19 Jun 2015 — Muslims worldwide began fasting in the holy month of Ramadan on June 18 in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. During Ramadan, they fast from the dawn to dusk and perform Tarawih prayers at night besides observing other rituals. Fasting is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam. Muslims believe that during the holy month, rewards for performing a good deed and ritual are multiplied, thus they increase their prayers, recite the Quran and undertake charitable acts.
03 Jun 2015 — Photographer Von Wong was invited to view the newly opened 100-room palace in Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu. The palace, named Syarqiyyah, which means "Jewel of the East", is designed by Bangkok-based architect Bill Bensley, and includes 5,000 unique drawings spanning up to 9 meters in length, all to create the most magnificent piece of architecture the Sultan had ever laid eyes on.
27 May 2015 — In early May, a regional human trafficking crisis erupted when Thai authorities uncovered graves of human-trafficking victims near the Thai-Malaysian border, leading to a crackdown. Subsequently, Malaysian police discovered 28 abandoned camps and 139 grave sites along the 50km border in Perlis. The Malaysian Insider's photographer Hasnoor Hussain documents the first exhuming of victims at the camp located near the forested Bukit Wang Burma, the largest one found which could accommodate 300 people and home to 37 suspected graves.
25 May 2015 — Five months after massive floods laid waste to the state of Kelantan, hundreds of victims in the mostly Muslim state are still living in tents as the fasting month of Ramadan draws near. In the first three months of living in tents in Bandar Utama Gua Musang, meals were prepared by the Malaysian Civil Defence Department three times a day for the flood victims. Since early May, however, the department no longer prepares food and the displaced have been left to fend for themselves.
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.