Najib Razak

Malaysian police accused of murder in military kick-back case freed

The two officers, with faces hidden, on trial in 2009. Photo: Reuters

A Malaysian court yesterday overturned a 2009 murder conviction for two police officers in a scandal that has fascinated the nation and which critics linked to Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Saturday, 24 August, 2013, 3:16am

Malaysian PM echoes Beijing's call for joint development in South China Sea

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak appeared to side with Beijing as he called for claimants in the South China Sea to jointly develop resources to avoid conflict and prevent "extra-regional states" from becoming involved.

Najib cited a joint development zone in waters claimed by Thailand and Malaysia as a precedent that could be applied in the South China Sea.

5 Jun 2013 - 12:35am 1 comment

Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak vows to reform Election Commission

Najib Razak

Najib said a special, bipartisan parliamentary committee would be set up to oversee the commission, which is in charge of running elections, to "strengthen public confidence" in it.

2 Jun 2013 - 7:36am

Amnesty urges Malaysia to end post-election crackdown

Demonstrators attend a post-election protest rally on May 8. Malaysian police arrested several opposition politicians and activists on Thursday, launching a crackdown on dissent three weeks after an election exposed deep divisions in the country and sparked a series of opposition protest rallies. Photo: Reuters

Global rights group Amnesty International urged Malaysia on Friday to end its “post-election crackdown” which has seen four critics arrested in the aftermath of the government’s worst electoral result.

25 May 2013 - 1:21am

Graft buster Paul Low joins Najib's cabinet

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak announces his new cabinet in Putrajaya. Photo: Reuters

Well-respected Malaysian graft buster, Paul Low Seng Kwan, 67, has his work cut out for him. Low - the president of Transparency International Malaysia (TI), an NGO that monitors political and corporate corruption - was appointed to the cabinet of Prime Minister Najib Razak in a surprise move that was greeted with applause and scepticism.

18 May 2013 - 12:45am

How they see it

Supporters of Anwar Ibrahim fill a stadium. Photo: EPA

Malaysia's governing coalition extended its unchallenged success in the national elections ever since our neighbouring country's independence from Britain in 1957.

12 May 2013 - 4:00am

Malaysian opposition rally speakers warned of sedition charges

Anwar Ibrahim addresses a mass rally in Petaling Jaya. Photo: AP

Police said they may pursue sedition charges against speakers at a mass rally organised by Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to protest against alleged election fraud.

10 May 2013 - 2:23am

Anwar urges protest over 'worst electoral fraud' in Malaysia

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is sworn in. Photo: EPA

Prime Minister Najib Razak was sworn in for a second term by Malaysia's king yesterday, as opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim called for a rally tomorrow to protest at a victory he said was achieved via the "worst electoral fraud in our history".

7 May 2013 - 2:46am

Time now for Malaysia to move forward

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, second from left, and his other party leaders shout slogans after winning the national elections in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo: AP

Never before has a Malaysian general election been so hotly contested or narrowly won. The National Front coalition headed by Prime Minister Najib Razak has maintained the grip on power it has held since independence 56 years ago, although for the first time has lost the popular vote. Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim refuses to admit defeat, claiming the vote was rigged.

7 May 2013 - 2:22am

Anwar shows no sign of giving up despite defeat

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. Photo: EPA

Malaysia's charismatic opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim lost an election many saw as his best shot at becoming prime minister, but he is not going down without a fight. Political observers believe Anwar, 65, will not leave politics despite earlier statements he would step down if his three-party coalition failed to unseat the ruling National Front, which has been in power for 56 years.

7 May 2013 - 2:39am

One race over, Malaysia's ruling coalition should get ready for another

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (right) reads his oath declaration in front of Malaysia's King Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah as he is sworn in for his second term as prime minister at the National Palace. Photo: AFP

Sunday's electoral win for Prime Minister Najib Razak and his ruling coalition was confirmation that the majority of Malaysians fear change and prefer the devil they know.

7 May 2013 - 2:23am

Najib Razak sworn in as opposition protests Malaysia poll

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (right) reads his oath declaration as he is sworn in for his second term as prime minister at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: AFP

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak began a second term on Monday after the coalition which has ruled for 56 years held on to power in elections branded as fraudulent by a bitter opposition.

6 May 2013 - 9:21pm

Malaysia’s mystery man Najib Razak earns a mandate

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak. Photo: EPA

Prime Minister Najib Razak stands on firmer ground after gaining his first mandate in weekend elections after years of walking a tightrope between voters demanding change and resistant hardliners.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

'Record voter turnout' in Malaysia as polls close

Malaysian voters wait in a line to cast their ballots in Pekan, Pahang state, Malaysia. Photo: AP

The first results are expected within hours. The Election Commission estimated about 80 per cent of 13 million voters – or more than 10 million people – turned out, which it called a record high.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Chinese Malaysians turn against government over race policies

Najib Razak, centre, faces an electorate divided along ethnic lines and needs to win an overwhelming share of the Malay vote. Photo: AP

Malaysian businessman Stanley Thai says he's joining thousands of fellow ethnic Chinese citizens in abandoning support for Prime Minister Najib Razak and voting for the opposition for the first time in an election next month.

30 Apr 2013 - 2:41am