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Malaysian king hits back at Mahathir amid crisis

Feb 28, 2020 - 6:56 PM

He rejects Mahathir Mohamad's plan to convene parliament to vote on the country's next prime minister, after it was widely criticized as against the constitution

POLITICAL CRISIS. In this file photo taken on January 31, 2019, the incoming 16th King of Malaysia, the sixth Sultan of Pahang, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah (R) and Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (L) pray during the welcoming ceremony at the Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP)

Malaysia in turmoil as Mahathir, Anwar vie for power

Feb 26, 2020 - 5:54 PM

(UPDATED) 'Party politics must be put aside for now. If allowed, I will try to form an inclusive government, not siding with any political parties,' says Mahathir Mohamad.

AFTER RESIGNATION. In this file photo, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad addresses civil servants from the Prime Minister's Office during his first assembly in Putrajaya on May 21, 2018. File photo by AFP

Malaysia's political machinations: What happens next?

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:00 PM

Here are some details about the political crisis and what could happen next

CRISIS. In this file photo taken on June 1, 2018, Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (R) and politician Anwar Ibrahim leave after a press conference in Kuala Lumpur. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Goldman pleads not guilty in Malaysia 1MDB case – report

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:20 PM

Goldman Sachs International, Goldman Sachs (Asia), and Goldman Sachs (Singapore) are accused of giving false statements that led to large sums being misappropriated

HEADQUARTERS. The Goldman Sachs Manhattan headquarters stands in Manhattan on December 17, 2018 in New York City. Malaysia has filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and two former executives on Monday over their alleged role in the ransacking of a multibillion-dollar state investment fund. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Turmoil in Malaysia as PM Mahathir resigns

Feb 24, 2020 - 2:39 PM

(4th UPDATE) Mahathir Mohamad, who already submitted his resignation to the king, is appointed interim leader until a new premier is found

RESIGNATION. 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. File photo by Vladimir Smirnov/TASS Host Photo Agency/AFP

Malaysia 1MDB fugitive spotted in virus-hit Chinese city

Feb 20, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Low Taek Jho – commonly known as Jho Low – is accused of playing a major role in plundering billions of dollars from sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Jynwel Capital Limited CEO Jho Low attends the 2014 Social Good Summit at 92Y on September 21, 2014 in New York City. Taylor Hill/Getty Images/AFP Taylor Hill / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Malaysia insists virus diagnosis from cruise passenger is correct

Feb 16, 2020 - 8:43 PM

Fears are mounting that more of the 2,200 passengers and crew who disembarked may have been infected after one passenger was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus

LANDED. Passengers on board the Westerdam cruise ship wave in Sihanoukville on February 14, 2020, where the liner on February 13 docked after being refused entry at other Asian ports due to fears of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Malaysia's former first lady goes on trial for corruption

Feb 05, 2020 - 3:48 PM

Rosmah Mansor, wife of ex-prime minister Najib Razak, is on trial for allegedly bankrolling a luxurious lifestyle with kickbacks and stolen public money

Rosmah Mansor (C), wife of Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak, arrives for the start of her corruption trial at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur on February 5, 2020. STR / AFP

China coronavirus outbreak: How governments have reacted

Feb 02, 2020 - 12:47 PM

From border closures to flight bans, here are some of the steps states have taken to limit the spread of the virus

OUTBREAK. Passengers grab their luggages as they disembark a Turkish cargo plane at the Etimesgut military Airport in Ankara on February 1, 2020, after being repatriated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak. Adem Altan/AFP

Asian nations try to shield against deadly coronavirus outbreak

Jan 29, 2020 - 8:37 AM

The outbreak is sending shock waves through Asia's tourism industry, which has become increasingly reliant on growing numbers of Chinese visitors

TEMPERATURE. A private school in Manila suspends classes and takes precautionary measures on January 28, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus emergency. Photos by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(9th UPDATE) Here are the countries that have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

