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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 in 1MDB scandal denies wrongdoing after U.S. charges

Nov 02, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Low Taek Jho, commonly known as Jho Low, is still at large. His current whereabouts are unknown, although reports have suggested he is in China.

CONTROVERSIAL. This file photo taken on September 22, 2015 shows a Malaysian woman walking past a billboard with the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) logo at the funds flagship Tun Razak Exchange construction site in Kuala Lumpur. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

'Don't force' LGBT rights on Malaysia, says Mahathir

Oct 25, 2018 - 10:26 PM

The 93-year-old Malaysian prime minister say, 'we do not accept LGBT but if they (the West) want to accept, that is their business. Don't force it on us'

NO TO WESTERN VALUES.Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad delivers a speech at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok on October 25, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/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 Prime Minister Mahathir visits Thailand

Oct 24, 2018 - 11:17 PM

Malaysia is seen as a facilitator in achieving peace in Thailand's mainly Muslim southern region

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (R) and Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (C) leave after a joint press conference at the Government House in Bangkok on October 24, 2018. Malaysia's new leader Mahathir Mohamad meets his Thai counterpart on October 24 in his first visit to his northern neighbour as hopes rise that he can help prospects for peace in Thailand's violence-scarred south. Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Malaysian opposition leader charged in $26 million graft case

Oct 19, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, a former deputy premier and ally of scandal-mired ex-leader Najib Razak, is accused of crimes that include accepting bribes to award government contracts and money-laundering

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 to abolish death penalty – minister

Oct 11, 2018 - 4:44 PM

The Malaysian government has decided to scrap capital punishment because there has been strong domestic opposition to the practice

Wife of ex-Malaysian leader charged with money laundering

Oct 04, 2018 - 10:55 AM

(UPDATED) Rosmah Mansor, wife of former prime minister Najib Razak, is released on bail after spending the night in detention at the office of the country's anti-corruption agency

Rosmah Mansor (top C), wife of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, is escorted by police personnel during her arrival at court in Kuala Lumpur on October 4, 2018. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/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 ex-PM's wife quizzed for almost 13 hours in graft probe

Sep 26, 2018 - 11:52 PM

Officials are said to be in the final stages of investigating Rosmah Mansor over the alleged looting of state fund 1MDB and she could reportedly be charged soon

MAGNET OF CONTROVERSY. Rosmah Mansor (center), the wife of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, leaves the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters after giving a statement in Putrajaya, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, on June 5, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia ex-PM hit with 25 new charges over 1MDB scandal

Sep 20, 2018 - 8:06 PM

Najib is accused of abusing his position to receive funds totally 2.3 billion ringgit ($555 million) between 2011 and 2014

NAJIB RAZAK SPEAKS. 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

Malaysia ex-PM arrested over $628 million linked to 1MDB – officials

Sep 19, 2018 - 6:14 PM

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission says it had detained Najib as part of its investigations into the fund and 'the entry of 2.6 billion ringgit ($628 million) into his personal account'

NAJIB RAZAK. Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak (C) arrives for a court appearance at the Duta court complex in Kuala Lumpur on July 4, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Lawyer for ex-Malaysian leader Najib arrested, charged

Sep 13, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Shafee Abdullah is slapped with 4 money laundering charges at the Sessions Court, where he pleaded not guilty and was released on bail

ARRESTED. Shafee Abdullah, (C), chief lawyer of Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak is escorted by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers to a court in Kuala Lumpur on September 13, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

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

2 Malaysian women caned under Islamic law for lesbian sex

Sep 04, 2018 - 8:59 AM

Campaigners say it is the first time women in Malaysia have been caned for violating a sharia regulation which forbids same-sex relations

Malaysian finance minister cleared in corruption case

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The High Court in the state cleared him of the charges on Monday after the attorney-general's office agreed to withdraw them, official news agency Bernama reports

