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PKR’s Anwar-Azmin power struggle deepens, threatening future of Malaysia’s ruling party

Succession uncertainty has sparked a widening rift within the largest party in Malaysia’s coalition government, stoking concerns it would hurt them at the next election.

8 Dec 2019 - 9:50PM

Succession uncertainty has sparked a widening rift within the largest party in Malaysia’s coalition government, stoking concerns it would hurt them at the next election.

PKR’s Anwar-Azmin power struggle deepens, threatening future of Malaysia’s ruling party
Sex scandal, fist fight set scene for Malaysia’s ruling PKR party AGM

Youth members of the People’s Justice Party throw stones and punches in scuffle that underlines the fragile state of Malaysia’s biggest parliamentary party.

6 Dec 2019 - 10:36PM

Youth members of the People’s Justice Party throw stones and punches in scuffle that underlines the fragile state of Malaysia’s biggest parliamentary party.

Sex scandal, fist fight set scene for Malaysia’s ruling PKR party AGM
Muslim preacher Zakir Naik sues Malaysian MP over comments on Tamil Tigers-linked arrests

Hardline televangelist launches legal action against Charles Santiago, saying the politician’s remarks have damaged his reputation.

29 Nov 2019 - 10:44AM

Hardline televangelist launches legal action against Charles Santiago, saying the politician’s remarks have damaged his reputation.

Muslim preacher Zakir Naik sues Malaysian MP over comments on Tamil Tigers-linked arrests
In Malaysia, politicians spar after return of communist leader Chin Peng’s remains

The ashes of the guerilla chief, who led one of the world’s longest-running insurgencies, were secretly scattered in his birthplace of Perak in September.

28 Nov 2019 - 10:05AM

The ashes of the guerilla chief, who led one of the world’s longest-running insurgencies, were secretly scattered in his birthplace of Perak in September.

In Malaysia, politicians spar after return of communist leader Chin Peng’s remains
The Malaysian dilemma: can Mahathir and Anwar get Pakatan Harapan back on track?

The prime minister and the leader-in-waiting have seen much of the goodwill from last year’s stunning election win evaporate over succession squabbles and a lack of concrete reforms – and the opposition is gaining ground.

26 Nov 2019 - 11:58AM

The prime minister and the leader-in-waiting have seen much of the goodwill from last year’s stunning election win evaporate over succession squabbles and a lack of concrete reforms – and the opposition is gaining ground.

The Malaysian dilemma: can Mahathir and Anwar get Pakatan Harapan back on track?
Key 1MDB witness Nor Salwani Muhammad praised by Malaysians for ‘pencil case’ recording

Nor Salwani Muhammad left a recorder on while government officials discussed a 1MDB audit report, and later gave the audio clip to the new auditor-general.

23 Nov 2019 - 8:32AM

Nor Salwani Muhammad left a recorder on while government officials discussed a 1MDB audit report, and later gave the audio clip to the new auditor-general.

Key 1MDB witness Nor Salwani Muhammad praised by Malaysians for ‘pencil case’ recording
Malaysian contractors on China-backed East Coast Rail Link get better deal after US$240 million in funding agreed

Malaysian government last year suspended the 640km megaproject, citing unfair terms, but renegotiated to guarantee 40 per cent local participation.

20 Nov 2019 - 3:35PM

Malaysian government last year suspended the 640km megaproject, citing unfair terms, but renegotiated to guarantee 40 per cent local participation.

Malaysian contractors on China-backed East Coast Rail Link get better deal after US$240 million in funding agreed
Protest votes, broken promises: Decisive defeat for Malaysia’s ruling coalition in Johor’s Tanjung Piai by-election

Malaysian Chinese Association candidate Wee Jeck Seng won by a 15,000-vote majority to wrest the Tanjung Piai parliamentary seat, a rural constituency in the southern state of Johor, from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) pact.

17 Nov 2019 - 10:48PM

Malaysian Chinese Association candidate Wee Jeck Seng won by a 15,000-vote majority to wrest the Tanjung Piai parliamentary seat, a rural constituency in the southern state of Johor, from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) pact.

Protest votes, broken promises: Decisive defeat for Malaysia’s ruling coalition in Johor’s Tanjung Piai by-election
Malaysia’s Barisan Nasional opposition tipped for comeback in racially charged Johor by-election

Barisan Nasional coalition member the Malaysian Chinese Association is expected to clinch the seat for Tanjung Piai as disillusionment with the government grows.

15 Nov 2019 - 9:17PM

Barisan Nasional coalition member the Malaysian Chinese Association is expected to clinch the seat for Tanjung Piai as disillusionment with the government grows.

Malaysia’s Barisan Nasional opposition tipped for comeback in racially charged Johor by-election
Cambodia ‘playing with fire’ by cosying up to China, says opposition figure Sam Rainsy

The opposition figure warned strongman Hun Sen’s government against allowing Beijing to build infrastructure facilities that could be turned into military bases.

12 Nov 2019 - 11:01PM

The opposition figure warned strongman Hun Sen’s government against allowing Beijing to build infrastructure facilities that could be turned into military bases.

Cambodia ‘playing with fire’ by cosying up to China, says opposition figure Sam Rainsy
Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib Razak will testify in his defence after judge rules first 1MDB trial will proceed

Najib’s appearance as a witness will enable prosecutors to cross-examine him for the first time over the loss of 42 million ringgit (US$10.2 million) at SRC International, a former subsidiary of 1MDB.

11 Nov 2019 - 8:56PM

Najib’s appearance as a witness will enable prosecutors to cross-examine him for the first time over the loss of 42 million ringgit (US$10.2 million) at SRC International, a former subsidiary of 1MDB.

Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib Razak will testify in his defence after judge rules first 1MDB trial will proceed
At US$145,000, Malaysian homes get cheaper for foreign buyers. Will locals pay the price?

Foreign buyers are in for a bargain as Malaysia slashes the minimum price threshold for property sales. Locals, though, may end up paying dearly.

25 Nov 2019 - 3:33AM

Foreign buyers are in for a bargain as Malaysia slashes the minimum price threshold for property sales. Locals, though, may end up paying dearly.

At US$145,000, Malaysian homes get cheaper for foreign buyers. Will locals pay the price?
Asean must value human rights over trade to deal with ‘dictators’: Mu Sochua

Vice-president of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party also criticised Prime Minister Hun Sen’s close ties with China, accusing him of ‘taking away the land of people and giving it to China’.

8 Nov 2019 - 9:42PM

Vice-president of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party also criticised Prime Minister Hun Sen’s close ties with China, accusing him of ‘taking away the land of people and giving it to China’.

Asean must value human rights over trade to deal with ‘dictators’: Mu Sochua
Malaysian leader Mahathir vows to fix ‘draconian’ laws as activists decry slow pace of reforms

Last year, the government said it had identified 113 laws to be repealed, amended or drafted, but critics say very little progress has been made

8 Nov 2019 - 3:02AM

Last year, the government said it had identified 113 laws to be repealed, amended or drafted, but critics say very little progress has been made

Malaysian leader Mahathir vows to fix ‘draconian’ laws as activists decry slow pace of reforms
Cambodia’s Sam Rainsy says Thai Airways blocked his trip home on orders ‘from very high up’

The self-exiled opposition leader was intending to return to Cambodia to lead rallies against strongman Hun Sen via a transit through Thailand.

7 Nov 2019 - 11:24PM

The self-exiled opposition leader was intending to return to Cambodia to lead rallies against strongman Hun Sen via a transit through Thailand.

Cambodia’s Sam Rainsy says Thai Airways blocked his trip home on orders ‘from very high up’
Malaysia signs new rare earths deal with Australian miner Lynas despite environmental fears

Agreement sealed to commercialise waste from Lynas’ US$800 million refinery in Kuantan so residues can be used in agriculture, but environmentalists say plant fails to meet safety standards.

4 Nov 2019 - 7:06PM

Agreement sealed to commercialise waste from Lynas’ US$800 million refinery in Kuantan so residues can be used in agriculture, but environmentalists say plant fails to meet safety standards.

Malaysia signs new rare earths deal with Australian miner Lynas despite environmental fears
1MDB fugitive Jho Low not hiding in UAE, insists Malaysia’s top cop

Malaysia’s most senior policeman Abdul Hamid Bador says he knows the whereabouts of the fugitive financier – and that people are protecting him

1 Nov 2019 - 7:04PM

Malaysia’s most senior policeman Abdul Hamid Bador says he knows the whereabouts of the fugitive financier – and that people are protecting him

1MDB fugitive Jho Low not hiding in UAE, insists Malaysia’s top cop
1MDB scandal: Malaysia to make claim for US$1 billion in assets recovered from Jho Low, Mahathir Mohamad says

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says there is proof the assets – which include high-end real estate in Beverly Hills and London – were bought with Malaysian money.

31 Oct 2019 - 11:30PM

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says there is proof the assets – which include high-end real estate in Beverly Hills and London – were bought with Malaysian money.

1MDB scandal: Malaysia to make claim for US$1 billion in assets recovered from Jho Low, Mahathir Mohamad  says
Doubts over Mahathir’s handover to Anwar strain Malaysia’s ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition

Malaysia’s ruling coalition came to power with a promise that Mahathir Mohamad would hand over the reins to Anwar Ibrahim. But the time frame appears to be slipping, straining relations at the top levels of government

31 Oct 2019 - 2:09PM

Malaysia’s ruling coalition came to power with a promise that Mahathir Mohamad would hand over the reins to Anwar Ibrahim. But the time frame appears to be slipping, straining relations at the top levels of government

Doubts over Mahathir’s handover to Anwar strain Malaysia’s ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition
Chinese contractors in Malaysia must play by local rules, develop sustainably: ambassador

Bai Tian also urged mainland firms to fully respect and take care of the interests of local governments and enterprises. Over the past two years, Chinese contractors have carried out projects worth US$7.4 billion in Malaysia.

