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Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad to meet China’s Xi Jinping at sidelines of belt and road summit, as ties recover over ECRL project

The Malaysian premier will attend the Belt and Road Summit and speak to President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang separately at the sidelines of the event.

18 Apr 2019 - 9:55PM

The Malaysian premier will attend the Belt and Road Summit and speak to President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang separately at the sidelines of the event.

Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad to meet China’s Xi Jinping at sidelines of belt and road summit, as ties recover over ECRL project
Malaysia and Singapore ban black metal concerts amid complaints from countries’ Christian communities

Bans on alternative musical trends in either country are nothing new, but in Malaysia these have usually been attributed to complaints from the conservative Muslim lobby.

18 Apr 2019 - 9:55PM

Bans on alternative musical trends in either country are nothing new, but in Malaysia these have usually been attributed to complaints from the conservative Muslim lobby.

Malaysia and Singapore ban black metal concerts amid complaints from countries’ Christian communities
Malaysia welcomes Chinese tech giant Huawei despite Western concerns

The Chinese tech giant has faced bans in some countries, but not in Malaysia where its global training centre is based.

15 Apr 2019 - 9:37PM

The Chinese tech giant has faced bans in some countries, but not in Malaysia where its global training centre is based.

Malaysia welcomes Chinese tech giant Huawei despite Western concerns
Malaysia to ‘take advantage’ of ECRL deal to sell China more palm oil: Mahathir Mohamad

The Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad suggests there was a quid pro quo for agreeing to resume work on the Beijing-backed rail project: increased purchases of palm oil by China, though issue ‘isn’t directly related’.

15 Apr 2019 - 11:28PM

The Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad suggests there was a quid pro quo for agreeing to resume work on the Beijing-backed rail project: increased purchases of palm oil by China, though issue ‘isn’t directly related’.

Malaysia to ‘take advantage’ of ECRL deal to sell China more palm oil: Mahathir Mohamad
West sends Brunei into China’s arms with outrage over its anti-gay sharia laws

As Brunei’s oil reserves run out, it is looking to China to back critical development projects, especially as it faces censure from the West over tough new sharia laws many say are only for show

14 Apr 2019 - 12:50PM

As Brunei’s oil reserves run out, it is looking to China to back critical development projects, especially as it faces censure from the West over tough new sharia laws many say are only for show

West sends Brunei into China’s arms with outrage over its anti-gay sharia laws
Death penalty: as world executes fewer prisoners, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand are killing more

Globally, the number of executions have fallen to a decade-long low, but in Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand the travel is in the other direction, according to Amnesty International.

10 Apr 2019 - 10:35PM

Globally, the number of executions have fallen to a decade-long low, but in Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand the travel is in the other direction, according to Amnesty International.

Death penalty: as world executes fewer prisoners, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand are killing more
Clearing the air: Singapore and Malaysia end flight route row days before leaders meet

But water woes remain, with supply and maritime border both on agenda at Monday’s summit in Kuala Lumpur.

6 Apr 2019 - 10:29PM

But water woes remain, with supply and maritime border both on agenda at Monday’s summit in Kuala Lumpur.

Clearing the air: Singapore and Malaysia end flight route row days before leaders meet
Malaysia backtracks on decision to join International Criminal Court amid royal opposition

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced the decision in a strongly worded speech in which he angrily alluded to the affect of royal influence.

6 Apr 2019 - 5:40AM

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced the decision in a strongly worded speech in which he angrily alluded to the affect of royal influence.

Malaysia backtracks on decision to join International Criminal Court amid royal opposition
Gays face death by stoning in Brunei, the ‘Saudi of Southeast Asia’. Really?

The tiny oil-rich nation has been criticised by Ellen and Elton John for imposing a strict new Islamic penal code. But those familiar with the country say that all may not be as it seems.

5 Apr 2019 - 9:49PM

The tiny oil-rich nation has been criticised by Ellen and Elton John for imposing a strict new Islamic penal code. But those familiar with the country say that all may not be as it seems.

Gays face death by stoning in Brunei, the ‘Saudi of Southeast Asia’. Really?
Prayers, a gold cushion and yet another row: Najib Razak’s 1MDB trial finally begins in Malaysia

The disgraced former prime minister faces life in jail if he is found guilty of just a handful of the charges against him relating to the multibillion-dollar financial scandal at the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad state fund

4 Apr 2019 - 1:56PM

The disgraced former prime minister faces life in jail if he is found guilty of just a handful of the charges against him relating to the multibillion-dollar financial scandal at the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad state fund

Prayers, a gold cushion and yet another row: Najib Razak’s 1MDB trial finally begins in Malaysia
Singapore knew, Johor crown prince didn’t? Surprising, says Malaysia’s Mahathir as he defends port venture backed by Li Ka-shing

The Malaysian prime minister denies not consulting the Johor government on a plan to build the world’s largest ship-to-ship transfer hub in the port of Johor Bahru.

3 Apr 2019 - 1:01PM

The Malaysian prime minister denies not consulting the Johor government on a plan to build the world’s largest ship-to-ship transfer hub in the port of Johor Bahru.

Singapore knew, Johor crown prince didn’t? Surprising, says Malaysia’s Mahathir as he defends port venture backed by Li Ka-shing
Why Hongkongers are getting a taste for Penang

Shared histories and cultural connections are giving travellers from Hong Kong a taste for Penang, Malaysia. That’s good news for Heritage on a Plate, a tour organiser aiming to satisfy appetites for both history and food

2 Apr 2019 - 11:39AM

Shared histories and cultural connections are giving travellers from Hong Kong a taste for Penang, Malaysia. That’s good news for Heritage on a Plate, a tour organiser aiming to satisfy appetites for both history and food

Why Hongkongers are getting a taste for Penang
Sorry, Singapore: Malaysia dumps assets to cope with US$245 billion debt

As Malaysia makes moves to offload ‘non-strategic’ assets, critics fear the moves will privilege an elite group and worsen ties with neighbouring Singapore.

1 Apr 2019 - 10:22PM

As Malaysia makes moves to offload ‘non-strategic’ assets, critics fear the moves will privilege an elite group and worsen ties with neighbouring Singapore.

Sorry, Singapore: Malaysia dumps assets to cope with US$245 billion debt
Malaysia sets date for Najib Razak’s 1MDB corruption trial

The disgraced former prime minister faces charges relating to US$10 million found in his personal bank accounts. Prosecutors believe a total of US$4.5 billion was siphoned out of the state investment fund

28 Mar 2019 - 10:15PM

The disgraced former prime minister faces charges relating to US$10 million found in his personal bank accounts. Prosecutors believe a total of US$4.5 billion was siphoned out of the state investment fund

Malaysia sets date for Najib Razak’s 1MDB corruption trial
I’ll buy planes from China? Maybe not, says Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad – but EU should still rethink its war on palm oil

The Malaysian prime minister says the European Union’s planned ban on palm oil will provoke a backlash – even if it’s not the one he originally claimed

26 Mar 2019 - 10:42PM

The Malaysian prime minister says the European Union’s planned ban on palm oil will provoke a backlash – even if it’s not the one he originally claimed

I’ll buy planes from China? Maybe not, says Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad – but EU should still rethink its war on palm oil
China to shave US$2.4 billion off cost of Malaysia’s East Coast Rail Link. But will it be enough?

Malaysia’s chief negotiator on the controversial Beijing-backed project, Daim Zainuddin, says a revised deal would send ‘a lot more Malaysia’s way’. But experts say the final terms of the deal remain obscure.

27 Mar 2019 - 10:17AM

Malaysia’s chief negotiator on the controversial Beijing-backed project, Daim Zainuddin, says a revised deal would send ‘a lot more Malaysia’s way’. But experts say the final terms of the deal remain obscure.

China to shave US$2.4 billion off cost of Malaysia’s East Coast Rail Link. But will it be enough?
Malaysian carmaker Proton announces joint venture to build new assembly plant in Pakistan

The deal will mean job creation and economic benefits, fulfilling a promise made by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad during Pakistan Prime Minister’s Imran Khan’s first official visit to the country late last year.

22 Mar 2019 - 10:44PM

The deal will mean job creation and economic benefits, fulfilling a promise made by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad during Pakistan Prime Minister’s Imran Khan’s first official visit to the country late last year.

Malaysian carmaker Proton announces joint venture to build new assembly plant in Pakistan
East Coast Rail Link deal before belt and road forum? Depends on China, Mahathir says

The Malaysian leader says the ball is in Beijing’s court when it comes to the long-stalled project – which he has attacked as overpriced and now claims would cost US$32 billion rather than the US$13 billion originally estimated.

20 Mar 2019 - 10:25PM

The Malaysian leader says the ball is in Beijing’s court when it comes to the long-stalled project – which he has attacked as overpriced and now claims would cost US$32 billion rather than the US$13 billion originally estimated.

East Coast Rail Link deal before belt and road forum? Depends on China, Mahathir says
Malaysia’s crackdown on insulting Islam: divine inspiration from Pakatan Harapan?

As opposition parties milking pro-Muslim sentiments team up against Mahathir Mohamad’s government, a new initiative looks like a vote-winner for an administration struggling to realise its election pledges

22 Mar 2019 - 12:12PM

As opposition parties milking pro-Muslim sentiments team up against Mahathir Mohamad’s government, a new initiative looks like a vote-winner for an administration struggling to realise its election pledges

Malaysia’s crackdown on insulting Islam: divine inspiration from Pakatan Harapan?
How far should the Mahathir government go to keep Malaysia Airlines aloft?

The national carrier has had a turbulent recent history, including a legacy of mismanagement and billions in losses. Experts say one way to save the ailing company could be to bring in experts from long-standing competitor AirAsia.

17 Mar 2019 - 2:38PM

The national carrier has had a turbulent recent history, including a legacy of mismanagement and billions in losses. Experts say one way to save the ailing company could be to bring in experts from long-standing competitor AirAsia.

How far should the Mahathir government go to keep Malaysia Airlines aloft?
Award for lawyer Cecil Rajendra, who spearheaded Malaysia’s first free legal aid clinic

The Malaysian Bar confers the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award on Cecil Rajendra for his outstanding contributions to the country’s legal sector.

26 Mar 2019 - 4:34PM

The Malaysian Bar confers the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award on Cecil Rajendra for his outstanding contributions to the country’s legal sector.

Award for lawyer Cecil Rajendra, who spearheaded Malaysia’s first free legal aid clinic
US investigates Malaysia’s Jho Low over alleged Trump-linked donation, but experts say it won’t speed up justice in 1MDB case

According to The Wall Street Journal, Low donated US$100,000 to a committee involved in aiding the US president’s re-election

14 Mar 2019 - 10:20PM

According to The Wall Street Journal, Low donated US$100,000 to a committee involved in aiding the US president’s re-election

US investigates Malaysia’s Jho Low over alleged Trump-linked donation, but experts say it won’t speed up justice in 1MDB case
Malaysia and Singapore freeze port limit claims in bid to resolve maritime tensions, but water woes remain

The neighbours have agreed to measures including restricting government vessels from a disputed area. Bilateral relations are at a low after disagreements over airspace and the price Singapore pays for fresh water from Malaysia.

14 Mar 2019 - 10:20PM

The neighbours have agreed to measures including restricting government vessels from a disputed area. Bilateral relations are at a low after disagreements over airspace and the price Singapore pays for fresh water from Malaysia.

