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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

Ex-Malaysian PM Najib charged with corruption

Jul 04, 2018 - 9:43 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The first ex-premier in Malaysia to appear before a judge, Najib Razak pleads not guilty to 3 counts of criminal breach of trust and a separate charge that he abused his position to pocket 42 million ringgit

CHARGED. 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

Treasure trove seized from ex-Malaysia PM worth up to $273M

Jun 27, 2018 - 3:08 PM

'I think this is the biggest seizure in Malaysian history,' says Amar Singh, the police's head of commercial crime investigations

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

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

Lurid tale of bribery and murder looms anew for Malaysia's Najib Razak

May 19, 2018 - 2:39 PM

Malaysia's new government vows to investigate the unresolved scandals involving its former prime minister, including the mysterious killing of his mistress

ON THE HOT SEAT. Defeated Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak is expected to face more trials on various scandals that hounded him over the years. Photo from Najib's Facebook page

Cash-stuffed designer handbags seized in raids on Malaysia's Najib

May 18, 2018 - 9:40 AM

Officers remove Hermes, Birkin and Louis Vuitton bags as part of a trove whose value they say they cannot yet estimate because of its sheer volume

RAIDS. Members of the Malaysian police enter into the road leading to the former Prime Minister Najib Razak's residence in Kuala Lumpur on May 16, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Police search scandal-tainted Malaysian ex-premier's home

May 17, 2018 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) Najib Razak's lawyer Harpal Singh Grewal says his client views the search as 'harassment'

SEARCH. Malaysian police enter at the former Prime Minister Najib Razak's residence in Kuala Lumpur on May 16, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Anwar declares 'new dawn' in Malaysia after walking free from jail

May 16, 2018 - 11:39 AM

(3rd UPDATE) To ecstatic cries of 'Reformasi!' Anwar Ibrahim vowes to hundreds of journalists, supporters, and admiring prison guards to support the new government's efforts to clean up the country

FREE. Jailed former opposition leader and current Federal opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim greets supporters after his release from the Cheras Hospital Rehabilitation in Kuala Lumpur on May 16, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia's Najib quits as head of coalition, party after poll loss

May 12, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Malaysian former Prime Minister Najib Razak quits as head of Barisan National coalition and United Malays National Organization

QUIT. Defeated Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak quits as head of coalition. Photo from Najib's Facebook page

Malaysia's scandal-mired Najib hit with travel ban after poll loss

May 12, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Former Primer Minister Najib Razak says he respects the travel ban decision

'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

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

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

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

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 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 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

Malaysian PM announces dissolution of parliament for tough election

Apr 06, 2018 - 12:56 PM

Following the dissolution, the election commission will announce the date for the polls in the coming days

ANNOUNCEMENT. A man watches televisions on display at a shopping mall store as Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announces the dissolution of Parliament as he addresses the nation during a live telecast in Kuala Lumpur on April 6, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia's Mahathir gatecrashes 'too old to be PM' forum

Mar 23, 2018 - 12:21 PM

At a forum, a 3-man panel was talking about 92-year-old ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad when the man himself walks in midway, causing the speakers to fall silent and many in the hall to rise to their feet

GATECRASH. This picture taken on December 6, 2016 shows Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad speaking during an interview with Agence France-Presse at his office in Putrajaya. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Forum led by Malaysian ex-PM Mahathir descends into violence

Aug 14, 2017 - 12:25 AM

Troublemakers throw shoes chairs and bottles towards former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad who is unhurt and escorted from the building

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

Former Malaysia leader challenges PM to attend 1MDB meet

Jul 19, 2017 - 8:21 AM

Mahathir 92 has come out of retirement from politics formed his own party and joined forces with his old foe Anwar Ibrahim in an opposition alliance that aims to unseat Najib at elections due by 2018

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. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

North Korea, Malaysia in tit-for-tat exit bans over Kim killing

Mar 07, 2017 - 10:57 AM

6th UPDATE It marks a severe heightening of tensions 3 weeks after the airport assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un s half brother who was killed with the banned VX nerve agent

NO EXIT. In this file photo, a North Korean soldier stands in the arrivals hall of Pyongyang's International airport on October 8, 2015. Ed Jones/AFP

A magnet for unsolved mysteries, Malaysians ask 'why us?'

