Malaysia’s top Islamic body ruled against Muslims practicing yoga, saying it has elements of other religions that could corrupt Muslims. On Nov 25 Malaysia’s leader assured Muslims they can perform yoga if they do not chant religious mantras, an apparent effort to assuage public anger over an Islamic body’s ban of the ancient Indian exercise.
Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim won a “landslide” victory in a by-election to return him to parliament, and said he was on track to oust a weakened government. The Malays National Organization (UMNO) and its allies had ruled since independence in 1957.
Malaysian police issued an arrest warrant for opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in connection with a sodomy accusation by a male former aide. The next day, they arrested opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on suspicion that he sodomized a male aide, pre-empting his voluntary appearance at the police headquarters to answer the allegation. He was interrogated for more than eight hours and made to sleep on a “cold cement” floor in a holding cell before being released the next day.
Mohd Saiful reported that he was sodomised (engage in an unnatural sexual intercourse with) by popular leader of opposition political party. Mohd Saiful said that the sex act was not consensual. The 61 years old “chee ko pek” man (with a back pain trauma) forced himself into Mohd Saiful (stronger young man with a Tae Kwan Do black belt holder) back.
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced that petrol prices would rise 41 percent to 2.70 ringgit a litre and diesel 63 percent to 2.58 Ringgit. Electrical power tariffs would go up by as much 26 percent and inflation may skyrocket. The Malaysian government decide on 3 June 2008 to revamped its old subsidy system. Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is risking a political backlash after losing ground in elections in the past year. Oppositions Parties pledged to rally the nation’s poor in nationwide protests.
Middle Rocks and South Ledge are two maritime features to the south of Pulau Batu Puteh (Pedra Branca). Middle Rocks consists of two clusters of rocks situated 0.6 nautical miles south of Pedra Branca. The disputed South Ledge is to be a no-man land. South Ledge is a low-tide elevation (in other words, it is submerged at high tide) further south, 2.1 nautical miles, of Pulau Batu Puteh. In 1979, Malaysia published a map which showed for the first time that Pulau Batu Puteh lay within its territorial waters. This judgement concludes the 28-year dispute with Singapore.
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates spoke to thousands of attendees at the World Congress on Information Technology 2008 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. However is heart was not here, as Gates appearing in front of them via holographic technology. A 15-foot tall, high definition holographic image of Gates was projected onto a plastic foil screen at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Gates’ five minute speech, recorded in Seattle two weeks earlier.
Tun Doctor Mahathir Mohammad announced his resignation from UMNO to a cheering supporters in Kedah. Dr Mahathir, 82, said he will only come back when there is change in leadership. He said it resigned in protest against Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi’s poor leadership. He was Malaysia’s Prime Minister for 22 years before he handpicked Abdullah for the job. Mahathir joined UMNO at its inception in 1946. After the 13 May 1969 riots, Mahathir was sacked for his letter to first Prime Minister Abdul Rahman criticising the latter’s handling the country’s administration.
Malaysian police have arrested a beauty parlor owner and a farmer suspected of distributing a sex video showing a former Health Minister Chua Soi Lek committing adultery. Chua Soi Lek resigned after admitting he was the man in the video.