November 17, 2019

Keep forced labor off the shelves

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From Joanna Ewart-James, Freedom United  Did you know that there is a high risk that palm oil linked to forced labor and environmental destruction could end up on supermarket shelves, making its way into everything from shampoo to ice cream? But consumers don’t have to accept this as business as usual —we can fight back. FGV, one […]

Malaysia destroys four tons of ivory as warning to poachers

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From WN Malaysia incinerated nearly four tons of elephant tusks and ivory products as the government tries to increase the punishments facing smugglers using the country as a conduit to China and across Asia on Tuesday, according to The Star. Conservationists said Malaysia is one of the favored transit routes for the illegal shipments of ivory between […]

Destinations of the week

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11 Luxury Destinations That Are Cheaper Than You Think By Ashley Rossi From Smarter Travel Luxury doesn’t have to mean expensive, especially in a destination with a favorable exchange rate. If beachfront villas and fine dining without the five-star price tag is more your travel style, consider these 11 luxury destinations and hotels around the […]

Malaysia has sold the luxury yacht at the center of the 1MDB corruption scandal

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By Isabella Steger From Quartz A $250-million-yacht complete with a massage room, a sauna, a helicopter landing pad, a cinema, and gold-leaf fittings that oncehosted celeb-studded parties—and is now key to Malaysia’s efforts to recover funds related to the 1MDB scandal—has found a buyer. The Malaysian government announced today (April 3) that it had sold the vessel […]

Malaysia wants to slash migrant wages

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From Freedom United Migrant workers in Malaysia are facing a new threat: the government wants to deduct 20% of their salaries in a move to prevent them from running away from their employers. Shockingly, Malaysia’s Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran believes this is ‘win-win’ for both workers and employers. Yet this plan moves Malaysia in […]

Goldman boss apologises for 1MDB scandal

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From BBC Goldman Sachs new boss has apologised to Malaysia for the role an ex-partner played in the corruption scandal at one of the country’s wealth funds. However, chief executive David Solomon also distanced the bank from the scheme, which saw billions embezzled from the state development fund, 1MDB. He said Goldman, which had helped […]

Malaysian King Sultan Muhammad V has abdicated after just two years on the throne

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AP From Business Insider Malaysian King Sultan Muhammad V has abdicated. In a move that took Malaysia by surprise, the king stepped down on Sunday after just two years on the throne. The palace said that the 49-year-old ruler had resigned as Malaysia’s 15th king with immediate effect. No reason was given in for what […]

Malaysia’s bad handling of yacht pushing down its price, owner warns

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By FMT Reporters From FMT News PETALING JAYA: The company registered as the owner of the “Equanimity” has warned that Malaysia’s recent actions related to the luxury yacht are causing its value to drop drastically, as a court today gave the go-ahead to 1MDB to sell the vessel in a bid to recover money allegedly linked […]

China’s largest oil group CNPC refutes subsidiary’s role in 1MDB money-laundering scandal

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By Georgina Lee From South China Morning Post The pipeline project unit of China’s state-owned oil and gas giant says funds from China’s EximBank were paid only to its own bank accounts China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering (CPP), a unit of China’s state-owned oil and gas giant China National Petroleum Corp, had refuted a media report […]

Man dies after his smartphone explodes and catches fire in his bedroom

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By Chris Smith From BGR Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan died a few days ago after one of his two smartphones exploded while charging in his bedroom and the caught fire. From the available reports, it appears that the initial explosion caused some sort of injury that may have incapacitated the man. Smoke from the […]