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Fast fashion victims: the couriers working long hours against the clock for low pay to deliver online orders

In Malaysia, delivery men on ‘no work, no pay’ contracts and whose base salary is often barely above the minimum wage can’t afford medical care for work injuries. To earn a living wage they need bonuses, which means putting in long hours.

12 Oct 2019 - 2:03PM

In Malaysia, delivery men on ‘no work, no pay’ contracts and whose base salary is often barely above the minimum wage can’t afford medical care for work injuries. To earn a living wage they need bonuses, which means putting in long hours.

Fast fashion victims: the couriers working long hours against the clock for low pay to deliver online orders
‘This is a sin’: why are Malaysia’s turban style hijabs so divisive?

They’re fashionable, comfortable and meet religious requirements when women properly pair them, but turbans still face much criticism in Muslim Malaysia, especially when a local Muslim celebrity is spotted wearing one.

16 Sep 2019 - 2:36PM

They’re fashionable, comfortable and meet religious requirements when women properly pair them, but turbans still face much criticism in Muslim Malaysia, especially when a local Muslim celebrity is spotted wearing one.

‘This is a sin’: why are Malaysia’s turban style hijabs so divisive?
Why Western beauty ideals and ‘Instagram face’ rule in Southeast Asia, and women hide their ‘Asian noses’

While West has embraced diverse beauty – Rihanna, take a bow – women in Southeast Asia still crave Kim Kardashian West’s doll-like features and highlights. Social media and multinationals are behind this ‘homogenisation of beauty’.

27 May 2019 - 6:17PM

While West has embraced diverse beauty – Rihanna, take a bow – women in Southeast Asia still crave Kim Kardashian West’s doll-like features and highlights. Social media and multinationals are behind this ‘homogenisation of beauty’.

Why Western beauty ideals and ‘Instagram face’ rule in Southeast Asia, and women hide their ‘Asian noses’
Why fast-fashion brands like H&M are losing millennial customers in Malaysia and Singapore

Growing awareness of environmental and workers’ issues, as well as intense competition from online brands, are contributing to a dip in demand for fast fashion. But do enough people really care to make a lasting difference?

9 Jul 2018 - 1:14PM

Growing awareness of environmental and workers’ issues, as well as intense competition from online brands, are contributing to a dip in demand for fast fashion. But do enough people really care to make a lasting difference?

Why fast-fashion brands like H&M are losing millennial customers in Malaysia and Singapore