The Palazzo Malipiero (centrre) will house Malaysia’s first national pavilion at the Venice Biennale contemporary art exhibition, which opens in May. Photo: Alamy

How Malaysia got its first pavilion at Venice Biennale thanks to gallerist’s ‘fit of madness’

  • Wei-ling Lim felt the urge to do something for her country, and wrote to new prime minister Mahathir Mohamad to propose a national presence at Venice art show
  • Mahathir said government would back her if she could raise funds for the pavilion, which will showcase the works of four Malaysian artists
Topic |   Art

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The Palazzo Malipiero (centrre) will house Malaysia’s first national pavilion at the Venice Biennale contemporary art exhibition, which opens in May. Photo: Alamy
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The crowd at a Boot Axe gig. The band was among the neo-Nazi ‘Malay power’ acts due to perform at a now-cancelled event in Ipoh, Malaysia.

‘Malay power’ neo-Nazi band festival cancelled in Malaysia’s Ipoh city

  • ‘Malay power’ movement believes Malaysia should be an exclusively Malay nation, immigration should end and non-Malays should be expelled
  • Another concert featuring many of the same bands was announced days later, but owners of venue deny it is taking place
Topic |   Music

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The crowd at a Boot Axe gig. The band was among the neo-Nazi ‘Malay power’ acts due to perform at a now-cancelled event in Ipoh, Malaysia.
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