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I'm probably not the only one but I now have a subscription to MalaysiaKini (but not the archives) so if anyone wants me to verify details in a recent article from there, drop a message on my talk page. Incidentally, Wikipedia:Verifiability does not forbid the use of subscription based sources (I've seen this claim before). I guess because few contributors have access, we probably don't make enough use of MalaysiaKini which is unfortunate since it provides an alternative POV to what appears in most of the government linked media and there is limited coverage of some issues outside of Malaysia (meaning no foreign sources). I don't know whether there's ever been any discussion but MalaysiaKini would IMHO meet the definition of Wikipedia:Reliable sources in most instances. BTW, do remember that foreign language sources are acceptable if there are no alternatives. So if something is covered in the Chinese media or Malay media then you're welcome to use those as sources. Nil Einne (talk) 22:26, 11 January 2008 (UTC)

Ya this could be useful. I also think it is a reliable source, but i've heard other ppl here disagree. Is this a yearly subscribtion? kawaputratorque 06:35, 12 January 2008 (UTC)
Apart from Malaysia Kini, the Malaysia Today is also another source. Malaysia Today news sometimes violates NPOV, however, Malaysia Today has stories that do not covered by printed media. For example the PKFZ story.Jannisri (talk) 13:39, 12 January 2008 (UTC)
Citing Malaysia Today should nominally be for a "as it was reported" basis, or if the writings in the articles are also verifiable with other news sources (independent or government-owned). MT is not considerably reliable as a source of facts, as writers have occasionally been very outspoken while certain articles border conspiracy theories. - Two hundred percent (talk) 08:26, 13 February 2008 (UTC)
Agree, the most reliable source of information is New Straits Times. Malaysia Today can provide secondary sources. Jannisri (talk) 08:47, 13 February 2008 (UTC)
I'm treating the NST in the same vein as MT. The NST has the tendency to border pro-government propaganda itself. - Two hundred percent (talk) 03:35, 29 February 2008 (UTC)

Project template up for speedy deletion

{{Malaysian collaboration nominee}}

This template is up for deletion. Im not sure if its really useful. If anyone think its useful go ahead and contest the deletion. kawaputratorque 11:09, 13 February 2008 (UTC)

Nvm. Its fixed. kawaputratorque 07:04, 15 February 2008 (UTC)

March Collaboration

Dear wikipedians, the collaboration of the month for March 2008 is Economy of Malaysia. Lets help make this a better article. Please inform others if you have time. Thanks. ќמшמφטтгמtorque 05:55, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

April Collaboration

Can we decide that Malaysian Airlines is the April collaboration yet?Wai Hong (talk) 15:24, 4 April 2008 (UTC)

Standisation of collaboration template

I have to object to part thereof of Kawaputra's indiscriminate reversion at the collab page. It's fair enough if minor changes such as the use of the hash and auto dates on the header are unnecessary, but I for one would prefer at least an additional section for comments, seeing some of our earlier nominations had them. From my experience with other collabs, templates provided for new nominations have space for at least support votes and accompanying comments. What we currently have is a system that apparently requires only votes with no allocated space for actual comments. The layout also implies a dumbed down system that favours numbers of votes instead of solid justifications and consensus. This has resulted in nominations that simply consist of bare votes winning over nominations that are accompanied by helpful explanations as to why the article in question merits a collab (see Malaysian Airlines over Kampar, Perak and Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party for example). - Two hundred percent (talk) 06:38, 17 April 2008 (UTC)

Im sorry 200%. I think i overlooked the comments section before reverting your edits. Ya, go ahead and add that part. I have this knack to simplify everything. I would suggest this, but it is up to u guys:
# Comments optional/compulsory. ~~~~

ќמшמφטтгמtorque 14:14, 17 April 2008 (UTC)

