MKini – Who polices the moral police?

MKini – Who polices the police? By Mariam Mokhtar

On 24 April, the latest victim of an anti-vice raid died when he slipped and fell from a window of the Jelutong Apartment complex in Selayang Heights. We must search our conscience and question the menacing role of the state in policing the morality of its people. Someone died. We know from past experience that peoples’ reputations and livelihoods are threatened. Does the end justify the means? Who polices the moral police?

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Fish oil keep you smart? Sounds fishy, finds British study

NEW YORK, April 29 — Fish oil may be good for your heart but it doesn’t seem to help keep you smart, according to a two-year British study.

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Shakira heads to Arizona to back immigrant rights

LOS ANGELES, April 28 — Colombian-born pop star Shakira  will meet with the mayor of Phoenix this week to help campaign against a new Arizona law cracking down on illegal immigration, a member of the mayor’s staff said yesterday.

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US Senators tell Facebook to tighten privacy policy

WASHINGTON, April 28 — US lawmakers told Facebook yesterday they were concerned about changes in its privacy policy that would allow personal information to be viewed by more than friends, and options on other websites that would allow third parties to save information about Facebook users and friends.

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UK elections vs Myanmar elections

NOTE: Burmanized the article by Farah Fahmy in Malaysian Insider, UK elections vs Malaysia elections.

Can you imagine this happening in Myanmar? Imagine seeing the likes of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on MRTV, telling us why we should vote NLD in an election. Or Burmese Muslims extolling the virtues of Muslims in Burma and Rohingyas.   

Would such a thing happen in Myanmar? I’d like to think so, but I shan’t be holding my breath in hope! Even so, imagine the prospect of live debates amongst our party leaders. How would Than Shwe handle U Tin Oo (and vice-versa) in a live situation, knowing that millions of Myanmar were watching, and judging his performance? And how would our leaders deal with the aftermath of such an event, where their every word can be analysed and picked apart?

APRIL 27 — After six blissful days of silence in the London skies, the ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland has dissipated somewhat — for now, say some experts — thus allowing flights to resume over the UK airspace ferrying thousands of stranded people back into the country.

Anyone living in Britain whilst the ash cloud was in place could be forgiven for thinking that general elections in this country are non-events. Yet the current one being fought over is one of the most important — and exciting — elections taking place here for a long time. For the first time since the Labour party won power under Tony Blair, a change in government is a real possibility.

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MKini – Gov’t says ‘no’ to sex education

Sex education will not be taught as a specific subject in schools as it has been imparted through other subjects, the Dewan Negara was told today.

Deputy Education Minister Puad Zarkashi said sex education or otherwise known as reproductive health education was imparted through subjects like language, biology, science, additional science, moral education and Islamic education.

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MInsider – Deadly new Russian weapon hides in shipping container

The Club-K cruise missile system fits inside a 40ft container. — Reuters pic

MOSCOW, April 27 — A Russian company is marketing a devastating new cruise missile system which can be hidden inside a shipping container, giving any merchant vessel the capability to wipe out an aircraft carrier.

Potential customers for the formidable Club-K system include Kremlin allies Iran and Venezuela, say defence experts. They worry that countries could pass on the satellite-guided missiles, which are very hard to detect, to terrorist groups.

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