LIM GUAN ENG. This picture taken on February 21, 2012, shows opposition politician Lim Guan Eng speaking during an interview at his office in Georgetown, some 330 kilometres north-east of Kuala Lumpur. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian police seeking pair to testify in Kim Jong-nam murder trial

Sep 02, 2018 - 11:43 AM

The police says Raisa Rinda Salma and Dessy Meyrisinta, whose last addresses were recorded in Ampanga City, could not not be reached

ASSASSINATION. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Nearly 400,000 undocumented OFWs warned of Malaysia crackdown

Aug 30, 2018 - 10:13 PM

'We request our kababayans to exercise due prudence and to ensure they carry their legal documents at all times,' says Ambassador Charles Jose

MALAYSIA CRACKDOWN. Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose warns undocumented Filipinos about Malaysia's crackdown beginning August 31, 2018. File photo courtesy of Philippine embassy in Malaysia

Malaysian financier charged over massive graft scandal

Aug 24, 2018 - 6:28 PM

The move is seen as a key step in trying to get Low Taek Jho, who allegedly played a central role in plundering state fund 1MDB, extradited to Malaysia to face justice

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

5 Filipinas escape alleged human trafficking operation in Sabah

Aug 20, 2018 - 9:11 PM

The women are smuggled into Sabah and forced to work as waitresses, domestic workers or as bar girls. They eventually flee on a speedboat and are rescued by the police and Philippine Coast Guard near the border of Sandakan and Taganak.

Malaysia hunts for missing radioactive material

Aug 20, 2018 - 6:41 PM

Authorities fear the radiography device, which contains the radioactive isotope iridium-192, could fall into the hands of militants and be used to make a dirty bomb

Malaysia court rules North Korea assassination trial can proceed

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:41 PM

Judge Azmi Ariffin says there is sufficient evidence to support a murder charge against Siti Aisyah from Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam, accused of murdering Kim Jong-nam with nerve agent VX

TRIAL. Indonesian national Siti Aisyah (left) and Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (right) are taken to a Malaysian court where they will be tried for murder IF Kim Jong Nam. File photos from Agence France-Presse

Duterte taps Martin Andanar's father as special envoy to Malaysia

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Wencelito Andanar, a DILG undersecretary during the Arroyo administration, will serve in his new post for 6 months

Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

11-year-old Thai bride returns from Malaysia after uproar

Aug 11, 2018 - 4:18 PM

(UPDATED) The Malaysian trader, who married the child, could face 6 months in jail if it is found that he did not get permission in Malaysia

7 dead, 8 missing after boat sinks off Tawi-Tawi

Aug 08, 2018 - 7:03 PM

One survivor tells their story to the Coast Guard

RESCUED. Picture courtesy of PCG

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

Malaysia to take possession of 1MDB-linked yacht from Indonesia

Aug 05, 2018 - 6:40 PM

The Cayman Islands-registered Equanimity is worth $250 million and was bought by a former unofficial adviser of the 1MDB investment fund

Enamoring, amazing: 'Strike Back' cast on filming in Malaysia

Aug 04, 2018 - 8:27 PM

Stars Warren Brown, Daniel MacPherson, Alin Sumarwata, and Yasemin Allen talk about what it's like to work on this side of the world

ON LOCATION. The upcoming season of 'Strike Back' takes the team to Malaysia. Photo from Facebook.com/strikebackmax

Lucas Matthysse retires after TKO loss to Pacquiao

Aug 02, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The Argentinian boxing star says he's already proud to have fulfilled his dream of being a world champion

RETIRED. Lucas Matthysse decides to hang up his gloves less than 3 weeks after losing his WBA regular welterweight title to Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia drops sedition cases against political cartoonist

Jul 30, 2018 - 3:05 PM

Zunar says he would not be 'absolutely happy until the government abolishes the Sedition Act'

ZUNAR. File photo shows Malaysian cartoonist Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, popularly known as Zunar, poses with handcuffs prior to a book-launch event in Kuala Lumpur on February 14, 2015. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