PROTECTION. A woman holds a child wearing a facemask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Singapore denies 'coup de grace' for botched executions

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:35 PM

Malaysia-based Lawyers for Liberty alleges Singapore prison officers had been instructed to manually break the necks of prisoners if the rope used to hang them broke during executions

Badminton king Momota out for 2 months after car crash

Jan 14, 2020 - 4:23 PM

Kento Momota focuses on full recovery as he hopes to return at the All England Championships on March 11

GOLD MEDAL HOPE. Badminton world No. 1 Kento Momota is one of Japan's gold medal hopes in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. File photo by Johanes Eisele/ AFP

Badminton world No. 1 Momota hurt, driver killed in Malaysia crash

Jan 13, 2020 - 4:21 PM

Police say Kento Momota, who is preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, suffered a broken nose and cuts to his face when the van carrying him crashed

STILL FORTUNATE. Kento Momota escapes with minor injuries from the dangerous crash. Photo by STR/AFP


Angkas-like: Motorcycle taxis in Southeast Asia hit bumpy road toward gov’t recognition

Jan 10, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Like Angkas in the Philippines, app-based services in Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia want their governments to recognize motorcycles as official modes of transportation

Malaysia ex-PM 'sought Abu Dhabi royal's help over scandal'

Jan 08, 2020 - 8:32 PM

A 2016 recording reveals that Malaysia's ex-leader Najib Razak urged Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan to help fabricate a loan agreement for Hollywood producer Riza Aziz

HELP. In this file photo, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (L) shakes hands with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan after his welcoming ceremony in Putrajaya on March 12, 2013. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian financier denies masterminding 1MDB graft scandal

Jan 06, 2020 - 1:54 PM

Low Taek Jho is charged in Malaysia and the US for allegedly playing a major role in the theft of billions of dollars from sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad

1MDB SCANDAL. 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

Nepalese worker dies in Malaysia meat machine accident

Dec 30, 2019 - 5:17 PM

Malacca fire department's Zulkhairani Ramli says the 47-year-old man was working at a meat-processing factory near Masjid Tanah when the incident occurred

Malaysian ex-prime minister swears in mosque he did not order murder

Dec 20, 2019 - 6:01 PM

Malaysian ex-leader Najib Razak is accused of ordering the killing of a Mongolian woman linked to a major defense deal

Malaysian PM again hints he could stay on beyond 2020

Dec 14, 2019 - 5:41 PM

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad declines to give a definite pledge to step down

PRIME MINISTER. Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad declines to give a definitive pledge to step down. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana / AFP

Malaysia's Anwar quizzed over sex assault claims

Dec 12, 2019 - 10:43 PM

Malaysia's leader-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim is questioned by police over allegations he sexually assaulted a male former aide

ANWAR IBRAHIM. Malaysia's People's Justice Party president and leader of the Pakatan Harapan coalition Anwar Ibrahim speaks to China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on October 24, 2018. Photo by Daisuke Suzuki/AFP

Malaysian police to quiz Anwar over sex assault claims

Dec 11, 2019 - 8:47 PM

Anwar Ibrahim has vehemently denied the claims by his former research assistant Muhammed Yusoff Rawther, who says he was assaulted in 2018

ANWAR. In this file photo, Malaysia's People's Justice Party president and leader of the Pakatan Harapan coalition Anwar Ibrahim speaks to China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on October 24, 2018. File photo by Daisuke Suzuki/Pool/AFP

Gilas Women dethrone Malaysia, win away from historic SEA Games gold

Dec 08, 2019 - 8:59 PM

Led by Afril Bernardino, the Philippines comes from behind to assure itself of a silver-medal finish

INCHING CLOSER. Jack Animam and Gilas Pilipinas Women are one win away from making history. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


From sky to land: AirAsia plane opens first restaurant in Malaysia

Dec 05, 2019 - 7:02 PM

AirAsia's new Santan and T&Co restaurant located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia serves airplane meals in-store, including their classic Nasi Lemak

