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Malaysian PM vows ahead of ASEAN to help Rohingya bound for country

Jun 21, 2019 - 9:45 PM

'They are refugees. As much as we can do for them, we will,' the 93-year-old premier tells reporters on the sidelines of a business forum in Bangkok

PLAY. Young Rohingya refugees fly kites at the Hakimpara refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on November 18, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP

Mahathir says Malaysia will use Huawei 'as much as possible'

May 30, 2019 - 1:43 PM

Mahathir Mohamad, speaking at a conference in Tokyo, acknowledges the security concerns regarding Huawei but says they would not deter Malaysia

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad delivers a speech during the 25th International Conference on the Future Of Asia in Tokyo on May 30, 2019. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Singapore PM defends 'fake news' law after storm of criticism

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:08 AM

Rights groups warn Singapore's proposed fake news laws could be used to stifle online discussion, are too vague and may be used to target government critics

FAKE NEWS LAWS. Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, right, and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong smile during a joint press conference in Putrajaya, April 9, one topic from which were laws on fake news. AFP photo


Malaysia Airlines could be sold or shut down – PM

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:41 PM

'We will nevertheless be studying and investigating as to whether we should shut it down or we should sell it off or we should refinance it,' says Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

Malacañang taking Mahathir's advice on Chinese loans

Mar 11, 2019 - 2:10 PM

The Duterte government's economic managers are 'evaluating all kinds of loans' from China, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

PARTNERS FOR PROGRESS, BROTHERS FOR PEACE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte accompanies Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad as the latter signs the guest book upon his arrival at the Malacañan Palace for his two-day official visit to the Philippines on March 7, 2019. Malacañang Photo

LOOK: PH lawmakers' 'very cordial' meeting with Malaysian PM Mahathir

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:10 PM

House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says Filipino legislators sought Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's advice on economic affairs

COURTESY CALL. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Senate President Vicente Sotto III pose for a picture with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. All photos courtesy of Arroyo's office

U.N. rights chief: PH's 'drug war' not a model for any country | Evening wRap

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:00 PM

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Mahathir sees Bangsamoro region boosting PH-Malaysia economic ties

Mar 07, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad tells Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that he expects the new Bangsamoro region to spur growth and development

Malaysian PM Mahathir warns Philippines vs foreigner influx

Mar 07, 2019 - 2:41 PM

Mahathir Mohamad, who has suspended several of his nation’s major projects with China, says 'foreign direct investment should not involve bringing huge numbers of foreigners to live in the country'

MAHATHIR MOHAMAD. Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad delivers a speech at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok on October 25, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Duterte appoints Javier to SC, Tijam to JBC | Midday wRap

Mar 07, 2019 - 12:49 PM

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir arrives in Manila for official visit

Mar 06, 2019 - 7:47 PM

The world's oldest statesman begins his two-day visit to the Philippines, which includes a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte

This picture taken on December 6, 2016 shows Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad speaking during an interview with AFP at his office in Putrajaya. Malaysian ruling party icon Mahathir Mohamad has accused current leader Najib Razak of "destroying" the country by clinging to power despite a corruption scandal, and vowed to campaign vigorously for the opposition in coming elections. In an interview with AFP, the 91-year-old former prime minister excoriated Najib over the sensational graft allegations swirling around the 1MDB sovereign wealth fund.  / AFP PHOTO / Manan VATSYAYANA / TO GO WITH AFP STORY MALAYSIA-POLITICS-CORRUPTION-NAJIB-1MDB-MAHATHIR,INTERVIEW BY M. JEGATHESAN

Malaysia's Mahathir to visit Philippines, meet Duterte

Feb 28, 2019 - 4:39 PM

This will be the 93-year-old Mahathir Mohamad's first visit to the Philippines since he returned as Malaysia's prime minister in 2018

MALAYSIA'S LEADER. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad addresses civil servants from the Prime Minister's Office during his first assembly in Putrajaya on May 21, 2018. Photo by AFP

Mahathir: Suu Kyi stance on Rohingya 'indefensible'

Nov 13, 2018 - 8:21 PM

After Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad says he was 'very disappointed' with Aung San Suu Kyi's failure to defend the Rohingya in Myanmar, they stand side-by-side in the ASEAN photo-shoot

