Malaysian politics: What’s Malay for gerrymandering? | The Economist

IN LAST year’s general election, the ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional (BN), won 47% of the vote but took 60% of the 222 parliamentary seats. The opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat (PR), won a majority of the popular vote (51%)—but only 40% of the seats. To many disenchanted Malaysians, the result was a glaring example of theLire la suite « Malaysian politics: What’s Malay for gerrymandering? | The Economist »

Asean:Vietnam vows to work with Asean for successful community building | Free Malaysia Today

NAY PYI TAW: Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has reiterated Vietnam’s commitment to stay closely engaged with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) for the successful building of the Asean Community by 2015, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported. Speaking at the 47th  Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM-47) here on Friday, Minh said that AseanLire la suite « Asean:Vietnam vows to work with Asean for successful community building | Free Malaysia Today »

Indonésie:‘Jilboobs’ raise clerical hackles in Indonesia | Asian Correspondent

Fatwa unlikely to make women throw away their jeans Could it be that the “jilboob,” a slangy term used by some to describe Indonesian women who pair their modest Muslim headscarfs with tight jeans and sexy blouses, could be on her way out? If the Indonesian Council of Ulema (MUI), has its way, that willLire la suite « Indonésie:‘Jilboobs’ raise clerical hackles in Indonesia | Asian Correspondent »