Tag: Malaysia

On Syria’s Ruins, a Drug Empire Flourishes

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Built on the ashes of 10 years of war in Syria, an illegal drug industry run by powerful associates and relatives of President Bashar al-Assad has grown into a multi-billion-dollar operation, eclipsing Syria’s legal exports and turning the country into the world’s newest narcostate. Its flagship product is captagon, an illegal, addictive […]

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Rights Groups Urge Singapore Not to Execute Man With Mental Disability

Human rights groups are urging Singapore to halt an execution next week of a Malaysian man convicted of smuggling heroin into the city-state, arguing that he should be exempt under international law because he has an intellectual disability. Nagaenthran Dharmalingam, 33, was caught in 2009 with about 1.5 ounces of heroin strapped to his thigh […]

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Transgender Woman Flees Malaysia After Wearing Hijab

In February 2018, on her birthday, Nur Sajat put on a demure hijab and attended a Muslim prayer session at a new building she was inaugurating near the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. Three years after that sartorial choice, the Malaysian authorities have charged her with “insulting Islam” and wearing female attire. On Monday, Ms. Nur […]

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Endangered Sea Turtles Found Slaughtered Next to Abandoned Stove and Knife

The grisly discovery. Photo: Courtesy of SABAH WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT Wildlife officials in Sabah, Malaysia made a grisly discovery on patrol last Friday when they found the carcasses of 11 endangered sea turtles, turned over and split open with their insides hanging out.  The animals were believed to have been slaughtered for their meat, Sabah Wildlife […]

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This Country May Ban Trans People From Entering Mosques

Muslim women in Malaysia practice social distancing at a mosque during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Photo: Mohd RASFAN / AFP Malaysian officials are considering banning transgender people from entering many mosques and other religious compounds, as the situation for the country’s LGBTQ community worsens. The idea, which was floated in an interview with an […]

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