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On 9 May in Asian history

 

ON 9 MAY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 9, 2019

1147: Birth of Minamoto no Yorimoto, founder and first shogun of the Kamatura shogunate who died on 9 February 1199
http://www.samurai-archives.com/mny.html

1540: Birth of Maharana Pratap, Hindu ruler of Mewar who died on January 29, 1597
http://www.chittorgarh.com/maharana-pratap.asp
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/9-may-1540-maharana-pratap-indian-ruler-was-born

1593: A strong Chinese action, combined with strong efforts of Korean national hero Yi Sunshin (1545-1598) forces Japanese to leave Seoul
http://www.badassoftheweek.com/admiralyi.html

1849: Birth of Empress Shoken, also known as Empress Dowager Shoken, empress consort of Emperor Meiji of Japan who died on April 9, 1914
http://everything2.com/title/Empress+Shoken

1866: Birth of Gopal Krishna Gokhale, leader of Indian Independence Movement, who died on 19 February 1915
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/gopal-krishna-gokhale.html
http://www.liveindia.com/freedomfighters/29.html

1874: The first horse-drawn omnibus makes its debut in the city of Mumbay, plying on two routes

1914: Sneevliet founds Indische Sociaal-Democratische Vereeniging, would become PKI (Indonesian Communist Party)
http://www.iisg.nl/collections/sneevliet/life-2.php

1915: Following a Japanese ultimatum, Yuan Shikai accept the humiliating Japanese “21 Demands”
http://thediplomat.com/2015/01/china-japan-and-the-21-demands/
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4277.html

1932: Pu Yi becomes the puppet leader of Manchukuo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchukuo



1941: On board of Japanese cuirassier Natrri, Peace convention between France and Thailand is signed returning right side of the Mekong river Laotian and Cambodian territories to Thailand
http://www.ww2f.com/topic/12620-vichy-versus-asia-the-franco-siamese-war-of-1941/

1947: Birth of Yukiya Amano, Japanese diplomat, current Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
https://www.iaea.org/about/dg/biography

1951: During the War of Korea, air raid on Chinese positions at Yalu River

1953: French Government announces the appointment of General Henri-Eugene Navarre as Commander in Chief of the French Union Forces (FUF) in Indochina

1956: First ascent of Manaslu mount (Nepal), the world eighth-highest mountain, by a Japanese team
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manaslu

1956: A War Reparations and Peace Settlement between Philippines and Japan is signed at Malacañang Palace under Magsaysay administration, restauring the diplomatic relations

1958: Beijing cuts its commercial and cultural links with Japan

1963: Death of Vyner Brooke, third and final White Rajah of Sarawak (Borneo) from 1917 to 1946, born on 30 September 1874
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Vyner_Brooke

1964: Ngo Dinh Can, de facto ruler of central Vietnam under his brother President Ngo Dinh Diem before the family’s toppling, is executed. Born in 1911
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ngo_Dinh_Can
http://adst.org/2014/05/the-strange-case-of-ngo-dinh-can/

1965: The Chinese People’s Action Party (PAP) and four others political parties of the Federation of Malaysia ally in the Malaysian Solidarity Convention fighting the Malays preference in the country
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysian_Solidarity_Council

1970: 75,000 to 100,000 anti-Vietnam war protestors demonstrate in front of the White House
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/demonstrations-held-in-washington

1972: Birth of Megumi Odaka, Japanese actress and artist
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0643894/

1973: Birth of Chu Sang-mi, South Korean actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0160876/
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Choo_Sang_Mi

1977: Birth of Choi Jeong-yoon, South Korean actress
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Choi_Jeong-yoon.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGN-lUm5Vhg

1981: Birth of You Yokoyama, Japanese actor and singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yu_Yokoyama
http://saraineilan.wordpress.com/category/music/kanjani-8/you-yokoyama/

1983: Birth of Ryuhei Matsuda, Japanese actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryuhei_Matsuda

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2FuQRqebsw

1986: Death of sherpa Tenzing Norgay, the first man who, with Sir Edmund Hillary, has reached the summit of Mount Everest
http://www.tenzing-norgay.com/pages/tenzingnorgaysherpa.html

1989: Journalists petition the Chinese government for freedom of press

1993: Birth of Ryosuke Yamada, Japanese actor and singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryosuke_Yamada

1997: A former POW, Douglas Peterson,  is appointed first ambassador to Vietnam since 1975

1998: Death of Talat Mahmood, Indian singer and actor, born on February 24 1924
http://www.talatmahmood.net/

1999: Big demonstrations in China, after the May 7 bombing of China embassy in Belgrade
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/9/newsid_2519000/2519271.stm

1999-05-09 manif

2001: Indonesian military warn President Abdurraman Wahid not to dissolve the parliament in the purpose to escape impeachment procedure
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdurrahman_Wahid

2003: North Korea says it has a deterrent nuclear force as a self defense from the US threat

2007: Ex Malaysian prime minister Mahathir says that his successor (that he has himself pick up) do not deserve to lead the country

2008: North Korea hands in nuclear records to the US
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7392189.stm

2009: Official results in Indonesia’s parliamentary elections confirm the president’s Democrat Party in first place with 20.85% of the vote. Its two main rivals – the PDIP and Golkar – both trail with around 14% each of the vote
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8042095.stm

2011: Taiwan complains to the World Health Organization (WHO) for being described as a province of China in its internal documents

2011: Pakistan denies allegations of complicity or incompetence in the Osama bin Laden case. Prime minister says an inquiry, to be led by a top general, has been ordered
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/05/201159132239456367.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/10/world/asia/10pakistan.html?ref=asia
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13330909

2013: Bangladesh War Tribunal convicts Jamaat leader Mohammad Kamaruzzaman on charges of genocide and torture of unarmed civilians during 1971 war
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/2013595575783613.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22461129

2013: Japan protests to China over a newspaper article that called for a review of Japanese sovereignty over Okinawa
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22460810

2015 : North Korea carries out a successful underwater test of a ballistic missile
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/08/asia/north-korea-missile-test/index.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/05/09/n-korea-claims-successful-ballistic-missile-launch-from-submarine/

2015 : President Joko Widodo announces he is lifting restrictions on foreign journalists in Papua immediately, after signing off pardons for five political detainees held for over a decade in a prison in the restive eastern province
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32677259
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/10/world/asia/indonesia-president-pardons-prisoners-in-papua-province.html?ref=asia&_r=0

2016: Anti-establishment firebrand Rodrigo Duterte secured a huge win in the Philippine presidential elections, after an incendiary campaign dominated by his profanity-laced vows to kill criminals
https://www.france24.com/en/20160509-controversial-candidate-rodrigo-duterte-wins-philippine-presidential-election
https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/rodrigo-duterte-wins-philippine-presidential-election-poll-monitor-1404584

2017: Death of former foreign minister and vice-premier Qian Qichen who played key role in return of Hong Kong and Macau to China
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2093817/chinas-outstanding-former-top-diplomat-qian-qichen-dies
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1046297.shtml

2017 : Jakarta’s Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, is found guilty of blasphemy and sentenced to a two-year jail term
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2093544/jail-jakarta-governor-ahok-over-blasphemy-against-islam
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/09/christian-governor-of-jakarta-imprisoned-for-blasphemy

2017 : Left-leaning former human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in wins South Korea’s presidential election by a landslide
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2093638/moon-jae-projected-win-south-koreas-presidential-election
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170508000895

2018: Prime Minister Najib Razak is defeated  by Malaysia’s opposition alliance led by the country’s former authoritarian ruler Mahathir Mohamad, 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

Main news on Singapore

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9 MAY 2019

Singapore passes new law to police fake news despite concerns

After an intense debate, Singapore’s parliament has passed a sweeping « anti-fake news » bill despite concerns raised by journalists, academics and global technology companies over free speech and abuse of power
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/singapore-passes-law-police-fake-news-concerns-190509000809073.html
https://sso.agc.gov.sg/Bills-Supp/10-2019/Published/20190401?DocDate=20190401
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3009597/singapores-fake-news-law-lesson-asia-stifling-dissent

23 APRIL 2019

Heng Swee Keat becomes Singapore’s sole Deputy Prime Minister, paving the way for him to succeed Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore’s Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat on Tuesday was promoted to become the country’s sole Deputy Prime Minister, moving him closer to succeeding Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as the Lion City’s next leader
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3007312/heng-swee-keat-appointed-deputy-prime-minister-singapore
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/heng-swee-keat-to-be-appointed-deputy-prime-minister-dpms-teo-chee-hean-and-tharman

10 APRIL 2019

Is Lee Kuan Yew’s strategic vision for Singapore still relevant?

The thinking of Singapore’s late founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew has shaped the country’s foreign policy since its independence in 1965. But the world is changing with the shifting geopolitical balance of power, disruptions caused by digital technology, the rise of populism and the backlash against globalisation. Is Lee’s thinking and strategic vision still applicable in this new world?
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/04/10/is-lee-kuan-yews-strategic-vision-for-singapore-still-relevant/

25 FEBRUARY 2019

Meet the Republic of Singapore Navy’s new poison shrimp. They even call it ‘Invincible’

With the launch of RSS Invincible in Kiel, Singapore is the latest Asia-Pacific country to introduce new-generation submarines, riding on a persistent trend observed amongst regional navies in acquiring undersea capabilities
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/singapore-poison-shrimp-strategy-new-submarines-type-218sg-11260946

18 JANUARY 2019

Singapore former presidency candidate Tan Cheng Bock files application to form new political party

Former presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock on Friday (Jan 18) announced his return to politics, saying he has filed an application to form a new political party
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/tan-cheng-bock-new-political-party-progress-singapore-11138530
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/singapore-presidential-candidate-plans-opposition-part-190118052735825.html

6 DECEMBER 2018

Singapore extends its own port limits and says it will act firmly if Malaysian vessels continue to intrude

Singapore extended its own port limits in response to intrusions by Malaysian vessels into its waters and also sent out a strong warning: While the Republic has so far responded with restraint against aggressive actions by Malaysian government vessels in its waters, it will not hesitate to act firmly to protect its territory and sovereignty, if necessary
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/singapore-extends-port-limits-tuas-amid-maritime-boundary-standoff-msia

23 NOVEMBER 2018

Singapore finance minister Heng Swee Keat put in line to be next PM

Singapore’s ruling party on Friday named Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat to a key leadership post, possibly putting him in line to take over as prime minister when current leader Lee Hsien Loong steps down
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/heng-swee-keat-picked-as-paps-first-assistant-secretary-general-indicating-he-will-be-next
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/heng-swee-keat-man-who-saw-singapore-through-financial-crisis
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2174743/singapores-next-prime-minister-heng-swee-keat-safe-pair-hands

30 OCTOBER 2018

Singapore former opposition party chief Lim Tean forms new political party, People’s Voice

Mr Lim Tean, who used to head the opposition National Solidarity Party (NSP), has set up a new political party called the People’s Voice, making it the 11th political party in Singapore
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/former-opposition-party-chief-lim-tean-forms-new-political-party-peoples-voice

25 OCTOBER 2018

Leaders of Singapore’s only opposition party plea for funds to stave off bankruptcy in civil case

Leaders of Singapore’s only parliamentary opposition party have appealed to supporters for financial help, saying they face the risk of bankruptcy as costs mount in civil cases they are fighting
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2170220/leaders-singapores-only-opposition-party-plea-funds-stave
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/workers-party-mps-raise-close-s500000-day-after-public-appeal

23 OCTOBER 2018

Singapore and the EU fly the flag of free trade

At odds with US trade policy, Singapore and the EU champion multilateralism with an eye toward a broader deal with Southeast Asian economies
http://www.atimes.com/article/singapore-and-the-eu-fly-the-flag-of-free-trade/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=a99730b373-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_23_11_51&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-a99730b373-31591405

27 SEPTEMBER 2018

Singapore’s total population inches up to 5.64 million, after flat growth last year  

After posting the slowest growth in more than a decade last year, Singapore’s total population size has rebounded slightly, based on government statistics released on Thursday (Sept 27)
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/singapores-total-population-inches-564-million-after-flat-growth-last-year
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-s-population-grows-slightly-to-5-64m-with-non-resident-10763132

21 JULY 2018

Singapore navy takes leadership roles in largest global maritime exercise

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has again taken up leadership roles in the Rim of the Pacific (Rimpac) Exercise, the world’s largest international maritime exercise hosted by the United States Navy
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-navy-takes-leadership-roles-in-largest-global-maritime-exercise

14 JULY 2018

Amid pomp and pageantry, PM Lee gets front-row seat to Bastille Day parade  

In a first for a Singapore leader, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had a front-row seat to the French National Day parade on Saturday (July 14), joining a select group of world leaders accorded the rare honour
https://www.todayonline.com/world/amid-pomp-and-pageantry-pm-lee-gets-front-row-seat-bastille-day-parade
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/rsaf-takes-part-in-flypast-at-french-national-day-parade-with-pm-lee-as-guest-of-honour

12 JUNE 2018

Singapore signs enhanced defence cooperation pact with Germany

Singapore and Germany have deepened defence ties with an enhanced agreement that provides for cooperation against new forms of threats such as cyber-attacks and hybrid warfare
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-signs-enhanced-defence-cooperation-pact-with-germany

24 APRIL 2018

Singapore cabinet reshuffle: Younger ministers to head two-thirds of ministries, says PM Lee

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said that the « extensive » reshuffle to the Cabinet announced on Tuesday (Apr 24) means that the Singapore Government’s leadership transition is well underway
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/cabinet-reshuffle-younger-ministers-head-two-thirds-ministries-10171084
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2143147/what-singapores-cabinet-shake-reveals-about-plans-life-after-lee

8 APRIL 2018

Singapore, China sign MOU to boost collaboration in Belt and Road Initiative

Singapore and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Third-party Market Cooperation in Beijing on Sunday (Apr 8) to promote greater collaboration between Singapore and Chinese companies in third-party markets along the Belt and Road
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-china-sign-mou-collaboration-belt-and-road-initiative-10117042
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/singapore-and-china-sign-deal-to-boost-cooperation-on-belt-and-road-initiative

2 MARCH 2018

No need for Singapore to raise defence spending to ‘play catch-up’: Ng Eng Hen  

While Singapore has been outspent militarily in the last decade by its neighbours in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the Government does not foresee a spike in defence expenditure in the next 10 years, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said on Friday (March 2)
http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/no-need-spore-raise-defence-spending-play-catch-ng-eng-hen
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/defence-spending-kept-steady-despite-new-threats-ng-eng-hen-10005140

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Singapore economy clocks faster-than-expected growth of 3.6% in 2017

The Singapore economy grew 3.6 per cent last year, faster than initial estimates of 3.5 per cent, according to data released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Wednesday (Feb 14)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-economy-clocks-faster-than-expected-growth-of-3-6-in-9958302

23 JANUARY 2018

Major investments planned, says PM Lee as Singapore signs FTA with Sri Lanka

While Sri Lanka is in the process of negotiating free trade agreements (FTA) with several partners, Singapore is the first to complete one with them and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is “very glad” that negotiations went smoothly
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/major-investments-planned-says-pm-lee-as-singapore-signs-fta-9888114
http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/spore-and-sri-lanka-sign-fta-facilitate-greater-trade-flows
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-and-sri-lanka-sign-free-trade-agreement-9886990

26 DECEMBER 2017

Recalling Singapore’s forgotten unions

The long-ruling People’s Action Party first rose to power on the back of the working class – a once strong, now politically co-opted constituency
http://www.atimes.com/article/recalling-singapores-forgotten-unions/

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

5 OCTOBER 2017

No reason for Singapore to cut military ties with Taiwan, sources say

Singapore has no reason to end its military training programme with Taiwan even though the city state has strengthened military ties with Beijing, sources and observers say
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2114170/no-reason-singapore-cut-military-ties-taiwan-sources

22 SEPTEMBER 2017

Singapore and China to deepen defence ties with more bilateral exercises

Singapore and China will further deepen military ties, such as through stepping up bilateral exercises between the two countries’ navies and armies
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/singapore-and-china-reaffirm-commitment-to-deepen-defence-ties

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

Singapore to promote stronger Asean-China cooperation: PM Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore will promote stronger Asean-China cooperation during its chairmanship of the regional grouping next year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at a meeting with Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday (Sept 19), the first day of his visit to China
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/singapore-to-promote-stronger-asean-china-cooperation-pm-lee-hsien-loong
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/pm-lee-arrives-in-beijing-for-three-day-official-visit-to-china

11 SEPTEMBER 2017

Malay woman set to be Singapore president

Singapore is likely to have its first female president, with only one candidate qualifying Monday for an election limited to members of the minority Malay community
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SINGAPORE_PRESIDENT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-09-11-09-22-06
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/i-promise-to-do-the-best-that-i-can-to-serve-the-people-of-9205824

12 AUGUST 2017

Singapore committed to long-term relationship with Indonesia: DPM Teo

Singapore is committed to a long-term relationship with Indonesia and has worked on a good agenda for the upcoming Leaders’ Retreat next month, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said on Saturday (Aug 12) as he wrapped up a two-day working visit to Jakarta
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-committed-to-long-term-relationship-with-indonesia-dpm-9117690

14 JUNE 2017

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong denounced by siblings

The younger siblings of Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, have launched a scathing personal and political attack on him, saying they have lost confidence in him as a leader and accusing their “big brother omnipresent” of abusing his power
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/14/singapore-lee-hsien-loong-siblings-accuse-him-of-abusing-power
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2098224/siblings-singapore-pm-fear-their-safety-accusing-him-harassment
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40270152

12 JUNE 2017

First woman detained for radicalism in Singapore after she planned to join Islamic State

Police in Singapore have detained a preschool assistant who shared pro-Islamic State group materials online and intended to travel to Syria, their first arrest of a female Singaporean citizen alleged to be a sympathizer of the radical group, the Home Affairs Ministry said Monday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/first-woman-detained-for-radicalism-in-singapore-after-she-8938532
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SINGAPORE_ISLAMIC_STATE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-06-12-06-51-57

2 JUNE 2017

Singapore and China reaffirm defence ties on sidelines of Shangri-La Dialogue

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen met the leader of the Chinese delegation at this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue on Friday (June 2), as Singapore and China reaffirm « the warm and friendly bilateral defence relationship », which has steadily progressed over the years
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-and-china-reaffirm-defence-ties-on-sidelines-of-shangri-la-dialogue

25 MARCH 2017

 US gives asylum to Singapore teen dissident

Singaporean teen dissident Amos Yee has been granted asylum in the United States after a ruling that his prosecution and detention in the island state amounted to political persecution
http://www.atimes.com/article/us-gives-asylum-singapore-teen-dissident/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/amos-yee-asylum-prerogative-of-the-us-to-take-in-people-who/3625198.html

20 FEBRUARY 2017

Singapore Budget 2017 aims for innovative economy, quality environment and inclusive society

The Government’s Budget statement for financial year 2017 was delivered on Monday (Feb 20) by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat who outlined three main themes of economy, environment and society
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-budget-2017-aims-for-innovative-economy-quality/3534396.html

24 JANUARY 2017

Hong Kong to return seized armoured vehicles to Singapore

Hong Kong has agreed to return nine Singaporean armoured vehicles that it seized in transit from Taiwan two months ago, but is likely to prosecute the shipping company responsible
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2065027/hong-kong-return-singapores-seized-armoured-vehicles
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/detained-terrexes-to-return-to-singapore-mfa/3462672.html

22 JANUARY 2017

Are China-Singapore relations about to thaw?

Foreign policy experts say bilateral ties look likely to thaw sooner rather than later after Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin’s ( 劉振民 ) visit to the island republic this week for a scheduled meeting with its foreign policy bureaucrats
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2063656/are-china-singapore-relations-about-thaw

9 DECEMBER 2017

Singapore PM Lee asks Hong Kong leader for immediate return of sized military vehicules

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has asked Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung for the immediate return of the military vehicles that have been held at a Hong Kong port since November, said Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in Parliament
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/pm-lee-asked-hong-kong-leader-for-immediate-return-of-terrexes/3424088.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2060547/beijing-urges-caution-handling-singapores-seized

5 DECEMBER 2016

8 things you should know about Singapore’s wealth gap

The gap between the wealthy and the poor is widening, and in countries like Singapore it is more and more being recognised as a cause for concern
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/8-things-you-should-know-about-singapore-s-wealth-gap/3343884.html

28 NOVEMBER 2016

China lodges protest with Singapore after military vehicles seized by Hong Kong customs

The row between China and Singapore over the impounding of the city state’s military vehicles in Hong Kong escalated as Beijing lodged a diplomatic protest ­on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2049769/china-lodges-protest-singapore-after-military-vehicles
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/china-makes-representations-to-singapore-over-troop-carriers-in/3324464.html
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2049803/china-has-always-kept-mum-singapores-defence-ties-taipei-so

7 OCTOBER 2016

Indonesia moves closer to ratifying maritime border treaty with Singapore

Indonesian lawmakers are in the final stages of ratifying a treaty demarcating the maritime boundaries in the eastern stretch of the Singapore Strait
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-moves-closer-to-ratifying-maritime-border-treaty-with/3187408.html

4 OCTOBER 2016

PM Lee meets Modi, says Singapore and India committed to deepening ties

Singapore and India are committed to deepening their bilateral relationship and are keen to work together in several areas such as developing smart cities and skills training, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong after meeting with his India counterpart Narendra Modi on Tuesday (Oct 4)
http://www.straitstimes.com/politics/pm-lee-meets-modi-says-singapore-and-india-committed-to-deepening-ties

1 OCTOBER 2016

What’s really making Beijing angry with Singapore?

The argument between Singapore’s ambassador to China and the editor-in-chief of the nationalistic Chinese tabloid Global Times is less about specific actions and deeds as it is about Beijing’s growing disappointment with the tiny Asian city-state
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/2024089/whats-really-making-beijing-angry-singapore
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-pm-lee-hsien-loong-053016886.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-should-make-singapore-pay-over-south-china-sea-dispute-says-pla-defence-adviser

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

Singapore’s Road to Multiculturalism

A national poll released a few weeks ago found most Singaporeans try to live out multiracial ideals and believe in meritocracy. More than seven in 10 Singaporeans believe personal success is independent of race or ethnicity
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/success-is-independent-of/3036556.html

22 AUGUST 2016

Singapore Former President S R Nathan dies, aged 92

Singapore’s longest-serving president S R Nathan has died peacefully at Singapore General Hospital at 9.48pm, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Monday night (Aug 22). He was 92.
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/former-president-sr-nathan-dies-aged-92
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/s-r-nathan-the/3064912.html

29 JULY 2016

Singapore will continue to help US engage Asia: Foreign Minister Balakrishnan

Ahead of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s official visit to the United States, Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan spoke to Channel NewsAsia’s Nicholas Fang on the significance of the visit. In the first part, Dr Balakrishnan discussed the deep bilateral ties between Singapore and the US. In the second part of the interview, he discussed the future of the relationship between the two countries, and Singapore’s role in helping the US engage Asia.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/singapore-will-continue/2996850.htm

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

22 JUNE 2016

Singapore puts purchase of US$1 billion military chopper on hold after Super Puma crash

Singapore has delayed a decision on a US$1 billion helicopter purchase after the crash in April of a civilian Airbus Super Puma whose military version was the front-runner to clinch the order, sources familiar with the matter said
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1978937/singapore-puts-purchase-us1-billion-military-chopper-hold

16 MAY 2016

The lion and the kangaroo: Australia’s strategic partnership with Singapore

 In this Lowy Institute Analysis, International Security Program Director Dr Euan Graham examines the strategic value and potential of the Australia–Singapore Comprehensive Strategic Partnership
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/lion-and-kangaroo-australia%E2%80%99s-strategic-partnership-singapore

3 MAY 2016

In Singapore, eight Bangladeshis detained under Internal Security Act

The eight were members of a clandestine group called Islamic State in Bangladesh, and were planning attacks in Bangladesh, says the Ministry of Home Affairs.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/8-bangladeshis-detained/2751578.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36191987

29 APRIL 2016

Singapore Boosts Ties With Israel in Historic Visit

In part due sensitivities about how such a visit might be seen by Singapore’s larger, Muslim-majority neighbors, a visit by a Singaporean leader has never taken place despite the extremely close security cooperation between both countries. The visit is the first by a Singaporean Prime Minister since diplomatic ties were established between both countries in 1969
http://thediplomat.com/2016/04/singapore-boosts-ties-with-israel-in-historic-visit/

6 APRIL 2016

Singapore’s migrant domestic workers face food rationing, long hours and sexual abuse

More than 230,000 migrant women are employed in the city-state of Singapore
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-04-06/singapores-migrant-domestic-workers-face-food-rationing-long-hours-and-sexual-abuse/1566404

14 MARCH 2016

Singapore versus Hong Kong

Singapore and Hong Kong have long been rivals for the crown of Asia’s best city. But Singapore has now crept well ahead of Hong Kong, a trend that is bound to continue, writes John West.
http://www.asiancenturyinstitute.com/economy/1095-singapore-versus-hong-kong

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Singapore is Asia’s best city for expats, says new Survey

An annual survey measuring quality of living ranked Singapore as the top city in Asia, and 26th globally out of 230 cities.
http://business.asiaone.com/news/singapore-most-liveable-country-asia-pacific-region

24 FEBRUARY 2016

Singapore economy grew 2% in 2015, weakest since 2009

The Republic’s economy expanded by 2 per cent in 2015, the weakest annual growth since 2009 when the economy was hit by the global financial crisis, according to figures released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Wednesday (Feb 24).
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-economy-grew-2/2543540.html

28 JANUARY 2016

Lee Hsien Loong says Singapore will allow more opposition lawmakers

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has mooted several changes in the republic’s political system, which include changes to the Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) scheme, the Group Representation Constituencies (GRC) system, and the Elected Presidency system
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/01/singapore-politics/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/parliament-mps-react-to/2465800.html

27 JANUARY 2016

Singapore remains least corrupt country in Asia; North Korea most corrupt

Singapore is still the least corrupt country in Asia, while North Korea remains the most corrupt, according to anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2015.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/01/asia-corruption-2015/

20 JANUARY 2016

Singapore deported 27 men who planned Jihad in Bangladesh

27 male Bangladeshi nationals who were radicalised and supported extremist beliefs have been arrested under the Internal Security Act. http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/01/20/singapore-says-deported-men-planned-jihad-in-bangladesh
http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/27-radicalised-bangladeshis-arrested-under-isa-mha

 

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9 MAY 2019

Malaysian PM says no timetable for handing over power

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad defended his government’s record on the anniversary of its election victory Thursday and reiterated he will hand over power to his successor Anwar Ibrahim though he wasn’t clear on when
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/221/12/160/1557391380337.html?newsId=82299
https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/05/09/i-am-an-interim-pm-dr-m-says-may-stay-on-for-three-years-before-anwar-takes/1751355

19 APRIL 2019

Malaysia negotiating to buy military assets through barter: Defence Minister

Malaysia is negotiating with several countries to acquire military assets through barter trade, said Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu on Friday (Apr 19)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-negotiating-to-buy-military-assets-through-barter-11461768
https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/04/19/malaysia-negotiating-to-buy-military-equipment-through-barter-system-says-m/1744948

12 APRIL 2019

Malaysia to go ahead with China-backed East Coast Rail link

Malaysia on Friday said it had a signed a fresh deal to proceed with the stalled China-backed East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), after months of false starts and contradictory statements from Prime Minister
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/3005831/malaysia-decide-today-stalled-china-backed-east-coast-rail

5 APRIL 2019

Malaysia U-turns on decision to join war crimes court after political pressure

Malaysia will no longer join the International Criminal Court (ICC), said Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday (Apr 5), citing political pressure and « confusion among the rulers »
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-u-turn-icc-not-ratifying-rome-statute-mahathir-pressure-11416980
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2019/04/476540/dr-m-malaysia-withdraws-rome-statute-due-smear-campaigns
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/malaysia-backtracks-decision-join-icc-190405102217112.html

3 APRIL 2019

Malaysia ex-PM Najib pleads not guilty to all charges as trial starts

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak appeared in court Wednesday for the start of his corruption trial, exactly 10 years after he was first elected to office only to suffer a spectacular defeat last year on allegations he pilfered millions of dollars from a state investment fund. He pleaded not guilty to all charges as the trial begun
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/malaysia-ex-pm-najib-pleads-not-guilty-to-all-charges-as-trial-starts-1.1554275712421
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/03/asia/malaysia-1mdb-najib-razak-jho-low-yacht-intl/index.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-03/former-malaysian-prime-minister-najib-razak-faces-jail/10797958?section=world

9 MARCH 2019

Malaysian man gets 10 years in prison for insulting Islam on Facebook

The sentence of 10 years and 10 months is believed to be the harshest such penalty on record in the Muslim-majority country
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/190309143611139.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2189352/malaysian-jailed-more-10-years-insulting-islam-social-media

24 FEBRUARY 2019

Malaysia’s GDP to expand 4.9% this year, no risk of deflation: Finance minister

Malaysia’s economy is going strong and the gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to expand a further 4.9 per cent in 2019 even with a decline in inflationary pressure, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng on Sunday (Feb 24)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-s-gdp-to-expand-4-9-this-year-no-risk-of-deflation-11284496

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

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 9 May in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 9 MAY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 9, 2019

1593: A strong Chinese action, combined with strong efforts of Korean national hero Yi Sunshin (1545-1598) forces Japanese to leave Seoul
http://www.badassoftheweek.com/admiralyi.html

1915: Following a Japanese ultimatum, Yuan Shikai accept the humiliating Japanese “21 Demands”
http://thediplomat.com/2015/01/china-japan-and-the-21-demands/
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4277.html

1932: Pu Yi becomes the puppet leader of Manchukuo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchukuo



 1941: On board of Japanese cuirassier Natrri, Peace convention between France and Thailand is signed returning right side of the Mekong river Laotian and Cambodian territories to Thailand
http://www.ww2f.com/topic/12620-vichy-versus-asia-the-franco-siamese-war-of-1941/

1951: During the War of Korea, air raid on Chinese positions at Yalu River

1953: French Government announces the appointment of General Henri-Eugene Navarre as Commander in Chief of the French Union Forces (FUF) in Indochina

1956: A War Reparations and Peace Settlement between Philippines and Japan is signed at Malacañang Palace under Magsaysay administration, restauring the diplomatic relations

1970: 75,000 to 100,000 anti-Vietnam war protestors demonstrate in front of the White House
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/demonstrations-held-in-washington

1997: A former POW, Douglas Peterson,  is appointed first ambassador to Vietnam since 1975

2003: North Korea says it has a deterrent nuclear force as a self defense from the US threat

2008: North Korea hands in nuclear records to the US
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7392189.stm

2011: Pakistan denies allegations of complicity or incompetence in the Osama bin Laden case. Prime minister says an inquiry, to be led by a top general, has been ordered
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/05/201159132239456367.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/10/world/asia/10pakistan.html?ref=asia
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13330909

2013: Japan protests to China over a newspaper article that called for a review of Japanese sovereignty over Okinawa
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22460810

On 9 May in South Asian history

ON 9 MAY IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

Updated on May 9, 2019

1540: Birth of Maharana Pratap, Hindu ruler of Mewar who died on January 29, 1597
http://www.chittorgarh.com/maharana-pratap.asp
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/9-may-1540-maharana-pratap-indian-ruler-was-born

1866: Birth of Gopal Krishna Gokhale, leader of Indian Independence Movement, who died on 19 February 1915
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/gopal-krishna-gokhale.html
http://www.liveindia.com/freedomfighters/29.html

1874: The first horse-drawn omnibus makes its debut in the city of Mumbay, plying on two routes

1956: First ascent of Manaslu mount (Nepal), the world eighth-highest mountain, by a Japanese team
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manaslu

1986: Death of sherpa Tenzing Norgay, the first man who, with Sir Edmund Hillary, has reached the summit of Mount Everest
http://www.tenzing-norgay.com/pages/tenzingnorgaysherpa.html

1998: Death of Talat Mahmood, Indian singer and actor, born on February 24 1924
http://www.talatmahmood.net/

2011: Pakistan denies allegations of complicity or incompetence in the Osama bin Laden case. Prime minister says an inquiry, to be led by a top general, has been ordered
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/05/201159132239456367.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/10/world/asia/10pakistan.html?ref=asia
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13330909

2013: Bangladesh Jamaat leader sentenced to death. War tribunal convicts Mohammad Kamaruzzaman on charges of genocide and torture of unarmed civilians during 1971 war
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/2013595575783613.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22461129

On 9 May in Southeast Asian history

ON 9 MAY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 9, 2019

1914: Sneevliet founds Indische Sociaal-Democratische Vereeniging, would become PKI (Indonesian Communist Party)
http://www.iisg.nl/collections/sneevliet/life-2.php

1941: On board of Japanese cuirassier Natrri, Peace convention between France and Thailand is signed returning right side of the Mekong river Laotian and Cambodian territories to Thailand
http://www.ww2f.com/topic/12620-vichy-versus-asia-the-franco-siamese-war-of-1941/

1953: French Government announces the appointment of General Henri-Eugene Navarre as Commander in Chief of the French Union Forces (FUF) in Indochina

1956: A War Reparations and Peace Settlement between Philippines and Japan is signed at Malacañang Palace under Magsaysay administration, restauring the diplomatic relations

1963: Death of Vyner Brooke, third and final White Rajah of Sarawak (Borneo) from 1917 to 1946, born on 30 September 1874
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Vyner_Brooke

1964: Ngo Dinh Can, de facto ruler of central Vietnam under his brother President Ngo Dinh Diem before the family’s toppling, is executed. Born in 1911
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ngo_Dinh_Can
http://adst.org/2014/05/the-strange-case-of-ngo-dinh-can/

1965: The Chinese People’s Action Party (PAP) and four others political parties of the Federation of Malaysia ally in the Malaysian Solidarity Convention fighting the Malays preference in the country
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysian_Solidarity_Council

1970: 75,000 to 100,000 anti-Vietnam war protestors demonstrate in front of the White House
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/demonstrations-held-in-washington

1997: A former POW, Douglas Peterson,  is appointed first ambassador to Vietnam since 1975

2001: Indonesian military warn President Abdurraman Wahid not to dissolve the parliament in the purpose to escape impeachment procedure
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdurrahman_Wahid

2007: Ex Malaysian prime minister Mahathir says that his successor (that he has himself pick up) do not deserve to lead the country

2009: Official results in Indonesia’s parliamentary elections confirm the president’s Democrat Party in first place with 20.85% of the vote. Its two main rivals – the PDIP and Golkar – both trail with around 14% each of the vote
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8042095.stm

2015 : President Joko Widodo announces he is lifting restrictions on foreign journalists in Papua immediately, after signing off pardons for five political detainees held for over a decade in a prison in the restive eastern province
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Jokowi-signals-reconciliation-with-restive-Papua-p-74910.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32677259 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/10/world/asia/indonesia-president-pardons-prisoners-in-papua-province.html?ref=asia&_r=0

2016: Anti-establishment firebrand Rodrigo Duterte secured a huge win in the Philippine presidential elections, after an incendiary campaign dominated by his profanity-laced vows to kill criminals
https://www.france24.com/en/20160509-controversial-candidate-rodrigo-duterte-wins-philippine-presidential-election
https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/rodrigo-duterte-wins-philippine-presidential-election-poll-monitor-1404584

2017 : Jakarta’s Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, is found guilty of blasphemy and sentenced to a two-year jail term
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2093544/jail-jakarta-governor-ahok-over-blasphemy-against-islam
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/09/christian-governor-of-jakarta-imprisoned-for-blasphemy

2018: Prime Minister Najib Razak is defeated  by Malaysia’s opposition alliance led by the country’s former authoritarian ruler Mahathir Mohamad, 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

 

On 9 May in Japan’s history

ON 9 MAY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on May 9, 2019

1147: Birth of Minamoto no Yorimoto, founder and first shogun of the Kamatura shogunate who died on 9 February 1199
http://www.samurai-archives.com/mny.html

1593: A strong Chinese action, combined with strong efforts of Korean national hero Yi Sunshin (1545-1598) forces Japanese to leave Seoul
http://www.badassoftheweek.com/admiralyi.html

1849: Birth of Empress Shoken, also known as Empress Dowager Shoken, empress consort of Emperor Meiji of Japan who died on April 9, 1914
http://everything2.com/title/Empress+Shoken

1915: Following a Japanese ultimatum, Yuan Shikai accept the humiliating Japanese “21 Demands”
http://thediplomat.com/2015/01/china-japan-and-the-21-demands/
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4277.html

1932: Pu Yi becomes the puppet leader of Manchukuo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchukuo




1941: On board of Japanese cuirassier Natrri, Peace convention between France and Thailand is signed returning right side of the Mekong river Laotian and Cambodian territories to Thailand
http://www.ww2f.com/topic/12620-vichy-versus-asia-the-franco-siamese-war-of-1941/

1947: Birth of Yukiya Amano, Japanese diplomat, current Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
https://www.iaea.org/about/dg/biography

1956: A War Reparations and Peace Settlement between Philippines and Japan is signed at Malacañang Palace under Magsaysay administration, restauring the diplomatic relations

1958: Beijing cuts its commercial and cultural links with Japan

1972: Birth of Megumi Odaka, Japanese actress and artist
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0643894/

1981: Birth of You Yokoyama, Japanese actor and singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yu_Yokoyama
http://saraineilan.wordpress.com/category/music/kanjani-8/you-yokoyama/

1983: Birth of Ryuhei Matsuda, Japanese actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryuhei_Matsuda

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2FuQRqebsw

1993: Birth of Ryosuke Yamada, Japanese actor and singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryosuke_Yamada

2013: Japan protests to China over a newspaper article that called for a review of Japanese sovereignty over Okinawa.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22460810

On 9 May in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

1999-05-09 manif

ON 9 MAY IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

Updated on May 9, 2019

1593: A strong Chinese action, combined with strong efforts of Korean national hero Yi Sunshin (1545-1598) forces Japanese to leave Seoul
http://www.badassoftheweek.com/admiralyi.html

1915: Following a Japanese ultimatum, Yuan Shikai accept the humiliating Japanese “21 Demands”
http://thediplomat.com/2015/01/china-japan-and-the-21-demands/
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4277.html

1932: Pu Yi becomes the puppet leader of Manchukuo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchukuo



1951: During the War of Korea, air raid on Chinese positions at Yalu River

1958: Beijing cuts its commercial and cultural links with Japan

1989: Journalists petition the Chinese government for freedom of press

1999: Big demonstrations in China, after the May 7 bombing of China embassy in Belgrade
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/9/newsid_2519000/2519271.stm

1999-05-09 manif

2011: Taiwan complains to the World Health Organization (WHO) for being described as a province of China in its internal documents

2013: Japan has protests to China over a newspaper article that called for a review of Japanese sovereignty over Okinawa.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22460810

2017: Death of former foreign minister and vice-premier Qian Qichen who played key role in return of Hong Kong and Macau to China
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2093817/chinas-outstanding-former-top-diplomat-qian-qichen-dies
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1046297.shtml