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Fake degrees: have Malaysia’s politicians not learnt their lesson?

Claims that Malaysian ministers exaggerated their education are damaging for Mahathir’s government, which swept to power on an anti-corruption agenda.

17 Feb 2019 - 3:25PM
Fake degrees: have Malaysia’s politicians not learnt their lesson?

Claims that Malaysian ministers exaggerated their education are damaging for Mahathir’s government, which swept to power on an anti-corruption agenda.

Malaysia ‘values China’: Mahathir signs up to Xi’s second belt and road summit

The Malaysian prime minister seeks to reassure Beijing of his commitment to President Xi Jinping’s landmark project following conflicting signals over the future of the China-backed East Coast Rail Link project, analysts say

15 Feb 2019 - 9:59PM
Malaysia ‘values China’: Mahathir  signs up to Xi’s second belt and road summit

The Malaysian prime minister seeks to reassure Beijing of his commitment to President Xi Jinping’s landmark project following conflicting signals over the future of the China-backed East Coast Rail Link project, analysts say

Singapore detains businessman who sponsored Malaysian Islamic State fighter
  • Mohamed Kazali Salleh was planning an attack on a Freemasons lodge. He was among seven men nabbed by Singapore and Malaysian authorities.
16 Feb 2019 - 12:40AM
Singapore detains businessman who sponsored Malaysian Islamic State fighter
  • Mohamed Kazali Salleh was planning an attack on a Freemasons lodge. He was among seven men nabbed by Singapore and Malaysian authorities.
Malaysian trade chamber urges caution when discussing China-backed ECRL project

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says Kuala Lumpur and Beijing will find a solution for the US$20b rail link, while the Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce is “very concerned” about various China-backed mega projects

13 Feb 2019 - 8:38PM
Malaysian trade chamber urges caution when discussing China-backed ECRL project

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says Kuala Lumpur and Beijing will find a solution for the US$20b rail link, while the Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce is “very concerned” about various China-backed mega projects

Trial of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak on corruption charges delayed pending outcome of appeal

His first trial was supposed to start on Tuesday, until the Court of Appeal approved an eleventh-hour application for a postponement

11 Feb 2019 - 10:32PM
Trial of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak on corruption charges delayed pending outcome of appeal

His first trial was supposed to start on Tuesday, until the Court of Appeal approved an eleventh-hour application for a postponement

Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak ready to fight back as trial of the century looms

His charm offensive appears to have been effective amid growing dissatisfaction with Mahathir’s government.

9 Feb 2019 - 11:48PM
Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak ready to fight back as trial of the century looms

His charm offensive appears to have been effective amid growing dissatisfaction with Mahathir’s government.

It’s Chinese New Year, but elder abuse means some Malaysians are alone and neglected

Studies show close to 1 in 10 elders are abused in urban communities in the country, which is set to have an ageing population by 2020. The government is mulling a law protecting neglected parents, but an in-depth study is needed

6 Feb 2019 - 9:29PM
It’s Chinese New Year, but elder abuse means some Malaysians are alone and neglected

Studies show close to 1 in 10 elders are abused in urban communities in the country, which is set to have an ageing population by 2020. The government is mulling a law protecting neglected parents, but an in-depth study is needed

Russian ‘begpacker’ couple arrested in Malaysia after outrage over baby-swinging video

The man was filmed tossing and waving his baby around by the legs while his companions busk and beg for money from onlookers

5 Feb 2019 - 5:32AM
Russian ‘begpacker’ couple arrested in Malaysia after outrage over baby-swinging video

The man was filmed tossing and waving his baby around by the legs while his companions busk and beg for money from onlookers

Year of the Pig: in Muslim Malaysia, brands tread carefully for Chinese New Year

Shopping malls have a dilemma this Lunar New Year. Many are ignoring this year’s zodiac altogether – and few are willing to go the whole hog

3 Feb 2019 - 9:24PM
Year of the Pig: in Muslim  Malaysia, brands tread carefully for Chinese New Year

Shopping malls have a dilemma this Lunar New Year. Many are ignoring this year’s zodiac altogether – and few are willing to go the whole hog

Asia’s addiction to whiter skin runs deep – but the backlash has begun

The multibillion-dollar skin-whitening market in China, Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea is rooted in unrealistic beauty ideals. However, a push to embrace darker skin and more Asian-seeming features is picking up

3 Feb 2019 - 5:33PM
Asia’s addiction to whiter skin runs deep – but the backlash has begun

The multibillion-dollar skin-whitening market in China, Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea is rooted in unrealistic beauty ideals. However, a push to embrace darker skin and more Asian-seeming features is picking up

1MDB scandal: Malaysia fines audit firm Deloitte US$535,000 for ‘serious’ breaches

The firm was also reprimanded by the Malaysian Securities Commission for failing to do its duty and report irregularities

30 Jan 2019 - 7:39PM
1MDB scandal: Malaysia fines audit firm Deloitte US$535,000 for ‘serious’ breaches

The firm was also reprimanded by the Malaysian Securities Commission for failing to do its duty and report irregularities

‘You are here for me for life’: Beijing releases song marking 45 years of diplomatic ties with Malaysia

Bahu Kiri, or ‘left shoulder’ in Malay, emphasises the two nations’ fraternal relations. It has been released by the Chinese embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

29 Jan 2019 - 3:10PM
‘You are here for me for life’: Beijing releases song marking 45 years of diplomatic ties with Malaysia

Bahu Kiri, or ‘left shoulder’ in Malay, emphasises the two nations’ fraternal relations. It has been released by the Chinese embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

Old habits of patronage die hard in ‘New Malaysia’

Pakatan Harapan won last year’s election on an anti-corruption platform, but civil society watchdogs are now accusing it of failing to enact change

26 Jan 2019 - 11:05PM
Old habits of patronage die hard in ‘New Malaysia’

Pakatan Harapan won last year’s election on an anti-corruption platform, but civil society watchdogs are now accusing it of failing to enact change

‘Abetting in scandal or merely negligent’? Deloitte and KPMG investigated over involvement in Malaysia’s 1MDB corruption scandal

The Malaysian Securities Commission is looking to determine if the firms were “were aiding and abetting in this scandal, or merely negligent”.

26 Jan 2019 - 9:09AM
‘Abetting in scandal or merely negligent’? Deloitte and KPMG investigated over involvement in Malaysia’s 1MDB corruption scandal

The Malaysian Securities Commission is looking to determine if the firms were “were aiding and abetting in this scandal, or merely negligent”.

Pakatan Harapan bickering a sign of Malaysia’s new democracy: Asia’s youngest minister, Syed Saddiq

Having open disagreements is a sign of progress in Malaysian politics, says the Youth and Sports Minister.

25 Jan 2019 - 5:46PM
Pakatan Harapan bickering a sign of Malaysia’s new democracy: Asia’s youngest minister, Syed Saddiq

Having open disagreements is a sign of progress in Malaysian politics, says the Youth and Sports Minister.

Singapore seeks to extend truce with Malaysia over air and sea borders

Lion City proposes extending temporary concessions made by both sides in row over radar system and maritime borders.

24 Jan 2019 - 4:50PM
Singapore seeks to extend truce with Malaysia over air and sea borders

Lion City proposes extending temporary concessions made by both sides in row over radar system and maritime borders.

Sultan of Pahang named as Malaysia’s new king

Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, a prominent adviser to several world sporting bodies, has been elected by the Conference of Rulers.

24 Jan 2019 - 9:17PM
Sultan of Pahang named as Malaysia’s new king

Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, a prominent adviser to several world sporting bodies, has been elected by the Conference of Rulers.

Explainer | Malaysia’s next king: Islam’s defender, political tightrope walker (just ask Mahathir Mohamad)

Malaysia’s hereditary rulers are about to elect a new king. Here’s what powers he will have, how he is elected and why he might want to be careful around Mahathir Mohamad. Front runner Sultan Abdullah should take note

16 Feb 2019 - 10:46PM
Malaysia’s next king: Islam’s defender, political tightrope walker (just ask Mahathir Mohamad)

Malaysia’s hereditary rulers are about to elect a new king. Here’s what powers he will have, how he is elected and why he might want to be careful around Mahathir Mohamad. Front runner Sultan Abdullah should take note

Muslim teen Rahaf Mohammed is safe in Canada. What if she were Malaysian or Indonesian?

While Muslim-born atheists face prison and re-education in Malaysia, in Indonesia non-believers risk being charged with blasphemy – and discrimination and violence towards apostates remain common

21 Jan 2019 - 10:29AM
Muslim teen Rahaf Mohammed is safe in Canada. What if she were Malaysian or Indonesian?

While Muslim-born atheists face prison and re-education in Malaysia, in Indonesia non-believers risk being charged with blasphemy – and discrimination and violence towards apostates remain common

Mahathir’s Malaysia bans all Israeli nationals from events it hosts

The ban has drawn flak for including a July Paralympics swimming qualifier. Kuala Lumpur has never established formal diplomatic ties with Israel, and the Prime Minister has long been a fierce critic of the country

16 Jan 2019 - 9:22PM
Mahathir’s Malaysia bans all Israeli nationals from events it hosts

The ban has drawn flak for including a July Paralympics swimming qualifier. Kuala Lumpur has never established formal diplomatic ties with Israel, and the Prime Minister has long been a fierce critic of the country