Daily Express (Malaysia): UMS students build whale shark database

Daily Express (Malaysia): UMS students build whale shark database. “Marine biology students at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) have been taking advantage of the Movement Control Order (MCO) to start building a database of whale shark sightings in Malaysia including using divers’ posts on social media. The travel restrictions brought on by the outbreak of coronavirus left the students unable to travel to survey sites such as Pulau Gaya where they recorded and identified their first official whale shark of the project, MY-065, on a survey just five days before the MCO was declared on Mar 13.”

The Star (Malaysia): Covid-19 database now available

The Star (Malaysia): Covid-19 database now available. “SCIENTISTS from Malaysia and the United Kingdom have developed an online resource for new and emerging Covid-19 research publications. The initiative was in response to an urgent need to enable access to research publications on the virus so that a way to stop the spread of the pandemic can be found. The web-based resource was created by a multi-disciplinary led by Universiti Malaya (UM) Faculty of Medicine Department of Biomedical Imaging medical physicist Prof Dr Ng Kwan Hoong.”

PR Newswire: UMAI launches largest database of restaurants in Singapore and Malaysia that sell gift cards to help keep favorite restaurants afloat (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: UMAI launches largest database of restaurants in Singapore and Malaysia that sell gift cards to help keep favorite restaurants afloat (PRESS RELEASE). “On 27th March 2020, UMAI has launched the largest directory of Singaporean and Malaysian restaurants and cafes that offer gift cards and vouchers, making it easier for diners to support their favorite restaurants by purchasing for themselves, loved ones, or the less fortunate. Buying full or discounted value vouchers will help restaurants with immediate cashflow, and offset lost income amidst the COVID-19 health crisis.”

The Star (Malaysia): Malaysian art scene not digitally savvy enough to adapt to Covid-19 crisis

The Star (Malaysia): Malaysian art scene not digitally savvy enough to adapt to Covid-19 crisis. “When visits to art galleries are out of the question, what happens next? Many local galleries in Malaysia are looking to engage with their audience online. Their doors might be closed to the public until April 14 (the last day of the Government’s movement control order to contain the Covid-19 outbreak), but they are trying to find new ways to reach out to people. Behind the scenes, it is business as usual – as much as they can get it to be anyway.”

Covid-19: What are Malaysia’s public universities doing? Online classes and more… (Malay Mail)

Malay Mail: Covid-19: What are Malaysia’s public universities doing? Online classes and more…. “Malaysia yesterday saw its highest-ever jump in Covid-19 cases when numbers of confirmed cases almost doubled to its current tally of 428 cases, further highlighting the need to ramp up precautionary measures to curb the spread of the virus…. Here’s a list of what all the 20 public universities in Malaysia have been doing or have announced this month up to noon today, based on their websites and official Facebook pages.”

South China Morning Post: Malaysian Instagram slang bank creates a graphic archive of the country’s unique urban language

South China Morning Post: Malaysian Instagram slang bank creates a graphic archive of the country’s unique urban language. “Loading” according to the Cambridge dictionary is defined as putting goods onto a vehicle, or in finance it means a charge added to an investment. But to Malaysians, since the arrival of the internet, ‘loading’ refers to someone slowly processing information. This is one of the 300 Malaysian slang terms posted so far on the on MySlangBank Instagram account, an archive of urban language made famous by social media and terms already woven into the country’s culture and identity.”

BusinessWire: NTT DATA Creates and Makes Public a Digital Archive of the Historical Cultural Heritage of the ASEAN Region (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: NTT DATA Creates and Makes Public a Digital Archive of the Historical Cultural Heritage of the ASEAN Region (PRESS RELEASE). “NTT DATA Corporation has built a digital archive system for the ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) project, being conducted by the ASEAN Secretariat to digitize the valuable historical cultural heritage of ASEAN countries. The first phase of this project has been completed, with a digital archive created of 160 cultural assets from Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia….The second phase of the project, supposed to begin from fiscal 2020, will be to digitally archive cultural assets from Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Laos, and make them available on the archive site. Going forward, the project will be expanded to include all ten ASEAN member states in the future.” The ASEAN members not mentioned here are Brunei, Philippines, and Singapore.

New Straits Times: Malaysian judiciary makes history, uses AI in sentencing

New Straits Times: Malaysian judiciary makes history, uses AI in sentencing. “The Malaysian judiciary made history today by employing Artificial Intelligence (AI) in sentencing in two drug cases – but not without objection from the defence. Counsel Hamid Ismail raised the objection before Magistrate Jessica Ombou Kakayun in defence of his client Denis Modili who was charged under Section 12(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 with possession of 0.01gm of methamphetamine at Kampung Kobusak in Penampang on Dec 16 last year.”

Kyodo News: Malaysian woman charged for “mischievous” social media post on virus

Kyodo News: Malaysian woman charged for “mischievous” social media post on virus . “A Malaysian woman was charged in court on Wednesday for inciting public mischief over a social media post on the new coronavirus amid a crackdown on the spread of misleading news about the outbreak, as the government announced two new cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 12.”

Mongabay: Social media enables the illegal wildlife pet trade in Malaysia

Mongabay: Social media enables the illegal wildlife pet trade in Malaysia. “It might seem harmless enough at first. The big eyes and the rambunctious, bounding play of the tiny cats and monkeys on your social media feed draw you in, and you think, I could take care of one of these adorable little animals. Reaching an audience of thousands of potential buyers is just one of the benefits that wildlife traffickers like Kejora Pets in Peninsular Malaysia reap when using social media. It also helps them cloak their identity and dodge the law while satisfying the demand for animals that have been plucked from their forest homes. But the sale of these animals as pets threatens their survival in the wild, conservationists say.”

New Straits Times: Malaysian jailed for 10 yrs for insulting Islam on social media

New Straits Times: Malaysian jailed for 10 yrs for insulting Islam on social media. “A Malaysian was sentenced to more than 10 years’ jail and three others were charged over insults against Islam and the Prophet Muhammad on social media, police said on Saturday. The sentence is believed to be the harshest such penalty on record in the Muslim-majority country, where concerns over racial and religious tensions have grown in recent months.”

Malay Mail: Penang to create database on fish farms to grow the industry

Malay Mail: Penang to create database on fish farms to grow the industry. “The Penang state government is collecting data on the billion-ringgit aquaculture industry in the state, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said. He said the state is now in the midst of streamlining statistics on the fish farms.”

Techdirt: Malaysian Government Decides To Dump Its Terrible Anti-Fake News Law

Techdirt: Malaysian Government Decides To Dump Its Terrible Anti-Fake News Law. “Malaysia’s government seized upon the term ‘fake news’ as a way to silence coverage of internal corruption. The new law gave the government a way to steer narratives and control negative coverage, going beyond its already-tight control of local media. It would have worked out well for Prime Minister Najib Razak, who was facing a lot of negative coverage over the sudden and unexplained appearance of $700 million in his bank account. Razak is no longer Prime Minister.”

What’s Up with WhatsApp: The Widespread Use of WhatsApp in Political Campaigning in the Global South (Tactical Tech)

Tactical Tech: What’s Up with WhatsApp: The Widespread Use of WhatsApp in Political Campaigning in the Global South. “The past few years have seen WhatsApp become an increasingly powerful and influential tool for political campaigns in the Global South. For many people in the Global North, it may come as a surprise that participation in large WhatsApp groups constitutes the majority of online communication for many users in South America, Africa and Southeast Asia. While WhatsApp helps politicians reach voters and constituents in areas that don’t otherwise have access to the internet, it also extends the reach and primacy of Facebook (who own the platform) in the democratic process in these countries. This article reveals some of the many ways WhatsApp is being deployed as a major part of the political process in countries including Brazil, Colombia, Kenya and Malaysia.”

Digital News Asia: Over 7.3mil #GE14 tweets; sets new twitter election record for Malaysia

Digital News Asia: Over 7.3mil #GE14 tweets; sets new twitter election record for Malaysia. “WITH more than 7.3 million Tweets related to the Malaysia Election #GE14 during the 1.5 week campaign period (from 28 April to 9 May, 2018), Twitter was the best place to see what’s happening in Malaysian politics and to talk about it. From breaking news to conversations with political parties, candidates, journalists, and citizens, Twitter was where people across Malaysia and the world tuned in to watch the #MalaysiaElection unfold live in real-time and buzz over hot election topics and developments.”