Thanks. I'll have the comment section added after April's nomination is selected. The current configuration is still a bit flawed though, since comments automatically count as support votes. - Two hundred percent (talk) 07:28, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
Hmm, Im not sure how else we can decide which article gets chosen for the collaboration other than by looking at which article which gets the most votes. Looking at the merits provided by the nominators can lead to uncertainty. I dunno, what others think? ќמшמφטтгמtorque 11:06, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
I know participants of this project in general tend to lack critical thinking, but that's not a good excuse to not improve the system. Plenty of collab projects in Wikipedia and WP:AFD rely on consensus rather than vote counts; so having a seperate comment section is a minimum must for fair selection. Besides, a system where one picks nominated articles based on the number of vote is fundamentally flawed due also to sockpuppets. - Two hundred percent (talk) 10:54, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
Ya, this sounds good. I never thought of it that way. ќמшמφטтгמtorque 03:35, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

May collaboration

It is May 1 and and the collaboration for this month will be Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party. Nominations are now open for the June 2008 collaboration here: Wikipedia:WikiProject Malaysia/Collaboration. ќמшמφטтгמtorque 11:01, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

Should {{Discrimination sidebar}} be on ketuanan Melayu?

Please comment: Talk:Ketuanan_Melayu#.7B.7Bdiscrimination.7D.7D. Thanks! Johnleemk | Talk 16:27, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

Why not? The link is there, innit? - Two hundred percent (talk) 10:57, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
There's a valid dispute about whether it constitutes an actual form of discrimination. I'm uncomfortable with the way ketuanan Melayu itself is presented on {{Discrimination sidebar}} since I don't think it's really a legal form of discrimination per se. Please comment on the talk page! Johnleemk | Talk 12:18, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

Abdul Taib Mahmud

This article has been cited by Malaysiakini about him amassing wealth for 27 years: "S'wak CM in Wikipedia: 'Hush hush' in the assembly", Malaysiakini, May 9, 2008. ќמшמφטтгמtorque 11:26, 9 May 2008 (UTC)

Kadet Remaja Sekolah Malaysia‎ -- appeal for assistance

Greetings. User:Keropi88 created this article a couple of weeks ago, but has failed to add substantial content to it. The KRSM page was created during the AfD discussion for another article on a branch of the organization, Sinar Bintang School Cadet Corps (SBKRS), by the same author. The branch article did not survive AfD, but the history was retained so that it could be used as a basis for material on the national organization.

I hope that someone from here at WP:MY can add some material to the article, as the organization is clearly notable. But if it remains in its current mostly-empty state, I will recommend that it be deleted per WP:CSD#A3. Thank you for your time. --Finngall talk 21:24, 12 May 2008 (UTC)

An Invitation from the Philippine Wikipedia Community

Hello folks,

The Philippine Wikipedia Community will be holding its 1st Meet-up in Cebu City (the fourth one in the Philippines) on June 23-24, 2008. This coincides with the first Philippine Open Source Summit, also to be held in Cebu. The Philippine Wikipedia Community is an Implementing Partner of the Open Source Summit. We invite you to join us in this event. If you are in the IT or IT-enabled services industry, this would be a great opportunity to meet people from the 4th best outsourcing city in the world. This is also a good excuse to visit our beautiful beaches :)

If you're interested in joining the Wikipedia meet-up, please join our discussion. You can register for the Open Source Summit here. If you would like some assistance with local accomodations, you may email User:Bentong Isles.

The Philippine Wikipedia Community

Draft Guidelines for Lists of companies by country - Feedback Requested

Within WikiProject Companies I am trying to establish guidelines for all Lists of companies by country, the implementation of which would hopefully ensure a minimum quality standard and level of consistency across all of these related but currently disparate articles. The ultimate goal is the improvement of these articles to Featured List status. As a WikiProject that currently has one of these lists within your scope, I would really appreciate your feedback! You can find the draft guidelines here. Thanks for your help as we look to build consensus and improve Wikipedia! - Richc80 (talk) 04:52, 26 May 2008 (UTC)

June Collaboration

I want to suggest we defer the next collab article to July, mainly due to small number of participants in the nominations this month (only 4 votes). Please say if u support or not. If not, we just go ahead with Geography of Malaysia as this months collaboration. Thanks. ќמшמφטтгמtorque 07:30, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

Proposal to rename "Pedra Branca dispute"

There is a discussion on whether to rename "Pedra Branca dispute" as "Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge (Malaysia v. Singapore)", as this is the official name of the International Court of Justice case: see "List of International Court of Justice cases". Your comments on the article's talk page are welcome. — Cheers, JackLee talk 17:31, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

Use of honorifics - Don't

As per WP:NAMES, I would like folks who are updating or adding new articles to not use honorifics (ie. Datuk, Tan Sri, etc) as part of the names of individuals -

"Wikipedia guidelines permit inline use of titles but forbid inline use of honorifics .. absence of an honorific title from inline usage does not and should not imply that the person does not hold a particular title that is associated with that (absent) honorific title - the infobox is the canonical location for all titles and honors."

I assume that we know that its not just Malaysians who are reading Wikipedia. Adding a Tan Sri in front of a person's name would just give a lot of folks that Tan is part of the person's name. Cheers. - Bob K 03:24, 8 June 2008 (UTC)

Agreed. See also WP:MOS-MY. We may need to add the part about permitted usage in infobox. ќמшמφטтгמtorque 06:24, 8 June 2008 (UTC)

WikiProject: Education in Malaysia proposal

This proposed WikiProject is meant to organize, improve and expand all articles related to Education in Malaysia at all levels, including adult education, vocational education, etc. A lot of the articles in this category need work. If you're interested or would like to discuss this further, please go to WikiProject Proposal entry. Thanks. - Bob K 07:21, 21 June 2008 (UTC)

Naming conventions for institutions with no established English translations

I have been doing full edits of the articles of our universities and other higher education related articles and have been using the commonly used Malay names for the public universities. Generally I based my naming convention on how the Ministry of Higher Education lists them in their English language website, except for those which do have common and established English translation of their names like University of Malaya for Universiti Malaya. One reason I did so was due to the haphazard way in which some of the translated names were rendered, eg. Universiti Putra Malaysia was mistranslated as University of Putra rather than Putra University. I understand this might be problematic in view of WP:NC(UE) but there are exceptions provided for (re: WP:NC(UE) - No established usage). I'd like to solicit some feedback and views on this and whether or not we can come out with a consistent policy about this on this Style Manual. Personally I'd still be partial to using an English translation but there should be some consensus achieved on how the names of institutions with no established English versions of their name are translated first before the articles are published. There are way too many articles related to Malaysia that are written in "English" with local language syntax and grammatical rules, eg. I'm pretty certain I saw the word prestasi mistranslated in one article as prestation quite a while back. - Bob K 14:01, 8 June 2008 (UTC)

I wouldn't mind it being in it's english form, but I concur about the haphazard way some of the universities got renamed. It's appalling. I'd move them back to their original names but the worst thing I could possibly do is do a cut and paste move or have to come up against an admin that's gonna cite WP:NC(UE) for keeping it there. Chan Yin Keen | UserTalk Contribs 13:56, 18 June 2008 (UTC)
If Malay names have never been given any English equivalents, there isn't any point beyond literal translation, especially with those of names that clearly consists of words similar in both English and Malay (i.e. university names). - Two hundred percent (talk) 07:09, 26 June 2008 (UTC)
You may also want to disregard local but unusual interpretations of English in Malaysia and stick to British English when working on Malaysian articles. Our education system has done wonders regressing the standards of English for 40 years. - Two hundred percent (talk) 07:17, 26 June 2008 (UTC)

Changes to the WP:1.0 assessment scheme

As you may have heard, we at the Wikipedia 1.0 Editorial Team recently made some changes to the assessment scale, including the addition of a new level. The new description is available at WP:ASSESS.

  • The new C-Class represents articles that are beyond the basic Start-Class, but which need additional references or cleanup to meet the standards for B-Class.
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Please leave a message with us if you have any queries regarding the introduction of the revised scheme. This scheme should allow the team to start producing offline selections for your project and the wider community within the next year. Thanks for using the Wikipedia 1.0 scheme! For the 1.0 Editorial Team, §hepBot (Disable) 20:55, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

Articles flagged for cleanup

Currently, 2570 articles are assigned to this project, of which 501, or 19.5%, are flagged for cleanup of some sort. (Data as of 14 July 2008.) Are you interested in finding out more? I am offering to generate cleanup to-do lists on a project or work group level. See User:B. Wolterding/Cleanup listings for details. Subscribing is easy - just add a template to your project page. If you want to respond to this canned message, please do so at my user talk page. --B. Wolterding (talk) 08:44, 21 July 2008 (UTC)


