Globalization (or globalisation) is the term to describe the way countries are becoming more interconnected both economically and culturally. This process is a combination of economic, technological, sociocultural and political forces. Globalization is often used to refer to economic globalization, that is, integration of national economies into the international economy through trade, foreign direct investment, capital flows, migration, and the spread of technology. 

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Anwar is on track to win power in Malaysia?

Anwar is on track to win power in Malaysia?

Ian MacKinnon



Anwar, a former deputy prime minister, has previously said he will secure a majority in parliament by Malaysia’s national day, September 16.

But earlier this week 50 of the government’s 140 MPs flew to Taiwan on a farming study trip set to last more than a week. Anwar said it was a government ruse to ensure they did not cross the floor of the house, a charge denied by the embattled prime minister, Abdullah Badawi.


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Ian MacKinnon’s Q&A: Anwar Ibrahim

Q&A: Anwar Ibrahim

Ian MacKinnon


Anwar Ibrahim, 61, the leader of Malaysia’s resurgent opposition, was due to appear in court today to answer charges of sodomy against a 23-year-old male aide. The case was postponed after the prosecution sought to move it to a higher court. Anwar, who was re-elected as an MP two weeks ago, says the charges are fabricated by the government to derail his political comeback.

Hasn’t this happened to him before?

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Malaysia cabinet ordered to restore access to all blocked websites

Malaysia cabinet ordered to restore access to all blocked websites

The cabinet has decided to restore access to all blocked websites, but  editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin remains unconvinced by the sudden reversal.

Malaysia Today


Ban lifted but RPK claims ‘hidden agenda’
Sep 11, 08 5:05pm

raja petra malaysia today controversyupdated 7.15pm with MCMC comments Cabinet has decided to restore access to all blocked websites, but RPK remains unconvinced by the sudden U-turn.



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Suhakam slams cops over ‘mistaken identity’ case

Rahmah Ghazali | Sep 10, 08 5:14pm

The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) today took the police to task over the way it handled the case of a 22-year-old Malaysian suspected of being an illegal immigrant.

suhakam uthayakumar health pc 230408 sivaSuhakam commissioner N Siva Subramaniam said M Rajeshvari should have been given the time to explain herself.

He also criticised the police on the way it handles cases relating to illegal immigrants, saying that the police should listen to what these people have to say and not just ‘tangkap muat‘ them.

Siva was responding to a report in the Star yesterday which stated that Rajeshvari was held at the Lenggeng immigration depot for nine months for not having proper identification and for failing to recollect her identity card number.

She was arrested during a police raid at a coffee shop in Kuala Lumpur last October. Since she was not fluent in Bahasa Malaysia, the authorities suspected her of being a Sri Lankan.

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When home is a foreign term

R. Nadeswaran and Terence Fernandez

As foreign minister, Datuk Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim has his hands full taking on critics of Malaysia’s judicial and enforcement processes, but as he tells R. NADESWARAN and TERENCE FERNANDEZ, his biggest challenges are right here at home.

IT seems of late your focus has been more of explaining the charges against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to our foreign missions. Is the apparent one-sided view of the foreign press a reflection of the inaction of our missions to correct whatever perception they may have of Malaysia and its treatment of Anwar?
I’ve been here five months. My focus is not merely Anwar. My focus is a good spread. If it so happens that America, Britain or Europe wants to focus more on Anwar, that’s their business, but we have enough facts and we have distributed them to all our missions and we have dispersed materials to America, Britain and Europe in respect of our laws.

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Mizzima:Junta sets new target for overseas job placement

Nem Davies

Wednesday, 10 September 2008 20:23

New Delhi – Burma’s Ministry of Labor has set a new target for overseas employment agencies, looking for each registered agency to place 300 Burmese workers abroad per year, according to placement agencies.

While the Ministry earlier set the target at just 100 positions for each agency, the new instruction, given in April, is causing panic among overseas placement agencies, as the Ministry also warned that failing to reach the new target could result in a delay or the inability to renew their company license.

“If we are short of just a few placements to meet the target, there should not be much problem, but if we are far short of the target our license could be revoked,” commented an official at a Rangoon-based overseas employment agency.

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