MH370 families hope for closure from official report

Jul 30, 2018 - 11:44 AM

Malaysia transport ministry gives to relatives aboard the missing Flight MH370 the official investigation team's report

FINAL REPORT. File photo shows a young girl holding a balloon with a message during a memorial event for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, in Kuala Lumpur 4th anniversary of the ill-fated plane's disappearance. Photo by  Manan Vatsayana/AFP

PH completes ASEAN Schools Games basketball sweep

Jul 25, 2018 - 5:47 PM

The Philippine boys and girls' basketball teams overwhelm their opponents in the regional competition for student-athletes

UNBEATEN. The Philippine boys team represented by the National University Bullpups cap their perfect run with a 22-point rout of host Malaysia in the final. Photo from Nazareth School-NU Bullpups Facebook page

PH picks up 4 ASEAN Schools Games golds

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Four members of the Philippine athletics girls’ team deliver in the opening weekend of the regional competition for student-athletes

RECORD-BREAKER. Evangelene Caminong  sets a new Philippine junior record in high jump. Photo from PH girls coach Addy Arca's Facebook account

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Jul 22, 2018 - 10:51 AM

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SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on July 7, 2017 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by  Saul Loeb/AFP

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Pacquiao fought Matthysse despite secret heart ailment

Jul 19, 2018 - 7:39 PM

The Filipino boxing legend got diagnosed with an 'inborn heart ailment' just a week before his bout with Lucas Matthysse

SECRET. Manny Pacquiao kept his heart condition and defied doctors' orders. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Pacquiao provides blueprint to athletic excellence

Jul 19, 2018 - 3:30 PM

The Filipino athletes set to compete in the Asiad only need to look at the boxing icon to know the true meaning of focus and discipline

FOCUSED. Manny Pacquiao showcases his athletic excellence yet again in his systematic demolition of Argentine Lucas Matthysse. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

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

LOOK: Jeff Horn calls for Pacquiao rematch after Matthysse TKO

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:34 PM

The Australian boxer issued a rematch challenge over Twitter and Instagram

UPSET. Jeff Horn stunned Manny Pacquiao to become the new WBO welterweight champion in their 2017 bout in Brisbane. Photo by AFP

Matthysse got scared, says Pacquiao

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:06 PM

The Filipino champion didn’t expect the power-punching Matthysse to become his first knockout victim in 9 years

STRATEGY. Manny Pacquiao says he needed to be focused and patient against Argentina's Lucas Matthysse. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Pacquiao sparmate Kambosos stops Filipino Magboo

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Australian George Kambosos makes short work of Batangas native Jay Ar Magboo in the Pacquiao-Matthysse undercard

STILL PERFECT. Lightweight prospect George Kambosos stretches his unbeaten run to 15. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Punch stats back up Pacquiao dominance

Jul 15, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Manny Pacquiao lands 79 of 181 power punches, more than twice as many as Lucas Matthysse's record

Pacquiao on new trainer Buboy: ‘He’s effective’

Jul 15, 2018 - 5:12 PM

Freddie Roach may no longer be in his corner, but Manny Pacquiao manages to debunk notions that he’s a washout

SUPERIOR. Manny Pacquiao caps his dominant performance with a left uppercut that sends Lucas Matthysse to his knees. Photo by Mohd Rafsan/AFP

Philippines erupts in joy after Pacquiao win

Jul 15, 2018 - 3:41 PM

Manny Pacquiao is the 'hottest property in boxing again' after his TKO win over Argentine Lucas Matthysse

JUBILANT. Manny Pacquiao's rags-to-riches story remains a huge source of pride for Filipinos. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Nothing is impossible': Senators congratulate colleague Pacquiao

Jul 15, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao is hailed as the nation's 'pride and joy' as he emerges victorious in the ring against Argentine fighter Lucas Matthysse

Philippines' Manny Pacquiao (R) fights Argentina's Lucas Matthysse during their world welterweight boxing championship bout at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFAN