesha Maria Faiz Children from low-income families; disabled people; poor single mothers who have families to care for - when thinking of helping these groups of people, most tend to have a knee jerk reaction of giving or donating food to these...

What will happen when you abstain from voting?

What will happen when you abstain from voting?

In the 13th general election in May 2013, there were 11.2 million out of 13.2 million registered voters who cast their vote, which represented an 85% turnout. The turnout was unprecedented in all Malaysia’s past general elections and the opposition’s result in the...

#NoDiscrimination T-shirts

#NoDiscrimination T-shirts

All-month-long, together with our friends at 3ciety.com we are running a Zero Discrimination campaign.