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A street mural that was whitewashed by authorities because it highlighted Malaysia's crime problem has gone viral, with versions popping up across the country and earning their creator comparisons to UK graffiti artist Banksy.
Lego-style crime mural-cum-social commentary goes viral in Malaysia


Malaysia summoned the heads of the U.S. and Australian missions in protest at spying allegations, its foreign minister said Saturday, as a row over a vast U.S.-led surveillance network deepened in Asia.

U.S. pop singer Ke$ha has been forced to cancel a concert due to take place in Muslim-majority Malaysia on Saturday after authorities said it would undermine religious and cultural sensitivities.

A mosque that looks like a Chinese temple in Ipoh, Perak, and a Moroccan-style garden in Putrajaya are some of the foreign-flavored landmarks that Malaysians are proud of.

An appeals panel ruled Monday that a Malaysian Catholic newspaper could not use “Allah” to refer to the Christian God, in a case that sparked attacks on places of worship three years ago.
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Malaysian Home Affairs Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has defended his tough anti-crime “shoot first, ask later” stand, saying it was based on the principles of universal humanitarianism.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lauded Malaysia Friday as a modern, innovative and multi-faith model for the world, heaping praise on a country the United States regards as a valuable Muslim ally.

Malaysia, in a rare out-of-court settlement, agreed Tuesday to pay an opposition lawmaker and five others US$63,000 after they were detained under a tough security law two years ago.

Even as the president came to western Myanmar to urge an end to sectarian violence last week, security forces could not prevent Buddhist mobs from torching the homes of minority Muslims or hacking them to death, at times, unwittingly, even encouraging them.

A controversial Malaysian government move to give authorities power to hold people for years without charge was headed for parliamentary approval after the lower house passed it early Thursday.
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