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'Abominable' also blocked in Malaysia over South China Sea map

Oct 20, 2019 - 1:17 PM

'Universal has decided not to make the censor cut required by the Malaysian censor board and as such will not be able to release the film in Malaysia,' says its distributor United International Pictures Malaysia

BLOCKED. The movie does not make the censorship cut of Malaysia's authorities. Still courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Malaysia looks to strengthen navy as sea tensions grow

Oct 17, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah says the government wants to 'control the presence' of warships in the sea, in part by boosting the strength of its navy

British pedophile jailed for Malaysia abuse found dead in UK prison

Oct 15, 2019 - 7:27 AM

A UK Prison Service spokesman confirms Richard Huckle died on Sunday at Full Sutton Prison in northern England.

FOUND DEAD. A handout released by the British National Crime Agency on June 1, 2016 shows a custody picture of Richard Huckle who admitted a string of charges of sexual crimes against children in Kuala Lumpur. Photo by National Crime Agency/AFP

Malaysian lawmakers repeal 'fake news' law

Oct 10, 2019 - 10:26 AM

It was the second attempt by the lower house to overturn the law after MPs voted to repeal it last year only for the upper chamber to block it. But the upper house is only able to block a bill once, meaning the law will now be scrapped.

Malaysian PM says Hong Kong leader should quit

Oct 04, 2019 - 4:06 PM

'She has to obey the masters, at the same time she has to ask her conscience,' Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad tells a press conference

MAHATHIR MOHAMAD. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad gives a speech as he takes part in a plenary session of Eastern Economic Forum at far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok on September 5, 2019. Photo by Vladimir Smirnov/TASS Host Photo Agency/AFP

LOOK: PH receives SEA Games flame from Malaysia

Oct 03, 2019 - 5:12 PM

Pami, the 2019 SEA Games mascot, receives the official torch in the handover ceremony

HANDOVER CEREMONY. 2019 SEA Games mascot Pami, the smiling sponge ball, makes an appearance in the official handover ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo from Philippine Sports Commission

Malaysia threatens Grab with $21-million fine

Oct 03, 2019 - 5:05 PM

The Malaysia Competition Commission proposes fining Grab almost 87 million ringgit ($21 million) for preventing its drivers from providing advertising services for the company's competitors

LEGAL. Grab Philippines maintains that the P2/minute fare charge is legal. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Malaya FC U16 snags silver in 2019 Borneo Cup

Oct 02, 2019 - 4:25 PM

The Under-16 squad of Malaya FC falls to Malaysian team Pasir Gudang in the finals of the 2019 Borneo Cup

2ND PLACE. Malaya FC U16 settles for silver in the 2019 Borneo Cup. Photo from Malaya FC Facebook

Trafficked to extinction: Malaysia and Thailand

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Demand for pangolins has penetrated even into villages deep in the Malaysian jungle. Near the Malaysia-Thai border, meanwhile, professional smugglers are hired to send the goods across the border.

Malaysia bans hit stripper movie 'Hustlers'

Sep 21, 2019 - 9:43 AM

'There's too much excessive obscene content and is not suitable for public screening,' Malaysia's film board chairman says

Malaysia, Indonesia shut thousands of schools over forest fires haze

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:59 PM

The school closures affect at least 1.7 million students in Malaysia. It is not clear how many pupils were forced to stay home in neighboring Indonesia.

MALAYSIA HAZE. The Kuala Lumpur skyline, including the Petronas Twin Towers (C), is seen shrouded in haze on September 11, 2019. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Haze closes Malaysia schools, sparks fears for Singapore F1

Sep 18, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Illegal fires to clear land for agricultural plantations blaze out of control on Sumatra and Borneo islands. Jakarta deploys thousands of security forces and water-bombing aircraft to tackle them.

