Malaysian opposition MP and Vice-President of the People's Justice Party (PKR) Tian Chua attended the funeral service for ex-Communist Party of Malaya General Secretary Chin Peng at Wat That Thong temple, Bangkok on Saturday (21 Sept).
The recent spike in lèse majesté cases seems likely to continue, the majority being brought by private individuals with a variety of motives. An accusation brought by TV talk show host Pontipa Supatnukul has, for example, triggered a chain reaction of similar accusations.
AT a street corner in Kamayut Township, Yangon, a young man does what would be seen as freakish in his country just three or four years ago – he lowers his head, fixes his eyes on his smart phone, swipes the screen and smiles at it.
On 13 Sept, Ishmael Hayiwaeji, editor of the news website Wartani based in Pattani, filed a complaint with police after he was visited at home by a group of men who he believed were plainclothes officials.
Police arriving one year late at an early-morning traffic accident on Sukhumwit Road found an unusual scene.
A car appeared to have slammed at high speed into a police motorcycle, killing the Police Sergeant Major riding it, and dragging his body for a city block. A trail of leaking oil led to a house on nearby Thong Lo where police found a Ferrari FF with signs of having recently being involved in a serious accident.
Geneva, 11 September 2013 - As concerns grow in Southeast Asia over the use of national security, anti-terrorist and defamation laws to limit freedom of expression on the Internet, a coalition of international and local NGOs and activists from Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia urged governments to stop using vague legislation based on ill-defined concepts such as “national security”, “sovereignty” or “lèse-majesté” to intimidate, harass and imprison independent voices.
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