In an environment where religion pervades every aspect of society, Kelantan, the northern-most state in Peninsular Malaysia - and the only state that has been ruled by an Islamic party for over 20 years - faces challenges around condom usage, polygamy, remarriage and drug use. Marina Mahathir, president of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation, released a study on HIV-positive widows in Kota Baru, Kelantan during the 8th ICAAP. Here she talks to TerraViva's Karen Yap Lih Huey about what could be done in such delicate environment without unsettling religious norms.
By Anil Netto
PENANG, Malaysia, Oct 10 (Asia Water Wire) - Even before the problem-ridden Bakun Dam in Malaysia's Sarawak state can be completed, officials are talking of plans to build two more hydroelectric dams there -- one of which could make Bakun look puny by comparison.
By Sutthida Malikaew
KUALA LUMPUR (IPS) - Bedana Khatun fainted as soon as she realised that the person who was reported to have died in a detention camp in Malaysia was her husband.