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (L) and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi join other leaders as they pose for a group photo at the opening ceremony during the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 13, 2018.  Jewel SAMAD / AFP

Malaysian leader Mahathir, 93, feeling his age

Nov 01, 2018 - 10:25 PM

The nonagenarian leader jokes during an interview: 'I should be dead now, actually'

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during an interview with Agence France-Presse (AFP) in Putrajaya on November 1, 2018. Six months after winning power in a shock election victory, Mahathir, the world's oldest leader at 93, concedes he's exhausted as he battles to rebuild a "destroyed" government. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

Malaysia ex-PM and ally charged in $1.6B graft case

Oct 25, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Najib Razak has now been hit with 38 charges since losing power, most of them related to allegations that he and his cronies plundered vast sums from sovereign wealth fund 1MDB

CHARGED. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak (3rd R) arrives at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office in Putrajaya on May 22, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian leader in waiting Anwar in triumphant return to parliament

Oct 15, 2018 - 2:07 PM

MPs applaud as Anwar Ibrahim takes the oath of office following his weekend local election victory, a sight that would have been unthinkable just months ago when he was an opposition leader languishing behind bars

ANWAR IBRAHIM. Malaysia's People's Justice Party president and leader of the Pakatan Harapan coalition Anwar Ibrahim (R) waves before taking an oath as a member of the parliament during a swearing-in ceremony at the Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur on October 15, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia's Anwar wins parliamentary by-election

Oct 13, 2018 - 10:07 PM

(UPDATED) Anwar Ibrahim sets the stage for his return to frontline Malaysian politics

WINNER. Malaysia's People's Justice Party president and leader of the Pakatan Harapan coalition Anwar Ibrahim (C) celebrates winning in a by-election in Port Dickson on October 13, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia's Anwar set to return to frontline politics in by-election

Oct 13, 2018 - 7:33 PM

The charismatic politician is expected to eke out an easy win in the seat, which was vacated after a member of the ruling coalition stepped down to pave Anwar's return

POLL. A child holds a party flag outside a polling station during by-election in Port Dickson on October 13, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia's Anwar faces sodomy accuser in election

Sep 29, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Anwar Ibrahim's detractors 'are out to embarrass him in any little way they can,' says the head of an independent polling firm

MALAYSIA'S ANWAR. In this file photo, former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim is the guest speaker of the MAP 2018 CEO Conference held at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malaysia PM denounces caning of women for lesbian sex

Sep 06, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad: 'This gives a bad image of Islam and we believe that if there are similar cases like this we need to consider giving lighter punishments'

MAHATHIR MOHAMAD. Former Malaysian prime minister and winning opposition candidate Mahathir Mohamad (center) speaks to journalists during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on May 10, 2018. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Malaysia to shelve China-backed projects worth $22B

Aug 22, 2018 - 7:57 AM

The projects include a railway connecting Malaysia's east coast to southern Thailand and Kuala Lumpur, and two gas pipelines

SHELVED. Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad adjusts his earphones during a joint press conference with China's Premier Li Keqiang (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on August 20, 2018. Photo by How Hwee Young/AFP

Mahathir to renegotiate or cancel mega-projects during China trip

Aug 16, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The 93-year-old Malaysian leader rails against a series of deals struck with Chinese state-owned companies by the administration of toppled leader Najib Razak

Mantan PM Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad. FOTO oleh Regina Safri/ANTARA

Malaysian ex-PM Najib charged with money laundering

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:51 PM

Najib Razak pleads not guilty to 3 counts of money laundering. He faces up to 15 years in jail for each charge.

NAJIB RAZAK. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak speaks to the media after being questioned at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Putrajaya on May 24, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Luxury yacht linked to 1MDB scandal arrives in Malaysia

Aug 07, 2018 - 3:04 PM

(UPDATED) Equanimity belongs to Jho Low, an international financier who allegedly played a central role in the 1MDB controversy that has engulfed former prime minister Najib Razak

EQUANIMITY. The Cayman Island-registered vessel Equanimity, which is reportedly worth some US$250 million and is owned by Jho Low, a former unofficial adviser to the Malaysian fund 1MDB, is pictured at Benoa harbour on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on April 13, 2018. File photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Duterte, Mahathir discuss violent extremism, sea piracy in meeting

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Malaysia's longest-serving leader Mahathir Mohamad spend a bulk of their meeting discussing security concerns

Where Duterte, Mahathir stand on pressing ASEAN issues

Jul 16, 2018 - 2:52 PM

(UPDATED) One embraces China investments with open arms, the other shows more caution. One sees US President Donald Trump as a 'friend,' the other calls him an 'international bully.'