Mar 02, 2017 - 12:58 PM

From MH370 to Kim Jong Nam many Malaysians are now starting to tire of the apparently interminable news focus on their country and fear Malaysia will again see its reputation tarnished

A man is silhouetted amidst television cameras as he walks past the forensics wing of the Hospital Kuala Lumpur in the Malaysian capital on February 25, 2017, where the body of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, is being kept. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Malaysia court rejects Anwar's bid for case review

Dec 14, 2016 - 12:33 PM

The former Malaysian opposition leader remains in jail after the country s highest court rejects his bid for a review of his controversial 2014 sodomy conviction

In this file photo, jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (C) walks out from a court house in Kuala Lumpur on September 5, 2016. Stringer/AFP

Top Malaysia political cartoonist arrested

Nov 27, 2016 - 7:49 AM

The move to detain Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque – who goes by the pen name Zunar – is denounced as the latest sign of pressure on government critics

In this photograph taken on Februaury 14, 2015, Malaysian cartoonist Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, popularly known as Zunar, poses with handcuffs ahead of a book-launch event in Kuala Lumpur. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Malaysia's Najib warns protesters over violence ahead of demonstration

Nov 17, 2016 - 2:36 PM

Leading NGO and civil society alliance Bersih called the rally in the capital to demand the scandal tainted prime minister s resignation on November 19

A child (C) stands behind a placard reading 'Please Step Down Najib' as members of civil-society alliance Bersih posing for pictures ahead their demonstration in the capital Kuala Lumpur to demand Najib's resignation in Malaysia's northern town of Ipoh, November 11, 2016. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysians to protest against scandal-tainted PM

Sep 07, 2016 - 12:47 PM

Demonstrators will demand the resignation of Najib Razak who is under fire over his alleged involvement in the looting of billions of dollars in state funds

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak attends a welcome dinner at the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane on September 6, 2016. Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Malaysia abuzz as old foes Mahathir, Anwar join hands

Sep 05, 2016 - 7:24 PM

Mahathir sparks a social media frenzy with a show of support at a court appearance by Anwar

SUPPORTING ANWAR. Malaysian's Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (C) arrives for a court appearance on September 5, 2016, in support of Anwar who was jailed again last year by Malaysia's current government on a controversial sodomy conviction. Photo by AFP

MH17 families brace for legal fight on second anniversary

Jul 14, 2016 - 12:05 PM

The families of the 298 people who died when flight MH17 was downed over Ukraine are steeling themselves for a slew of bitter legal battles on the eve of the tragedy s second anniversary

In this file photo, the wrecked cockpit of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is presented to the press during a presentation of the final report on the cause of the its crash at the Gilze Rijen airbase October 13, 2015. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Malaysian opposition leader charged with corruption

Jun 30, 2016 - 2:16 PM

Lim Guan Eng who has repeatedly demanded that Najib explain a massive financial scandal that engulfed his administration last year appeared in the High Court in the northern Penang state

This picture taken on February 21, 2012, shows opposition politician Lim Guan Eng speaking during an interview at his office in Georgetown, Malaysia. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

A year after 1MDB: Malaysian premier takes hardline turn

Jun 27, 2016 - 10:55 AM

The political survival steps Najib has taken are stoking fears for multi ethnic Malaysia s already fragile democracy and sectarian relations

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks during the launch of the 4th generation Perdana sedan car, Malaysian car manufacturer's latest generations in Putrajaya on June 14, 2016. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian artist charged for depicting PM Najib as clown

Jun 06, 2016 - 2:51 PM

A Malaysian graphic artist is charged with violating multimedia laws by caricaturing Prime Minister Najib Razak as a sinister clown to protest at allegations of massive corruption

This photo taken on March 21, 2016 shows a bus (L) driving past a poster showing a clown-faced caricature of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia cross-party alliance demands scandal-hit PM's ouster

Mar 04, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The historic alliance is led by former premier Mahathir Mohamad who has spearheaded calls to remove Najib over allegations of corruption and misrule

CORRUPTION CONTROVERSY. Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak in Putrajaya on November 5, 2014. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Malaysia state leader quits post amid PM scandals

Feb 03, 2016 - 12:45 PM

Ruling party politician Mukhriz Mahathir son of former longtime premier Mahathir Mohamad resigns as head of Kedah state following an internal party push to oust him

In this file photo, Mukhriz Tun Mahathir, a candidate of youth Chief of Malaysia's ruling party United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) youth wing, sings national songs at a gathering in Kuala Lumpur on March 25, 2009. Saeed Khan/AFP

Malaysia clears PM in scandal, says Saudis provided 'donation'

Jan 26, 2016 - 12:01 PM

3rd UPDATE Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali also says he is satisfied that no criminal offense had been committed

In this file photo, Malaysia's Prime minister Najib Razak (C) leaves after a parliament session in Kuala Lumpur on October 19, 2015. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Malaysia ruling party to meet with PM under fire

Dec 08, 2015 - 3:55 PM

Najib Razak faces controversy over nearly 700 million transferred into his personal bank accounts

NAJIB RAZAK. Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak during the plenary session of the ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 21, 2015. File Photo by Ahmad Yusni/EPA