Malaysia and Singapore freeze port limit claims in bid to resolve maritime tensions, but water woes remain
Where does Malaysia stand on gay rights? Despite promises of Mahathir Mohamad’s Pakatan Harapan, nobody knows

As one minister criticises a feminist rally for including LGBT campaigners, another says there are no gay people in Malaysia. Has Pakatan Harapan forgotten its pledges – or is this a cynical attempt to court Muslim voters?

11 Mar 2019 - 10:43PM

As one minister criticises a feminist rally for including LGBT campaigners, another says there are no gay people in Malaysia. Has Pakatan Harapan forgotten its pledges – or is this a cynical attempt to court Muslim voters?

Where does Malaysia stand on gay rights? Despite promises of Mahathir Mohamad’s Pakatan Harapan, nobody knows
In Mahathir’s new Malaysia, a perfect storm for the Pakatan Harapan?

Almost a year after Pakatan Harapan’s shock electoral victory, the coalition has been rattled by opponents clawing their way back to relevance and voters clamouring for a faster pace of change. Teething problems or a perfect storm?

10 Mar 2019 - 9:50AM

Almost a year after Pakatan Harapan’s shock electoral victory, the coalition has been rattled by opponents clawing their way back to relevance and voters clamouring for a faster pace of change. Teething problems or a perfect storm?

In Mahathir’s new Malaysia, a perfect storm for the Pakatan Harapan?
Malaysia’s Umno confirms ‘cooperation’ with Islamist party PAS after weeks of denials

The announcement came just days after Umno won a by-election in Semenyih, the first constituency the party of former PM Najib Razak has managed to wrest from the government since last year’s elections.

6 Mar 2019 - 8:53PM

The announcement came just days after Umno won a by-election in Semenyih, the first constituency the party of former PM Najib Razak has managed to wrest from the government since last year’s elections.

Malaysia’s Umno confirms ‘cooperation’ with Islamist party PAS after weeks of denials
Singapore-Malaysia relations threaten to boil over as Mahathir makes splash about water prices

The city state pays less than 1 US cent for 1,000 gallons of fresh water from Malaysia following a deal struck in 1962, which Mahathir says is on weak legal standing

6 Mar 2019 - 3:15PM

The city state pays less than 1 US cent for 1,000 gallons of fresh water from Malaysia following a deal struck in 1962, which Mahathir says is on weak legal standing

Singapore-Malaysia relations threaten to boil over as Mahathir makes splash about water prices
Malaysia by-election: a win for Barisan Nasional – and racial politics

Pakatan Harapan’s loss of Semenyih, a seat it flipped in the May general election, shows growing dissatisfaction with its slow progress on pre-election promises – and the ongoing influence of race-based politics: experts.

21 Mar 2019 - 1:43PM

Pakatan Harapan’s loss of Semenyih, a seat it flipped in the May general election, shows growing dissatisfaction with its slow progress on pre-election promises – and the ongoing influence of race-based politics: experts.

Malaysia by-election: a win for Barisan Nasional – and racial politics
Racial politics: where it all went wrong for the Malaysian Chinese Association?

Race-based politics served the Malaysian Chinese Association well for the 60-odd years it was in power as part of the Barisan Nasional coalition. But as voters abandon it, it faces a question: will an old trick work in New Malaysia?

3 Mar 2019 - 7:52PM

Race-based politics served the Malaysian Chinese Association well for the 60-odd years it was in power as part of the Barisan Nasional coalition. But as voters abandon it, it faces a question: will an old trick work in New Malaysia?

Racial politics: where it all went wrong for the Malaysian Chinese Association?
Royal mess: From a palace murder to a purged princess, Asia’s aristocrats have been rocked by scandal

Like their counterparts in the West, the gilded lives of Asian aristocrats have been beset by tragedy, scandals and punctuated by periods of socio-political tension

26 Feb 2019 - 4:20PM

Like their counterparts in the West, the gilded lives of Asian aristocrats have been beset by tragedy, scandals and punctuated by periods of socio-political tension

Royal mess: From a palace murder to a purged princess, Asia’s aristocrats have been rocked by scandal