Duterte hails Pacquiao after watching bout beside Mahathir

Jul 15, 2018 - 1:48 PM

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad joins President Rodrigo Duterte in doing the Philippine leader's trademark fist pump for Senator Manny Pacquiao

WATCHING PACQUIAO. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (5th from left), beside Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (4th), watches the boxing match of Senator Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse on July 15, 2018. Malacañang photo

Duterte leaves for private Malaysia trip

Jul 14, 2018 - 8:34 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte will watch Manny Pacquiao's boxing match in Kuala Lumpur, and will also meet with Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 2018 Mindanao Island Cluster Conference of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on July 13, 2018.

Duterte to watch Pacquiao fight in Malaysia, meet Mahathir

Jul 09, 2018 - 9:25 PM

Plans are being made for the Philippine leader to catch his Senate ally's boxing match and then meet with Malaysia's new prime minister

PEOPLE'S CHAMP. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises the hand of Senator Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao as the latter paid a courtesy call to the President at the Malacañan Palace on November 14, 2016 after successfully capturing the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Welterweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Jesse Vargas recently. SIMEON CELI JR/Presidential Photo

MH370 hunt may resume if new evidence found – Malaysian PM

May 30, 2018 - 3:59 PM

'We have come to a stage where we cannot keep searching for something we cannot find,' says Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

SEARCH. A Malaysia Airlines logo is pictured at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang on March 8, 2015. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia's Mahathir vows to scrap Singapore rail link

May 28, 2018 - 9:07 PM

Prime Minister Mahathir calls a 'final decision' to scrap plans for the bullet-train line between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, which had been agreed on several years ago and was expected to cut travel times to 90 minutes from five hours by road today

Malaysia's newly-elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad addresses civil servants from the Prime Minister's office during his first assembly in Putrajaya on May 21, 2018.  Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

[OPINION] 100 days for Mahathir's media reform

May 26, 2018 - 7:01 PM

I was a career journalist mostly during the Mahathir years. I am now following his example to come out of retirement, to monitor his first 100 days.

Malaysia's Najib quizzed over scandal, graft fighter reveals threats

May 22, 2018 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) The ousted leader arrives at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters in the administrative capital of Putrajaya, walking through a scrum of about 100 journalists

SCANDAL. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak (3rd R) arrives at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Putrajaya on May 22, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia sets up task force to probe 1MDB scandal

May 21, 2018 - 3:47 PM

The special task force will be charged with seizing back assets and pursuing legal action against those suspected of breaking the law in relation to the fund

1MDB TASK FORCE. This picture taken on December 6, 2016 shows Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad speaking during an interview with AFP at his office in Putrajaya. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/ AFP

Duterte’s satisfaction rating, SC ousts Sereno, Mayweather in Davao City | Evening wRap

May 11, 2018 - 7:47 PM

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Malaysia king to pardon opposition's Anwar, paving way for return to politics

May 11, 2018 - 1:13 PM

(UPDATED) Mahathir Mohamad has previously said he would likely remain prime minister for two to 3 years, before transferring power to Anwar Ibrahim

ANWAR. Malaysia's king has agreed to pardon jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim immediately, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says on May 11, 2018. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Philippines congratulates Mahathir, sees 'enhanced' ties with Malaysia

May 11, 2018 - 10:18 AM

'Prime Minister Mahathir is an old friend of the Philippines and his fresh mandate augurs well for the deep relations between the Philippines and Malaysia,' says Malacañang

HISTORIC. Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition candidate Mahathir Mohamad (C) celebrates with his coalition leaders during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on early May 10, 2018. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

PH GDP grows 6.8%, Kim on Trump, Pacquiao on Mayweather | Evening wRap

May 10, 2018 - 7:53 PM

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Malaysia's elderly ex-strongman makes stunning return to power

May 10, 2018 - 2:04 PM

In a win that overturns decades of dominance by the country's main coalition, Mahathir has secured an unlikely second act in the twilight of his political career

Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition's candidate Mahathir Mohamad speaks to the media following the 14th general elections in Kuala Lumpur on May 9, 2018. Malaysia's opposition alliance led by veteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad was making early gains in May 9 hard-fought election against the long-ruling coalition, according to unofficial tallies. / AFP PHOTO / Manan VATSYAYANA

Kuwait frees Filipino drivers, Complaint vs Calida, Mahathir wins | Midday wRap

May 10, 2018 - 1:50 PM

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Malaysia's Mahathir expects to be sworn in within hours

May 10, 2018 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Mahathir Mohamad called for his inauguration to take place by 5 pm on Thursday, May 10

VOTING. In this file photo, former Malaysian prime minister and opposition party Pakatan Harapan's candidate Mahathir Mohamad casts his vote at a polling station during the 14th general elections in Alor Setar on May 9, 2018. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Malaysia PM 'accepts people's will' after shock election loss

May 10, 2018 - 11:45 AM

(UPDATED) But Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak does not make a clear concession, adding that it is up to the nation's king to decide who will become the next prime minister as no single party won a majority parliament

'VERDICT OF THE PEOPLE.' Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak votes at a polling station during the 14th general elections in Pekan on May 9, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018 - 10:42 AM

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VOTED. Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition party Pakatan Harapan's candidate Mahathir Mohamad shows his inked finger as he casts his vote at a polling station during the 14th general elections in Alor Setar on May 9, 2018.​ Photo by Jewel Samad/ AFP

Malaysia's Mahathir wins shock election victory

May 10, 2018 - 7:35 AM

Mahathir Mohamad's opposition alliance ends the long hold on power of the Barisan Nasional coalition, which has been in power in Malaysia since its birth as an independent country in 1957

Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition candidate Mahathir Mohamad (C) celebrates with his coalition leaders during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on early May 10, 2018. Malaysia's opposition alliance headed by veteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, 92, has won a historic election victory, official results showed on May 10, ending the six-decade rule of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. / AFP PHOTO / Manan VATSYAYANA

Malaysia's scandal-hit PM faces ex-mentor in election

May 09, 2018 - 8:21 AM

(UPDATED) As polls opened, some opposition leaders claimed their phones were flooded with spam calls from abroad to hamper their communications

ELECTIONS. This general view of a classroom taken on May 8, 2018 shows a voting center on the eve of the 14th general election in Pekan, Pahang. Malaysia's 14th general election will be held on May 9. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian opposition bets on 'tsunami' of Muslim support

May 08, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The optimism has been triggered by the decision of 92-year-old former leader Mahathir Mohamad, a champion of the country's Muslim Malays, to run as the opposition's prime ministerial candidate

OPPOSITION. This file photo taken on April 28, 2018 shows former Malaysian prime minister and opposition party Pakatan Harapan's prime ministerial candidate Mahathir Mohamad (C) arriving to submit his election nomination for the upcoming 14th general elections in Langkawi. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Mud-slinging, sabotage as Malaysia gears up for polls

May 07, 2018 - 11:20 AM

Najib's ruling coalition has governed Malaysia since independence from Britain in 1957 but is facing a tough test at the polls due to a challenge from a former insider – veteran ex-premier Mahathir Mohamad – and the 1MDB financial scandal

NAJIB AND MAHATHIR. File photo of Najib Razak by Mohd Rasfan/AFP. Mahathir Mohamad screenshot from Rappler video.

Malaysia's Mahathir being probed for 'fake news'

May 03, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Kuala Lumpur police say a report has been lodged accusing Malaysian opposition leader Mahathir Mohamad of spreading 'fake news' under a controversial new law

FAKE NEWS? Feteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, 92, is seeking to oust his former protege, Prime Minister Najib Razak, in the general election. Screenshot from Rappler video

Malaysia's scandal-hit PM faces tough fight as poll battle starts

Apr 28, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The 11-day campaign is formally under way, with 222 parliamentary seats up for grabs

CAMPAIGN TRAIL. Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak waves as he leaves after submitting his documents at the nomination center in Pekan on April 28, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia to vote next month in closely fought general election

Apr 10, 2018 - 3:50 PM

The poll date announced by the election commission – May 9 – has sparked fury among the opposition who claims a weekday election was deliberately chosen to keep turnout low, favoring Prime Minister Najib Razak

MAY 9 ELECTIONS. An airplane flies past the Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) building in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on April 10, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP