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On 31 January in Asian history

1945-01-31 Battle of Hill 101

ON 31 JANUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on January 31, 2019

877: Birth of Taejo of Goryeo, founder of the Korean Goryeo dynasty who reigned from 918 to 943, who died in July 943
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taejo_of_Goryeo

1398: Death of Emperor Suko (1348-1351), born on May 25, 1334
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Suko

1435: Death of Chinese Ming dynasty Emperor Xuande (1425-1435), born in April 1398
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xuande

1543: Birth of Tokugawa Ieyasu, shogun of Japan, who died on June 1, 1616
http://www.samurai-archives.com/ieyasu.html

1561: Death of Bairam Khan, Great Mughul General, regent of Akbar
http://www.mapsofindia.com/who-is-who/history/bairam-khan.html
http://www.indianetzone.com/47/bairam_khan.htm

Bairam Khan

1666: Death of Sjihab al-Din Sultan C Shah Djahan, mogol of India (1628-1658) who build the Taj Mahal, born on January 5, 1592
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Shah_Jahan

1856: Death of Khedrup Gyatso, 11th Dalai Lama, born on November 1, 1838
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_Dalai_Lama
http://www.dalailama-archives.org/texts.php?pageID=28

Khedrup Gyatso 11th Dalai Lama

1876: Birth of Pedro Abad Santos, Filipino doctor, lawyer, Marxist and politician, leader of the first Philippine communist rebellions from the 1930s to the 1950s and who died on January 15, 1945
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1633/today-in-philippine-history-january-31-1876-pedro-abad-santos-was-born-in-san-fernando-pampanga
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedro_Abad_Santos

1900: In North Borneo, Datu Muhammad Salleh is assassinated in Kampung Teboh, Tambuan, ending the Mat Salleh Rebellion
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat_Salleh_Rebellion

1917: Birth of Jose M. Maceda, Filipino composer who died on May 5, 2004
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/908/today-in-philippine-history-january-31-1917-jose-m-maceda-was-born-in-manila
http://www.composers21.com/compdocs/macedaj.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkZcpT9F3BU

1926: Nahdlatul Ulama (also Nahdatul Ulama or NU) a traditionalist Sunni Islam group in Indonesia, is established
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nahdlatul_Ulama

1935: Birth of Kenzaburo Oe, Japanese writer, Nobel Laureate 1994
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1994/oe-bio.html

Kenzaburo Oe

1942: Allied forces defeated by the Japanese at the Battle of Malaya retreat to the island of Singapore
http://www.historyanimated.com/Malaysia.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malayan_Campaign

1942-01-31 Fin Campagne

1943: Death of Loa Ho (Lai Ho) “the father of Taiwan’s new literature”, born on May 29, 1894
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loa_Ho
http://thetaiwanese.blogspot.fr/2007/02/dr-lai-ho.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1011.html

Lai Ho

1943: Chile breaks off relations with Germany & Japan

1944: American forces land on Kwajalein Atoll and other islands in the Japanese-held Marshall Islands
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kwajalein
http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-kwajalein
http://www.historyanimated.com/MarshallsPage.html

1945: End of the Battle of Hill 170 (or Battle of Kangaw) during the Burma Campaign, in which the British 3 Commando Brigade repulsed a Japanese counterattack on their positions and precipitated a general retirement from the Arakan Peninsula
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hill_170
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0ahUKEwjg-6OugtLKAhWMCBoKHUECBLAQFggyMAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fireandfury.com%2Fscenarios%2Fhill170.pdf&usg=AFQjCNGeu6Fj04BVFB9hvXG53wSfo6j0eA&sig2=V94W3MCTxVOsG9YhYUl4mw
http://www.burmastar.org.uk/stories/burma-and-the-battle-of-kangaw/

1945-01-31 Battle of Hill 101

1946: The Democratic Republic of Vietnam introduces the đồng to replace the French Indochinese piastre at par

1948: Formation of the provisional government of the United States of Indonesia by Mohammad Hatta

1948: Birth of Muneo Suzuki, Japanese politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muneo_Suzuki

1949: the Chinese Communist forces (PLA) win the Pingjin campaign that started on November 29, 1948
http://maoist.wikia.com/wiki/Pingjin_Campaign
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pingjin_Campaign
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&ved=0ahUKEwiRlaeurtLKAhUHhiwKHRbSAkYQFgg6MAU&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.republicanchina.org%2FPingJinCampaign-v0.pdf&usg=AFQjCNGbzJ-GC8TgM99Ua8jGJQrokbW16w&sig2=5ghAXSVErVATGcj4jT9wpg

1949-01-31 Fin PingJin Battle

1951: Death of Fei Mu, Chinese film director , born on 10 October 1906
https://gbtimes.com/fei-mu-director-of-chinas-greatest-film
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fei_Mu

1955: People’s Republic of China is invited to take parts to United Nations Security Council talks on Taiwan

1964: French president General De Gaulle advocates the neutralization of South-East Asia

1966: US bombing on North Vietnam, which have been suspended since Christmas, resume

1967: Birth of Irene Wan, Hong Kong actress
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Irene_Wan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irene_Wan
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/wan_irene.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Expciezt3Wo&feature=related

1967: Birth of Joey Wong, Taiwanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joey_Wong

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8st3DLx8cw

1968: Vietcong attack American embassy in Saigon
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/31/newsid_2648000/2648951.stm
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/viet-cong-attack-u-s-embassy
http://adst.org/2013/07/viet-cong-invade-american-embassy-the-1968-tet-offensive/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1vJqTN-qVI

1971: Birth of Lee Young Ae, South Korean actress
http://koreanfilm.org/actors2.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfnZy3N-cYA

1971: The Winter Soldier Investigation, organized by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War to publicize war crimes and atrocities by Americans and allies in Vietnam, begin in Detroit, Michigan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Soldier_Investigation

1972: North Vietnam presents nine-point peace proposal to put an end to the Vietnam War
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/north-vietnam-presents-nine-point-peace-proposal

1972: Death of Nepal king Mahendra (1955-1972), born in June 1920. He is succeded by his son Birendra
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/mahendra-bir-bikram-shah-dev-7197.php

1977: Birth of Shingo Katori, Japanese actor and singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shingo_Katori

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVyqlKhpDDE

1996: An explosive-filled truck rams into the gates of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in Colombo, killing at least 86 and injuring 1,400
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/31/newsid_4083000/4083095.stm

1996: Comet Hyakutake is discovered by Japanese amateur astronomer Yuji Hyakutake
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet_Hyakutake
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/objects/comets/3304291.html?page=1&c=y

2002: In the Philippines, beginning of joint manoeuvers with US forces aiming the destruction of Abu Sayyaf group

2004: Death of Suraiya, Indian singer and actress, died, born on June 15, 1929
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/31-january-2004-suraiya-indian-singer-and-actress-died
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suraiya

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC19dfAtZAA

2009: Death of Nagesh, Indian comedian actor in Kollywood, born on September 27, 1933
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagesh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAq9CX8frtk

2009: The power broker for the Japanese governing party, Ichiro Ozawa, is indicted for misreporting political funds
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/world/asia/01japan.html?ref=asia
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12322866

2012: Death of Mani Ram Bagri, Indian politician, born on January 1, 1920
http://www.outlookindia.com/news/article/veteran-socialist-leader-mani-ram-bagri-dead/749682
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mani_Ram_Bagri
http://everything.explained.today/Mani_Ram_Bagri/

Mani Ram Bagri

2013: China condemns Tibetan monk Lorang Konchok to death for « instigating » self immolations. With him, his nephew also condemned to 10 years in prison. Sichuan court declares them guilty of murder in eight cases of self-immolation, three of them fatal
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China-condemns-Tibetan-monk-to-death-for-instigating-self-immolations-27011.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/31/chinese-court-tibetans-encouraging-immolation http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21271854

2015: An online video is released, purported to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save the man
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31075769
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/islamic-state-group-beheads-japanese-journalist-video-article-1.2098903

2015: India succeeds for the first time in using a mobile launcher to test-fire a long-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead deep inside rival China
https://phys.org/news/2015-01-india-long-range-missile-mobile-launcher.html

 

Main news on Malaysia

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31 JANUARY 2019

Malaysia crowns Pahang state’s Sultan Abdullah as 16th king

Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah of central Pahang state was crowned on Thursday as Malaysia’s 16th king under a unique rotating monarchy system, nearly a month after the sudden abdication of Sultan Muhammad V
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sultan-of-pahang-ascends-the-throne-as-new-malaysian-king-11188432
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190131_39/
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-47070883/sultan-abdullah-crowned-malaysia-s-new-king

30 JANUARY 2019

Malaysia unveils five-year plan to fight corruption

Malaysia has unveiled an ambitious five-year plan to clamp down on corruption in government, months after a multibillion-dollar corruption scandal brought down the previous administration
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/malaysia-unveils-year-plan-fight-corruption-190129050626578.html

27 JANUARY 2019

Malaysia stripped of right to host world para swimming championships after Israeli ban

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on Sunday (Jan 27) stripped Malaysia of the right to host the 2019 world para swimming championships after the country banned Israeli athletes from participating
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-stripped-of-right-to-host-world-para-swimming-championships-after-israeli-ban
https://www.bbc.com/sport/disability-sport/47020257

26 JANUARY 2019

Malaysia scraps China-backed East Coast Rail Link plan over price

Malaysia’s government has decided to cancel a US$20 billion rail project being built and financed by China after failed attempts to lower the price, a minister said on Saturday, ending months of speculation about the future of the controversial project
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2183743/malaysia-scraps-chinas-expensive-east-coast-rail-link-plan
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-cancelling-us20-billion-china-backed-rail-project-says-economics-affairs

24 JANUARY 2019

Malaysia elects new king after shock abdication

Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, the ruler of the Malaysia state of Pahang, was named the country’s new king Thursday following the shock abdication of Sultan Muhammad V earlier this month
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/24/asia/malaysia-new-king-elected-intl/index.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/sultan-abdullah-pahang-malaysia-king-monarchy-rotational-vote-explained-a8743971.html

16 JANUARY 2019

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

Malaysia’s foreign minister said Wednesday that the government will not budge over a ban on Israeli athletes in a para swimming competition and has decided that the country will not host any events in the future involving Israel
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2182413/mahathirs-malaysia-bans-all-israeli-nationals-events-it
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/malaysia-says-it-wont-host-any-more-events-involving-israel/

6 JANUARY 2019

Malaysia’s king Muhammad V abdicates in unexpected and rare move

Malaysia’s king Muhammad V has abdicated, becoming the first ruling monarch to resign from the throne in the country’s history
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/malaysia-king-abdication-sultan-muhammad-v-agong-a8713951.html
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2019/01/06/short-and-historic-a-quick-look-at-sultan-muhammad-vs-755-day-reign/
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/malaysian/King-Abicates-01062019111340.html

29 DECEMBER 2018

Malaysian PM Mahathir says his party needs to defend ‘weak’ Malay community

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad defended his party’s pro-Malay stance on Saturday (Dec 29) amid criticisms raised even within his ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) alliance that race-based policies should be toned down or abandoned in the Malaysia Baru (New Malaysia) administration
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysian-pm-mahathir-says-his-party-needs-to-defend-weak-malay-community
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/12/445184/only-malays-can-save-themselves-says-dr-m

8 DECEMBER 2018

Thousands in Kuala Lumpur for street protest against UN rights convention

Over 50,000 Malay Muslims gathered at the capital’s Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) on Saturday (Dec 8) afternoon in a celebratory gathering-turned-political rally after Malaysia bowed to their demands not to ratify a United Nations anti-discrimination pact
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thousands-gather-for-kl-rally-against-un-rights-convention
https://www.foxnews.com/world/malaysian-muslims-stage-rally-to-uphold-malay-privileges
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/12/08/mahathir-govt-faces-first-big-rally-as-thousands-march-over-icerd/

