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The US$12 billion reason Mahathir’s Malaysia wants a return to agriculture

As it grapples with a US$12 billion food import bill, the country is considering a renewed focus on agriculture to boost food security and revenue in tandem.

21 Jan 2020 - 9:53PM

As it grapples with a US$12 billion food import bill, the country is considering a renewed focus on agriculture to boost food security and revenue in tandem.

The US$12 billion reason Mahathir’s Malaysia wants a return to agriculture
Mahathir: vote in ‘thieves’ but don’t expect Pakatan Harapan to fix Malaysia after that

The Malaysian premier also downplayed earlier comments that the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition could be a one-term government.

20 Jan 2020 - 9:15PM

The Malaysian premier also downplayed earlier comments that the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition could be a one-term government.

Mahathir: vote in ‘thieves’ but don’t expect Pakatan Harapan to fix Malaysia after that
Sex assault case against Anwar Ibrahim dismissed by Malaysia’s solicitor general for ‘insufficient evidence’

Malaysia’s attorney general has dismissed claims that the prime minister-in-waiting made advances towards the former People’s Justice Party researcher Muhammed Yusoff Rawther.

14 Jan 2020 - 8:33PM

Malaysia’s attorney general has dismissed claims that the prime minister-in-waiting made advances towards the former People’s Justice Party researcher Muhammed Yusoff Rawther.

Sex assault case against Anwar Ibrahim dismissed by Malaysia’s solicitor general for ‘insufficient evidence’
Anwar Ibrahim sexual assault accuser’s polygraph test sparks legal debate in Malaysia

Malaysia is looking into using the results of polygraph tests in court, but criminologists and legal experts say this may weaken the criminal justice system.

14 Jan 2020 - 9:52AM

Malaysia is looking into using the results of polygraph tests in court, but criminologists and legal experts say this may weaken the criminal justice system.

Anwar Ibrahim sexual assault accuser’s polygraph test sparks legal debate in Malaysia
Can I advise you something? Rosmah Mansor’s scolding of husband Najib Razak, Malaysia’s disgraced ex-leader, is talk of the town

Recordings released by investigators probing the 1MDB scandal allegedly feature the former ‘first lady’ berating her husband, fuelling a perception she held undue sway.

10 Jan 2020 - 8:00PM

Recordings released by investigators probing the 1MDB scandal allegedly feature the former ‘first lady’ berating her husband, fuelling a perception she held undue sway.

Can I advise you something? Rosmah Mansor’s scolding of husband Najib Razak, Malaysia’s disgraced ex-leader, is talk of the town
India bans Malaysian palm oil as diplomatic rift widens

The move appears to be retaliation for Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s comments on Kashmir and New Delhi’s controversial new citizenship bill, analysts say.

9 Jan 2020 - 4:46PM

The move appears to be retaliation for Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s comments on Kashmir and New Delhi’s controversial new citizenship bill, analysts say.

India bans Malaysian palm oil as diplomatic rift widens
‘Darling, you are the prime minister’: Malaysian authorities reveal 1MDB-linked Najib tapes

The anti-corruption commission says the nine calls show ‘criminal conspiracy’, with the former PM and his wife Rosmah among those recorded.

9 Jan 2020 - 10:21AM

The anti-corruption commission says the nine calls show ‘criminal conspiracy’, with the former PM and his wife Rosmah among those recorded.

‘Darling, you are the prime minister’: Malaysian authorities reveal 1MDB-linked Najib tapes
Analysis | Soleimani killing: what is Malaysia’s aim in call for Muslim unity?

Mahathir Mohamad has swung behind Tehran following Trump’s assassination of the Iranian general, risking Riyadh’s ire by likening the event to murder of Jamal Khashoggi

8 Jan 2020 - 11:56AM

Mahathir Mohamad has swung behind Tehran following Trump’s assassination of the Iranian general, risking Riyadh’s ire by likening the event to murder of Jamal Khashoggi

Soleimani killing: what is Malaysia’s aim in call for Muslim unity?
Malaysia’s The Edge challenges Jho Low, accuses Singapore’s Straits Times of aiding ‘spin’ over 1MDB role

The business paper has given a scathing response to a Straits Times interview with the alleged 1MDB mastermind, labelling it ‘nonsensical spin’.

7 Jan 2020 - 11:36AM

The business paper has given a scathing response to a Straits Times interview with the alleged 1MDB mastermind, labelling it ‘nonsensical spin’.

Malaysia’s The Edge challenges Jho Low, accuses Singapore’s Straits Times of aiding ‘spin’ over 1MDB role
Malaysia’s Pyongyang embassy reopening to cap relations ‘recovery’, says foreign minister

Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah on Friday also announced Malaysia’s intention to open a consulate in Turkey, stick to its South China Sea claims and cement ties with other Muslim nations.

3 Jan 2020 - 9:50PM

Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah on Friday also announced Malaysia’s intention to open a consulate in Turkey, stick to its South China Sea claims and cement ties with other Muslim nations.

Malaysia’s Pyongyang embassy reopening to cap relations ‘recovery’, says foreign minister
Malaysian Education Minister Maszlee Malik resigns, raising spectre of cabinet shake-up

Maszlee Malik, whose tenure was marred by controversy, is the first minister to leave his post since PM Mahathir Mohamad’s Pakatan Harapan coalition came to power in May 2018.

3 Jan 2020 - 12:03AM

Maszlee Malik, whose tenure was marred by controversy, is the first minister to leave his post since PM Mahathir Mohamad’s Pakatan Harapan coalition came to power in May 2018.

Malaysian Education Minister Maszlee Malik resigns, raising spectre of cabinet shake-up
Chinese dissent in Malaysia over Jawi script in schools raises alarm in Mahathir’s government

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad warned of ‘chaos’ after Chinese education group announces plan to protest addition to curriculum in vernacular schools.

24 Dec 2019 - 4:22PM

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad warned of ‘chaos’ after Chinese education group announces plan to protest addition to curriculum in vernacular schools.

Chinese dissent in Malaysia over Jawi script in schools raises alarm in Mahathir’s government
Jho Low capture frustrated by ‘dishonest’ foreign authorities: Malaysia’s police chief

Inspector-general Abdul Hamid Bador had originally promised to bring the fugitive financier, wanted for involvement in the 1MDB scandal, home to face justice by Christmas.

23 Dec 2019 - 10:23PM

Inspector-general Abdul Hamid Bador had originally promised to bring the fugitive financier, wanted for involvement in the 1MDB scandal, home to face justice by Christmas.

Jho Low capture frustrated by ‘dishonest’ foreign authorities: Malaysia’s police chief
Malaysia’s Najib Razak takes Islamic oath to deny claims he ordered model Altantuyaa Shaariibuu’s killing

The former Malaysian leader proclaimed his innocence after a death-row prisoner claimed he had given the order to kill Mongolian model and translator Altantuyaa Shaariibuu in 2006.

20 Dec 2019 - 10:07PM

The former Malaysian leader proclaimed his innocence after a death-row prisoner claimed he had given the order to kill Mongolian model and translator Altantuyaa Shaariibuu in 2006.

Malaysia’s Najib Razak takes Islamic oath to deny claims he ordered model Altantuyaa Shaariibuu’s killing
‘Muslims caused fear of Islam’: Mahathir Mohamad opens Kuala Lumpur Summit, amid Saudi disgruntlement

‘We may claim to be performing jihad but the result is more oppression of Muslims everywhere,’ the Malaysian leader tells meeting of Islamic countries.

19 Dec 2019 - 9:24PM

‘We may claim to be performing jihad but the result is more oppression of Muslims everywhere,’ the Malaysian leader tells meeting of Islamic countries.

‘Muslims caused fear of Islam’: Mahathir Mohamad opens Kuala Lumpur Summit, amid Saudi disgruntlement
Malaysia revives 1MDB-linked mega project as it strengthens economic ties with China

The Singapore-Kuala Lumpur high speed rail link is back on track, but with adjustments to reduce costs, said Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

18 Dec 2019 - 10:10AM

The Singapore-Kuala Lumpur high speed rail link is back on track, but with adjustments to reduce costs, said Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Malaysia revives 1MDB-linked mega project as it strengthens economic ties with China
Lawyer for Malaysia’s former PM Najib Razak says hitman’s claim ‘laughable’

Najib’s lawyer says the hitman’s claim that he ordered the death of a Mongolian model in 2006 is part of a conspiracy against his client, and the convicted killer had met with a VVIP earlier this year.

18 Dec 2019 - 5:53PM

Najib’s lawyer says the hitman’s claim that he ordered the death of a Mongolian model in 2006 is part of a conspiracy against his client, and the convicted killer had met with a VVIP earlier this year.

Lawyer for Malaysia’s former PM Najib Razak says hitman’s claim ‘laughable’
Hitman claims Najib Razak ordered killing of model Altantuya Shaariibuu, accusing her of spying on Malaysia

Disgraced former leader Najib Razak has dismissed the claims by Azilah Hadri, a former policeman on death row for the killing of Altantuya Shaariibuu, as ‘complete fabrication’.

18 Dec 2019 - 10:13AM

Disgraced former leader Najib Razak has dismissed the claims by Azilah Hadri, a former policeman on death row for the killing of Altantuya Shaariibuu, as ‘complete fabrication’.

Hitman claims Najib Razak ordered killing of model Altantuya Shaariibuu, accusing her of spying on Malaysia
The hunt for Jho Low: is net closing on 1MDB’s billion-dollar whale?

2019 has been tough for the fugitive financier. He’s given up US$1 billion in assets and now his former BFF Najib Razak has thrown him under the bus. Still, he has his freedom … but for how long?

17 Dec 2019 - 5:47PM

2019 has been tough for the fugitive financier. He’s given up US$1 billion in assets and now his former BFF Najib Razak has thrown him under the bus. Still, he has his freedom … but for how long?

The hunt for Jho Low: is net closing on 1MDB’s billion-dollar whale?
Explainer | How Anwar Ibrahim and Azmin Ali’s mentor-protégé relationship turned sour

The souring of the men’s mentor-protégé relationship bears a striking resemblance to the decoupling of Mahathir and Anwar’s political destinies years ago.

18 Dec 2019 - 1:48PM

The souring of the men’s mentor-protégé relationship bears a striking resemblance to the decoupling of Mahathir and Anwar’s political destinies years ago.

How Anwar Ibrahim and Azmin Ali’s mentor-protégé relationship turned sour
Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim gives statement to police over sex assault claims

He was summoned to the police headquarters over the allegations levelled by a former aide who accused the leader-in-waiting of trying to force him to have sex.

18 Dec 2019 - 1:48PM

He was summoned to the police headquarters over the allegations levelled by a former aide who accused the leader-in-waiting of trying to force him to have sex.

Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim gives statement to police over sex assault claims
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.

18 Dec 2019 - 1:47PM

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.

18 Dec 2019 - 1:46PM

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.

18 Dec 2019 - 1:45PM

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.

17 Dec 2019 - 6:03PM

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