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US Navy bribery case fugitive ‘Fat Leonard’ arrested in Venezuela before boarding a plane to Russia

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  • Two weeks after escaping house arrest in San Diego, California, U.S. fugitive Leonard Glenn "Fat Leonard" Francis was arrested as he was about to board a plane to Russia at an airport in Venezuela.
  • Prior to his escape, Francis was set to be sentenced in a federal court in California last Wednesday for the high-profile bribery case he pleaded guilty to in 2015.
  • While he was the president and CEO of defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), Francis allegedly bribed a significant number of officers from the Navy’s 7th Fleet with cash, travel expenses, luxury items and prostitutes, among other things.
  • The bribes were purportedly given in exchange for classified information detailing the movements of U.S. ships and submarines, confidential contracts and the eventual law enforcement investigations into GDMA.

Fugitive Leonard Glenn “Fat Leonard” Francis, who was allegedly behind one of the largest bribery scandals to hit the U.S. Navy, was arrested in Venezuela on Tuesday after successfully evading American authorities for two weeks. 

According to authorities, the Malaysian businessman was under house arrest in San Diego, California, when he managed to cut off his ankle monitor on Sept. 4 and travel across the Mexican border.

118 Malaysians, 50 Filipinos rescued from human traffickers in Cambodia

  • Human trafficking operations in Cambodia have been targeting individuals from various South East Asian countries by promising them jobs with “high wages,” when in reality, they are exploited and held as prisoners.
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia Saifuddin Abdullah said that 118 citizens have been rescued from human traffickers while 30 remain missing in Cambodia.
  • There were 24 Malaysians sent home on Friday while 29 others await the completion of investigations and paperwork processing at immigration centers.
  • On Thursday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in the Philippines reported that 50 Filipinos, who were recruited to work illegally in Cambodia, were also rescued and returned home.
  • Vitit Muntarbhorn, the U.N. special rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia, said Cambodia must implement stronger countermeasures as well as receive better international cooperation.

According to the latest human trafficking rescue operation reports, authorities have rescued more than 100 Malaysians and 50 Filipinos who were lured to Cambodia and held as prisoners.

Out of 148 Malaysians reported missing, 118 have been rescued from human traffickers while 30 remain missing. According to Malaysia’s foreign minister, 24 citizens were sent back home on Friday and 29 others remain at immigration centers in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville in Cambodia.

Michelle Yeoh receives honorary doctorate from AFI: ‘After I learned how to fall, I could learn how to fly’

  • Malaysian actor Michelle Yeoh accepted her honorary doctorate of fine arts from the American Film Institute (AFI) and delivered a speech during AFI’s 2022 commencement ceremony on Saturday. 
  • Addressing this year’s graduating class, the legendary 60-year-old actor imparted lessons she learned early on in her career.
  • According to Yeoh, the stunt performers she met at a gym taught her important life lessons in addition to how to do stunts.
  • Yeoh shared one lesson that has stayed with her: “I had to learn how to fall. Well, you could say I learned it in my bones, literally.”
  • She also reminded the graduating class that while there is now “greater inclusion” and “more diverse stories,” there is always more that can be done to “improve our storytelling” since sharing stories is a “privilege none of us should take for granted.” 

Legendary actor Michelle Yeoh imparted lessons from her youth during a speech at the American Film Institute’s 2022 commencement ceremony on Saturday. 

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert introduced Yeoh, who addressed this year’s graduating class as she accepted an honorary doctorate of fine arts at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. 

Elderly Singaporean man moved by kindness of Malaysian teen who returned his lost wallet with over $800

  • An 80-year-old Singaporean man who lost his wallet with over $727 on a public bus on Friday had it returned to him by a Malaysian teen the same day.
  • After getting off the wrong stop, the elderly man realized that he had left his wallet on the bus containing S$1,000 (approximately $727) and RM$600 (approximately $136).
  • The teen waited at the bus station for an hour to return the wallet to the owner’s niece.
  • The elderly man’s niece arranged a meeting on Saturday so that the 80-year-old could thank the teen in person.

An elderly Singaporean man was unable to hold back his tears after a Malaysian teen returned his missing wallet containing over S$1,000 (approximately $727). 

Zhou Liangxin, 80, was returning to his niece in Kluang, Malaysia, after visiting family in Seremban on Friday when he accidentally got off at the wrong bus stop. He then realized that he had also left his wallet containing S$1,000 (approximately $727) and RM$600 (approximately $136) on the public bus.

Malaysian influencer apologizes for wearing áo dài with no pants after Vietnamese backlash

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  • Malaysian influencer Siew Pui Yi, better known as MsPuiyi, sparked outrage on Vietnamese social media after posting provocative photos of herself wearing the áo dài, Vietnam’s national dress, without pants.
  • MsPuiyi’s pictures were taken at the Hoai River in Hoi An, a UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Facebook users slammed MsPuiyi for being offensive and disrespectful to Vietnamese culture.
  • MsPuiyi released an apology, took down the images and vowed to “be more sensitive to local cultures all over the world.”

A Malaysian influencer has apologized to the people of Vietnam over provocative photos that showed her wearing the áo dài without any pants.

Siew Pui Yi, better known as MsPuiyi, sparked outrage on Vietnamese social media after posting the images, which were taken during a recent trip to the Hoai River in Hoi An, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Rap legend Snoop Dogg features Asian artists Joe Flizzow, SAAY, Yung Raja on new album

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Rap legend Snoop Dogg features several Asian artists in his new album, “Snoop Dogg Presents Algorithm (The Global Edition).”  

Groundbreaking album: Filipino American singer Malaya Watson, Singaporean rapper Yung Raja, Malaysian rapper Joe Flizzow and South Korean singer SAAY are featured alongside other international stars for Snoop Dogg’s latest music project released on Dec. 10, reported uDiscoverMusic.

Malaysian ‘Plague Fighter’ Who Designed the ‘First’ N95 Mask in 1910 Also Faced Racism

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A Malaysian physician credited for ending a plague that killed thousands in China more than a century ago is now being remembered for designing the face mask that eventually inspired the N95 respirator.

Born on March 10, 1879 in Penang, Wu Lien-teh moved to London at the age of 17 to study at Emmanuel College, a constituent college of the University of Cambridge.

Malaysian Scientist Wins the ‘Nobel Prize for Cancer Research’ With Breakthrough in Treatment

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UK-based Malaysian scientist Dr. Serena Nik-Zainal was given the Dr. Josef Steiner Cancer Research Prize 2019 for her work in advancing cancer genome interpretation.

Originally also known as the “Nobel Prize for Cancer Research,” the award was given to Dr. Nik-Zainal along with her collaborators Dr. Paul Calleja and Dr. Ignacio Medina from the University of Cambridge at the University of Bern in Switzerland on Friday.

Ph.D. Student From Malaysia Kills Herself After Months of Racist Bullying at Utah State University

A Utah State student’s reports of racist bullying that ultimately forced her to take her own life had fallen on deaf ears, a lawsuit alleges.

Jerusha Sanjeevi, 24, a Ph.D. candidate at Utah State University, allegedly suffered eight long months of bullying from fellow students who called her names and even conjured rumors that she was mentally unstable.