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Vanitha Nadaraj
Vanitha has over 27 years of working experience primarily in media and communications. She worked 16 years at a leading English daily in Malaysia as a sub-editor and reporter. She was also the correspondent for the Jakarta-based radio station KBR68H. She was a lecturer in two colleges in Malaysia and communications manager for an MNC with 12,000 employees. She completed her MA in journalism at Ateneo de Manila University as a fellow of the German-based Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

Businesses still not warmed up to social media in Malaysia

The Frog That Used to Live Under the Coconut Shell Discovers the TEP Twitter Feed

On June 5, there was a 24-hour disruption nationwide of HyppTV service. The call centre was inundated with calls from irate customers and their social media channels overloaded with abuse. Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) did something unusual. The service provider apologised, went to great lengths to keep communicating with their customers through social media platforms, and offered all its 48 premium ... Read More »

Victoria’s Secret: Australian State Uses Super Missions and Mafta to Boost Trade with Malaysia

Malaysia Australia Trade Grows

It all started with the Colombo Plan. Under this regional effort to develop human resources, from 1950 to mid-80s, Malaysians first went to Australia for higher education. Malaysians have since regarded Australia as one of their favourite tertiary education destinations and about 300,000 Malaysians have attained their higher education in Australia either under scholarships from Colombo Plan or the Malaysian ... Read More »

Are Malaysians racist?

Malaysia Multi Racial

A social experiment video is giving Malaysians that warm and fuzzy feeling about unity in this multi-racial country. Even cynics are unashamedly admitting that they cried while watching the Are Malaysians racist? video by advertising agency Naga DDB. This video shows a series of interviews with ordinary Malaysians who refuse to utter racist remarks even when offered money. Never mind the ... Read More »

Asean must get rid of ISIS in Southeast Asia

Malaysia Restaurant

Southeast Asia is no stranger to terrorist attacks. In 1995, Abu Sayyaf militants raided the predominantly Christian town of Ipil in southern Philippines, killing more than 50 people after robbing banks and stores and burning the town centre. In 2002 and 2005, there were a series of bombings in Bali that killed a total of 222 people. Southeast Asia has ... Read More »

Johor Bahru – Singapore Travel Costs Taking a Toll

MRCB Lingkaran Selatan Sdn Bhd's Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL)

Angela Ng has been living in Johor Bahru and driving to work in Singapore daily for the last 24 years. She has put up with about six hours of sleep each night because of the long travel time and the agony of sitting in long jams, and has dodged reckless motorcyclists to avoid accidents. But the one thing she will ... Read More »

Kelantan Gender Segregation Gets Worse

Malaysian Muslim Women

The list just keeps getting longer. The Islamist government in Kelantan has now banned male spectators from watching women’s sporting events, and it is a blanket ban that includes non-Muslims. The ban also covers officials. Only female officials are allowed in all-women’s sporting events. But the ruling does not say that men in Kelantan cannot watch women participating in sports on TV ... Read More »

Black Friday As Malaysia Mourns MH17 Victims

Malaysia Day of Mourning

It was a black Friday on August 22 as Malaysia observed a national day of mourning for the 43 Malaysians who died on the downed MAS flight MH17. The remains of 20 victims, including that of nine members of the crew, arrived in the morning. A sombre ceremony was held at the KL International Airport (KLIA) attended by the Yang ... Read More »

Home Managers in Malaysia: More Than a Maid, More of a Solution

Malaysia Seniors

In 2008 the Malaysian government introduced a programme aimed at killing two birds with one stone – reduce dependency on foreign maids (domestic workers) and give local women a second source of income. It was one of those plans that would work and work well. The programme to churn out home managers is one where local women, generally in the ... Read More »

Malaysia should officially ban ISIS

Malaysia Multi Racial

Malaysia has not taken an official stand on the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) despite at least 30 Malaysians have been identified as ISIS members and the organisation claiming that  Southeast Asia is very much part of its caliphate. Sure, the police are doing their best to weed out ISIS members and supporters and are working alongside international ... Read More »

The End is Near for Pakatan Rakyat

Abdul Khalid Ibrahim announcing his ljok candidacy

The opposition front  is on the brink of collapse and it is all because of one man. The Chief Minister of Selangor who refused to step down. Within days, the formidable Pakatan Rakyat (People’s Coalition) that almost toppled the government in the May 2013 general elections, is face-to-face with death. The crisis, triggered by the sacking of Selangor Chief Minister ... Read More »

Doxing: New Way of Burning People at the Stake

Nine of the 10 Asean countries have laws related to electronic transactions, while eight have those concerned with cybercrime.

We have a new way of burning people at the stake. When a person is caught committing a crime or a heinous action and that action is circulated in social media, a lynch mob emerges from among netizens baying for blood. Then at lightning speed, vigilantes will scour Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other platforms looking for person’s personal information. Fueled ... Read More »

Tourism In Malaysia Down But Not Out

Fishing Village

It has been about almost a fortnight since the dreadful attack on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. All attention and efforts are now focused on crash investigations. Once the dust has settled, Malaysia needs to give a long hard look at tourism in Malaysia. Gone are the high hopes the government had when they announced that 2014 was to be Visit ... Read More »

Brain Drain in Malaysia Keeps Getting Worse

Malaysia Brain Drain

The longer filmmaker Indrani Kopal stays in New York, the stronger is her desire to remain overseas and not return to Malaysia. Home may be where her heart is, but it is a different story when opportunities start popping. She was already winning awards for her documentaries in Malaysia but the chance to go beyond all that is too good ... Read More »

Economy Strong Enough To Absorb Malaysia Interest Rate Rise

Malaysia Ramadan bazaar

In the middle of Ramadan, a period of austerity, while Muslims fast and prepare for the Hari Raya Puasa celebrations, the central bank raised the overnight policy rate (OPR) by 25 basis points or 0.25 per cent to 3.25 per cent. The last Malaysia interest rate rise was in May 2011. The raise came as no surprise as there was ... Read More »