Malaysian ex-leader Najib Razak takes stand in 1MDB trial

Dec 03, 2019 - 12:05 PM

(UPDATED) Najib went on trial in April over the controversy, in a case centering on the transfer of $10.1 million from a former 1MDB unit into his bank accounts. He denies any wrongdoing.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) inspects a ceremonial guard of honour during the annual congress of his ruling party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), in Kuala Lumpur on December 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA

Naked Dutch model's death plunge was murder, say Malaysian police

Nov 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Malaysian police say that the death of Ivana Smit in December 2017, who reportedly lived in Malaysia since childhood, had been reclassified as murder and they were re-opening investigations

MURDERED. File photo of Dutch model Ivana Smit

Malaysia's last known Sumatran rhino dies

Nov 24, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Iman, the last Sumatran rhino in Malaysia, dies of cancer

Malaysia arrests almost 700 Chinese over cyber scam

Nov 21, 2019 - 8:03 PM

With a fairly open visa regime and relatively developed telecommunications infrastructure, Malaysia becomes a hotspot for foreigners looking to set up centers to run online scams

MH17 calls 'show ties between Russian officials, rebels'

Nov 14, 2019 - 8:41 PM

(UPDATED) The international probe says the communications raise questions about the possible involvement of top officials in Moscow in the deployment of the missile that shot down the Malaysia Airlines plane in 2014

MH17. A picture taken on July 17, 2014, shows wreckages of the Malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. File photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Cambodian opposition figure barred from flight in Malaysia

Nov 14, 2019 - 12:03 AM

Sam Rainsy says he missed his flight from Kuala Lumpur and would catch another one to Jakarta early Thursday, November 14

BARRED. In this file photo, Cambodian opponent in exile and leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party Sam Rainsy talks at the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport, north of Paris on November 7, 2019 during his failed attempt to board a plane for Bangkok after he planned to return to Phnom Penh for Cambodia's independence day. File photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Malaysian ex-PM Najib's 1st 1MDB trial to proceed

Nov 11, 2019 - 11:50 AM

High Court judge Mohamad Nazlan Mohamad Ghazali rules the case is strong enough to go forward and Najib should enter his defense

1MDB TRIAL. In this file photo, 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 April 15, 2019. File photo by STR/AFP

Malaysia detains Cambodian opposition figure

Nov 07, 2019 - 2:25 PM

(UPDATED) Mu Sochua, deputy leader of Sam Rainsy's Cambodia National Rescue Party, is held at Kuala Lumpur airport late Wednesday, Human Rights Watch says

MU SOCHUA. This picture taken on October 5, 2017 shows Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) deputy party leader Mu Sochua posing for a photograph at an undisclosed location in Bangkok. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Philippines vs Malaysia in Southeast Asia wrestling showdown at PWR Vendetta

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:19 AM

The Philippines' Jake de Leon and Malaysia's Shaukat lead their teams in a 5-on-5 'Ubusan ng Lahi' match at Philippine Wrestling Revolution's 2019 yearender show

PHILIPPINES VS MALAYSIA. It's going to be a 5-on-5 team warfare at PWR Vendetta. Image from PWR

Fugitive Malaysian 1MDB financier offered asylum – spokesperson

Nov 01, 2019 - 9:37 PM

The whereabouts of Low Taek Jho, who has been charged over the scandal in the US and Malaysia, are a mystery but his representatives now say he has been offered asylum, without naming a country

1MDB SAGA. 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. File photo by Manan Vatsayana/AFP

U.S. agrees $700 million settlement including luxury hotel, jet over 1MDB

Oct 31, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Jho Low relinquishes the assets under the largest ever US civil forfeiture, intended to recover cash allegedly stolen in the 1MDB scandal which helped topple Malaysia's corruption-plagued former regime.

SETTLES. Jho Low attends the 2014 Social Good Summit at 92Y on September 21, 2014 in New York City. Taylor Hill/Getty Images/AFP Taylor Hill / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

'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