2 DECEMBER 2018

Malaysian Chinese Association president: Party to push for dissolution of BN instead of leaving coalition

The MCA annual general meeting today passed a resolution for the dissolution of Barisan Nasional (BN) and for a more effective coalition to be forged
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/12/02/mca-agrees-to-dissolve-bn-to-form-new-coalition/
https://www.malaymail.com/s/1699261/mca-president-party-to-push-for-dissolution-of-bn-instead-of-leaving-coalit

23 NOVEMBER 2018

Malaysia govt says it won’t ratify UN rights treaty after facing anger from Malays and Muslims

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has dumped a pledge to ratify a UN treaty against racial discrimination amid intense pressure from Malays, who claim it would jeopardise controversial race-based affirmative action policies that benefit them
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/malaysia-backpedals-on-un-racism-measure
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2174750/malaysias-mahathir-dumps-pledge-ratify-un-treaty-racial
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-govt-says-wont-ratify-rights-treaty-after-facing-anger-from-malays-and-muslims

18 NOVEMBER 2018

Umno president Zahid calls for his party’s merger with long-time political enemy PAS

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has called for a merger between his Malay nationalist party and its long-time political nemesis PAS, six months after the Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition was ousted from power in national polls
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/umno-president-zahid-calls-for-his-partys-merger-with-long-time-political-enemy-pas
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/11/18/umno-and-pas-a-step-closer-to-alliance-with-joint-committee/

27 OCTOBER 2018

Ex-Malaysia PM Najib walks out of Al Jazeera interview, saying ‘You are not being fair to me’ See the video

Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak walked out of an interview with Al Jazeera news channel after he was repeatedly asked about the 1MDB scandal
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/ex-malaysia-pm-najib-walks-out-of-al-jazeera-interview-saying-you-are-not-being-fair-to
https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/101east/2018/10/malaysia-najib-speaks-181027062409739.html

18 OCTOBER 2018

Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister Zahid Hamidi charged over corruption as Umno’s implosion continues

Malaysia’s anti-graft agency has arrested a former deputy prime minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, in connection with an investigation into suspected misappropriation of funds from a charity foundation, the agency says
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysias-ex-dpm-zahid-arrives-in-court-to-face-35-charges
https://www.malaymail.com/s/1684548/the-raft-of-money-laundering-charges-against-umno-president-zahid-hamidi

13 OCTOBER 2018

Malaysia’s Anwar returns to frontline politics in big poll win

Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim won a by-election for a parliamentary seat with a landslide victory on Saturday in a grand political comeback to help him prepare for his eventual takeover from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/malaysia-s-anwar-returns-to-frontline-politics-in-big-poll-win-20860
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/anwar-ibrahim-storms-to-victory-in-port-dickson-by-election-wins-72-pct-of-vote

11 OCTOBER 2018

Malaysia set to abolish death penalty, in move which could spare lives of women accused of killing Kim Jong-nam

Malaysia has decided to abolish the death penalty, a senior minister said Thursday, with more than 1,200 people on death row set to win a reprieve following a groundswell of opposition to capital punishment
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/11/malaysia-set-abolish-death-penalty-move-could-spare-lives-women/
https://www.dw.com/en/malaysia-to-abolish-death-penalty/a-45840659

4 OCTOBER 2018

Wife of Malaysian ex-PM Najib Razak charged with money laundering

Former Malaysian leader Najib Razak’s wife Rosmah Mansor faces 17 charges, including 12 for money laundering. It comes as her husband also faces corruption charges in a multi-billion-dollar scandal that shocked Malaysia
https://www.dw.com/en/wife-of-malaysian-ex-pm-najib-razak-charged-with-money-laundering/a-45745873
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/malaysian-pm-wife-charged-corruption-scandal-heats-181004063123067.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/04/wife-ex-malaysian-prime-minister-charged-money-laundering-luxury/

20 SEPTEMBER 2018

Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak charged with 25 counts of money laundering and abuse of power

Najib Razak, Malaysia’s former prime minister, had been charged with 21 counts of money-laundering in a case linked to a multi-million dollar fraud scandal centred around a state fund
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/20/former-malaysian-prime-minister-najib-razak-charged-25-counts/
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/najib-pleads-not-guilty-to-new-25-charges-in-connection-with-1mdb-fund
https://www.voanews.com/a/ex-malaysian-pm-hit-with-25-new-charges-in-1mdb-looting-scandal/4579556.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2018

Malaysian opposition blocks bid to repeal fake news law

Malaysia’s opposition-led Upper House blocked an effort to repeal a law against fake news yesterday, presenting the first major challenge for the new government of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysian-opposition-blocks-bid-to-repeal-fake-news-law

2 SEPTEMBER 2018

Mahathir draws new line in the South China Sea

Malaysian leader opposes China’s militarization of the maritime area’s disputes but any shift to the US will be cloaked in his trademark non-aligned policy
http://www.atimes.com/article/mahathir-draws-new-line-in-the-south-china-sea/

26 AUGUST 2018

Malaysia’s road to democratic reform

For the first time in the history of Malaysia, the opposition has defeated a sitting government at the polls. During the long rule of the Barisan Nasional (BN), Malaysia suffered serious degradation of its legal and political institutions, and the new coalition government of the Pakatan Harapan knows that it must deal with daunting challenges of reform
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/08/26/malaysias-road-to-democratic-reform/

20 AUGUST 2018

Chinese ‘projects will not go on’: Mahathir blasts Najib’s ‘stupidity’

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and Trans-Sabah Gas Pipeline (TSGP) projects would be cancelled until Malaysia could afford it
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2160627/chinese-projects-will-not-go-mahathir-blasts-najibs
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinas-premier-li-keqiang-says-willing-to-push-bilateral-ties-with-malaysia
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/08/403500/malaysia-china-joint-communique-dr-ms-visit-china-mutually-beneficial#cxrecs_s

16 AUGUST 2018

New Malaysian government repeals law banning ‘fake news’

Malaysia’s new government on Thursday repealed a widely criticized law prohibiting “fake news,” in a move hailed as a landmark moment for human rights by a group of Southeast Asian lawmakers
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/new-malaysian-government-repeals-law-banning-fake-news/

5 AUGUST 2018

Malaysian leader Anwar Ibrahim wins PKR presidency uncontested

Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim won the presidency of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) uncontested after nominations for party polls closed at 5pm on Sunday (Aug 5), marking the next step in his journey to become Prime Minister in two years’ time as agreed by the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysian-leader-anwar-ibrahim-wins-pkr-presidency-uncontested
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/anwar-ibrahim-set-to-become-pkr-president-after-uncontested-win-10590786
https://www.todayonline.com/world/malaysian-leader-anwar-ibrahim-wins-party-presidency-uncontested

2 AUGUST 2018

Mahathir Mohamad on Islam, politics and the love of his life

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is the oldest leader in the world. In May, he made a stunning return to political power, he says in a bid to save his corruption-plagued country before it’s too late
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/01/asia/mahathir-mohamad-malaysia-q-and-a/index.html

 1 AUGUST 2018

China’s Wang Yi meets Malaysian PM Mahathir to discuss visit to Beijing

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday met Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for the first time since the 93-year-old’s toppling of his Beijing-friendly predecessor Najib Razak raised questions about the future of bilateral ties
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2157849/fears-china-malaysia-ties-ease-wang-yi-meets-mahathir-mohamad
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/chinas-wang-yi-meets-malaysian-pm-mahathir-to-discuss-visit-to-beijing

30 JULY 2018

Malaysia drops sedition case against political cartoonist Zunar

Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque – who goes by the pen-name Zunar – was repeatedly targeted under the former government for his cartoons, which often mocked ex-prime minister Najib Razak and his luxury-loving wife. Some of his collections were banned
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2157492/malaysia-drops-sedition-case-against-political-cartoonist
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-drops-sedition-case-against-political-cartoonist-zunar

19 JULY 2018

Malaysian police arrest 7 suspected ISIS militants, including man who threatened to kill King, PM Mahathir

Malaysian police have arrested seven suspected Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants including a man who threatened to assassinate the Malaysian King and Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysian-who-threatened-to-kill-king-among-seven-suspected-militants-arrested-in-four
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-5969157/Malaysia-arrests-seven-people-suspected-militant-links.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490

17 JULY 2018

Malaysian king calls for unity amid racial tensions

Malaysia’s king has appealed for calm amid growing racial tensions in the Muslim-majority country after an electoral earthquake in May toppled the Malay-dominated coalition that had ruled the country for decades
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysian-king-calls-for-unity-amid-racial-tensions-10537894

16 JULY 2018

Malaysian lawmakers take oath, including indicted ex-leader

Malaysian lawmakers took their oath in Parliament on Monday, including former Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has been charged in a massive corruption scandal that led to his coalition’s electoral defeat
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-5957781/Malaysian-lawmakers-oath-including-indicted-ex-leader.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-swears-in-new-lawmakers-in-historic-parliament-sitting

5 JULY 2018

Malaysia halts $22 billion China-backed deals

Malaysia on Thursday suspended three major China-backed projects worth billions of dollars, the latest big-ticket items to be axed by the new government as it reviews deals signed by former Prime Minister Najib Razak
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/malaysia-halts-22-billion-china-backed-deals-180705140537453.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2153984/malaysian-prime-minister-mahathir-mohamad-plans-visit-china

3 JULY 2018

Malaysia 1MDB scandal: Ex-PM Najib Razak arrested

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been arrested in Kuala Lumpur, state media reported, as part of a probe into alleged theft and money laundering at the 1MDB state investment fund
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-03/najib-razak-arrested-by-police/9936612
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/former-malaysian-pm-najib-arrested-over-huge-graft-probe
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/najib-razak-pre-recorded-video-arrest-not-perfect-apology-10496432

30 JUNE 2018

Former Malaysian DPM Zahid wins Umno presidential race

Acting Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was handed a resounding mandate to continue leading Malaysia’s largest party, with members sticking to the status quo at the party’s internal polls on Saturday (June 30),  despite calls to reform the party after its shock general election defeat in May
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/former-malaysian-dpm-zahid-wins-umno-presidential-race
https://www.malaymail.com/s/1647395/three-things-about-umnos-2018-election-and-why-it-matters
https://upclosed.com/people/ahmad-zahid-hamidi/

13 JUNE 2018

Malaysia’s top two judges resign amid purge of senior officials

Malaysia’s two top judges have resigned from their posts, as Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s government purges senior officials seen close to the previous administration
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/malaysia-top-judges-resign-purge-senior-officials-180613060050627.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2150641/malaysian-top-judges-quit-mahathir-mohamads-new-government

28 MAY 2018

Malaysia PM Mahathir Mohamad announces plan to scrap high-speed rail project with Singapore

Malaysia is dropping a plan for a high-speed rail link between its capital Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and will talk with its southern neighbour about the agreement to build it, Malaysia’s prime minister said in an interview published on Monday
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/mahathir-mohamad-confirms-malaysia-pulls-out-of-kl-singapore-hsr-10284144
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2148155/malaysia-pm-mahathir-mohamad-announces-plan-drop-high-speed

24 MAY 2018

Russian military missile downed Malaysian Airlines flight 17 in 2014: Investigators  

Prosecutors investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 said on Thursday (May 24) they had identified the missile used to shoot down the plane as coming from a Russian military unit
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/05/24/562789/China-US-South-China-Sea–AsiaPacific–RIMPAC
https://www.rferl.org/a/mh17-criminal-probe-to-appeal-to-the-public-for-help/29246988.html

18 MAY 2018

Malaysia names new Cabinet line-up, ministers to be sworn in Monday

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has on Friday (May 18) submitted a list of proposed federal ministers to the King. The ministers are expected to take their oath of office at a ceremony at the palace on Monday morning
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/pm-mahathir-mohamad-announces-malaysia-cabinet-10247844#cxrecs_s
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-names-new-cabinet-line-up-ministers-to-be-sworn-in-monday

16 MAY 2018

Malaysia’s reformist icon Anwar freed, given royal pardon

Malaysia’s reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim was freed from custody Wednesday after receiving a royal pardon, transforming a political prisoner into a prime minister-in-waiting following his alliance’s stunning election victory
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/anwar-ibrahim-freed-from-prison-royal-pardon-malaysia-10237840
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/jailed-malaysian-leader-anwar-ibrahim-walks-free-17498
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/15/asia/anwar-ibrahim-pardon-mahathir-intl/index.html

12 MAY 2018

Who’s who in Mahathir’s new Cabinet and Council of Elders

Pakatan Harapan (PH) will have a small Cabinet line-up to start with, with 10 key ministerial positions to be filled, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/whos-who-in-mahathirs-new-cabinet-and-council-of-elders
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/368346/pm-announces-10-ministries-under-new-cabinet-nsttv

10 MAY 2018

Mahathir Mohamad sworn in as Malaysia’s PM

Mahathir Mohamad, 92, a former Malaysian Prime Minister who led the opposition to achieve a stunning victory in the general election, took the oath of office on Thursday night, becoming the world’s oldest government leader
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/152/184/211/1525962653359.html
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2145471/malaysian-election-result-najib-accepts-will-people-says-no
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/10/asia/mahathir-malaysia-election-intl/index.html

9 MAY 2018

Prime Minister Najib Razak defeated as opposition claims victory in Malaysia

Malaysia’s opposition alliance led by the country’s former authoritarian ruler Mahathir Mohamad has won a majority in parliament, ending the 60-year rule of the National Front
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-10/malaysia-election-mahathir-claims-win-but-results-not-yet-in/9745498
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/09/asia/malaysia-elections-results/index.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysian_general_election,_2018

5 MAY 2018

Malaysia’s new law against ‘fake news’ snares second opposition leader ahead of elections

Opposition leader Rafizi Ramli became the second candidate for prime minister to come under police investigation under the new law within days. The probes come with elections slated for next week
http://www.dw.com/en/malaysias-new-law-against-fake-news-snares-second-opposition-leader-ahead-of-elections/a-43666575

2 MAY 2018

Kuala Lumpur police launch probe into Mahathir under fake news law for claiming his jet was sabotaged

Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad is being probed under the controversial new law on fake news for his statements alleging that the private jet he was to board last week was sabotaged
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/kl-police-launch-probe-into-mahathir-under-fake-news-law-for-claiming-his-jet-was
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-police-probe-mahathir-fake-news-plane-sabotage-claim-10196246

25 APRIL 2018

Malaysia Election Commission’s new rules disqualify use of Mahathir’s face in campaign materials

Malaysia’s Election Commission on Tuesday (Apr 24) issued new guidelines relating to campaign materials for the 14th general election. Only images of party presidents and deputy presidents – or their equivalents – can be used on campaigning material
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-election-commission-s-new-rules-disqualify-use-of-10174598
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/new-rules-by-malaysia-election-body-seen-as-bid-to-block-mahathir-posters-from-wider

14 APRIL 2018

Malaysia’s General Election: What are Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan promising voters?

Key to any campaign is the manifesto, and both coalitions have presented their plans for the future of multi-ethnic Malaysia should they be elected. Here is a closer look at some of what the two rival coalitions have to offer
https://asianews.network/2018/04/13/malaysias-general-election-what-are-barisan-nasional-and-pakatan-harapan-promising-voters/

10 APRIL 2018

Malaysia to hold general elections on May 9

Malaysia is set to hold a general election on May 9, the Elections Commission said, in what could be the toughest test of the ruling coalition’s 61-year grip on power
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/malaysia-hold-general-elections-9-180410115525833.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2141021/malaysia-hold-general-election-may-9

6 APRIL 2018

Malaysian PM dissolves parliament, calls for election

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Friday that the parliament will be dissolved on Saturday, paving way for the next general election to be held within 60 days in which he is seeking another mandate after holding the position for nine years
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/63/182/213/1523006929547.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-dissolve-parliament-elections-najib-razak-10110052
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/parliament-dissolves-today

5 APRIL 2018

Mahathir Mohamad’s political party provisionally dissolved

The Malaysian opposition party formed by former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), has been provisionally dissolved by the Registrar of Societies over its alleged failure to provide necessary documents
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/mahathir-mohamad-political-party-ppbm-provisionally-dissolved-10106970
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/mahathir-party-temporarily-dissolved-polls-180405135324035.html
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/04/06/ppbm-still-a-functioning-party-says-dr-mahathir/

2 APRIL 2018

Malaysia approves anti-fake news bill ahead of elections

Malaysia’s lawmakers approved an anti-fake news law on Monday (April 2) despite numerous protests from opposition lawmakers and civil society groups that it would be misused to muffle dissent ahead of a general election expected within weeks
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-votes-in-anti-fake-news-law
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/04/02/557197/Malaysia-fake-news-law-freedoms

27 MARCH 2018

Malaysia Tries to Redistrict the Opposition to Oblivion

26 MARCH 2018

Malaysia proposes 10 years’ jail for ‘fake news’

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government tabled a bill in parliament on Monday outlawing “fake news,” with hefty fines and up to 10 years in jail, raising more concerns about media freedom in the wake of a multi-billion dollar graft scandal
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/26/556543/Malaysia-PM-Press-Freedom
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysias-bill-to-fight-fake-news-tabled-in-parliament

23 MARCH 2018

Racism used for ‘divide and rule’ in Malaysia, says report

Malaysia’s government is utilising racism as a tool to “divide and rule” the country, according to a damning new report from a local human rights organisation
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/03/racism-used-for-divide-and-rule-in-malaysia-says-report/#38v77QpfODy1VpVZ.99
http://komas.org/v2/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Malaysia-Racial-Discrimination-Report-2017.pdf

20 FEBRUARY 2018

Malaysian artist Fahmi Reza jailed for mocking Prime Minister Najib Razak

Fahmi Reza’s picture of the premier wearing powder-white clown make-up, with evilly arched eyebrows went viral and the image was widely used in demonstrations against Najib
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43127199
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2133990/malaysian-artist-jailed-clown-face-caricature-pm-najib
https://www.nst.com.my/news/crime-courts/2018/02/337249/fahmi-reza-gets-jail-fined-rm30000-over-clown-caricature#cxrecs_s

7 JANUARY 2018

Mahathir named Malaysian opposition’s prime minister pick

Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister could once again helm the country, with the opposition coalition naming Mahathir Mohamad as its interim PM pick should it emerge victorious in the elections
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/mahathir-named-malaysian-opposition-s-prime-minister-pick-9840014
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/malaysia-pm-mahathir-tapped-election-run-180107160224615.html

4 JANUARY 2018

Malaysia says unlikely to meet 2020 balanced budget goal

Malaysia is unlikely to meet earlier targets it set for a balanced budget by 2020 and will need another two to three years to reach the goal, the country’s second finance minister said on Thursday (Jan 4)
http://www.todayonline.com/world/malaysia-says-unlikely-meet-2020-balanced-budget-goal

2 DECEMBER 2017

THE MALAYSIAN ECONOMY IS TURNING. WILL NAJIB’S LUCK?

A Bloomberg News survey last week showed the Malaysian economy is likely to grow 5.7 per cent this year and 5.2 per cent next year, in contrast to sub-five per cent growth in 2016
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2122525/malaysian-economy-gathers-steam-can-teflon-pm-najib-turn-heat

24 NOVEMBER 2017

Johor sultan supports Malaysia’s Pedra Branca challenge

Johor Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar has voiced his support for Malaysia’s move to apply for a revision of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) decision relating to the sovereignty of Pedra Branca, Middle Rocks and South Ledge
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/johor-sultan-supports-malaysia-s-pedra-branca-challenge-report-9435544

23 NOVEMBER 2017

Kuala Lumpur crowned the most expat-friendly city in Asia

The Internations survey places Kuala Lumpur fourth in the overall list of 51 cities ranked best to worst for expats to set up home in, with Manama, Prague, and Madrid just slightly ahead. The city is highly appreciated for how easy it is to settle down and feel at home in such a short space of time
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/11/kuala-lumpur-crowned-expat-friendly-city-asia/#FA8wt74MCozTTJRJ.97

2 NOVEMBER 2017

Malaysian royals call for Mahathir to be focus of sedition inquiry

A powerful Malaysian royal family called on Thursday for former prime minster Mahathir Mohamad to face a sedition probe for allegedly insulting an ethnic group from which they claim descent
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2118180/malaysian-royals-call-mahathir-be-focus-sedition-inquiry
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/selangors-royal-council-urges-sedition-probe-of-mahathir-over-bugis-pirate-comment

27 OCTOBER 2017

Malaysia unveils expansionary budget as polls loom; sees solid 2018 growth

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced an expansionary budget targeted at his vote bank on Friday (Oct 27), as he looks to shore up support ahead of a tough election that must be called by next August
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-unveils-expansionary-budget-as-polls-loom-najib-razak-9350222
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2117347/whos-really-selling-malaysia-china-najib-turns-tables-his-critics

18 OCTOBER 2017

Who are the main actors in Malaysia’s rough-and-tumble politics?

Although Prime Minister Najib Razak won the previous election in 2013, his Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, led by the United Malays National Organisation (Umno) that represents the majority Malay ethnic community, took on an unprecedented defeat with the popular vote
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/10/malaysian-election-primer#2h1QyAKZmvUZjtEy.99

17 OCTOBER 2017

Malaysian teacher Mahmud Ahmad seen as new ‘emir’ of pro-Islamic State militants in Southeast Asia

Institute of Policy Analysis and Conflict said he controlled recruitment and financing and was the contact for foreigners wanting to join the fight in the Philippines or with IS in the Middle East
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2115735/malaysian-teacher-mahmud-ahmad-seen-new-emir-pro-militants
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/ex-lecturer-malaysia-set-take-over-faction-philippines

28 SEPTEMBER 2017

Malaysia bans travel to N.Korea

Malaysia has prohibited its citizens from traveling to North Korea due to mounting tension on the Korean Peninsula
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170928_32/

16 SEPTEMBER 2017

Why Najib’s Washington visit was a success

I never intended to write this piece but the nonsense that I have been reading on social media in the past three days has compelled me to put to writing to separate fact from fiction
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/why-najibs-washingtoon-visit-was-a-success#fvjLidkQTBOiWGM2.97
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/trump-called-me-friend-gave-a-personal-send-off-malaysias-prime-minister-najib
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpSZRsL1Lks

27 AUGUST 2017

The story of Malaysia through its constitution

Much can be told about a country’s character through its laws. Correspondingly, the transformation of a country’s legal regime over time can be said to be a reflection of the sociopolitical evolution of its society
http://www.newmandala.org/story-malaysia-constitution/

RELIGION, RACE, POLITICS: WHAT’S CAUSING MALAYSIA’S GREAT DIVIDE?

Religion, political manipulation and preferential policies are widening the cultural divide between Malaysia’s ethnic groups and could be hindering the nation’s chances of unity as the next general election looms
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/society/article/2108367/religion-race-politics-whats-causing-malaysias-great-divide

17 JUNE 2017

Jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim withdraws as PM candidate

Jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said on Saturday he would not be a candidate for prime minister in elections due by mid-2018
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/jailed-malaysian-opposition-leader-anwar-ibrahim-withdraws-as-pm-8955268

11 MAY 2017

Malaysia Islamist party PAS to sever ties with Anwar Ibrahim’s PKR

Malaysia’s main Islamist party Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) announced on Thursday (May 11) it would sever ties with former opposition ally PKR, the party led by jailed leader Anwar Ibrahim
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-islamist-party-pas-to-sever-ties-with-anwar-ibrahims-pkr
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/pas-officially-cuts-off-pkr
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-s-pas-splits-with-opposition-partner-pkr-8838280#cxrecs_s

24 APRIL 2017

At coronation, Malaysia’s newly-installed monarch calls for greater national unity

Malaysia’s newly-installed King, Sultan Muhammad V, on Monday made a call for national unity amid a backdrop of divisive politics brewing from racial tensions in the multi-ethnic country
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/coronation-malaysias-newly-installed-monarch-calls-greater-national-unity/#xlsEmWJ7gkZhV4BO.97

5 APRIL 2017

Malaysia passes child sex crimes law, but does not ban child marriage

Only 140 of the 12,987 cases of child sexual abuse reported to police between 2012 and July 2016 resulted in convictions. « The law is more stringent now… but not enough, » Ms Teo Nie Ching, the opposition MP who proposed the ban on child marriages
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-decides-not-to-criminalise-child-marriage
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/womens-group-a-life-of-rape-for-victims-who-marry-rapists
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2017/04/05/rapists-need-prisons-not-marriage/

28 MARCH 2017

Malaysia: PM Najib tells France no decision yet on buying Rafale jets

Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Tuesday he discussed the possible purchase of Dassault Aviation SA’s Rafale fighter jets with French President Francois Hollande but remained undecided
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/03/malaysia-pm-najib-tells-france-itnot-ready-to-decide-on-buying-rafale-jets/#3dWFUDt09DpsDMSM.97
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/3988-malaysia-mulls-buying-french-made-rafale-fighter-jets.html
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/najib-tells-france-not-ready-to-decide-on-buying-rafale-jets

9 MARCH 2017

Malaysia and North Korea – a friendship on ice

North Korea and Malaysia have taken the extraordinary step of banning each other’s citizens from leaving their countries in the fallout over the killing of Kim Jong-nam. Security expert Hoo Chiew-ping traces the history of this unusual Relationship
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39139035

7 MARCH 2017

Korea bans Malaysians from leaving in row over Kim Jong Nam Killing

Pyongyang has temporarily barred all Malaysian citizens from exiting North Korea in a row over the assassination of the brother of Kim Jong Un. In turn, Malaysia banned Pyongyang’s diplomatic staff from leaving
http://www.dw.com/en/n-korea-bans-malaysians-from-leaving-in-row-over-kim-jong-nam-killing/a-37833503

4 MARCH 2017

Kim Jong-nam assassination: Malaysia expels North Korean ambassador Kang Chol

Malaysia has expelled the North Korean ambassador to the country, asking him to leave within 48 hours and declaring him « persona non grata » after he said Malaysia’s investigation into the murder of Kim Jong-nam could not be trusted
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-05/malaysia-orders-nth-korean-ambassador-to-leave/8325412?section=world
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/03/04/malaysia-expels-north-korean-ambassador/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/kim-jong-nam-death-malaysia-expels-north-korean-ambassador/3568308.html

1 MARCH 2017

Legendary Malaysian actor Jins Shamsuddin dies at 81

Legendary Malaysian actor Jins Shamsuddin, who starred in Malay films such as Pancha Delima and Sarjan Hassan, died on Wednesday evening (Mar 1). He was 81
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/legendary-malaysian-actor-jins-shamsuddin-dies-at-81/3560086.html
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/03/01/legendary-actor-jins-shamsudin-dies/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jins_Shamsuddin

18 FEBRUARY 2017

Thousands rally in Malaysia to support PAS bill to strengthen Shariah Court

Thousands of Malaysians have gathered at the heart of Kuala Lumpur to support a controversial bill that will strengthen the powers of the Shariah Court
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thousands-rally-in-malaysia-to-support-pas-bill-to-strengthen/3530078.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2072074/tens-thousands-rally-support-islamic-penal-code-bill

9 FEBRUARY 2017

Revealed: Malaysia’s ‘new evidence’ in island row against Singapore

Malaysia’s “new evidence” that it has sovereignty – and not its southern neighbour Singapore – over the rocky outcrop called Pedra Branca comprise a letter by Singapore’s top colonial official in 1958, a naval incident report the same year, and a map of the Lion City in 1966, This Week in Asia has learnt
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2069588/malaysia-provides-fresh-evidence-island-row-against-singapore

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Malaysia reopens Pedra Branca island row with Singapore after a decade

Malaysia on Friday reopened a decades-old dispute with Singapore calling on the UN’s top court to overturn a 2008 ruling granting its neighbour sovereignty over a tiny but strategic island
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2068096/malaysia-reopens-pedra-branca-island-row-singapore-after
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/malaysia-refers-to-declassified-british-files-in-seeking-revision-of-icj-ruling-on-pedra
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-to-study-new-documents-submitted-by-malaysia-to-icj-on/3492880.html

20 JANUARY 2017

Malaysia’s economy in 2016

2016 has been rather eventful for the Malaysian economy. The growth rate — the one big indicator of macroeconomic health — has crumbled. From a past average of 5 per cent in real GDP growth, 2016 is likely to see something like 4.2 per cent
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/01/20/malaysias-economy-that-was/#more-54110

18 JANUARY 2017

Malaysian court revives clemency option for jailed leader Anwar Ibrahim

Malaysia’s jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim scored a minor legal victory on Wednesday, as a court ruled that he can proceed with his bid to challenge the rejection of his petition for a royal pardon
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2063232/malaysian-court-revives-clemency-option-jailed-leader-anwar
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/01/18/court-says-anwar-can-challenge-pardons-boards-decision/

14 JANUARY 2017

Mahathir launches new party; promises to abolish GST if opposition wins

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad officially launched the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (PPBM), pledging to unite the opposition to overthrow Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government ahead of the 14th General Election (GE14)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/mahathir-launches-new-party-promises-to-abolish-gst-if/3438820.html

14 DECEMBER 2016

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar loses final bid for freedom

Jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Wednesday lost his final bid for freedom when a federal court rejected his appeal to set aside his sodomy conviction and five-year jail term
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysian-opposition-leader-anwar-loses-final-bid-for-freedom/3365834.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/14/jailed-former-malaysian-opposition-leader-anwar-ibrahim-loses-last-appeal

29 NOVEMBER 2016

Malaysian PM Najib Razak voices support for Islamic laws as he seeks to bolster support

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak has expressed support for strict Islamic laws as he seeks to consolidate support of ethnic Malay Muslims at a party meeting this week, as frustration over graft and the economy cloud his prospects for the next election
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-29/malaysian-pm-najib-razak-voices-support-for-islamic-laws-as-he-/8076766?section=world
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/zahid-be-loyal-as-najib-was-chosen-by-allah-to-be-umno-president

26 NOVEMBER 2016

Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar arrested under sedition law for allegedly insulting PM Najib Razak

Malaysian political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, or Zunar as he is popularly known, has been arrested under the Sedition Act for cartoons that allegedly insulted Prime Minister Najib Razak
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-27/malaysian-political-cartoonist-zunar-arrested-under-sedition-law/8060932?section=world
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/again-cartoonist-zunar-taken-in-for-sedition

19 NOVEMBER 2016

March for ‘reform’: Thousands protest against scandal-plagued Malaysia PM Najib Razak

More than 10,000 yellow-clad Malaysians flooded the capital on Saturday to demand Prime Minister Najib Razak resign over a corruption scandal, as feared clashes with pro-government rightists failed to materialise
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2047558/march-reform-thousands-protest-against-scandal-plagued
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2016/nov/19/thousands-march-malaysia-demanding-prime-minister-resigns-video
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-11/19/content_15528605.html

18 NOVEMBER 2016

Malaysian police arrest Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah, ahead of the rally

Maria Chin Abdullah, who is Bersih 2.0 chairman and Mandeep Singh, the group’s secretariat manager, were rounded up Friday after police raided their office in Petaling Jaya, a suburb outside Kuala Lumpur
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/249508299
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/11/malaysian-authorities-arrest-bersih-leaders-rally-proceed/

14 NOVEMBER 2016

Malaysian opposition politician Rafizi jailed 18 months for possession, leaking of 1MDB report

Rafizi Ramli, vice-president of the People’s Justice Party, was found guilty by the court of violating the Official Secrets Act by possessing and disclosing part of a government audit report on the indebted 1MDB fund, founded by Prime Minister Najib Razak
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-opposition-politician-rafizi-jailed-18-months-for-possession-leaking-of-1mdb
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-14/malaysian-opposition-lawmaker-jailed-for-exposing-1mdb-audit/8024812?section=world

1 NOVEMBER 2016

Malaysia and China sign deals on navy vessels

Malaysia has agreed to buy four Chinese naval vessels and pledged with Beijing to handle South China Sea disputes bilaterally, a Chinese official said on Tuesday, in what could be China’s latest counter to US influence in the region
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2016/11/01/malaysia-and-china-sign-deals-on-navy-vessels/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-and-malaysia-sign-agreement-on-navy-vessels-after-najib-li-meeting
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/malaysian-chinese-companies-make-history-with-signing-of-14-agreements-wort

31 OCTOBER 2016

Washington’s untapped influence in Myanmar

Despite China’s power and proximity, the US has more influence than it recognises in Myanmar, writes Hunter Marston
http://www.newmandala.org/washingtons-untapped-influence-myanmar/

Defence high on the agenda for Malaysian PM’s China visit

Military and economic cooperation will be high on the agenda during Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s week-long visit to China, which starts on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2041421/defence-high-agenda-malaysian-pms-china-visit

14 OCTOBER 2016

Sultan of Kelantan named new Malaysian king

Malaysia practises a rotating monarchy system among the nine states which have hereditary royal rulers known as Sultan. Yang di-Pertuan Agong acts as the country’s head of state, and is elected from among the Sultans that form the Conference of Rulers
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/kelantan-sultan-will-be-new-malaysia-king
http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2003410

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Malaysia admits armed forces under probe for IS links

 Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein admitted today that about 1 percent of those being monitored for possible links to the Islamic State (IS) terror network are from the armed forces
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/09/malaysia-admits-armed-forces-probe-links/

19 SEPTEMBER 2016

Malaysia: ‘Frenemies’ Mahathir and Anwar unite against new security law

Once each other’s fiercest enemy, Malaysia’s ex-premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his now-jailed former deputy Anwar Ibrahim joint hands Monday to issue a statement condemning the National Security Council (NSC) Act, a law recently approved by Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/09/malaysia-frenemies-mahathir-anwar-unite-new-security-law/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/mahathir-anwar-issue-joint-statement-opposing-security-law

9 SEPTEMBER 2016

Malaysia’s former PM Mahathir Mohamad unites with enemy Anwar Ibrahim in bid to oust Najib Razak

Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has met face-to-face with his one-time sworn enemy Anwar Ibrahim for the first time in 18 years, as the two unite behind a push to oust embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-09/mahathir-mohamad-meets-with-enemy-anwar-ibrahim-in-malaysia/7827558?section=world

27 AUGUST 2016

Malaysian protesters call for PM’s arrest

Demonstrators have marched in the streets of the Malaysian capital to protest against alleged government corruption, calling for the arrest of an unnamed high-ranking official after million of dollars went missing from a state-owned investment fund
http://www.euronews.com/2016/08/27/malaysian-protesters-call-for-pm-s-arrest
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/hundreds-malaysian-protesters-call-1mdb-arrest-160827175620860.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160827_26/

9 AUGUST 2016

Former Malaysia DPM Muhyiddin registers ‘progressive’ Umno splinter party Bersatu with Mahathir as chairman

Former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin registered a new political party on Tuesday (Aug 9) that he promises to be more open and progressive than Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s pro-Malay ruling Umno
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/former-malaysia-dpm-muhyiddin-to-register-umno-splinter-party-bersatu-on-tuesday
http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/08/164293/muhyiddin-submits-application-new-party-bersatu

1st AUGUST 2016

Malaysia’s controversial National Security Council Act kicks in

New legislation came into force on Monday (Aug 1) that grants sweeping powers to Malaysia’s National Security Council, which is chaired by the prime minister
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-s-controversial/3003680.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-08/01/content_15471356.html

29 JULY 2016

UN rights body raps Malaysian govt over security law

The U.N.’s human rights body said Friday it was « gravely concerned » by a new Malaysian security law coming into force next week that grants the government extraordinary emergency powers
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2016/Jul-29/364575-un-rights-body-raps-malaysian-govt-over-security-law.ashx
http://international.thenewslens.com/article/45430

18 JULY 2016

Singapore, Malaysia to mark ‘significant milestone’ with high-speed rail MoU

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Prime Minister Najib Razak will witness the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project on Tuesday (July 19) in Putrajaya, Malaysia
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-malaysia-to/2964098.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/kl-spore-high-speed-rail-will-enhance-people-to-people-ties-improve-business-linkages

16 JULY 2016

Sacked Malaysian DPM Muhyiddin backs Dr Mahathir’s new party

Sacked former Malaysian deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Saturday (Jul 16) threw his weight behind former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s proposal to set up a new political party to galvanise the opposition and present a credible challenge to Prime Minister Najib Razak’s ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sacked-malaysian-dpm/2962502.html

15 JULY 2016

Opposition hopes for better days with Mahathir’s new party

Having failed to unseat Prime Minister Najib Razak after more than a year of stinging attacks, former premier Mahathir Mohamad’s unprecedented move to force a change of leadership from outside Umno is a tacit admission that he no longer has clout within the ruling party
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/opposition-hopes-for-better-days-with-mahathirs-new-party

30 JUNE 2016

Influential Malaysian opposition politician Lim Guan Eng charged on graft charges

 Malaysia’s opposition leader Lim Guan Eng, who is also the chief minister of the prosperous northern island of Penang, was arrested on Wednesday by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for alleged graft
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1983252/influential-malaysian-opposition-politician-arrested-graft
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/06/malaysia-top-opposition-leader-lim-guan-eng-charged-with-graft/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/penang-chief-minister/2917474

27 JUNE 2016

Malaysian PM reshuffles cabinet amid speculation of snap poll

Scandal-hit Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Monday announced a cabinet reshuffle, including promoting a trusted ally to manage the economy, in what analysts said could be preparation for a snap election
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1982222/malaysian-pm-reshuffles-cabinet-amid-speculation-snap-poll
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-s-pm-naji

24 JUNE 2016

Malaysia’s embattled PM sacks Mahathir’s son and former deputy

Najib’s ruling United Malays National Organisation (Umno) unanimously decided to expel former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Mukhriz Mahathir, the son of ex-premier Mahathir Mohamad
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1980862/malaysias-embattled-pm-sacks-mahathirs-son-and-former
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-pm-sacks-former/2901970.html

21 JUNE 2016

Malaysia opposition PKR politician shot dead in Sarawak

A senior member of the opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s (PKR) branch in Sarawak was gunned down at a traffic junction in the eastern Malaysian state on Tuesday 21
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/opposition-pkr-politician-shot-dead-in-sarawak
http://atimes.com/2016/06/malaysian-politician-and-land-rights-activist-shot-dead/

18 JUNE 2016

Embattled PM’s coalition wins by-elections in Malaysia

Malaysia’s ruling party won two parliamentary by-elections Saturday that were closely watched for indications of whether graft allegations hounding Prime Minister Najib Razak were affecting his governing coalition’s support
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/embattled-pms-coalition-wins-elections-malaysia-182217804.html?nhp=1
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-by-elections-bn/2883980.html

31 MAY 2016

Malaysia Warns Philippines’ Duterte Against ‘Reigniting’ Sabah Dispute

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak rebuked Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s suggestion that he may reignite the Sabah dispute between the two nations, urging Manila on Monday to instead focus on resolving its own decades-old insurgency in the country’s South
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/malaysia-warns-duterte-against-reigniting

27 MAY 2016

‘Talibanization’ for Malaysia?

After being dormant for more than a year, the issue of hudud – harsh seventh-century Islamic law prescribing the amputation of limbs for theft and stoning of adulterers – has suddenly come alive in Malaysia again
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/talibanization-malaysia/

16 MAY 2016

Malaysian activist Hishamuddin Rais escapes prison sentence for sedition

Proponents of freedom of speech and the abolition of the Sedition Act are celebrating the successful appeal of veteran social activist Hishamuddin Rais today against a nine month prison sentence for sedition.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/malaysian-activist-hishamuddin-rais-escapes-prison-sentence-for-sedition/

12 MAY 2016

Malaysia PM stresses unity at UMNO 70th anniversary célébrations

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Thursday (May 12) marked 70 years of his party UMNO with a speech emphasising party unity and loyalty, peppered with subtle jabs at his vocal critic, former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-pm-stresses/2780252.html

5 MAY 2016

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines reach agreement to coordinate maritime security

Following kidnappings of Indonesians at sea, Indonesia has come to an agreement with Malaysia and the Philippines to boost maritime security after a sit-down in Yogyakarta today
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/indonesia-maritime-security/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/05/indonesia-malaysia-philippines-sign-maritime-security-declaration.html

4 MAY 2016

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar awarded Cartooning for Peace Prize

Though he faces sanctions in his home country, Malaysian satirical cartoonist Zunar was recognized for his work when the Cartooning for Peace Swiss Foundation awarded him the 2016 International Editorial Cartoons Prize on Tuesday
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/malaysia-zunar-cartoon-peace-prize/

29 APRIL 2016

Malaysia plans to force blogs, news sites to register

The Malaysian government is seeking a law change that would require the country’s « political » blogs and news websites to register with authorities. The move has reignited allegations that it is trying to silence dissent
http://www.dw.com/en/malaysia-plans-to-force-blogs-news-sites-to-register/a-19224747

15 APRIL 2016

The Malaysian government’s love-hate relationship with the media

As it stands, Malaysia is currently ranked at #147 out of 180 countries in the 2015 World Press Freedom Index, an annual report released by Reporters Without Borders which highlights worldwide standings in freedom of information. The country has seen an overall decline in press freedom over the years – it is at its lowest position since 2002, with its highest ranking in 2006, at #92.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/04/malaysia-government-love-hate-relationship-media/

23 MARCH 2016

Malaysian ex-premier Mahathir sues PM Najib over 1MDB scandal

Malaysian former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad today filed a lawsuit against the current Prime Minister Najib Razak over the 1MDB financial scandal, prompting critics to call it a “political gimmick.”
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/03/malaysian-ex-prime-minister-mahathir-sues-current-pm-najib-over-1mdb-scandal/
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-03-23/former-malaysian-leader-mahathir-mohamad-sues-pm-najib-razak/1562042

4 MARCH 2016

Malaysia: Political allies and rivals sign declaration for Najib’s removal

Leaders from across Malaysia’s political spectrum joined Friday to call for a national movement to remove scandal-hit premier Najib Razak, in a dramatic escalation of a festering corruption crisis.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/03/malaysia-political-allies-and-rivals-bsign-declaration-for-najibs-removal
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35724079
http://atimes.com/2016/03/malaysia-cross-party-alliance-demands-removal-of-pm/

29 FEBRUARY 2016

Former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohammad quits UMNO, again

Former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad announced on Monday he was quitting the ruling party, saying it had degenerated into an organisation whose sole purpose was to protect scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Razak.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/former-malaysian-pm-mahathir-mohammad-quits-umno-again
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1918603/malaysias-former-pm-mahathir-quits-ruling-umno-party
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/02/29/dr-mahathir-calls-for-formation-of-core-group-to-remove-najib/

3 FEBRUARY 2016

Malaysia PM tightens grip on ruling party after critic toppled

Najib Razak, Malaysia’s prime minister, tightened his grip on the country’s ruling party on Wednesday after the son of his predecessor, was toppled for what he claimed was criticism of the premier’s involvement in a financial scandal.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f9658988-ca73-11e5-84df-70594b99fc47.html#axzz3z8t4AZPF
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35485622

30 JANUARY 2016

Swiss prosecutor asks Malaysia to help investigate 1MDB fund irregularities

Switzerland’s prosecutor has formally asked Malaysia for help with an investigation into the possible misappropriation of $4 billion by state-owned fund 1MDB. Malaysia’s PM has been cleared of corruption in Kuala Lumpur
http://www.dw.com/en/swiss-prosecutor-asks-malaysia-to-help-investigate-1mdb-fund-irregularities/a-19012891
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/swiss-seek-malaysian-help-probing-us4-bln-financial-scandal
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/1mdb-says-would-co-operate-with-swiss-probe

26 JANUARY 2016

Malaysian PM cleared of wrongdoing in $700 million scandal

Malaysia’s top prosecutor found that the money funneled into Najib’s private accounts was a gift from the Saudi royal family. He said no criminal offence was committed, easing pressure on the prime minister to resign.
http://www.dw.com/en/malaysian-pm-cleared-of-wrongdoing-in-700-million-scandal/a-19004123
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pm-najib-cleared-after/2458506.html?cx_tag=undefined&cid=tg:recos:undefined:standard#cxrecs_s
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/time-to-move-on-pm-tells-critics-after-absolved-by-ag

23 JANUARY 2016

Malaysian rally denounces TPP

Thousands of protesters gathered in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday to denounce the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade alliance, demanding the government reject the accord in a parliamentary debate next week.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/836608/thousands-denounce-tpp-in-kl
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/were-against-tpp-because-our-party-said-so-pas-protesters-say
http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/live-updates-anti-tppa-protesters-in-last-bid-to-stop-putrajaya-from-signin

14 JANUARY 2016

 Is Malaysia a world leader in the deradicalisation of Islamist miltants?

In the wake of November’s terrorist attacks in Paris, the threat of Islamic State (Isis)-inspired attacks in the region has hardly left the headlines, not least in Malaysia
http://sea-globe.com/malaysia-islamist-deradicalistion/

9 JANUARY 2016

Can Malaysia revive its economy in 2016?

It has been a rather challenging year for the Malaysian economy. Political disruptions and economic shocks have rocked the nation
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/09/can-malaysia-revive-its-economy-in-2016/

12 DECEMBER 2015

Malaysian PM emerges with firm grip on party

Despite earlier concerns that some party rebels were planning to disrupt the proceedings, there were no surprise attacks from those unhappy with his answers to the twin funding scandals that have rocked the party
http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/malaysian-pm-emerges-firm-grip-party
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2015/12/13/pm-chooses-to-take-the-high-road-detractors-offered-hand-of-reconciliation-in-line-with-islamic-teac/
http://www.theborneopost.com/2015/12/13/najib-im-magnanimous-for-reconciliation/

5 DECEMBER 2015

Malaysia’s anti-corruption agency questions PM Najib Razak over $838 million deposits

Malaysian anti-corruption officials have questioned the country’s prime minister in an investigation into deposits of funds totalling 2.6 billion ringgit ($838 million) into his bank accounts that have prompted calls for his resignation
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-05/1mdb-malaysias-anticorruption-agency-questions-pm-najib-razak-over-838-million-deposits/1522616
http://www.dw.com/en/malaysian-premier-questioned-over-unexplained-millions-in-deposits/a-18896500

4 DECEMBER 2015

Malaysia enacts security law amid protests

Malaysia’s Parliament has approved a security law that will give sweeping security powers to a council led by the prime minister, in a move slammed by rights groups and critics as a step toward a dictatorship.
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151204_32.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/malaysia/2015/12/05/452695/Malaysia-security.htm

3 DECEMBER 2015

Rights group condemns proposed Malaysia security bill

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has condemned a national security bill proposed this week by lawmakers in Malaysia, calling it « a tool for repression ».
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34992022
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2015/12/rights-group-warns-of-dictatorship-with-malaysias-new-law/

18 NOVEMBER 2015

Can China Rebuild Its ‘Special Relationship’ With Malaysia?

China’s outreach to ASEAN member states continues. In addition to visits by President Xi Jinping to Vietnam, Singapore, and now the Philippines, Premier Li Keqiang is preparing to head to Malaysia. Li will be attending the various ASEAN-related meetings, including the East Asia Summit, in Kuala Lumpur, in addition to having his first official visit to Malaysia.
http://thediplomat.com/2015/11/can-china-rebuild-its-special-relationship-with-malaysia/

2 NOVEMBER 2015

UN body calls Anwar’s jailing ‘illegal’, demands release

A UN body has determined that former Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been jailed illegally and called for his immediate release, according to a copy of the opinion released Monday by his family
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-11-02/united-nations-determines-detention-of-malaysias-anwar-ibrahim-arbitrary-and-political/1510278
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/751836/un-body-calls-anwar-jailing-illegal-demands-releas

16 OCTOBER 2015

Malaysia arrests hacker for supplying US targets to Islamic State

At the request of the United States, Malaysia has arrested a man on charges of hacking personal data of more than a thousand U.S. officials and handing it to Islamic State militants in Syria so they could target the individuals
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/540991/news/world/malaysia-arrests-hacker-for-supplying-us-targets-to-islamic-state

5 OCTOBER 2015

Myanmar president sued in US over Rohingya abuse

A coalition of Muslim groups has filed suit in New York against Myanmar President Thein Sein and other government officials for alleged crimes against the Rohingya minority, which they say amount to genocide
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/myanmar-president-sued-rohingya-abuse-151005181805344.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/718996/muslims-sue-myanmar-president-in-us-court-over-rohingya-genocide

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

China and Malaysia’s first ever joint military exercice is an important strategic move

Malaysia’s Armed Forces and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducted a five-day exercise on Managing Non-Traditional Threats and Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) from September 17 to 22. Codenamed “Peace and Friendship 2015″
http://www.intellasia.net/china-and-malaysias-first-ever-joint-military-exercise-is-an-important-strategic-move-471169

22 SEPTEMBER 2015

Malaysian opposition forms new alliance

A new Opposition coalition called Pakatan Harapan (Hope Alliance) has been formed comprising People’s Justice Party (PKR), Democratic Action Party (DAP) and National Trust Party (Amanah). http://www.asianewsnet.net/Msian-opposition-forms-new-alliance-80956.html
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/opposition-parties-form-pakatan-harapan-opens-door-to-pas
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-09/22/content_15320242.html

16 SEPTEMBER 2015

Malaysian police fire water cannons at pro-government protesters

Hundreds of protesters pelted riot police with plastic bottles Wednesday and tried to push their way into Chinatown, which was barricaded, prompting riot police to fire chemical-laced water to disperse the crowd
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135612/malaysian-police-fire-water-cannons-at-pro-government-protesters/
http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/09/17/Protesters-breach-police-lines-Rallygoers-force-way-through-barricade-to-enter-Bukit-Bintang/

30 AUGUST 2015

Malaysia protests: Former leader Mahathir Mohamad joins protesters’ call for PM Najib Razak to resign on second day of rallies

Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad, 90, has urged anti-government protesters to step up their ‘people power’ movement to remove the country’s current prime minister, who is embroiled in a financial scandal
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34100659
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/malaysia-pm-protest-organisers-haram-150830134644732.html

27 AUGUST 2015

Malaysia to block websites promoting anti-government rally this weekend

Malaysia will block websites attempting to spread information about a two-day rally due to be staged in three cities this weekend by a pro-democracy group demanding Prime Minister Najib Razak’s resignation
http://atimes.com/2015/08/malaysia-to-block-websites-promoting-anti-government-rally-this-weekend/

4 AUGUST 2015

Questions persist in Malaysia donations case

Malaysia’s anti-corruption commission says nearly $700m deposited into the prime minister’s personal bank accounts are donations, and are not related to a brewing scandal. But questions continue to be asked as to how Najib Razak came by the funds and who put them in his account
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/questions-persist-malaysia-donations-case-150804195007648.html
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Veteran-journalist-questions-Najibs-failure-to-exp-79003.html

28 JULY 2015

1MDB scandal: Malaysia PM Najib Razak sacks deputy, attorney-general as corruption allegations mount

Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak sacks his deputy, attorney-general and four other ministers in a cabinet reshuffle widely seen as an attempt to strengthen his hold on power as he battles corruption allegations
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-07-29/1mdb-scandal-malaysia-pm-najib-razak-sacks-deputy-attorneygeneral-as-corruption-allegations-mount/1475092
http://asiancorrespondent.com/134404/malaysian-pm-axes-deputy-attorney-general-in-fund-scandal-purge/
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/530210/news/world/malaysian-pm-reshuffles-cabinet-dumps-deputy-after-1mdb-criticism
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Malaysias-new-Cabinet-Whos-in-whos-out-78782.html

24 JULY 2015

Malaysia suspends newspaper over ‘prejudicial’ 1MDB reports

Malaysia’s government suspended the publishing permit of the Edge newspaper group, judging that its coverage of debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) threatens public order and national security, the media company said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/633664/malaysia-suspends-newspaper-over-prejudicial-1mdb-reports
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/highlight/2015/07/25/throttling-the-publics-right-to-know/

5 JULY 2015

Task force to probe alleged Malaysia PM money trail

 A task force is investigating allegations that a probe into a Malaysian state-controlled investment fund found hundreds of millions of dollars were transferred to the prime minister’s personal bank accounts, the attorney general has said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/613132/task-force-to-probe-alleged-malaysia-pm-money-trail
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-s-opposition-dem/1962352.html

16 JUNE 2015

Historic Malaysian opposition alliance falls apart

The Malaysian opposition political alliance that had threatened to unseat the country’s long-ruling regime is no more, one of its three component parties declared Tuesday, following bitter disputes over policy
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/594248/historic-malaysian-opposition-alliance-falls-apart
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/world/2015/06/16/msia-opposition-collapses-in-boon-for-beleaguered-government/

10 JUNE 2015

Malaysia goverment maintains marital rape not criminal

A parliamentary committee decided a decade ago after a study that it is permissible for a husband to « rape » his wife. This position was again taken by the six-member bi-partisan speacial committee set up to review marital rape laws
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Msia-govt-maintains-marital-rape-not-criminal-76384.html

1 JUNE 2015

Malaysia Airlines CEO says carrier is ‘technically bankrupt’

The newly appointed chief executive of loss-making Malaysia Airlines said on Monday that the carrier is « technically bankrupt », as he announced plans for a restructuring that will cut the company’s workforce by a third.
http://www.cnbc.com/id/102720938
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-06-01/malaysia-airlines-confirms-6000-job-losses-in-restructure-ceo-says-carrier-technically-bankrupt/1454028

23 MAY 2015

Myanmar signs off controversial pregnancy law

Myanmar’s president has signed a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by the United States and rights activists, who say it could be used not only to repress women, but also religious and ethnic minorities
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/myanmar-signs-controversial-pregnancy-law-150523125320725.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1807783/myanmar-president-signs-controversial-population-law

18 MAY 2015

 Anwar’s wife Wan Azizah takes helm of Malaysian opposition

Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was sworn into Malaysia’s parliament as opposition leader on Monday after winning the seat vacated by her husband Anwar Ibrahim when he was jailed on a sodomy conviction
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/564879/anwar-wife-wan-azizah-takes-helm-of-malaysian-opposition

7 MAY 2015

Anwar’s wife replaces him once again in Malaysian parliament

The wife of jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim won her husband’s parliamentary seat Thursday in a by-election seen as a test of support for the three-party alliance he headed, local media reported
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/554571/anwar-wife-replaces-him-once-again-in-malaysian-parliament
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/anwar-s-wife-wins/1832186.html

3 MAY 2015

UN urges Myanmar to ensure press freedom during élections

The United Nations Sunday urged Myanmar to ensure that journalists can report « without fear » during crucial general elections later this year as the former junta-ruled nation marked World Press Freedom Day in Yangon
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/un-urges-myanmar-ensure-press-freedom-during-elections

21 APRIL 2015

Malaysia urged to punish Muslims for forcing church to remove cross

Malaysia’s government faced calls on Tuesday to take action against Muslim protesters who pressured a church to remove its cross, the latest example of rising Islamic intolerance that is fuelling religious tensions in the multi-faith country
http://www.japantoday.com/category/world/view/malaysia-urged-to-punish-muslims-for-forcing-church-to-remove-cross
http://www.ucanews.com/news/church-protest-a-sign-of-extremism-setting-in-malaysian-lawyers/73421

19 APRIL 2015

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing a possible 43 years in prison defiant ‘to the last drop of my ink’

Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar faces a possible 43 years in prison for sedition, but the defiant artist says that looming threat won’t stop his hard-hitting caricatures lampooning the ruling establishment
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysian-cartoonist/1793414.html

7 APRIL 2015

Malaysia passes controversial anti-terror Bill

The Malaysian government has pushed through controversial anti-terror legislation in the lower house, after parliamentarians hotly debated the Bill till well after 2am on Tuesday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-passes/1769488.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20150407-malaysia-anti-terror-law-human-rights/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32194636

31 MARCH 2015

Malaysia holds journalists under sedition law

Malaysian police detained a prominent publisher and a website editor on sedition charges Tuesday, the latest targets in a mounting tally of arrests that a senior opposition politician compared to an infamous 1987 political crackdown
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/malaysia-holds-journalists-under-sedition-law
http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/3-tmi-editors-released-2-more-in-jail
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/what-you-think/article/on-the-arrest-of-tmi-5-foreign-correspondents-club-of-malaysia
http://www.ucanews.com/news/malaysia-arrests-five-journalists-under-sedition-act/73289

30 MARCH 2015

Malaysia unveils anti-terror bill aimed at Islamic State supporters

Malaysia’s government on Monday unveiled a new anti-terrorism bill that allows lengthy detentions without trial, as worries grow in the Muslim-majority country over the appeal of the extremist Islamic State (IS) group
http://www.ucanews.com/news/malaysia-unveils-anti-terror-bill-aimed-at-islamic-state-supporters/73282
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-s-opposition/1757474.html

16 MARCH 2015

Anwar Ibrahim’s daughter Nurul Izzah arrested for sedition in Malaysia

The eldest daughter of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been arrested for sedition after reading out in parliament parts of a speech by her father criticising his recent jailing.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-16/anwar-ibrahim-daughter-nurul-izzah-arrested-for-sedition/6324050
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/malaysian-police-arrest-anwar-daughter-150316081657370.html

7 MARCH 2017

Thousands of Malaysia demonstrators demand opposition leader’s release

Chanting « Free Anwar! » and « Reformasi » (Reform), the demonstrators, led by members of Anwar’s family, staged a short march from a busy shopping district toward the capital’s Petronas Towers skyscrapers.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-demonstrators/1701274.html
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/sea-of-men-at-giant-rally-proves-anwar-not-forgotten-says-pkr-chief-video

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 31 January in Asian history

1945-01-31 Battle of Hill 101

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 31 JANUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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1900: In North Borneo, Datu Muhammad Salleh is assassinated in Kampung Teboh, Tambuan, ending the Mat Salleh Rebellion
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat_Salleh_Rebellion

1942: Allied forces defeated by the Japanese at the Battle of Malaya retreat to the island of Singapore
http://www.historyanimated.com/Malaysia.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malayan_Campaign

1942-01-31 Fin Campagne

1943: Chile breaks off relations with Germany & Japan

1944: American forces land on Kwajalein Atoll and other islands in the Japanese-held Marshall Islands
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kwajalein
http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-kwajalein
http://www.historyanimated.com/MarshallsPage.html

1945: End of the Battle of Hill 170 (or Battle of Kangaw) during the Burma Campaign, in which the British 3 Commando Brigade repulsed a Japanese counterattack on their positions and precipitated a general retirement from the Arakan Peninsula
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hill_170
http://www.burmastar.org.uk/stories/burma-and-the-battle-of-kangaw/
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0ahUKEwjg-6OugtLKAhWMCBoKHUECBLAQFggyMAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fireandfury.com%2Fscenarios%2Fhill170.pdf&usg=AFQjCNGeu6Fj04BVFB9hvXG53wSfo6j0eA&sig2=V94W3MCTxVOsG9YhYUl4mw

1945-01-31 Battle of Hill 101

1949: the Chinese Communist forces (PLA) win the Pingjin campaign that started on November 29, 1948
http://maoist.wikia.com/wiki/Pingjin_Campaign
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pingjin_Campaign
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&ved=0ahUKEwiRlaeurtLKAhUHhiwKHRbSAkYQFgg6MAU&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.republicanchina.org%2FPingJinCampaign-v0.pdf&usg=AFQjCNGbzJ-GC8TgM99Ua8jGJQrokbW16w&sig2=5ghAXSVErVATGcj4jT9wpg

1949-01-31 Fin PingJin Battle

1955: People’s Republic of China is invited to take parts to United Nations Security Council talks on Taiwan

1964: French president General De Gaulle advocates the neutralization of South-East Asia

1966: US bombing on North Vietnam, which have been suspended since Christmas, resume

1968: Vietcong attack American embassy in Saigon
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/31/newsid_2648000/2648951.stm
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/viet-cong-attack-u-s-embassy
http://adst.org/2013/07/viet-cong-invade-american-embassy-the-1968-tet-offensive/

1971: The Winter Soldier Investigation, organized by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War to publicize war crimes and atrocities by Americans and allies in Vietnam, begin in Detroit, Michigan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Soldier_Investigation

1972: North Vietnam presents nine-point peace proposal to put an end to the Vietnam War
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/north-vietnam-presents-nine-point-peace-proposal

1996: An explosive-filled truck rams into the gates of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in Colombo, killing at least 86 and injuring 1,400
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/31/newsid_4083000/4083095.stm

2002: In the Philippines, beginning of joint manoeuvers with US forces aiming the destruction of Abu Sayyaf group

2015: India succeeds for the first time in using a mobile launcher to test-fire a long-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead deep inside rival China
https://phys.org/news/2015-01-india-long-range-missile-mobile-launcher.html

On 31 January in South Asian history

ON 31 JANUARY IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on January 31, 2019

1561: Death of Bairam Khan, Great Mughul General, regent of Akbar
http://www.mapsofindia.com/who-is-who/history/bairam-khan.html
http://www.indianetzone.com/47/bairam_khan.htm

Bairam Khan

1666: Death of Sjihab al-Din Sultan C Shah Djahan, mogol of India (1628-1658) who build the Taj Mahal, born on January 5, 1592
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Shah_Jahan

1856: Death of Khedrup Gyatso, 11th Dalai Lama, born on November 1, 1838
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_Dalai_Lama
http://www.dalailama-archives.org/texts.php?pageID=28

Khedrup Gyatso 11th Dalai Lama

1865: Birth of Shastriji Maharaj, Indian spiritual leader who died on May 10, 1951
http://swaminarayan.org/shastrijimaharaj/index.htm

1914: Birth of Sri Daya Mata, Hindu religious figure
http://www.yogananda-srf.org/tmp/about_notitle.aspx?id=63

1948: Formation of the provisionnal government of the United States of Indonesia by Mohammad Hatta

1966: Birth of Dr Umar Alisha, Indian Sufi master
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umar_Alisha

1969: Death of Meher Baba, Indian guru, born on February 25, 1894
http://www.mehercenter.org/meherbaba/biography.html

1972: Death of Nepal king Mahendra (1955-1972), born in June 1920. He is succeded by his son Birendra
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/mahendra-bir-bikram-shah-dev-7197.php

1975: Birth of Preity Zinta, Indian actress
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preity_Zinta
http://starsunfolded.com/preity-zinta-height-weight-age/

1981: Birth of  Amrita Arora, Indian actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1147677/bio

1996: An explosive-filled truck rams into the gates of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in Colombo, killing at least 86 and injuring 1,400
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/31/newsid_4083000/4083095.stm

2004: Death of Suraiya, Indian singer and actress, died, born on June 15, 1929
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/31-january-2004-suraiya-indian-singer-and-actress-died
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suraiya

2009: Death of Nagesh, Indian comedian actor in Kollywood, born on September 27, 1933
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagesh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAq9CX8frtk

2012: Death of Mani Ram Bagri, Indian politician, born on January 1, 1920
http://www.outlookindia.com/news/article/veteran-socialist-leader-mani-ram-bagri-dead/749682
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mani_Ram_Bagri
http://everything.explained.today/Mani_Ram_Bagri/

Mani Ram Bagri

2013: China condemns Tibetan monk Lorang Konchok to death for « instigating » self immolations. With him, his nephew also condemned to 10 years in prison. Sichuan court declares them guilty of murder in eight cases of self-immolation, three of them fatal
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China-condemns-Tibetan-monk-to-death-for-instigating-self-immolations-27011.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/31/chinese-court-tibetans-encouraging-immolation http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21271854

2015: India succeeds for the first time in using a mobile launcher to test-fire a long-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead deep inside rival China
https://phys.org/news/2015-01-india-long-range-missile-mobile-launcher.html

On 31 January in Southeast Asian history

1945-01-31 Battle of Hill 101

ON 31 JANUARY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1876: Birth of Pedro Abad Santos, Filipino doctor, lawyer, Marxist and politician, leader of the first Philippine communist rebellions from the 1930s to the 1950s and who died on January 15, 1945
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1633/today-in-philippine-history-january-31-1876-pedro-abad-santos-was-born-in-san-fernando-pampanga
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedro_Abad_Santos

1900: In North Borneo, Datu Muhammad Salleh is assassinated in Kampung Teboh, Tambuan, ending the Mat Salleh Rebellion
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat_Salleh_Rebellion

1917: Birth of Jose M. Maceda, Filipino composer who died on May 5, 2004
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/908/today-in-philippine-history-january-31-1917-jose-m-maceda-was-born-in-manila
http://www.composers21.com/compdocs/macedaj.htm

1926: Nahdlatul Ulama (also Nahdatul Ulama or NU) a traditionalist Sunni Islam group in Indonesia, is established
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nahdlatul_Ulama

1938: Birth of Ajip Rosidi, Indonesian poet and short story writer
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajip_Rosidi
http://everything.explained.today/Ajip_Rosidi/

1942: Allied forces defeated by the Japanese at the Battle of Malaya retreat to the island of Singapore
http://www.historyanimated.com/Malaysia.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malayan_Campaign

1942-01-31 Fin Campagne

1945: End of the Battle of Hill 170 (or Battle of Kangaw) during the Burma Campaign, in which the British 3 Commando Brigade repulsed a Japanese counterattack on their positions and precipitated a general retirement from the Arakan Peninsula
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hill_170
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0ahUKEwjg-6OugtLKAhWMCBoKHUECBLAQFggyMAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fireandfury.com%2Fscenarios%2Fhill170.pdf&usg=AFQjCNGeu6Fj04BVFB9hvXG53wSfo6j0eA&sig2=V94W3MCTxVOsG9YhYUl4mw
http://www.burmastar.org.uk/stories/burma-and-the-battle-of-kangaw/

1945-01-31 Battle of Hill 101

1948: Formation of the provisionnal government of the United States of Indonesia by Mohammad Hatta

1964: French president General De Gaulle advocates the neutralization of South-East Asia

1966: US bombing on North Vietnam, which have been suspended since Christmas, resume

1968: Vietcong attack American embassy in Saigon
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/31/newsid_2648000/2648951.stm
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/viet-cong-attack-u-s-embassy
http://adst.org/2013/07/viet-cong-invade-american-embassy-the-1968-tet-offensive/

1971: The Winter Soldier Investigation, organized by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War to publicize war crimes and atrocities by Americans and allies in Vietnam, begin in Detroit, Michigan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Soldier_Investigation

1972: North Vietnam presents nine-point peace proposal to put an end to the Vietnam War
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/north-vietnam-presents-nine-point-peace-proposal

2002: In the Philippines, beginning of joint manoeuvers with US forces aiming the destruction of Abu Sayyaf group

 

On 31 January in Japan’s history

ON 31 JANUARY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on January 31, 2019

1398: Death of Emperor Suko (1348-1351), born on May 25, 1334
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Suko

1530: Birth of Japanese daimyo Otomo Sorin who died on June 11, 1587
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%8Ctomo_S%C5%8Drin
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Otomo_Sorin

1543: Birth of Tokugawa Ieyasu, shogun of Japan, who died on June 1, 1616
http://www.samurai-archives.com/ieyasu.html

1935: Birth of Kenzaburo Oe, Japanese writer, Nobel Laureate 1994
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1994/oe-bio.html

Kenzaburo Oe

1942: Allied forces defeated by the Japanese at the Battle of Malaya retreat to the island of Singapore
http://www.historyanimated.com/Malaysia.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malayan_Campaign

1942-01-31 Fin Campagne

1943: Chile breaks off relations with Germany & Japan

1944: American forces land on Kwajalein Atoll and other islands in the Japanese-held Marshall Islands
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kwajalein
http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-kwajalein
http://www.historyanimated.com/MarshallsPage.html

1945: End of the Battle of Hill 170 (or Battle of Kangaw) during the Burma Campaign, in which the British 3 Commando Brigade repulsed a Japanese counterattack on their positions and precipitated a general retirement from the Arakan Peninsula
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hill_170
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0ahUKEwjg-6OugtLKAhWMCBoKHUECBLAQFggyMAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fireandfury.com%2Fscenarios%2Fhill170.pdf&usg=AFQjCNGeu6Fj04BVFB9hvXG53wSfo6j0eA&sig2=V94W3MCTxVOsG9YhYUl4mw
http://www.burmastar.org.uk/stories/burma-and-the-battle-of-kangaw/

1945-01-31 Battle of Hill 101

1948: Birth of Muneo Suzuki, Japanese politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muneo_Suzuki

1977: Birth of Shingo Katori, Japanese actor and singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shingo_Katori

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVyqlKhpDDE

1990: Birth of Kota Yabu, Japanese actor and singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kota_Yabu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QSPx8aE0qQ

1996: Comet Hyakutake is discovered by Japanese amateur astronomer Yuji Hyakutake
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet_Hyakutake
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/objects/comets/3304291.html?page=1&c=y

2009: The power broker for the Japanese governing party, Ichiro Ozawa, is indicted for misreporting political funds
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/world/asia/01japan.html?ref=asia
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12322866

2015: An online video is released, purported to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save the man
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31075769
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/islamic-state-group-beheads-japanese-journalist-video-article-1.2098903

 

On 31 January in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

Lai Ho

ON 31 JANUARY IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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1435: Death of Chinese Ming dynasty Emperor Xuande (1425-1435), born in April 1398
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xuande

1856: Death of Khedrup Gyatso, 11th Dalai Lama, born on November 1, 1838
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_Dalai_Lama
http://www.dalailama-archives.org/texts.php?pageID=28

Khedrup Gyatso 11th Dalai Lama

1943: Death of-Lao Ho (Lai Ho) “the father of Taiwan’s new literature”, born on May 29, 1894
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loa_Ho
http://thetaiwanese.blogspot.fr/2007/02/dr-lai-ho.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1011.html

Lai Ho

1949: the Chinese Communist forces (PLA) win the Pingjin campaign that started on November 29, 1948
http://maoist.wikia.com/wiki/Pingjin_Campaign
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pingjin_Campaign
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&ved=0ahUKEwiRlaeurtLKAhUHhiwKHRbSAkYQFgg6MAU&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.republicanchina.org%2FPingJinCampaign-v0.pdf&usg=AFQjCNGbzJ-GC8TgM99Ua8jGJQrokbW16w&sig2=5ghAXSVErVATGcj4jT9wpg

1949-01-31 Fin PingJin Battle

1951: Death of Fei Mu, Chinese film director , born on 10 October 1906
https://gbtimes.com/fei-mu-director-of-chinas-greatest-film
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fei_Mu

1955: The People’s Republic of China is invited to take parts to United Nations Security Council talks on Taiwan

1967: Birth of Irene Wan, Hong Kong actress
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Irene_Wan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irene_Wan
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/wan_irene.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Expciezt3Wo&feature=related

1967: Birth of Joey Wong, Taiwanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joey_Wong

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8st3DLx8cw

2013: China condemns Tibetan monk Lorang Konchok to death for « instigating » self immolations. With him, his nephew also condemned to 10 years in prison. Sichuan court declares them guilty of murder in eight cases of self-immolation, three of them fatal
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China-condemns-Tibetan-monk-to-death-for-instigating-self-immolations-27011.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/31/chinese-court-tibetans-encouraging-immolation http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21271854

 

ON 30 January in Asian history

ON 30 JANUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…), type “On (day + month) in Asian history »

Updated on January 30, 2019

1181: Death of the 80th Japanese Emperor Takakura who reigned from 1168 through 1180, born on September 20, 1161
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Takakura

1703: The Forty-seven Ronin, under the command of Ōishi Kuranosuke, avenge the death of their master
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forty-seven_Ronin
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=The_47_Ronin
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Oishi_Kuranosuke

1789: In now Vietnam, the Tây Sơn forces, under Nguyen Hue, emerge victorious against Chinese Qing armies and liberate the capital Thăng Lon
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Ng%E1%BB%8Dc_H%E1%BB%93i-%C4%90%E1%BB%91ng_%C4%90a

1867: Death of Osahito (Komei), 121st Japanese Emperor, born on July 22, 1831
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_K%C5%8Dmei

1877: In Japan, a central governement raid against an ammunition storage in Kagashima starts the Satsuma Rebellion
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/japan/fl/The-Satsuma-Rebellion.htm?nl=1

1889: Birth of Jaishankar Prasad, Hindi poet, dramatist and novelist who died on January 14, 1937
http://www.indianetzone.com/49/chhayavad_hindi_literature.htm

1902: Britain and Japan sign a treaty after months of negotiating which commits each country to supporting an independent China and Korea, although it acknowledges Japan’s ‘special interest’ in Korea
http://www.firstworldwar.com/source/anglojapanesealliance1902.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/739.html

1908: In South Africa, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is released from prison by British General Jan C. Smuts after being tried and sentenced to two months in jail earlier in the month

1910: Birth of Chidambaram Subramaniam, Indian politician, father of the Green Revolution in India, who died on November 7, 2000
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/chidambaram-subramaniam-biography.html
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/bharat-ratna-csubramaniam/article4037190.ece

1911: In the Philippines, Taal Volcano erupts killing around 1,500 people
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1420/today-in-philippine-history-january-30-1911-taal-volcano-erupted-killing-approximately-1500-people
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taal_Volcano
http://www.taalvolcano.org/information.htm

1911-01-30 Taal Volcano eruption

1913: Birth of Amrita Sher-Gil, Indian painter who died on December 5, 1941
http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Amrita_Sher-Gil
http://www.fridakahlofans.com/amritafans.com/mainmenu.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYMKJjOmYCU

1932: Birth of Knock Yokoyama, Japanese comedian and politician
http://everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1443891

1942: Japanese troops land on Ambon (Moluccas). Australian forces destroy supplies to prevent them from falling into Japanese hands. Ambon city is taken within 24 hours. The Japanese start to besiege Singapore
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Ambon
http://dutcheastindies.webs.com/ambon.html

1944: During the World War II, American troops land on Majuro, Marshall Islands
http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USMC/USMC-C-Marshalls/

1944-01-30 US bébarquent Marshall

1945: In the Philippines, in the Raid at Cabanatuan, one hundred twenty-six American Rangers and Filipino resistance fighters liberate over 500 Allied prisoners from the Japanese-controlled Cabanatuan POW camp
http://www.shadowspear.com/2012/03/raid-at-cabantatuan-1945/
http://olive-drab.com/od_history_ww2_stories_1945cabanatuan.php
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/29/opinion/lauder-great-raid-cabanatuan-pow-camp-1945/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63Fzw6_b7qA

1948: The Mahatma Gandhi is assassinated by Nathuram Godse, an Hindu extremist
http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/gandhi.htm
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/30-january-1948-mahatma-gandhi-father-of-the-nation-was-assassinated
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/1002.html

1948-01-30 Nathuram Godse tue Gandhi

1950: Soviet Union recognizes the Vietnamese government of Ho Chi Minh

1951: The political commission of the United Nations says China is aggressor in Korea

1952: Korean truce talks hit stalemate
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/30/newsid_3396000/3396891.stm

1964: In Vietnam, military coup led by general Nguyen Khanh against General Duong Van Minh who proposed peace initiative with Hanoi and was opposed US domination over the war effort
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964_South_Vietnamese_coup

1968: The Tet offensive begins when Viet Cong forces launch a series of surprise attacks in South Vietnam
http://history1900s.about.com/od/1960s/qt/tetoffensive.htm
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/tet-offensive-begins
http://www.history.com/topics/vietnam-war/vietnam-war-history/videos/tet-offensive

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3PIcbx35mM&feature=related

1968: Death of Makhanlal Chaturvedi, Indian poet, born on April 4, 1889
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/makhanlal-chaturvedi-biography.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makhanlal_Chaturvedi

1969: Death of Li Zongren, prominent warlord, military commander and rival of Chiang Kai-shek, during the Republic of China, born on August 13, 1890
https://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=363
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/346.html

1972: Pakistan withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations

1975: Birth of Yumi Yoshimura, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yumi_Yoshimura

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_GZpv1Y9A0

1978: Diplomatic normalization between Thailand and Kampuchea

1978: Death of Yuan Muzhi, Chinese actor and director
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0950615/#director
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuan_Muzhi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXoPRdwj8Es

1980: The PRC Foreign Ministry publishes a lenghthy statement entitled “China’s sovereignty over the Xisha and Nansha Island is indisputable” as a response to the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s  white paper “Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa”

1989: The American embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan closes

1996: Death of San Yu, 5th President of Burma from 1981 to 1988, born in March 1918
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9907E0D61639F932A05752C0A960958260

2003: South Korean General accounting court confirms that 200 million dollars had been sent to North Korea one week before the historic summit of June 2000

2000_summit_pf

2003: In Thailand, anti-Cambodia demonstrations stop at the king request. Diplomatic relations are suspended

2009: Death of Neiliezhü Üsou, Indian preacher and theologian, born on July 7, 1941
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neiliezh%C3%BC_%C3%9Csou

2010: China suspends military exchanges with Washington in protest of an approved 6.4 billion-dollar arms deal with Taiwan, calling the sale an obstacle to regional peace, according to state media


2013: Myanmar’s authorities lift decades-old ban on public gatherings
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Authorities-lift-decades-old-ban-on-public-gatherings-27007.html

2014: A Bangladeshi sentences Matiur Rahman Nizami, the leader of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party, and 13 others to death for arms smuggling
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/bangladesh-arms-smugglers-sentenced-death-2014130101339413268.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25962798

2014: Hong Kong imposes sanctions on Philippines. The current visa-free arrangement for visiting Philippine diplomats and officials will be suspended from February 5
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/hong-kong-imposes-sanctions-philippines-20141303748519260.html

 

Holidays and observances

India: Martyrs’ Day

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 30 January in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 30 JANUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “Conflicts and strategy on (date + month) in Asian history”

Updated on January 30, 2019

1703: The Forty-seven Ronin, under the command of Ōishi Kuranosuke, avenge the death of their master
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forty-seven_Ronin
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=The_47_Ronin
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Oishi_Kuranosuke

1789: In now Vietnam, the Tây Sơn forces, under Nguyen Hue, emerge victorious against Chinese Qing armies and liberate the capital Thăng Lon
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Ng%E1%BB%8Dc_H%E1%BB%93i-%C4%90%E1%BB%91ng_%C4%90a

1877: In Japan, a central governement raid against an ammunition storage in Kagashima starts the Satsuma Rebellion
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/japan/fl/The-Satsuma-Rebellion.htm?nl=1

1902: Britain and Japan sign a treaty after months of negotiating which commits each country to supporting an independent China and Korea, although it acknowledges Japan’s ‘special interest’ in Korea
http://www.firstworldwar.com/source/anglojapanesealliance1902.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/739.html

1942: Japanese troops land on Ambon (Moluccas). Australian forces destroy supplies to prevent them from falling into Japanese hands. Ambon city is taken within 24 hours. The Japanese start to besiege Singapore
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Ambon
http://dutcheastindies.webs.com/ambon.html

1944: During the World War II, American troops land on Majuro, Marshall Islands
http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USMC/USMC-C-Marshalls/

1944-01-30 US bébarquent Marshall

1945: In the Philippines, in the Raid at Cabanatuan, one hundred twenty-six American Rangers and Filipino resistance fighters liberate over 500 Allied prisoners from the Japanese-controlled Cabanatuan POW camp


http://www.shadowspear.com/2012/03/raid-at-cabantatuan-1945/
http://olive-drab.com/od_history_ww2_stories_1945cabanatuan.php
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/29/opinion/lauder-great-raid-cabanatuan-pow-camp-1945/

1950: Soviet Union recognizes the Vietnamese government of Ho Chi Minh

1951: The political commission of the United Nations says China is aggressor in Korea

1952: Korean truce talks hit stalemate
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/30/newsid_3396000/3396891.stm

1964: In Vietnam, military coup led by general Nguyen Khanh against General Duong Van Minh who proposed peace initiative with Hanoi and was opposed US domination over the war effort
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964_South_Vietnamese_coup

1968: The Tet offensive begins when Viet Cong forces launch a series of surprise attacks in South Vietnam
http://history1900s.about.com/od/1960s/qt/tetoffensive.htm
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/tet-offensive-begins
http://www.history.com/topics/vietnam-war/vietnam-war-history/videos/tet-offensive

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3PIcbx35mM&feature=related

1980: The PRC Foreign Ministry publishes a lenghthy statement entitled “China’s sovereignty over the Xisha and Nansha Island is indisputable” as a response to the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s  white paper “Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa”

1989: The American embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan closes

2010: China suspends military exchanges with Washington in protest of an approved 6.4 billion-dollar arms deal with Taiwan, calling the sale an obstacle to regional peace, according to state media


On 30 January in South Asian history

1948-01-30 Gandhi assassinat journal

ON 30 JANUARY IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “On (date + month) in South Asian history”

Updated on January 30, 2019

1889: Birth of Jaishankar Prasad, Hindi poet, dramatist and novelist who died on January 14, 1937
http://www.indianetzone.com/49/chhayavad_hindi_literature.htm

1910: Birth of Chidambaram Subramaniam, Indian politician, father of the Green Revolution in India, who died on November 7, 2000
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/chidambaram-subramaniam-biography.html
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/bharat-ratna-csubramaniam/article4037190.ece

1913: Birth of Amrita Sher-Gil, Indian painter who died on December 5, 1941
http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Amrita_Sher-Gil
http://www.fridakahlofans.com/amritafans.com/mainmenu.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYMKJjOmYCU

1948: The Mahatma Gandhi is assassinated by Nathuram Godse, an Hindu extremist
http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/gandhi.htm
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/30-january-1948-mahatma-gandhi-father-of-the-nation-was-assassinated
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/1002.html

1948-01-30 Nathuram Godse tue Gandhi

1968: Death of Makhanlal Chaturvedi, Indian poet, born on April 4, 1889
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/makhanlal-chaturvedi-biography.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makhanlal_Chaturvedi

1972: Pakistan withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations

1989: The American embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan closes

2009: Death of Neiliezhü Üsou, Indian preacher and theologian, born on July 7, 1941
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neiliezh%C3%BC_%C3%9Csou

2010: China suspends military exchanges with Washington in protest of an approved 6.4 billion-dollar arms deal with Taiwan, calling the sale an obstacle to regional peace, according to state media


2013: Myanmar’s authorities lift decades-old ban on public gatherings

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Authorities-lift-decades-old-ban-on-public-gatherings-27007.html

2014: A Bangladeshi court sentences Matiur Rahman Nizami, the leader of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party, and 13 others to death for arms smuggling
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/bangladesh-arms-smugglers-sentenced-death-2014130101339413268.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25962798


Holidays and observances

India: Martyrs’ Day