Muslim devotees walk in a street market as they buy food before breaking their fast during the Islamic holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kampung Baru neighbourhood of Kuala Lumpur on 18 March 2024. (Mohd Rasfan/AFP)

Are foreign Chinese spouses disadvantaged under Malaysia's immigration policies?

Malaysia has implemented several changes to its visa restrictions in order to encourage more foreigners to invest and reside in the country. However, obstacles remain aplenty in the process of permanent residency applications for foreign spouses, despite having set up roots and having families in the country. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Seoow Juin Yee looks into the matter.
"Granny Wang" interacts with participants on stage in Kaifeng, on 30 March 2024. (CNS)

‘Granny Wang’s Matchmaking’: A large-scale dating arena for China's youths?

With young people in China seemingly less willing to date and get married, Granny Wang’s Matchmaking event in Henan province is proving to be surprisingly popular. Will such live events catch on more and spur young people to consider marriage?
A worshipper burns incense on the first day of the year of the Dragon, amid Lunar New Year celebrations, at Petak Sembilan temple in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 10 February 2024. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

Will the Confucian religion develop further in Indonesia?

The quiet support of the current administration for the tiny minority of Confucianists in Indonesia, who are mostly ethnic Chinese Indonesians, could speak volumes about not just religious but more worldly concerns.
The Uranus Building severely tilted after the earthquake on 3 April 2024.

Correspondent in Taiwan: Hualien after the earthquake

Following an earthquake that hit the coast of Hualien in Taiwan, the authorities are moving to rebuild infrastructure and facilities, so that residents can return to their lives as soon as possible. Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Woon Wei Jong reports.
Youths walk on the street at night in Beijing, China, on 24 February 2024 (Screen grab from Reuters)

[Video] The harsh reality of China’s job market for youths

Applying to as many as 800 companies only to receive one job offer is a common but harsh reality for Chinese youths. Even then, they have to contend with challenges such as a gruelling “996” work culture (9am to 9pm, six days a week). While some heed the authorities’ call to endure hardships by studying harder and working overtime, some settle for the bare minimum and resign themselves to fate.
A Meizhou Hakka player pushes the ball past an opponent. (Guangdong Mu Huang Cultural Tourism and Sports Management Company)

How the football craze revitalised a city in Guangdong

Wuhua county in Meizhou, Guangdong, has made a name for itself as the “hometown of football”, evidenced by developments in the town surrounding the sport. After Meizhou set out on the path of promoting the sport as a calling card for the city, football has been an ever-present part of the people’s lives at all levels. Lianhe Zaobao journalist Zeng Shi gives us a deeper look at how football has affected the city.
University students attend a job fair in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province on 6 March 2024. (AFP)

Record-breaking number of graduates face bleak job market in China

With another record year for the number of graduates in China, Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Wong Siew Fong notes that the employment situation appears bleaker than ever. Those seeking to join the civil service are facing even tougher competition as government agencies cut down on hiring, while the private sector may not be the most attractive option for them.
The photo taken on 21 March 2024 shows employees selecting vegetables for exportation at a food factory in Nantong, in eastern China's Jiangsu province. (AFP)

Tackling food fraud upstream and downstream

Journalist Chieh-Yi Cheng notes that the traditional ways of food preparation have given way to high-tech production, leading to the improvement of food quality, as well as counterfeiting methods. It now becomes a cat-and-mouse game, with the need to boost efforts in surveillance, tracing funding sources, and tracking the quantity and movement of raw materials and ingredients, in order to nip the problem in the bud.
Attendee at a private masquerade singles mixer in Shanghai, China, on 13 January 2024. (Screen grab from Reuters)

[Video] China’s youths are saying no to marriage and having kids

Like young people in large cities elsewhere, many Chinese youths are forgoing the traditional milestones of marriage and parenthood. Besides focusing more on personal well-being and individual needs, they are also becoming more pessimistic about the future. Here's what they have to say.