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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

Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad named opposition PM candidate

Jan 08, 2018 - 12:46 PM

The former long-time Prime Minister agrees to make way for jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim – his former nemesis turned political ally – to become prime minister on his release from prison if Anwar is granted a royal pardon

HE'S BACK. Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad delivers a speech after he was elected as the opposition's prime ministerial candidate during the four-party coalition Pact of Hope (Pakatan Harapan) convention in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur on January 7, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian PM eyes snap poll, vows fight to the death

Dec 01, 2016 - 3:46 PM

It is the first time Malaysian leader Najib Razak has signaled he may bring forward polls not due until mid 2018

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (R) arrives to address the annual congress of his ruling party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in Kuala Lumpur on December 1, 2016. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Malaysian PM reshuffles Cabinet amid speculation of snap poll

Jun 27, 2016 - 7:10 PM

Analysts say Prime Minister Najib Razak s move could be a sign that a snap election might come in 2017

epa05393894 Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's office in Putrajaya, Malaysia, 27 June 2016. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak reshuffles his lineup cabinet for the third time after the 13th General Election on 05 May 2013. EPA/AHMAD YUSNI

Luxembourg launches money laundering probe in Najib fund scandal

Apr 01, 2016 - 6:41 AM

The scandal surrounding Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak deepens further as another country begins an investigation

epa05237672 Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak during a speech during the launch of a Children Austism Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 31 March 2016. Najib Razak, 62, faced criticisms of alleged corruption and mismanagement of hundreds of millions of dollars of debts of a state investment fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) he formed in 2009. EPA/STR

Malaysia's Najib spent 'millions' on luxury goods, election payouts

Mar 31, 2016 - 6:25 PM

Part of the money was reportedly spent at a Chanel store in Honolulu in December 2013

epa04454338 Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (L) waves accompanied by his wife Rosmah Mansor (R) attend the inauguration of Indonesia's seventh president, Joko Widodo, at the Parliament building in Jakarta, Indonesia, 20 October 2014. Indonesia's newly inaugurated President Joko Widodo urges Indonesians to unite and work together. Widodo said his government aimed to make Indonesia 'politically and economically independent' but acknowledged tough tasks ahead. EPA/BAGUS INDAHONO

Opponents of Malaysian PM step up drive to oust him

Mar 27, 2016 - 10:20 PM

A coalition led by former premier Mahathir Mohamad is seeking one million signatures for a petition demanding Najib Razak s ouster

Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (C) stands for the national anthem during a rally in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 27, 2016.  Leaders from across Malaysia's political spectrum said on March 27 they plan to present a petition to the country's Islamic royalty seeking the removal of scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Razak over a corruption crisis. / AFP / MOHD RASFAN

Malaysia's Mahathir sues Prime Minister Najib

Mar 23, 2016 - 9:10 PM

Former leader Mahathir Mohamad accuses current premier Najib Razak of corruption and abuse of power

epa05226764 (FILE A file photograph showing Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak as he prepare to deliver his speech during an event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 14 March 2016. Media reports on 23 March 2016 state that Mahathir Mohamad is to sue Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak for alleged corruption in public office. EPA/AHMAD YUSNI

Malaysia's Mahathir quits ruling party over PM's scandals

Feb 29, 2016 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED It is a party dedicated to protecting Najib Mahathir is quoted as saying

epa04218502 Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad, 88-year-old, speaks during the 20th International Conference on The Future of Asia in Tokyo, Japan, 22 May 2014. The two-day annual forum, hosted by Nikkei Inc., aims to bring together political and economic leaders from Asia-Pacific nations to discuss the future and development of the region. The forum is held from 22-23 May. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

Malaysia PM vows 'no surrender' over funding scandal

Dec 10, 2015 - 1:01 PM

This week s annual gathering of the party which has ruled Malaysia for more than a half century has been the most closely watched in years for signs of any revolt against Najib

NO SURRENDER. United Malays National Organisation's (UMNO) party president Najib Razak (R) with his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin (L) look on during the opening ceremony of Malaysia's ruling party UMNO 69th General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 10 December 2015. Photo by Zafry Ismail/EPA

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

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

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

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

Malaysia passes anti-terrorism law, raising rights fears

Apr 07, 2015 - 11:20 AM

The Prevention of Terrorism Act allows authorities to detain terrorism suspects without charge and the political opposition as well as legal and rights groups urge its withdrawal

SEAT OF POWER. A general scene of the Prime Minister's Office building in Putrajaya, the government city next to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 03 April 2013. Ahmad Yusni/EPA

Malaysian state OKs Islamic penalties, splitting opposition

Mar 19, 2015 - 4:03 PM

The state assembly of Kelantan unanimously passes penalties including amputations for theft and stoning to death for adultery

Family seek royal pardon for Anwar

Feb 25, 2015 - 8:49 PM

Anwar s family seeks a royal pardon for his conviction on sodomy charges to reverse a gross miscarriage of justice

In this photo, Malaysian Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks in front his supporters ahead of his sodomy trial verdict during a gathering in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,09 Febuary 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Malaysia’s autocrats go marching on

Feb 18, 2015 - 1:15 PM

Malaysia s rulers aren t so much as goose stepping but making a mad dash towards authoritarian rule… again writes James Giggacher

UNDER SCRUTINY. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks during a 2015 Budget review in Putrajaya, Malaysia, 20 January 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Malaysia's Anwar in 'deplorable' jail conditions – daughter

Feb 16, 2015 - 7:39 PM

Nurul Izzah says the conditions were inappropriate for her father and could exacerbate a chronic back problem and otherwise threaten the 67 year old s health

In this photo, Malaysian Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks in front his supporters ahead of his sodomy trial verdict during a gathering in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,09 Febuary 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Malaysia's Najib under scrutiny over wealth, opposition crackdown

Feb 15, 2015 - 1:40 PM

Najib Razak is under fire for cracking down on opponents troubles in a sovereign wealth fund and questions over his family assets

UNDER SCRUTINY. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks during a 2015 Budget review in Putrajaya, Malaysia, 20 January 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Malaysia: Life after Anwar

Feb 12, 2015 - 10:50 AM

Malaysia expert Dr John Funston from the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific discusses what Anwar s conviction means for the country’s political future

In this photo, Malaysian Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks in front his supporters ahead of his sodomy trial verdict during a gathering in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,09 Febuary 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Malaysia's Anwar alleges 'conspiracy' as he is sent to jail

Feb 10, 2015 - 12:16 PM

UPDATED The Federal Court dismisses Anwar s appeal against the conviction handed down last March which found him guilty of sodomising a young former male aide

DEFIANT. Malaysian Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks in front his supporters ahead of his sodomy trial verdict during a gathering in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,09 Febuary 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Anwar warns guilty ruling could backfire on Malaysia gov't

Feb 04, 2015 - 3:44 PM

Anwar: Will this lead to further disgruntlement and therefore a surge in support for the opposition ? I believe so

Malaysia reverses vow to scrap controversial sedition law

Nov 27, 2014 - 2:50 PM

Najib tells his party s annual congress that the law will be retained and even enhanced apparently bowing to pressure from ruling party conservatives

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

Malaysia’s Najib under fire at UMNO meeting

Nov 26, 2014 - 1:43 PM

No open rebellion but Najib faces a rebellion over Malay privilege

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

'Decisive test' as Malaysia opens final Anwar hearings

Oct 28, 2014 - 11:52 AM

UPDATED International human rights groups have called this week s hearings on sodomy charges against the Malaysian opposition leader as a decisive test for Malaysia s judiciary

AWAITING A FINAL VERDICT. File photo shows Anwar Ibrahim speaking at a rally on May 8, 2013.  Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia's Sedition Act crackdown 'chilling' free speech

Oct 19, 2014 - 12:59 PM

The crackdown accelerating in recent weeks is widely seen as an attempt by Malaysia s longtime regime to reverse years of increasingly boisterous speech that has coincided with tremendous electoral gains by the opposition

A student from the University of Malaya displays a placard during a rally against the sedition law at their main campus in Kuala Lumpur on September 10, 2014. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Déjà vu as Malaysia's Anwar faces threat of jail

Oct 12, 2014 - 1:21 PM

Opinion in Malaysia seems split on whether a regime known for its rough political tactics will risk a domestic and international backlash by throwing Anwar into prison again

A file picture dated 25 February 2013 shows Anwar Ibrahim in Shah Alam near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ahmad Yusni/EPA

Malaysia must repeal law vs dissent – UN experts

Oct 09, 2014 - 8:00 AM

UN experts urge the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak to make good on its commitment to the UN Human Rights Council to stop criminalizing and prosecuting the right to free expression

A student from the University of Malaya displays a placard during a rally against the sedition law at their main campus in Kuala Lumpur on September 10, 2014. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian opposition in crosshairs of 'sedition blitz'

Sep 03, 2014 - 2:57 PM

A flurry of sedition and other charges widely seen as a campaign to harass the opposition sparks fears Malaysia s long ruling regime is lurching back to its authoritarian ways

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 23 July 2014. Azhar Rahim/EPA

Malaysian state leader to quit following bitter row

Aug 27, 2014 - 9:35 AM

Selangor chief minister Khalid Ibrahim was expelled from the party of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim earlier this month for refusing party instructions to vacate his appointed post

OUT. In this file photo, chief minister of Selangor Khalid Ibrahim (C) attends a ceremony to launch the third bridge project in Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 6, 2014. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia opposition averts rift as Islamic party toes line

Aug 17, 2014 - 4:11 PM

We are trying very hard to strengthen our coalition Our bottom line is to ensure that Pakatan Rakyat is the alternative in Malaysian politics

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/File

Malaysia's Anwar faces civil suit by sodomy accuser

Aug 13, 2014 - 7:53 PM

The suit filed in June by Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan seeks damages of 50 million ringgit 15 7 million and adds to mounting headaches for the opposition leader

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in Penang, Malaysia, 05 May 2013. Ahmad Yusni/EPA

Is Malaysia's opposition on shaky ground?

Aug 06, 2014 - 12:40 PM

An impasse over a key political appointment has reignited nagging doubts over the cohesiveness of the three party Pakatan Rakyat coalition

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

Malaysian court overturns Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy acquittal

Mar 07, 2014 - 5:54 PM

UPDATED If the decision holds Anwar would be disqualified from parliament effectively ending his remarkable career

NOT GIVING UP. Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks during a rally at a stadium in Kelana Jaya, Selangor on May 8, 2013. Thousands of Malaysians dressed in mourning black gathered May 8 to denounce elections which they claim were stolen through fraud by the coalition that has ruled for 56 years. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN

Southeast Asia: Legitimacy in crisis

Feb 18, 2014 - 7:30 AM

If no one agrees to the rules it’s hard to play the game

Discord clouds future of 'Malaysia: Truly Asia'

Jan 29, 2014 - 2:05 PM

Malaysian conservatives are flexing their muscles in what analysts call a high stakes fight for control of the powerful ruling party that is endangering reform and delicate race relations

UNITY IN DANGER? In this photo, a man (C) opens a bus door through within a poster showing the Malaysia ethnic communities with traditional dress in Kuala Lumpur on September 25, 2013. AFP / Mohd Rasfan

Malaysian leader strengthens hand in party polls

Oct 20, 2013 - 2:22 PM

Analysts said Najib appeared to have held off conservatives for now

Ex-leader's son in focus as Malaysia ruling party votes

Oct 19, 2013 - 1:35 PM

All eyes are now on Mukhriz Mahathir 48 whom analysts expect will seek to protect his father s legacy

PARTY POLLS. Voters cast their vote during the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party elections in Ampang, in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur on October 19, 2013. AFP/Mohd Rasfan

Malaysia shift on affirmative action angers minorities

Sep 25, 2013 - 12:50 PM

The Malaysian government s new measures to benefit the Malay majority raises fears they could accelerate a brain drain of talent heading overseas

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY? Minorities in Malaysia are angered by new government policies favoring the native Malay majority, with experts saying it could make the country lose its best and brightest. In this photo, a man (C) opens a bus door through within a poster showing the Malaysia ethnic communities with traditional dress in Kuala Lumpur on September 25, 2013. AFP / Mohd Rasfan

Watchdogs: Malaysia polls 'not fair'

May 08, 2013 - 12:34 PM

Independent Malaysian polls watchdogs disputed the government s insistence that elections were free and fair citing serious flaws in the electoral system

'Chinese tsunami' hits Malaysian politics

May 07, 2013 - 4:01 PM

Analyst: The Chinese have decided to vote as a bloc and they have decided to vote the opposition

Najib sworn in as opposition protests 'stolen' Malaysia poll

May 06, 2013 - 5:52 PM

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim called for a rally in two days time to protest at a victory which he said was achieved via the worst electoral fraud in our history

Anwar photo: AFP/Saeed Khan; Najib photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan

Opposition to fight 'stolen' Malaysia poll result - Anwar

May 06, 2013 - 2:23 PM

UPDATE Anwar Ibrahim said Monday May 6 his Malaysian opposition planned to contest the results of a bitter weekend election battle

Anwar photo: AFP/Saeed Khan; Najib photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan

Record turnout in historic Malaysia polls

May 05, 2013 - 7:22 PM

Millions of Malaysians voted on Sunday May 5 with one of the world s longest serving governments under serious threat from an upstart opposition

HISTORIC VOTE. Malaysian voters queue to cast their votes during the country's 13th general elections in Kuala Lumpur on May 5, 2013. Malaysians vote in their first election in history with a change of government at stake, as a decades-old regime battles to hold off a hard-charging opposition pledging sweeping reform. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN

Key issues, players and facts in Malaysia election

May 05, 2013 - 9:57 AM

Following are key electoral facts players and issues surrounding the Malaysian general elections

Anwar photo: AFP/Saeed Khan; Najib photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan

Malaysia decides in high-stakes polls

May 05, 2013 - 7:46 AM

UPDATE Malaysians have keenly awaited the vote ever since 2008 polls when the opposition made unprecedented gains against the once invincible coalition in power since 1957