Tech in Asia: Our Picks for News of the Week [Sept 7, 2012]

  • Umno MP admits to Facebook photos of Karpal in death
    Umno MP admits to Facebook photos of Karpal in death

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 19 — Under-fire Umno lawmaker Datuk Nawawi Ahmad admitted today to uploading photos of slain DAP leader, Karpal Singh on the Internet using his smartphone. The Langkawi MP... …

  • We love you, Tiger of Jelutong, grandchildren bid Karpal farewell
    We love you, Tiger of Jelutong, grandchildren bid Karpal farewell

    The late Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh was given a moving tribute and farewell by his grandchildren tonight, who vowed to take up the mantle of Tiger of Jelutong. The 11 grandchildren, aged between 1½ years and 11, showed the media a poster which they had made together. "Singh is King. We love you, Tiger of Jelutong. We will miss you. Jangan... …

  • ‘I’ll be the next Tiger of Jelutong’, says Karpal’s eldest grandson
    ‘I’ll be the next Tiger of Jelutong’, says Karpal’s eldest grandson

    GEORGE TOWN, April 19 — In a sign that Karpal Singh’s legacy will not be forgotten, his eldest grandson pledged today to become as fearless and dedicated a lawyer his late grandfather once was.... …

  • More seats will check gerrymandering, says opposition
    More seats will check gerrymandering, says opposition

    While Pakatan Rakyat supports the creation of more parliamentary seats in the next redelineation exercise as a means to check malapportionment, academics and non-governmental organisations have warned that it will not necessarily improve the quality of elected representatives. PAS election director Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli said the opposition pact... …

  • Learner drivers can take test in auto cars from June – Bernama

    The Road Transport Department (RTD) will allow learner drivers to be tested in automatic transmission vehicles starting in June. Deputy director-general of RTD Datuk Yusoff Ayob said there had been delays in implementing the move because of technical problems involving the printing of the driving education curriculum. "The printing of the... …

  • In Karpal, slain Beng Hock’s kin saw a beacon of hope
    In Karpal, slain Beng Hock’s kin saw a beacon of hope

    GEORGE TOWN, April 19 — The house at Number 144A Jalan Utama has seen a ceaseless stream of visitors since morning. They came from all walks of life, mostly in groups, sometimes alone to offer... …

In homage to the 100th birthday - if he were here - of the iconic American composer John Cage, let’s sit in silence for four minutes and 33 seconds before starting to read this week’s list.

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OK, let’s begin…

Charlie’s pick: Forced student labor at Foxconn to build iPhone 5

On the eve (sort of) of the iPhone 5’s unveiling, we learn once again that Apple supplier Foxconn is violating labor ethics, and this time, local schools and the government are also involved. As WTF-worthy a story as we’ve come across recently.


Willis’ pick: The feature phone market in Indonesia

If you wanna know more about the feature phone market, you can get a ton of information from this article. People, including myself, doubted for a long time that the feature phone market in Indonesia couldn’t make money. But I guess we’re proven wrong. If TMG (the startup that’s the featured example within the article) can do it, then I guess there should be a way to get things done in Indonesia’s feature phone market.


Steven’s pick: Shit gets real, and personal, as Chinese business leaders slam short sellers Citron

The war of words between local tech luminary Kai-Fu Lee and financial blogger Andrew Left carried on into this week - but escalated significantly as the whole thing get very personal. It’s turning into a battle between local business leaders defending US-listed Chinese tech stocks and US-based short sellers who sometimes attack Chinese companies they see as over-valued or even dangerously off-the-rails. But there are some deep ethical concerns about the short sellers. To get the other side of the story, we also talked to Citron’s Andrew Left to hear about his background in analyzing - and trading - Chinese stocks.


Rick’s pick: Student ‘interns’ forced to build Apple iPhone 5 at Foxconn; now returning to schools

I have to agree with Charlie this week. Here’s yet another disturbing Chinese manufacturing story, which should (assuming that it’s true) give us some pause for thought as we approach the launch of Apple’s iPhone 5. Local media reports cite some students’ online postings that local authorities ordered schools to provide students as ‘interns’ to offset a worker shortage. While Apple has been trying to ensure good labor conditions in China, I think the reality is that most western companies just don’t extend their reach down to this level.


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  • Langkawi MP unrepentant, continues insults on late Karpal, says Facebook user The Malaysian Insider
    Langkawi MP unrepentant, continues insults on late Karpal, says Facebook user

    A Barisan Nasional MP whose Facebook posting poking fun at the death of Karpal Singh shocked Malaysians has again insulted the late DAP leader, this time comparing him to a hostile figure in Islamic history who fought against Prophet Muhammad. Facebook user Shamsul Kamal Ariffin Mohd Nasir, 42, told The Malaysian Insider that Langkawi MP,... …

  • Karpal’s car crashed into lorry, not the other way around, says Perak police The Malaysian Insider
    Karpal’s car crashed into lorry, not the other way around, says Perak police

    Initial investigations have revealed that Karpal Singh’s Toyota Alphard crashed into a five-ton lorry in the accident yesterday that claimed his life and that of his assistant, Perak police said today. State police chief Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani also dismissed rumours and speculation that the accident was caused by the lorry crashing... …

  • Told to ‘shut up’ on Twitter, Zul Noordin lashes back at Khairy The Malay Mail Online
    Told to ‘shut up’ on Twitter, Zul Noordin lashes back at Khairy

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 18 — A feud is breaking out between former Perkasa vice president Datuk Zulkifli Noordin and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin on Twitter. Told unequivocally by the minister... …