The auto archive thing does not seem to be working. Anybody know how to use it? I have manually archive several discussion which ended earlier than June. The manually archived discussions does not appear at the index. ќמшמφטтгמtorque 05:40, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

The Werdnabot fairy has come to fix it. — Werdna • talk 09:05, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

Thanks werdna. Er, can u also add to the index discussions which was manually archived? Im not sure how to do that. The index is here: Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Malaysia/Archive index ќמшמφטтгמtorque 13:14, 27 July 2008 (UTC)

Chinese entertainer infobox

Template:Infobox Chinese, Taiwanese, Singaporean, Malaysian actor and singerTemplate:Infobox Chinese actor and singer

There has been a requested move at WP:RM for this move. Apparently this infobox only applies to "Chinese-language" entertainers. (talk) 08:55, 13 August 2008 (UTC)


Hi, I was just wondering that could you possibly help me write one of the pages here? (the red ones/the unstriked ones) Thanks, H2H (talk) 13:37, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia 0.7 articles have been selected for Malaysia

Wikipedia 0.7 is a collection of English Wikipedia articles due to be released on DVD, and available for free download, later this year. The Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team has made an automated selection of articles for Version 0.7.

We would like to ask you to review the articles selected from this project. These were chosen from the articles with this project's talk page tag, based on the rated importance and quality. If there are any specific articles that should be removed, please let us know at Wikipedia talk:Version 0.7. You can also nominate additional articles for release, following the procedure at Wikipedia:Release Version Nominations.

A list of selected articles with cleanup tags, sorted by project, is available. The list is automatically updated each hour when it is loaded. Please try to fix any urgent problems in the selected articles. A team of copyeditors has agreed to help with copyediting requests, although you should try to fix simple issues on your own if possible.

We would also appreciate your help in identifying the version of each article that you think we should use, to help avoid vandalism or POV issues. These versions can be recorded at this project's subpage of User:SelectionBot/0.7. We are planning to release the selection for the holiday season, so we ask you to select the revisions before October 20. At that time, we will use an automatic process to identify which version of each article to release, if no version has been manually selected. Thanks! For the Wikipedia 1.0 Editorial team, SelectionBot 22:44, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

Good free photos

There is a set of photos here on flickr that is CC licensed and contains a couple identified Malaysian celebrities as well as possibly some unidentified ones. Go have a look and see if you recognize anyone! Calliopejen1 (talk) 19:20, 26 September 2008 (UTC)

KL transport, Malaysian roads and template abuse

Use of templates to color every instance of the string {{KL-RTS-KEL}} in purple, like this, is really bleeping annoying and violates WP:TMP: Templates should not masquerade as article content in the main article namespace; instead, place the text directly into the article.

And yes, this has already spread like a cancer through Malaysian transport and road articles. It's time to kill them. Jpatokal (talk) 09:46, 22 August 2008 (UTC)

I'll bring these up on TfD as soon as I'm ready. I must note User:Sirap bandung made far more of these things than I thought. It's not just excessive, it went unnoticed for quite some time. - Two hundred percent (talk) 14:58, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
I would advise some caution about which ones to list, since the Template:KL-RTS route/station templates used in the routemap/station infoboxes are still (IMHO) justifiable. The body text ones (KL-RTS-xxx) should be nuked, but they should first be stripped out from the other templates using them. Jpatokal (talk) 16:34, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
Of course. I'm only targeting those that merely bring up formatted text. - Two hundred percent (talk) 15:42, 7 October 2008 (UTC)

Proposal to rename "Middle Rocks, Malaysia"

I have proposed that the article "Middle Rocks, Johor" be renamed to "Middle Rocks". I feel that adding "Johor" to the article name is unnecessary as there is no other article named "Middle Rocks", nor does there appear to be such a place anywhere else in the world. Do weigh in with your comments on the article's talk page so that consensus can be reached on the issue. Thanks. — Cheers, JackLee talk 09:20, 5 October 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for everyone's participation. Consensus was reached to rename the article "Middle Rocks". — Cheers, JackLee talk 15:35, 7 October 2008 (UTC)

We! Will! Wikipedia! Emergency!

WikiProjek Malaysia members are invited to join the the community and other Wikipedians in the Annex, Centrel Market from 16-26 Oct to contribute regarding the first Malayan Emergency from 1948-1960.

Throughout the duration of the project, students, journalists (writers from The Nutgraph & The Star have confirmed), and others will take 1-hour shifts from 11am to 4pm daily to input materials related to the Emergency years. The participants will collectively grow the entries related to Malaya-Malaysia from 1948 to 1960 in the Wikipedia database.

For more information contact The Five Arts Centre or call 603-77254858. Alternatively, you can also contact Diagramma Della Verita (talk) 12:13, 12 October 2008 (UTC)

November 2008 Collaboration Article

After long delay here is the new collaboration article:

Flag of Malaysia.svg The current Malaysia article collaboration of the month is Malay cuisine.

Please read the project page and share your thought.
You can help by improving the article or discuss it on the collaboration discussion page.

Malaysian WikiProject
Visitors of the House of Skulls.jpg The current Malaysia image collaboration of the month is File:Visitors of the House of Skulls.jpg.

Please read the project page and share your thought.
You can help by improving the article or discuss it on the collaboration discussion page.

Malaysian WikiProject

p/s Do submit new nominations for December or January collab here: Wikipedia:WikiProject Malaysia/Collaboration or Wikipedia:WikiProject Malaysia/Collaboration/Nominees. ќמшמφטтгמtorque 07:16, 1 November 2008 (UTC)


Klang says: "Klang is the royal capital of the state of Selangor, Malaysia within a district of similar name." -- This is very confusing. What is the "similar name"? (Please edit the article Klang, don't just discuss here.) Thanks. -- (talk) 11:49, 1 November 2008 (UTC)

The town known as Klang is actually part of a district of the same name (Klang district). Almost all the area in Klang district is occupied by Klang, the town. Acs4b T C U 15:47, 1 November 2008 (UTC)

Penang Botanic Gardens

Greetings from a damp & cold England. I am currently putting together an article on the Penang Botanic Gardens, as well as one on its first superintendent, Charles Curtis. Unfortunately, I am unable to find any free use photographs of the gardens and its flora & fauna which would improve the article. Can someone upload some suitable photos and let me know so that I can incorporate them. Cheers. --Daemonic Kangaroo (talk) 12:14, 2 November 2008 (UTC)

You could request Flickr authors of such photos to tag their photos for free use (with a valid reason), as some of them are not aware of copyleft licensing. I was able to upload photos for the One Fathom Bank Lighthouse article through this method. - Two hundred percent (talk) 10:20, 3 November 2008 (UTC)

Why? Why does it have to be Malaysia...?

Forgive my over-expression on the title. I know the article Malaysia isn't the only one heavily vandalised, but it's more frequently edited in a non-constructive way than any other articles I encounter (maybe because it's in my watchlist...). The article was recently semi-protected for a short while – not many problems there. But when the time expired, you can obviously see more edits being made by looking at its history page. So, I hope that any admins can evaluate my suggestion to indefinitely semi-protect the respective article. Thanks. Hytar (talk) 23:13, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

OK, I know it's unrelated to the article Malaysia, but I wanted to bring out an issue about the List of Astro channels article. The layout is recently overhauled substantially, and in a not-so-pleasant way. I wouldn't call it vandalism, but it does seems like it.
The editor who did that "major renovation" didn't even consult its talk page, where I suggested several things to improve the article. I also have other grouses about anonymous editors who are not serious in making edits.
I don't know whether the article needs to be semi-protected or not. The admins should know better. Obviously, I'm voicing it out here, and not in its discussion page, with reason mentioned above. Yeah, I seem to be quite fussy on details, but it's for the benefit of Wikipedia readers and potential editors. Hytar (talk) 22:12, 25 November 2008 (UTC)

FYI: New articles

A bot has been set up, which looks through the new Wikipedia articles and picks up those that are likely related to Malaysia. The search results are available at User:AlexNewArtBot/MalaysiaSearchResult and are normally updated on a daily basis. Colchicum (talk) 01:08, 29 November 2008 (UTC)