HAZE. Motorcyclists drive in Kampar, in Sumatra island's Riau province on September 16, 2019 as the city is blanketed by smoke from fires. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesia's toxic haze affecting Borneo's orangutans – rescuers

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:08 AM

'The thick smoke does not only endanger the health of our staff... but also it affects the 355 orangutans we currently care for,' says the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, referring to just once center in Kalimantan

AFFECTED. File photo of a park employee holding an orangutan as it is shown to the public after several months in quarantine at Bali Safari Marine Park in Gianyar regency on August 19, 2019. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Indonesia 'doing everything' to put out forest fires – Jokowi

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:35 AM

During a visit to Riau province in central Sumatra, President Joko Widodo says nearly 6,000 troops have been sent to hot spots to help put out fires

FOREST FIRES. Motorists make their way along a street in Kampar, Riau on September 17, 2019 which is covered in thick haze. Photo by Wahyudi/AFP

Malaysian opposition groups join forces to win Muslim votes

Sep 14, 2019 - 5:07 PM

United Malays National Organisation president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi insists the move would not deepen racial and religious divides

Indonesia forest fires rage, stoking global warming fears

Sep 12, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Indonesia's forest fires are an annual problem but have been worsened this year by particularly dry weather, and in recent days sent toxic smog floating over Malaysia

A firefighter extinguishes a fire in a forest at Rambutan village, in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra province, on September 11 , 2019. Malaysia has stepped up pressure on neighbouring Indonesia to tackle huge blazes tearing through its rainforests and smothering Southeast Asia in smog, as fires typically started to clear land for crops send diplomatic tensions soaring. ABDUL QODIR / AFP

Malaysia piles pressure on Indonesia over smog-belching fires

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:49 AM

An official in Sarawak state on Borneo – where air quality dropped to very unhealthy levels this week – demands Indonesia to send face masks and medical supplies to Malaysia for those affected by the pollution

HAZE. The Kuala Lumpur skyline, including the Petronas Twin Towers (centger), is seen shrouded in haze on September 11, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Ukraine court releases MH17 'suspect' pending trial

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:33 PM

European lawmakers have described Vladimir Tsemakh as a 'key suspect' and asked Kiev to make him available for testimony in the probe

RELEASED. Vladimir Tsemakh, a Ukrainian man suspected of involvement in the downing of flight MH17, is about to leave a dock of Kiev court of appeal after the court verdict in Kiev on September 5, 2019. Photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Malaysia ex-PM Najib 'pivotal' in 1MDB plunder, trial hears

Aug 28, 2019 - 1:03 PM

(UPDATED) Wednesday's trial is the biggest, with Najib Razak accused of 21 counts of money-laundering and 4 of abuse of power, on allegations he illicitly obtained 2.28 billion ringgit from 1MDB

NAJIB RAZAK. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak (C) arrives at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur on August 28, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian prosecutors wrap up first case against Najib

Aug 27, 2019 - 6:07 PM

With the prosecution now finished, a judge will hear arguments from both sides in October and rule on November 11 whether the case is strong enough to continue

1MDB. In this file photo, former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak arrives for a court appearance at the Duta court complex in Kuala Lumpur on July 4, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia makes record $161-million drug seizure

Aug 24, 2019 - 7:35 AM

This is the biggest drug seizure in Malaysia's history. Foreigners are among those arrested.

White House accuses China of 'bullying' in South China Sea

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:56 PM

'China’s recent escalation of efforts to intimidate others out of developing resources in the South China Sea is disturbing,' says US National Security Advisor John Bolton

ON SOUTH CHINA SEA. US National Security Advisor John Bolton accuses China of 'bullying tactics' in the increasingly tense waters of the South China Sea. File photo from AFP

Indian preacher sorry to Malaysians for race remarks

Aug 20, 2019 - 4:57 PM

Zakir Naik says in a statement his detractors had taken his remarks out of context and added 'strange fabrications'

AGAINST ZAKIR NAIK. Indian protestors hold placards as they shout slogans during a protest denouncing Islamic scholar Zakir Naik in New Delhi on July 18, 2016. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Malaysia ex-PM Najib's major 1MDB trial postponed

Aug 19, 2019 - 12:04 PM

It is the second trial linked to state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad that Najib Razak is due to face since his long-ruling coalition suffered a shock election loss last year.

NAJIB RAZAK. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court for his trial over 1MDB corruption allegations in Kuala Lumpur on August 19, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Parents claim body of Franco-Irish teen found dead in Malaysia

Aug 16, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The girl's family says their daughter 'died in extremely complex circumstances' and they are still hoping to have 'more answers to our many questions'

FOUND. Family members arrive at a hospital where rescuers brought a body during a search operation for the missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 13, 2019. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP)

Starvation likely killed Franco-Irish teen in Malaysia, no sign foul play

Aug 15, 2019 - 3:22 PM

(UPDATED) But the lawyer of her family, who believe she may have been abducted, says it is too early to rule out a criminal element in the case

NORA QUOIRIN. This file handout of a recent picture released by the Quoirin family on August 5, 2019 shows Nora Quoirin, a 15-year-old Franco Irish teenager who has been missing from a Malaysian rainforest resort since August 4. Handout photo by Quoirin Family/AFP

Body of missing Franco-Irish teen found in Malaysia jungle

Aug 14, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Her family believes the teen, who had learning difficulties, had been abducted but police classified it as a missing person case.

(FILES) This file handout of a recent picture released by the Quoirin family on August 5, 2019 shows Nora Quoirin, a 15-year-old Franco Irish teenager who has been missing from a Malaysian rainforest resort since August 4. A body was found on August 13 in the hunt for the Franco-Irish teen in Malaysia with a charity saying it is likely the missing girl, 10 days after she disappeared from a rainforest resort. FAMILY HANDOUT / Quoirin Family / AFP

Body believed to be Franco-Irish teen found in Malaysia jungle

Aug 13, 2019 - 5:12 PM

(UPDATED) 'We are very certain it is Nora [Quoirin],' says Malaysia's deputy national police chief Mazlan Mansor, but cautions the girl's parents still need to formally identify the body

MISSING GIRL. Members of a rescue team are seen behind a police line at the Dusun Resort, where the missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin was last seen, in Seremban on August 13, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Hundreds search in Malaysia for missing teen despite major holiday

Aug 11, 2019 - 8:12 PM

The family of 15-year-old Nora Quoirin believes she was abducted

Malaysian divers scour river in hunt for missing teen

Aug 07, 2019 - 4:43 PM

Nora Quoirin goes missing on Sunday morning after checking in with her family to the Dusun Resort, about an hour from the capital Kuala Lumpur

SEARCHING. A Malaysian diver takes part in a search and rescue operation for the missing 15-year-old Franco-Irish, Nora Quoirin in Seremban on August 7, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian firm settles theme park battle with Disney, Fox

Jul 26, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Malaysian casino operator Genting is renaming 'Fox World' and will be allowed to use certain Fox intellectual properties

Vietnam demands 'immediate withdrawal' of China ship in disputed sea

Jul 26, 2019 - 7:25 AM

'Vietnam has had several appropriate diplomatic exchanges... requesting immediate withdrawal from Vietnam's exclusive economic zone,' says its foreign ministry

Malaysia, Vietnam show PH can stand up to China

Jul 23, 2019 - 5:41 PM

'When claimants stand up for themselves and refuse to be intimidated, Beijing most often backs down rather than uses force,' says Gregory Poling of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. A Philippine Coast Guard ship (R) sails past a Chinese Coast Guard ship during a joint search and rescue exercise between Philippine and US coast guards near Scarborough Shoal. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Singapore returning millions linked to Malaysia's 1MDB scandal

Jul 19, 2019 - 1:09 PM

The city-state is one of several countries that launched probes into allegations that billions of dollars were misappropriated from Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB

A motorist rides past a hoarding at the construction site of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) flagship Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. A government task force investigating a Malaysian state-owned investment fund seized documents from its offices on July 8 after a probe allegedly found hundreds of millions of dollars in the prime minister's personal bank accounts. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA

'Justice for the dead' sought 5 years after MH17 crash

Jul 17, 2019 - 11:53 PM

The remembrance services in the Netherlands and Kuala Lumpur come less than a month after international investigators charged 3 Russians and a Ukrainian with the murder of the 298 people who died

