What is a nation? If it’s just a random grouping of people—what brings and then keeps them together? Is it a shared history, religion, geography, culture or language? Can the reasons be merely economic: “Hey, we’re all making money, so why not “hang” together?” Well, for much of Asia, August (and I’m not too sure why) is the month for flag-waving, patriotic songs and emotive nationalist videos. And please, we don’t need to listen to Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and the Malaysian Cabinet singing (poorly). All we want is for them to focus on the economy. Countries as varied as Singapore, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia and even Vietnam (theirs is actually on September 2, but it’s close enough) celebrate their National Days in August. The celebrations sometimes court controversy: Malaysians remain undecided on their nation’s “birthday.” Is it Merdeka Day on August 31 or Malaysia Day on September 16? … [Read more...] about OPINION: What holds Asian nations together?
Rohingya fake news
KUANTAN: Police have solved 13 robbery cases against the Rohingya community here, with the arrest of six young men who are believed to have been involved in the crimes since March. Kuantan police chief ACP Mohamad Noor Yusof Ali said the suspects, aged between 18 and 19-years-old, were arrested in an operation dubbed Op Samun Pintas around Bukit Setongkol, Indera Mahkota, and Cenderawasih here on July 26. “The suspects are believed to have been active in the crime around 4am to 6am by targeting victims working at the Malaysian Fish Development Authority (LKIM) complex and a wholesale market in Kemunting here. “They are believed to have chosen victims riding a motorcycle or walking alone or in twos, whom would be threatened to hand over their cash and mobile phones,“ he told a news conference at the Kuantan District Police Headquarters, here today. Mohamad Noor said the police also seized a Perodua Myvi and three motorcycles believed to be used by the suspects when … [Read more...] about Six youths arrested for robbing foreigners
YANGON: The case of two Reuters journalists - freed in Myanmar on Tuesday (May 7) - played a key part in shredding Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's reputation as a rights champion after she failed to come to their defence or speak up for the persecuted Rohingya minority.Suu Kyi was once a staunch advocate for the press and a darling of the foreign media, but her silence over the persecuted Rohingya minority has drawn widespread condemnation.During her long years of house arrest under the former military government - which choked the media inside Myanmar - it was foreign correspondents who beamed her message of peaceful defiance to the outside world.Glowing profiles burnished her image, with comparisons made to the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King.Suu Kyi remains adored inside Myanmar. Supporters of her democracy battle say she has limited control over the military, which embarked on reforms in 2010 after almost 50 years in power.Yet former … [Read more...] about Freed Myanmar journalists a symbol of Suu Kyi’s tarnished image