'Symbolic' no confidence motion for Najib

Oct 18, 2015 - 1:34 AM

Despite the slim chances of the motion finding success the opposition hopes the move will help efforts to eventually oust the Malaysian Prime Minister

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak reacts during the launch of the National Sports Day at Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 10 October 2015. The Royal Malaysian police on 08 October arrested a prominent lawyer and accused him of sabotage, after he has been urging the United States to investigate the corruption scandal involving Najib. Photo by Ma Jin Bu/EPA

Malaysia to allow rally amid fears of racial tensions

Sep 14, 2015 - 8:47 PM

Kuala Lumpur mayor Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz quoted by the state owned Bernama news agency confirms approval was granted for the so called red shirt rally for ethnic Malay rights on Wednesday September 1

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's alleged involvement in the 1MDB scandal sparked a series of protests calling for his resignation. File photo byManan Vatsyayana/AFP

Malaysia to block websites 'promoting' rally against Najib

Aug 27, 2015 - 5:03 PM

Bersih Malaysia s leading alliance of independent NGOs rights groups and reform advocates vows to bring out tens of thousands of people in the capital Kuala Lumpur and two other cities on Saturday and Sunday

In this file photo, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks to members of the media during a news conference at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 11, 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Malaysia graft agency says PM's funds not linked to scandal

Aug 04, 2015 - 9:47 AM

The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission acknowledges the funds were transferred to Najib s accounts but says they are not linked to the company 1Malaysia Development Berhad

In this file photo, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks to members of the media during a news conference at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 11, 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Malaysia PM replaces deputy, sacks attorney general amid scandal

Jul 28, 2015 - 2:20 PM

UPDATED Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin who has been critical of Najib s handling of the scandal involving state owned development company 1Malaysia Development Berhad 1MDB is replaced

IN HAPPIER TIMES. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (R), with his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin, announces his new cabinet line-up at the Prime Minister's Office in Putrajaya, Malaysia, May 15, 2013. Ahmad Yusni/EPA

Malaysian crackdown coming on dissidents?

Jul 23, 2015 - 8:56 AM

Opposition leaders fear another round of arrests like the 1987 Operasi Lalang could be on the cards

BUILDING UP. A worker seen near the construction site of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) flagship Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 5, 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Najib will weather scandal, but it’s not good for Malaysia or PH

Jul 17, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Even if Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak remains in office he is politically weakened preoccupied and ruling with considerably less legitimacy This bodes ill for the Philippines

Najib appears out but what about UMNO?

Jul 08, 2015 - 3:37 PM

Possible realignment but successors will inherit a broken party source says

In this file photo, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks during a 2015 Budget review in Putrajaya, Malaysia, 20 January 2015. Photo by Fazry Ismail/EPA

Malaysia’s PM Najib hangs on

Jul 08, 2015 - 11:11 AM

But it’s unsure for how long as intraparty forces coalesce against him

UNDER FIRE. In this file photo, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks to members of the media during a news conference at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 11, 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Major realignment possible in Malaysian politics

Jun 17, 2015 - 8:15 AM

Prime Minister’s own brother seeks to start unity movement

SEAT OF POWER. A general scene of the Prime Minister's Office building in Putrajaya, the government city next to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 3, 2013. Ahmad Yusni/EPA

Historic Malaysian opposition alliance falls apart

Jun 16, 2015 - 3:45 PM

Democratic Action Party DAP chief Lim Guan Eng says his party will no longer work with its former partner the Pan Malaysian Islamic Party PAS

HAPPIER TIMES. Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (C) along with Pan Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) president, Hadi Awang (2-R) and Democratic Action Party (DAP) secretary general Lim Guan Eng (2-L), DAP adviser, Lim Kit Siang (L) and PAS spiritual leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat (R) in Shah Alam near Kuala Lumpur 25 February 2013. Ahmad Yusni/EPA

Anwar's wife Wan Azizah takes helm of Malaysian opposition

May 18, 2015 - 1:06 PM

Her return to parliament after 7 years marks the second time that Wan Azizah 62 has stepped in to lead the opposition after one of her husband s controversial imprisonments

RETURN TO PARLIAMENT. The wife of jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Wan Azizah is officially sworn in as a member of parliament in the Dewan Rakyat, the Parliament of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 18, 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Malaysia PM claims party's support despite mounting scandal

May 11, 2015 - 8:56 PM

Pressure on Najib Razak mounts over allegations of fraud and embezzlement at a debt ridden state owned investment company that he launched and still oversees

AIRLINE TRACKING. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak presents a keynote address at The National Transformation Programme (NTP) Annual Report 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 12 May 2014. Shamshahrin Shamsudin/EPA