COMMEMORATION. Relatives of passengers who perished aboard flight Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine five years ago, listen to a speech during a commemoration ceremony at the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian MPs back lowering voting age to 18

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:20 PM

The Southeast Asian nation is one of a handful of countries around the world that limits voting to those aged over 21, and the change still has to be debated and passed in the country's senate before it can become law

Dutch tourist killed in Malaysia cave floods, guide missing

Jul 13, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Eight other tourists in the same group are safe after fleeing to higher ground

ACCIDENT. Flash floods kill a Dutch tourist in a popular cave located in the rugged Mulu National Park on Malaysia's Borneo island, an official said on July 13, 2019, as a search continues for a missing guide. Photo courtesy of Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department / AFP

ONE Championship: Torres falls anew against Malaysian foe

Jul 13, 2019 - 1:34 AM

Filipina brawler Jomary Torres fails to end her losing slump against Jihin Radzuan

SLIPPING. Jomary Torres fails to sustain the fiery start to her MMA career. File photo from ONE Championship

U.S. singer Maggie Lindemann arrested during Malaysia show

Jul 05, 2019 - 5:34 PM

'I was confined in a living hell,' Maggie Lindemann says after she was arrested midway through her set in Malaysia

Hollywood producer Riza Aziz arrested in Malaysia over 1MDB scandal

Jul 04, 2019 - 7:25 PM

'The Wolf of Wall Street' producer Riza Aziz was arrested on the suspicion of money laundering

Malaysia proposes softening drug laws

Jun 28, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The move is a crucial step "towards achieving a rational drug policy that puts science and public health before punishment and incarceration," he said in a statement on Thursday.

SOFTENING DRUG LAWS. File photo of Dzulkefly Ahmad on May 31, 2018. File photo by Souldinero from Wikipedia

Scores ill, schools closed in Malaysia due to toxic fumes

Jun 25, 2019 - 3:17 PM

It is the second serious incident involving poisonous gas in Pasir Gudang district, in southern Johor state, in 3 months after thousands of people got sick in March when waste was dumped in a river and emitted noxious fumes

Abu Sayyaf frees 9 fishermen seized off Borneo

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:22 PM

The Abu Sayyaf group releases the fishermen off the coast of Jolo island on Friday, June 21

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

Putin says MH17 probe shows 'no proof' of Russia's guilt

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin also seeks to once again shift blame onto the Ukrainian authorities

MH17. Russian President Vladimir Putin also seeks to once again shift blame onto the Ukrainian authorities. File photo by AFP

How were maritime collisions dealt with before?

Jun 20, 2019 - 3:16 PM

As the Philippines works on resolving the issue of China and the sunken Gem-Ver, here's how we and other countries ironed things out in the past

Flight MH17 crash probe set to name suspects

Jun 19, 2019 - 11:40 AM

The Dutch-led probe says it will first inform families, and then hold a press conference to unveil 'developments in the criminal investigation' into the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777

Russia's defence ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov (R) and the Chief of the Main Rocket and Artillery Department Lt. Gen. Nikolai Parshin attend a press briefing dedicated to the crash of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane operating flight MH17 in Moscow on September 17, 2018. All 298 people on the Malaysia Airlines flight en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were killed when a Russian-made Buk missile slammed into the plane over territory held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP

3 elephants found poisoned in Malaysia

Jun 07, 2019 - 2:34 PM

The dead animals are believed to be part of a herd of 30 elephants from the nearby forest reserve in Johor, Malaysia

POISONED. File photo of a elephant in the wilds of Malaysia. Shutterstock photo

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

Malaysia to ship back hundreds of tons of plastic waste

May 28, 2019 - 5:48 PM

'We urge developed countries to stop shipping garbage to our country,' says Yeo Bee Yin, Malaysia's minister of energy, technology, science, environment and climate change

PLASTIC WASTE. A member of the media takes pictures of containers filled with plastic waste before shipping back to the country of origin in Port Klang, west of Kuala Lumpur on May 28, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP