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Ex-policeman in Malaysian murder case loses Australia asylum bid

Feb 21, 2019 - 1:47 PM

Sirul Azhar Umar maintains he was ordered by 'important people' to murder Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu

SIRUL AZHAR UMAR. Charged political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda (R) waves to photographers as he and charged special unit police officers Sirul Azhar Umar (C) and Azilah Hadri (L) cover their faces while being escorted out of court during an intermission in Shah Alam, near Kuala Lumpur, 29 June 2007. File photo by Tengku Bahar/AFP

Malaysia makes record 30-ton pangolin seizure

Feb 12, 2019 - 2:49 PM

Malaysia is battling to clamp down on rampant poaching and smuggling of pangolins, the world's most heavily trafficked mammal

SCALES SEIZURE. A Malaysian customs official poses with seized pangolin scales following a press conference at the Customs Complex in Sepang on May 8, 2017. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

China says U.S. aims to 'stir up trouble' with naval sail-by

Feb 11, 2019 - 8:16 PM

The guided-missile destroyers USS Spruance and USS Preble sail near the Beijing-claimed Spratly Islands earlier Monday, February 11, as part of what Washington calls 'freedom of navigation operations'

SPRATLY. This file photo taken on April 21, 2017 shows an aerial shot of a reef in the disputed Spratly islands on April 21, 2017. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Toppled Malaysian leader's 1MDB trial delayed

Feb 11, 2019 - 2:12 PM

(UPDATED) Najib Razak's lawyers have filed an application for the trial to be delayed pending an appeal on a technicality related to the transfer of charges between different courts

NAJIB RAZAK. In this file photo from December 12, 2018, former Malaysia prime minister Najib Razak (C) leaves the courthouse in Kuala Lumpur. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP)

Malaysia, Singapore tensions flare after boat collision

Feb 10, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Both Singapore and Malaysia claimed that Saturday's collision involving a Greek bulk carrier and Malaysian boat off Tuas, in western Singapore, had happened in their own waters

Malaysia politician urged to quit over 'Cambridge degree'

Feb 07, 2019 - 7:46 PM

Marzuki Yahya's educational background is under scrutiny after doubts were raised on social media that he has a distance-learning degree in business administration from the British institution

File photos from Shutterstock, website of Malaysia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Malaysia scraps multi-billion dollar China-backed project

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:26 PM

If the project was not terminated, Malaysia would have to pay an annual 500 million ringgit interest payment

MALAYSIA. The Perdana Putra, which is located in Putrajaya, is the seat of power of the Malaysian federal government's executive as it houses the office complex of the Malaysian Prime Minister. Photo by King Rodriguez / Presidential Photo

Alab Pilipinas destroys Malaysia by 38 in revenge match

Jan 25, 2019 - 10:10 PM

PJ Ramos and Alab Pilipinas make sure there will be no heartbreaker this time as they thoroughly whip Westports Malaysia

BEHEMOTH. PJ Ramos makes the most of his height and heft to fuel Alab’s one-sided win. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Kim Jong-nam trial delayed further over witness statement row

Jan 24, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Proceedings in the trial of Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong have moved slowly due to the large number of witnesses and the fact that hearings are held infrequently

TRIAL DELAYED. In this file photo, Indonesian national Siti Aisyah (C) and Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (top C) are escorted by Malaysian police after a special court session to rule on witness statements at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on December 14, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian state chooses new sultan, expected to be elected king

Jan 12, 2019 - 8:12 PM

Local reports says the move is designed to pave the way for Sultan Abdullah to be chosen as the next king of Malaysia by the Council of Rulers, who will choose a new king on January 24

NEW SULTAN. This pictures taken on January 11, 2019 shows Tengku Abdullah Shah (C) walking after a meeting in Kuala Lumpur. AFP photo

Malaysia Dragons deal Alab Pilipinas' 1st loss in ABL stunner

Jan 09, 2019 - 11:21 PM

Alab Pilipinas import Renaldo Balkman winds up doing the heavy lifting as local support goes cold on the road

HEARTBREAKER. Alab’s Renaldo Balkman posts a double-double of 31 points and 14 rebounds in the heartbreaking loss. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Malaysia probes claim China offered to bail out 1MDB

Jan 08, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The Wall Street Journal reports Chinese officials offered in 2016 to help bail out the debt-mired 1MDB, and said they would try to use their influence to get countries to drop investigations into the case

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. File photo by Manan Vatsayana/AFP

Malaysia's king abdicates in historic first

Jan 06, 2019 - 7:35 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The palace does not give any reason for Sultan Muhammad V's decision, but there are rumors he married a former Miss Moscow in Russia

Goldman says former Malaysia gov't lied, after charges filed

Dec 18, 2018 - 2:21 PM

Goldman says in a statement that 'certain members of the former Malaysian government and 1MDB lied to Goldman Sachs, outside counsel and others about the use of proceeds from these transactions'

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

Malaysian ex-leader, former 1MDB head charged

Dec 12, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Malaysian ex-leader Najib Razak has now been hit with a total of 39 charges since losing power, most related to his alleged role in looting 1MDB

1MDB SCANDAL 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

Muslims rally to defend privileges in multi-ethnic Malaysia

Dec 09, 2018 - 5:00 AM

The rally is originally intended as a protest against a plan by the government to ratify a UN convention which aims to eliminate racial discrimination

PROTEST. Protesters display placards reading "No To Icerd" during a rally organized by Muslim politicians against the signing of the UN anti-discrimination convention (ICERD) at Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur on December 8, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Photographer says Samsung used stock photo to fake a promo image

Dec 06, 2018 - 4:48 PM

Dunja Djudjic says a photoshopped version of a stock photo she took is being used to tout the capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy A8 Star in Malaysia

Malaysia financier faces new charges in 1MDB scandal

Dec 05, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Fugitive Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho, commonly known as Jho Low, faces new charges of laundering more than $1.0 billion, in a massive corruption scandal surrounding state fund 1MDB

MORE CHARGES. 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

3 killed in Malaysia shopping mall explosion

Dec 04, 2018 - 9:11 PM

A powerful explosion rocks a shopping mall in the Malaysian state of Sarawak, but a fire official said it was not caused by a bomb

Members of a Malaysian rescue team evacuate an injured woman after an explosion at the City One Megamall in Kuching, the capital city of Sarawak state, on December 4, 2018. Three people were killed and 24 injured on December 4 when a powerful explosion rocked a shopping mall in the Malaysian state of Sarawak, but a fire official said it was not caused "by a bomb". AFP

LOOK: Indonesian, Malaysian navy ships visit Zamboanga City

Nov 27, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Naval vessels of Indonesia and Malaysia pay a port visit as part of the INDOMALPHI cooperation

Indonesian and Malaysian Navy Ships arrive in Zamboanga City. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Disney, Fox sued over theme park in Malaysia

Nov 27, 2018 - 12:31 PM

The complaint, filed in US federal court, alleges that Disney and Fox had failed to honor a 2013 deal with Genting Malaysia Berhad that calls for the licensing of intellectual property

Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Disneyland

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