29 Oct 2019 - 8:14PM

Bai Tian also urged mainland firms to fully respect and take care of the interests of local governments and enterprises. Over the past two years, Chinese contractors have carried out projects worth US$7.4 billion in Malaysia.

Chinese contractors in Malaysia must play by local rules, develop sustainably: ambassador
Chinese in Malaysia told not to protest amid ‘investment scam’ anger

Embassy warns its nationals that street demonstrations are illegal after scores reportedly staged a protest outside the building over losses from an online pyramid scheme.

25 Oct 2019 - 9:28PM

Embassy warns its nationals that street demonstrations are illegal after scores reportedly staged a protest outside the building over losses from an online pyramid scheme.

Chinese in Malaysia told not to protest amid ‘investment scam’ anger
Malaysia bans controversial belt and road comic for cultural insensitivity, promoting communism

The comic, written by a controversial local activist, also suggested Malays who supported China’s Muslim Uygurs were radicals. A picture of President Xi Jinping reading the publication has emerged, sparking further uproar.

24 Oct 2019 - 10:54PM

The comic, written by a controversial local activist, also suggested Malays who supported China’s Muslim Uygurs were radicals. A picture of President Xi Jinping reading the publication has emerged, sparking further uproar.

Malaysia bans controversial belt and road comic for cultural insensitivity, promoting communism
Malaysia’s Mahathir joins criticism of comic book linking Malay-Muslim youths to extremism over China’s Uygurs

The controversy has also put a spotlight on the inner workings of the Pakatan Harapan administration, now accused of favouring ethnic Chinese interests.

22 Oct 2019 - 10:33AM

The controversy has also put a spotlight on the inner workings of the Pakatan Harapan administration, now accused of favouring ethnic Chinese interests.

Malaysia’s Mahathir joins criticism of comic book linking Malay-Muslim youths to extremism over China’s Uygurs
Mahathir fears Malaysia will be target of sanctions amid US-China trade war

The prime minister said Malaysia was ‘caught in the middle’ as proponents of free trade indulged in restrictive trade practices ‘on a grand scale’.

22 Oct 2019 - 3:07AM

The prime minister said Malaysia was ‘caught in the middle’ as proponents of free trade indulged in restrictive trade practices ‘on a grand scale’.

Mahathir fears Malaysia will be target of sanctions amid US-China trade war
Disgruntled India weighs options on ties and palm oil amid #BoycottMalaysia campaign

The diplomatic fallout from Malaysia’s criticism over Kashmir is spreading to the economy as Indian businesses shun their palm oil suppliers in favour of Indonesian alternatives.

18 Oct 2019 - 6:15PM

The diplomatic fallout from Malaysia’s criticism over Kashmir is spreading to the economy as Indian businesses shun their palm oil suppliers in favour of Indonesian alternatives.

Disgruntled India weighs options on ties and palm oil amid #BoycottMalaysia campaign
Malaysia must prepare navy for possible conflict in South China Sea, foreign minister warns

Saifuddin Abdullah says Kuala Lumpur’s ability to prevent other countries encroaching on its waters is lacking, and military upgrades are needed

17 Oct 2019 - 9:54PM

Saifuddin Abdullah says Kuala Lumpur’s ability to prevent other countries encroaching on its waters is lacking, and military upgrades are needed

Malaysia must prepare navy for possible conflict in South China Sea, foreign minister warns
Survey finds 70 per cent of Malaysian Muslim women believe polygamy is a right for men

The survey by NGO Sisters in Islam also found that 21 per cent of respondents believed a husband had a right to strike a wife.

15 Oct 2019 - 10:44PM

The survey by NGO Sisters in Islam also found that 21 per cent of respondents believed a husband had a right to strike a wife.

Survey finds 70 per cent of Malaysian Muslim women believe polygamy is a right for men
India’s concerns about RCEP remain the major obstacle to world’s largest trade deal

The RCEP involves the 10 Asean countries and the six major economies to have formed free trade pacts with the bloc: China, India, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Japan.

13 Oct 2019 - 9:25PM

The RCEP involves the 10 Asean countries and the six major economies to have formed free trade pacts with the bloc: China, India, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Japan.

India’s concerns about RCEP remain the major obstacle to world’s largest trade deal
In new budget, Malaysia targets Chinese investments as tariff war rages on

Measures to attract investments include a ‘special channel’ for firms from China, and packages to entice Fortune 500 companies, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said.

11 Oct 2019 - 10:39PM

Measures to attract investments include a ‘special channel’ for firms from China, and packages to entice Fortune 500 companies, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said.

In new budget, Malaysia targets Chinese investments as tariff war rages on
Malaysian lawmakers arrested over alleged ties to Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers

Assemblymen G. Saminathan and P. Gunasekaran being investigated under security laws for alleged links to Sri Lankan militant organisation.

10 Oct 2019 - 8:01PM

Assemblymen G. Saminathan and P. Gunasekaran being investigated under security laws for alleged links to Sri Lankan militant organisation.

Malaysian lawmakers arrested over alleged ties to Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers