- Malaysia has banned “Thor: Love and Thunder” from local theaters due to its LGBTQ content.
- The Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Zahidi Zainul Abidin said on Wednesday that the government and its religious department, the Islamic Affairs Department (JAKIM), would continue to double down on the spread of LGBTQ culture.
- In “Thor,” both Valkyrie and Korg caused a stir after Valkyrie is shown ruling Asgard as its openly gay king while Korg finds love with another member of his all-male species.
- On the same day that Zahidi made these comments, Human Rights Watch and transgender rights group Justice for Sisters published a report that denounced the government’s criminalization of same-sex conduct and push for conversion therapy.
Malaysia has banned Marvel’s latest movie “Thor: Love and Thunder” from releasing in theaters as the government moves to bolster censorship of LGBTQ content.
Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board (LPF) already banned “Lightyear” from premiering in local theaters earlier this year after requests for cuts to be made to the film were denied by Disney. The “Toy Story” spin-off, which featured Buzz’s friend Alisha Hawthorne in a same-sex marraige, was banned in at least 16 Muslim-majority countries.
- A 23-year-old man was arrested on Aug. 8 in Johor, Malaysia, for placing an electronic cigarette in a baby’s mouth in an incident that was filmed and posted on social media.
- The clip of the baby has amassed more than 947,000 views as of this writing.
- The baby belongs to the man’s friend’s sister, according to North Johor Bahru district police commander Rupiah Abd Wahid.
- The child’s mother filed a police complaint after the incident went viral on social media.
- Although the baby did not appear to be inhaling fumes from the allegedly non-functioning vape, the suspect may still be charged with exposing a child to danger.
- If the man is found guilty, he may face a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
A man in Malaysia was arrested for placing an electronic cigarette in a baby’s mouth in an incident that was filmed and posted on social media.
The unidentified 23-year-old man was arrested on Aug. 8 in the Malaysian state of Johor following a police complaint filed by the mother of the child after the clip went viral, having received over 947,000 views on Twitter as of this writing.
- An older Malaysian man went viral after photographs caught him rushing to help his nephew who had fainted during a parade in Kajang, Malaysia, yesterday.
- The man’s 22-year-old nephew fainted after feeling unwell during the ministry’s enforcer parade at the Maktab Penjara Kajang.
- The nephew stated that his uncle held him until he was able to stand again.
- The photographs, uploaded to Facebook, garnered over 14,000 likes and 9,000 shares.
Photographs taken at a parade in Kajang, Malaysia, show an older man hugging and holding up his nephew, who had fainted after feeling unwell.
The photographs, uploaded to Facebook by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Alexander Nanta Linggi, went viral as many online users’ hearts were melted by the uncle’s compassion and love for his nephew.
- Malaysian customs officials seized a haul of illegal animal parts, including rhino horns, elephant tusks, pangolin scales and tiger bones worth around 80 million ringgit (approximately $17.9 million) at Port Klang, Malaysia, on July 10.
- Malaysian Customs Director General Zazuli Johan said the seizure of the elephant tusks was the biggest in the country’s history.
- Investigations into the illegal haul’s shipping agent and importer are currently ongoing.
- It remains unclear if the container was to be shipped to other countries in Asia. However, conservationists have identified Malaysia as a major transit point from which endangered wildlife are illegally trafficked to other Asian countries, especially China.
Malaysian customs officials seized a haul of illegal animal parts worth nearly $18 million.
The trafficked animal parts, which included rhino horns, elephant tusks, pangolin scales and tiger bones worth around 80 million ringgit (approximately $17.9 million), were discovered at Port Klang in Selangor state on July 10.
- A 24-year-old man in Malaysia was caught on camera riding a motorcycle naked on the highway.
- The recording was posted to Facebook on July 4, catching the attention of the public and the police.
- The man was believed to be escaping on his red motorcycle after allegedly murdering his wife and his two-month-old baby in their home in Kampung Bakar Batu on July 4.
- He was arrested on the same day at around 2:45 p.m. in Permas Jaya. The motorcycle and a meat cleaver were seized during his arrest, according to the police statement.
- The case is currently being investigated under Malaysia’s Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
A man in Malaysia was arrested for allegedly murdering his wife and child before being caught on camera riding a motorcycle naked on the highway.
A 15-second recording of the man on the motorcycle was posted to Facebook on July 4. The now-deleted video circulated online and caught the attention of the public and the police.
- An Australian TikToker named Georgia, who currently lives in Malaysia, surprised her Southeast Asian followers when she claimed that people from down under use forks while eating rice dishes.
- She admits in her recent TikTok video, which has been viewed over 91,000 times, that she has converted to eating rice with a spoon because it “makes so much more sense.”
- “Why do we use a fork when all the bits of rice fall through it?” she says in her video.
- Georgia explained to Malaysian news outlet Says that utensil preferences may be attributed to the differences in how food is prepared and consumed in Australia and Asia.
- She noted that knives and forks are often used for most of the dishes in Australia, and spoons are meant for soups and desserts.
- Rice is notably consumed in a variety of ways in Asia depending on the type of rice eaten and the local cultural norms.
An Australian TikToker living in Malaysia surprised her Southeast Asian followers when she claimed that people from down under use forks while eating rice dishes.
In her recent video, TikTok user Georgia says that Australians think that using a spoon to eat rice is unusual.
- A Malaysian father and food delivery driver who brings his baby along with him during the workday has gone viral on Facebook and Instagram.
- The father’s story was shared on Facebook and Instagram by celebrity preacher Ebit Lew on June 16.
- “I felt sad when I saw a video of this brother carrying his child while working as a food delivery rider,” Lew said in his Facebook post. “They don't have enough money, he was crying when we met earlier today; I’m happy to be able to meet him.”
- Touched by the man’s story, Lew took the father out to buy him his own motorcycle. The preacher also said he would cover a babysitter’s monthly fee so that the man would no longer need to strap his child to his torso every day.
A Malaysian man has gone viral for showing what a dedicated father will go through to take care of his family.
The unidentified man’s story was shared online by celebrity preacher Ebit Lew on Instagram and Facebook on June 16.
A Malaysian short film produced for World Environmental Day shares the horrifying normalization of plastic pollution.
The short film, “Plastik,” was developed by The MeshMinds Foundation and produced by Studio Birthplace, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Program’s SEA circular project. It was released on June 3 to promote environmentalism and make sure less plastic is wasted.
- A Malaysian teenager was admitted to an intensive care unit after she was subjected to running 30 laps at school as part of a class punishment.
- On May 11, a physical education teacher at the Foon Yew High School in Kulai, Johor, in Malaysia punished an entire class for not completing their homework by forcing the students to run around a volleyball court 30 times with their masks on.
- The girl, 15, purportedly began to feel ill after the 15th lap and was allowed to walk for the remaining laps. After she got home, her heart began to beat rapidly and she went into shock with a heart rate of 200 beats per minute.
- The girl’s mother wrote about the incident on Facebook, where she detailed how the school had brushed it off and told her that the “issue had been settled.”
- After posting on Facebook, the girl’s parents received a formal apology from the principal and teacher involved and stated that they would not be pursuing an investigation.
A Malaysian teenager was reportedly rushed to an intensive care unit after being forced to run 30 laps around a volleyball court as a class punishment for not finishing assigned homework.
On May 11 at the Foon Yew High School in Kulai, Johor, in Malaysia, a physical education teacher punished an entire class by forcing them to run around a volleyball court 30 times for not completing their homework. All of the students were also required to keep their masks on while running.
- A Malaysian woman filmed a TikTok video in hopes of capturing the faces of the men she claimed were following her as she walked alone.
- In a six-second video posted to TikTok on Sunday, the woman can be seen discreetly watching her back using her camera. In a split-second shot, a person in a yellow shirt is captured walking a few feet behind her.
- “F*ck, I’m so freakin’ scared these guys keep following me,” she wrote in a text overlay on her video. “Pretending to film a video hope I record their face.”
- The TikTok has garnered over 3.6 million views and nearly 500,000 likes as of this writing.
A Malaysian woman filmed a TikTok video in hopes of capturing the faces of the men she claimed were following her as she walked alone.
TikTok user @phichzy10 said that she was being tailed in a six-second video posted on Sunday.
- In a Facebook post uploaded on March 18, Zupi Bakhtiar describes having seen an elderly man ordering dinner for eight, even though he was alone through the entire meal.
- Malaysian radio station Zayan reposted the story on April 25, garnering over 3,700 reactions and 1,000 shares.
- The post explains that the man arranged eight sets of plates and cutlery around himself for a “family meal” but was seen eating alone the entire time.
- When Zupi asked the waiter about the elderly man, he was told that the man frequented the restaurant about two to three times a week and would order dinner for eight each time, requesting the leftovers be packed.
- Zupi asked that the restaurant's location remain hidden out of respect for the elderly man and in hopes that internet users who encounter him will not disturb him.
An elderly Malaysian man was seen ordering a meal for eight, complete with eight sets of dishes and cutlery, while eating alone.
A Facebook user who witnessed the moment, Zupi Bakhtiar, posted about his experience on March 18. After Malaysian radio station Zayan heard about the story, they reposted it to their official Facebook page on April 25, garnering over 3,700 reactions and over 1,000 shares.
A dog in Malaysia was filmed being dragged alongside a vehicle driven by its owner.
In the nine-second video clip, the dog appeared to walk abnormally while it struggled to keep up with the vehicle. The video now has over 9,000 shares and 6,000 likes since it was first uploaded on Twitter on April 8 by Jabatan Netizen Malaysia.