HONG KONG (WASHINGTON POST) - In Hong Kong, the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, protesters stormed the legislative building on Monday (July 1), selectively defacing any signs of Beijing's sovereignty after weeks of massive demonstrations against a controversial extradition Bill. In mainland China, meanwhile, dissent is silenced, news heavily censored and criticism of the government punished. The staggering difference represents a growing problem for Beijing: how long can and should Hong Kong be allowed to remain so defiant before it becomes ungovernable by Beijing's strict standards? Monday's protest, planned for the anniversary of Hong Kong's July 1, 1997, handover from British colonial rule to Hong Kong, was dripping with symbolism. Demonstrators removed the Chinese flag from a flagpole, and replaced it with a black one featuring a withered, black Bauhinia, the flower on Hong Kong's emblem. Inside the legislative building, protesters spray-painted over any references to the … [Read more...] about For China, a growing conundrum: What to do with Hong Kong?
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GEORGE TOWN: Umno has no problem accepting the leadership of Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi even though he is involved in a number of court cases involving alleged corruption, criminal breach of trust, bribery and money laundering. Party secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the party’s constitution, had no provision for “garden leave,“ nor an acting president. Hence, Ahmad Zahid just decided to take leave to appease at that moment (last year) after some requests for him to step back in view of the political climate, he said. “I think Umno is fine with Ahmad Zahid returning. I also think that he had discussed it with his deputy (Datuk Seri) Mohamed Hasan, who had performed the role of president while Ahmad Zahid took a break.” Therefore, the party should welcome Ahmad Zahid with open arms, Annuar told theSun here, when asked to comment on Ahmad Zahid’s announcement earlier that he will resume his post as president of Umno. He added that … [Read more...] about No problem with Zahid’s return: Umno sec-gen
Do what you can with what you have and leave the results to God. (The Philippine Star) - June 12, 2019 - 12:00am Do what you can with what you have and leave the results to God. … [Read more...] about Do what you can with what you have and leave the results to God.
JOHOR BARU: Newly-appointed Johor Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chairman Mazlan Bujang has stressed that he has no problems with Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal and is prepared to cooperate with him. “Formally, not yet (met) but we have spoken with each other two or three times; I met him at a buka puasa function recently, so no problems between us. “We have adopted the stand that he manages government affairs and I look after party affairs, that is our understanding,“ said Mazlan, who is also Puteri Wangsa state assemblyman. He was speaking to reporters after the presentation of Aidilfitri aid from the Johor Baru City Foundation in Taman Daya, here today. Mazlan said that in their recent meetings they did not discuss anything serious because party matters differed from government affairs. Mazlan said this when asked to comment on Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s statement that he wanted Mazlan to discuss with Dr Sahruddin to … [Read more...] about I have no problems with Johor MB: Johor Bersatu chief Mazlan
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?