Meet the rebel road fixers making Malaysia’s roads safer – ABC Radio National

road rebel.jpgMalaysia has some of the most dangerous roads in the world, but a ragtag group of vigilantes have been taking matters into their own hands.

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Massive pro-democracy protest in Malaysia; PM accused of misappropriating $700 million – Free Speech Radio Network

Photo - Jarni Blakkarly

Photo – Jarni Blakkarly

The soundtrack to the growing Malaysian pro-democracy movement is a song by a group of young Malay musicians, whose band is called Bandsart. Named after the inner Kuala Lumpur suburb where they grew up, Bangsar, the band’s members are all friends and activists who have been playing together for about four years.

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Controlling the message in restive Malaysia – Al Jazeera

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Photo – EPA

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The Malaysian government has shown an increased willingness to muffle the media and curb free speech, critics say, after the recent mass demonstrations over alleged corruption.

On the eve of one of the country’s biggest rallies late last month calling for free-and-fair elections, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission blocked access to four websites related to the non-government organisation Bersih (Clean).

The move was not an isolated one and comes in a year marked by website shutdowns and the arrests of journalists and civil society leaders.

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Yellow protesters unafraid calling for PM’s resignation – Al Jazeera

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Photo – Jarni Blakkarly/Al Jazeera

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Ignoring orders not to demonstrate and defying a ban on yellow T-shirts, thousands of protesters slept overnight in Independence Square demanding the prime minister’s resignation.

The mass protest – organised by a coalition of non-governmental organisations known as Bersih, or “Clean” – planned the two-day rally in the wake of damaging corruption allegations involving Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

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