The legal use of an inverted ensign–the national flag flown upside down–as a distress signal

The legal use of an inverted ensign–

the national flag flown upside down–

as a distress signal

Maritime Warning Signals

US Flag used as an example of the “Inverted Ensign”

The use of an inverted ensign

the national flag flown upside downas a distress signal dates back many years, apparently originating in British practice but carried over to the United States at an early date. 

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Malaysia ratifies UN Convention against corruption

Malaysia ratifies UN Convention against corruption?



PUTRAJAYA: Both the Witness Protection Bill and a proposed amendment to the Anti-Corruption Act to make it a crime to bribe foreign officials will be tabled in the next Parliament meeting.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said with the two Bills, this would make Malaysia fully compliant to points under the United Nations Convention against Corruption. ?

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The magical qualities of 8888

The magical qualities of 8888

Burmanized from Malaysian Insider, COMMENTARY by Hsu Dar Ren, “The magical qualities of 916”

Whether there is any change of government after 8888 or 1990 is really not that important. NLD has become a symbol of hope for many Burmese, a hope for change. change for the better. NLD also embodies a realisation that military-based politics is no longer practical in Burma.


More and more people feel that equal treatment of all races should be practised. Grossly unfair and unequal treatment in the economic and academic fields as well as in the civil service has made racial polarisation worse. Sixty years after Independence, the unequal practices have in fact impeded us and we are starting to see the degradation of many areas in our country.

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Trade in women’s misery; trafficking reaches flash point


Written by Shyamal Sarkar

Sunday, 31 August 2008 00:00

It is no coincidence that in a country where the army and other law enforcing agencies abuse women, using them as sex slaves, raping and murdering with impunity, that trafficking in women should be on the rise. While this is true for many parts of Burma, Kachin State on the Sino-Burma border seems to bearing the brunt of this social malaise where women are trafficked mostly to China.

This alarming in trend in trafficking in women from Kachin State to neighbouring China has been highlighted and documented in “Eastward Bound” by the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) based in Thailand.

Increasing numbers of Kachin women are being trafficked as brides to China. The phenomenon is the cumulative fallout of the deteriorating political and economic situation in Burma. Finding little option, in a country where jobs are scarce and women are not only at the receiving end but are prey to bands of Burmese Army soldiers and other members of other law enforcing agencies, women desperate to eke out a living for themselves and their families chose to migrate to China.

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The New York Times:Myanmar’s Junta Eases Restrictions on Opposition Leader Under House Arrest


Published: September 15, 2008

BANGKOK — Myanmar’s military junta will allow the pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to receive letters from her two sons as well as some foreign magazines, slightly easing her stringent house arrest, according to her lawyer.

The lawyer, U Kyi Win, also said over the weekend that the junta had promised to ease restrictions on her two housekeepers, whose movements have been restricted as well, according to wire service reports and exile groups in Thailand.

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Spotlight: Fasting in the heart and mind

Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month, is two weeks in, and two weeks away from its end. Around the world, nearly a billion healthy Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn till dusk, for one month. But where is the virtue in going without food and drink? And what is the great lesson that Muslims are supposed to learn from all this? ANIZA DAMIS finds out

A MOTHER is slaving over the kitchen stove, trying to prepare a delicious meal for her family. A businessman is bent over his desk, studying hard for an examination on marketing strategies to improve his business. An engineer is going over the details of a construction thoroughly, making sure that the building will be strong and safe. A doctor is going over a patient’s symptoms once again, trying to identify the illness to cure the patient.
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How did the Malaysian State Sabah get its name?

How did the Malaysian State Sabah get its name?

NST Online

JASWINDER KAUR: Getting to root of the name Sabah.

FROM “North Borneo” to “Sabah”, just how did the state get its name?


The quest to discover the origins of Sabah’s name took me deep into the Internet and volumes of journals and articles.

My first stop was the search engine Google which took me to websites on names for babies. Sabah, the websites explained, is a girl’s name and means morning in Arabic. In Africa, it refers to the sunrise.

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THE DOCTOR SAYS: Sex and sexuality


Sex and sexuality

Many people think sex and sexuality are synonymous with each other but they have different meanings.

According to a World Health Organisation definition, “sex” refers to the biological characteristics that differentiate humans as females and males. However, these characteristics are not mutually exclusive, as there are some individuals who possess both female and male characteristics.

The term sex, when used commonly, often means “sexual activity” in many communities globally.

“Sexuality” is a central aspect of being human throughout life. It includes sex, gender identities and roles, sexual orientation, eroticism, pleasure, intimacy and reproduction.

Sexuality is experienced and expressed in thoughts, fantasies, desires, beliefs, attitudes, values, behaviours, practices, roles and relationships. Not all aspects of the various facets of sexuality are always experienced or expressed. It is influenced by biological, psychological, social, economic, political, cultural, ethical, legal, historical, religious and spiritual factors.

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Malaysia Day

Malaysia Day



The spirit of moderation and accommodation that animated the birth of our country in 1963 must be continued as we gear for the challenges ahead.

YESTERDAY was the 45th anniversary of Malaysia Day. On Sept 16, 1963 the British colonies of Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore merged with the Federation of Malaya to form the new nation of Malaysia.

However, there was opposition externally as well as internally. Indonesia launched an undeclared war. The Philippines laid an international law claim over Sabah.

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