14 May 2015 — Kuala Muda district in Kedah enjoys a long history and various peculiarities. Its claim to fame was the 2004 tsunami which hit parts of the Kuala Muda shore. Despite the tragic event, some traditions die hard among fishermen and villagers in the shore area. Along the estuary of Sungai Muda is a small market where a unique auction method is practised. Wholesalers and locals buy the fresh catch directly from fishermen via the ‘whisper method’. They whisper the best price to the fishermen and the auction price stays a secret among the buyers. The highest bidder lands the catch of the day.
07 May 2015 — After 12 days of campaigning, Permatang Pauh folk voted on May 7 to elect a new MP for the hottest parliamentary seat in the country. This is a four-cornered fight among PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, new face from Barisan Nasional Suhaimi Sabudin, candidate from Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) Azman Shah Othman and independent Salleh Isahak.
01 May 2015 — Permatang Pauh is under spotlight again following the disqualification of incumbent MP Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim after the Federal Court upheld his five-year jail term for sodomy. The 71,890 voters will go to the polls on May 7. The constituency is a mix of suburban and rural areas in the three state assembly seats – Seberang Jaya, Pematang Pasir and Penanti. The Malaysian Insider photographer Hasnoor Hussain captures the mood in Permatang Pauh.
22 Apr 2015 — A community area in Teluk Kumbar, Penang, known as Kampung Nelayan, is home to hundreds of families. Located on the shore facing the Strait of Malacca, the villagers have a strong symbiotic relationship with the sea on which their livelihoods have depended for generations. Despite a depleting fish stock due to overfishing, they leave their homes and risk their lives at sea every day to put fish on our plates.
08 Apr 2015 — Maahad Tahfiz is a school where students learn to read and memorise the Quran, alongside Islamic subjects such as Hadith (traditions of Prophet Muhammad) and fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence). At the end of their study, students are required to know by heart all 6,236 verses of the Quran spread across 114 chapters. The modern Maahad also has Mathematics and English language as part of the syllabus. The Malaysian Insider's Nazir Sufari visits one such school, Maahad Tahfiz al-Quran At-Taqwa, in Sungai Buloh, Selangor.
23 Mar 2015 — Penang is known as a food paradise and this reputation rests largely on its street food. Locals and foreigners alike descend on the island to savour its many temptations. As melting pot, Penang offers a variety of cuisine which reflects the influence of the Chinese, Nyonya, Malays and Indians. The Malaysian Insider Penang-based photographer Hasnoor Hussain snaps some of the best hawker fare in town.
16 Mar 2015 — Kampung Pendas, Gelang Patah, Johor, is known for its fishing industry. Raft houses or ‘rumah rakit’ are a unique part of the fishing village’s identity, as they are used as 'cages' to breed fish and serve as living quarters. However, the area recently made the news after reports of mass fish death, which fishermen blame on development, erosion and ships criss-crossing the Johor Strait. The Malaysian Insider's Seth Akmal takes a peek at a soon-to-be vanishing lifestyle in the southern part of the peninsula.
26 Feb 2015 — Mah Meri is a subgroup of the Orang Asli tribe, Senoi, and live along the coast of Selangor, particularly from Sungai Pelek to Pulau Carey. Every year for many centuries, a small Mah Meri village in Pulau Carey takes part in a ritual called "Puja Pantai" to appease the spirits of the seas which provide them much of their economy. The Malaysian Insider photographer, Muhkriz Hazim, visited and recorded this year's events.
18 Feb 2015 — Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, marks the start of the Chinese calendar. Each Chinese New Year is named after one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac and for 2015, it is Year of the Wooden Sheep (or sometimes also known as Year of Ram or Goat). Many astrologers predict Year of the Wood Sheep to herald a more favourable period. All the chaos in the past years will finally wrap up and things will start to brighten up. The Chinese New Year is a major celebration for the Chinese and is celebrated all over the world, including Malaysia.
10 Feb 2015 — The Federal Court has rejected opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's appeal against a sodomy conviction and prison sentence imposed last year. The former deputy prime minister's legal battle in the Sodomy II case began in August 7, 2008, when he was charged with sodomising his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, in an apartment in Damansara, Kuala Lumpur. The High Court had in January 2012, acquitted Anwar, but this was overturned by the Court of Appeal in March last year. The first sodomy case against Anwar was in 1998, after he was sacked from the government. He was then accused of sodomising his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail's former driver, Azizan Abu Bakar, but was acquitted in a 2-1 majority ruling by the Federal Court in 2004.