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19 JULY 2018

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

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

17 JULY 2018

Malaysian king calls for unity amid racial tensions

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

16 JULY 2018

Malaysian lawmakers take oath, including indicted ex-leader

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

5 JULY 2018

Malaysia halts $22 billion China-backed deals

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

3 JULY 2018

Malaysia 1MDB scandal: Ex-PM Najib Razak arrested

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

30 JUNE 2018

Former Malaysian DPM Zahid wins Umno presidential race

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

13 JUNE 2018

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

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

28 MAY 2018

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

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

24 MAY 2018

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

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

18 MAY 2018

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

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

16 MAY 2018

Malaysia’s reformist icon Anwar freed, given royal pardon

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

12 MAY 2018

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

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

10 MAY 2018

Mahathir Mohamad sworn in as Malaysia’s PM

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

9 MAY 2018

Prime Minister Najib Razak defeated as opposition claims victory in Malaysia

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

5 MAY 2018

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

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

2 MAY 2018

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

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

25 APRIL 2018

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

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

14 APRIL 2018

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

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

10 APRIL 2018

Malaysia to hold general elections on May 9

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

6 APRIL 2018

Malaysian PM dissolves parliament, calls for election

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

5 APRIL 2018

Mahathir Mohamad’s political party provisionally dissolved

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

2 APRIL 2018

Malaysia approves anti-fake news bill ahead of elections

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

27 MARCH 2018

Malaysia Tries to Redistrict the Opposition to Oblivion

26 MARCH 2018

Malaysia proposes 10 years’ jail for ‘fake news’

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

23 MARCH 2018

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

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

20 FEBRUARY 2018

Malaysian artist Fahmi Reza jailed for mocking Prime Minister Najib Razak

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

7 JANUARY 2018

Mahathir named Malaysian opposition’s prime minister pick

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

4 JANUARY 2018

Malaysia says unlikely to meet 2020 balanced budget goal

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

2 DECEMBER 2017

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

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

24 NOVEMBER 2017

Johor sultan supports Malaysia’s Pedra Branca challenge

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

23 NOVEMBER 2017

Kuala Lumpur crowned the most expat-friendly city in Asia

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

2 NOVEMBER 2017

Malaysian royals call for Mahathir to be focus of sedition inquiry

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

27 OCTOBER 2017

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

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

18 OCTOBER 2017

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

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

17 OCTOBER 2017

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

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

28 SEPTEMBER 2017

Malaysia bans travel to N.Korea

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

16 SEPTEMBER 2017

Why Najib’s Washington visit was a success

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

27 AUGUST 2017

The story of Malaysia through its constitution

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

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

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

17 JUNE 2017

Jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim withdraws as PM candidate

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

11 MAY 2017

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

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

24 APRIL 2017

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

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

5 APRIL 2017

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

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

28 MARCH 2017

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

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

9 MARCH 2017

Malaysia and North Korea – a friendship on ice

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

7 MARCH 2017

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

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

4 MARCH 2017

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

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

1 MARCH 2017

Legendary Malaysian actor Jins Shamsuddin dies at 81

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

18 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

9 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Malaysia reopens Pedra Branca island row with Singapore after a decade

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

20 JANUARY 2017

Malaysia’s economy in 2016

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

18 JANUARY 2017

Malaysian court revives clemency option for jailed leader Anwar Ibrahim

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

14 JANUARY 2017

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

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

14 DECEMBER 2016

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar loses final bid for freedom

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

29 NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

26 NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

19 NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

18 NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

14 NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

1 NOVEMBER 2016

Malaysia and China sign deals on navy vessels

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

31 OCTOBER 2016

Washington’s untapped influence in Myanmar

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

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

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

14 OCTOBER 2016

Sultan of Kelantan named new Malaysian king

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

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Malaysia admits armed forces under probe for IS links

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

19 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

9 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

27 AUGUST 2016

Malaysian protesters call for PM’s arrest

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

9 AUGUST 2016

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

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

1st AUGUST 2016

Malaysia’s controversial National Security Council Act kicks in

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

29 JULY 2016

UN rights body raps Malaysian govt over security law

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

18 JULY 2016

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

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

16 JULY 2016

Sacked Malaysian DPM Muhyiddin backs Dr Mahathir’s new party

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

15 JULY 2016

Opposition hopes for better days with Mahathir’s new party

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

30 JUNE 2016

Influential Malaysian opposition politician Lim Guan Eng charged on graft charges

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

27 JUNE 2016

Malaysian PM reshuffles cabinet amid speculation of snap poll

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

24 JUNE 2016

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

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

21 JUNE 2016

Malaysia opposition PKR politician shot dead in Sarawak

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

18 JUNE 2016

Embattled PM’s coalition wins by-elections in Malaysia

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

31 MAY 2016

Malaysia Warns Philippines’ Duterte Against ‘Reigniting’ Sabah Dispute

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

27 MAY 2016

‘Talibanization’ for Malaysia?

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

16 MAY 2016

Malaysian activist Hishamuddin Rais escapes prison sentence for sedition

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

12 MAY 2016

Malaysia PM stresses unity at UMNO 70th anniversary célébrations

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

5 MAY 2016

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines reach agreement to coordinate maritime security

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

4 MAY 2016

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar awarded Cartooning for Peace Prize

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

29 APRIL 2016

Malaysia plans to force blogs, news sites to register

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

15 APRIL 2016

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

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

23 MARCH 2016

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

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

4 MARCH 2016

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

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

29 FEBRUARY 2016

Former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohammad quits UMNO, again

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

3 FEBRUARY 2016

Malaysia PM tightens grip on ruling party after critic toppled

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

30 JANUARY 2016

Swiss prosecutor asks Malaysia to help investigate 1MDB fund irregularities

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

26 JANUARY 2016

Malaysian PM cleared of wrongdoing in $700 million scandal

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

23 JANUARY 2016

Malaysian rally denounces TPP

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

14 JANUARY 2016

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

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

9 JANUARY 2016

Can Malaysia revive its economy in 2016?

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

12 DECEMBER 2015

Malaysian PM emerges with firm grip on party

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

5 DECEMBER 2015

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

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

4 DECEMBER 2015

Malaysia enacts security law amid protests

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

3 DECEMBER 2015

Rights group condemns proposed Malaysia security bill

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

18 NOVEMBER 2015

Can China Rebuild Its ‘Special Relationship’ With Malaysia?

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

2 NOVEMBER 2015

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

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

16 OCTOBER 2015

Malaysia arrests hacker for supplying US targets to Islamic State

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

5 OCTOBER 2015

Myanmar president sued in US over Rohingya abuse

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

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

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

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

22 SEPTEMBER 2015

Malaysian opposition forms new alliance

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

16 SEPTEMBER 2015

Malaysian police fire water cannons at pro-government protesters

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

30 AUGUST 2015

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

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

27 AUGUST 2015

Malaysia to block websites promoting anti-government rally this weekend

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

4 AUGUST 2015

Questions persist in Malaysia donations case

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

28 JULY 2015

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

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

24 JULY 2015

Malaysia suspends newspaper over ‘prejudicial’ 1MDB reports

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

5 JULY 2015

Task force to probe alleged Malaysia PM money trail

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

16 JUNE 2015

Historic Malaysian opposition alliance falls apart

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

10 JUNE 2015

Malaysia goverment maintains marital rape not criminal

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

1 JUNE 2015

Malaysia Airlines CEO says carrier is ‘technically bankrupt’

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

23 MAY 2015

Myanmar signs off controversial pregnancy law

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

18 MAY 2015

 Anwar’s wife Wan Azizah takes helm of Malaysian opposition

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

7 MAY 2015

Anwar’s wife replaces him once again in Malaysian parliament

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

3 MAY 2015

UN urges Myanmar to ensure press freedom during élections

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

21 APRIL 2015

Malaysia urged to punish Muslims for forcing church to remove cross

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

19 APRIL 2015

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

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

7 APRIL 2015

Malaysia passes controversial anti-terror Bill

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

31 MARCH 2015

Malaysia holds journalists under sedition law

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

30 MARCH 2015

Malaysia unveils anti-terror bill aimed at Islamic State supporters

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

16 MARCH 2015

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

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

7 MARCH 2017

Thousands of Malaysia demonstrators demand opposition leader’s release

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

22 FEBRUARY 2015

Malaysia : PKR’s Nik Nazmi arrested over pro-Anwar rally

Police arrested PKR Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad late this evening for joining a rally yesterday in support of jailed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that saw two activists detained
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/pkrs-nik-nazmi-arrested-at-home
http://www.nst.com.my/node/73652

12 FEBRUARY 2015

The spiritual leader of Malaysia’s opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat has died at age 84.

Nik Aziz, a revered leader in PAS, had served as Kelantan chief minister for more than two décades.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pas-spiritual-leader-nik/1654910.html
http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/nik-aziz-an-obituary

10 FEBRUARY 2015

Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysian opposition leader loses final appeal to sodomy conviction, sentenced to five years’ jail

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has lost his final appeal against a conviction and been sentenced to five years in jail for sodomy.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-02-10/anwar-ibrahim-malaysian-opposition-leader-loses-final-appeal-to-sodomy-conviction-sentenced-to-five-/1413903
http://www.euronews.com/2015/02/10/malaysia-overwhelming-evidence-sees-anwar-ibrahim-s-sodomy-conviction-upheld/
http://www.nst.com.my/node/72443

6 FEBRUARY 2015

Malaysia, Indonesia to solve sea spats

The leaders of Malaysia and Indonesia on Friday pledged renewed efforts to resolve stubborn disputes over maritime borders that have long nagged at one of Southeast Asia’s most important bilateral relationships.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/468306/malaysia-indonesia-to-seek-resolution-of-maritime-disputes

9 JANUARY 2015

Death of Former Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Yaakub, born on January 3, 1928

The 88 year old, held office as the fourth head of state between April 2, 1981 and April 2, 1985
http://www.nst.com.my/node/69087

27 DECEMBER 2014

At least 160,000 evacuated in Malaysia due to flooding

Footage shot from helicopters shows the widespread flooding across Malaysia after heavy rain caused water levels to rise, submerging houses and causing widespread devastation.The number of people evacuated due to the floods jumped to more than 160,000 on Saturday. Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak has come under criticism for his absence during the crisis
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/dec/27/160000-evacuated-malaysia-due-flooding-video
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/12/severe-flooding-hits-southeast-asia-201412275647819859.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30609549

23 DECEMBER 2014

Malaysia and China hold first-ever joint military exercise

The Malaysian Armed Forces and China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) began their first-ever bilateral military exercise yesterday to mark 40 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Malaysia-and-China-hold-first-ever-joint-military–69370.html

21 DECEMBER 2014

Malaysia to charge S$7.60 entry fee for foreign vehicles from Singapore

Motorists with foreign-registered vehicles entering Johor Bahru from Singapore will have to pay a Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee of RM20 (S$7.55) from the middle of next year
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-to-charge-s-7-60/1541870.html

19 DECEMBER 2014

Malaysia’s Defense Budget: A Push to the East

Malaysia’s national security focus is shifting to its eastern state of Sabah, evidenced by the money, personnel, and equipment allocated to the state in the 2015 defense budget. This shift comes in response to incidents along Sabah’s long and porous maritime border with the insecure islands of the southern Philippines. It also belies the deep distrust between the two neighbors over border issues. Malaysia’s interests in the South China Sea also come into play given that the realignment of men and materiel will allow greater force projection into the area.
http://cogitasia.com/malaysias-defense-budget-a-push-to-the-east/

15 DECEMBER 2014

UMNO Revolt against Malaysia PM

Mahathir attempt to overthrow Najib may be gaining traction
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/malaysia-pm-attacked-party-member/

14 DECEMBER 2014

A new era in China-Malaysia relations

Cementing four decades of diplomatic relations with a commitment to address regional security issues, the home ministry has made great strides forward in fostering strong collaborations with China
http://www.asianewsnet.net/A-new-era-in-China-Msia-relations-69016.html

11 DECEMBER 2014

26,000 millionaires in Malaysia

Malaysia has over 26,000 high net worth individuals (HNWI’s) or millionaires according to WealthInsight.
http://www.nst.com.my/node/61465

2 DECEMBER 2014

The Thai government recognises Malaysia’s role as the facilitator for peace efforts in southern Thailand, said Najib Razak
http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/12/02/Thai-PM-gives-assurance/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/446530/thailand-malaysia-set-peace-talks-conditions

27 NOVEMBER 2014

Malaysia leader Najib Razak reverses pledge to scrap sedition law

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says a colonial-era law curbing free speech will be retained and strengthened, backpedaling on a pledge two years ago to abolish the law as part of political reforms.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30222711
http://asiancorrespondent.com/128586/malaysia-leader-najib-razak-reverses-pledge-to-scrap-sedition-law/

19 OCTOBER 2014

Malaysia’s Sedition Act crackdown ‘chilling’ free speech

The crackdown, accelerating in recent weeks, is widely seen as an attempt by Malaysia’s longtime regime to reverse years of increasingly boisterous speech that has coincided with tremendous electoral gains by the opposition.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/438419/malaysia-sedition-act-crackdown-chilling-free-speech

17 OCTOBER 2014

Malaysia wins Security Council seat

Malaysia, which will represent the Asia-Pacific region, will use its two-year term to focus on advocating for peace, promoting mediation and enhancing peacekeeping operations, Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said after the vote was cast.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/438090/malaysia-among-5-nonpermanent-members-elected-to-un-security-council
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Malaysia’s-stand-in-moderation-helped-country-cl-66032.html

6 Myanmar journalists jailed over report: Press group

Six Myanmar journalists have been jailed by a Yangon court for « state defamation », the country’s interim press council said Friday, amid mounting concern over a roll back of press freedom in the former junta-run state
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/fresh-clashes-hong-kong-pro-democracy-activists-regroup

7 OCTOBER 2014

Two million M’sian families surviving on less than US$919.44 a month

Malaysia’s average household income may have risen by some 10 per cent in the last five years but there are still two million families living on less than 3,000 ringgit (US$919.44) a month, minister in the prime minister’s department Abdul Wahid Omar told Parliament Tuesday.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Two-million-Msian-families-surviving-on-less-than–65521.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

Malaysian law lecturer arrested for sedition

Azmi Sharom becomes the ninth person arrested this year for what many observers say are politically-related reasons.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/09/malaysian-law-lecturer-arrested-sedition-20149351946377570.html

19 AUGUST 2014

Lawyer for Malaysian Opposition Leader Is Charged With Sedition

A lawyer for the Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was charged with sedition on Tuesday, a move that Mr. Anwar denounced as part of a conspiracy to weaken his appeal of a sodomy conviction and orchestrate his return to prison
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/20/world/asia/attorney-for-malaysian-opposition-leader-is-charged-with-sedition.html?ref=asia&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AMorning%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_MorningBrief%2008%2019%2014%20TAKE%20TWO&_r=0

17 JULY 2014

Malaysian jet ‘shot down’ over Ukraine

A Malaysia Airlines passenger jet which crashed as it flew over eastern Ukraine with 295 people on board was reportedly shot down.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2014/07/report-malaysian-jet-crashes-near-ukraine-2014717151147473508.html

23 JUNE 2014

Christians lose divisive bid to use ‘Allah’ in Malaysia

Malaysia’s highest court on Monday dismissed a bid by Christians for the right to use the word « Allah », ending a years-long legal battle that has escalated religious tensions in the Muslim-majority country
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/malaysia/2014/06/23/410793/Christians-lose.htm
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/23/malaysia-highest-court-allah-bible-ban

12 JUNE 2014

The confusion about ‘Constitutional Monarchy’ in Malaysia

Recent developments in Johor have once more suddenly impelled the notion of “constitutional monarchy” to the centre of Malaysian national politics
http://asiancorrespondent.com/123737/the-confusion-about-constitutional-monarchy-in-malaysia/

22 MAY 2014

Malaysia stresses China ties despite Asian rows

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has distanced himself from growing territorial conflicts in Asia, telling a Japanese newspaper they should not jeopardise the « strategic importance » of his country’s ties with Beijing

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/411203/malaysia-stresses-china-ties-despite-asian-rows

9 MAY 2014

Malaysia: Muslim scholars speak out against harsh Islamic laws

This June, leading Islamic opposition Parti Islam se-Malaysia (PAS) will seek parliamentary support for hudud to be passed in Malaysia. Yet, many Malaysian Muslims do not want the Islamic penal code to define their identity

http://asiancorrespondent.com/122539/malaysia-muslim-scholars-speak-out-against-harsh-islamic-law/

27 APRIL 2014

Obama raises rights concerns with Malaysia PM

Barack Obama, the US president, has said that he raised the issue of human rights with Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak during his visit to the country
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/04/obama-raises-rights-concerns-with-malaysia-pm-20144277146586467.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27176944

26 APRIL 2014

Obama Makes Landmark Visit to Malaysia

President Barack Obama has become the first U.S. president to visit Malaysia in nearly half a century. Obama on Saturday arrived in Kuala Lumpur, the third stop on an Asian tour aimed at reassuring allies in the region. President Barack Obama is the first American leader to set foot in Malaysia since President Lyndon Johnson came here in 1966
http://www.voanews.com/content/obama-in-malaysia-on-third-leg-of-asian-tour/1901699.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/26/barack-obama-visits-malaysia-us-economy-security

18 MARCH 2014

Malaysia’s Anwar ‘disgusted’ by missing plane speculation

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim condemned on Tuesday speculation that the captain of a missing Malaysian airliner — a member of his party and a distant relative — may have had political motives to sabotage the plane

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/400513/malaysia-anwar-disgusted-by-missing-plane-speculation

11 MARCH 2014

Malaysia opposition MP fined for sedition

Veteran politician Karpal Singh fined $1,219 under law opposition says is increasingly used to silence critics.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/malaysia-opposition-mp-fined-sediition-201431195534160825.html

10 MARCH 2014

Malaysia Judiciary Criticized Over Anwar Ibrahim Verdict

Legal advocates said an appeals court decision against opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and a separate high court verdict involving his lawyer, Karpal Singh, mark a further setback to the independence of Malaysia judiciary’s
http://www.voanews.com/content/malaysia-judiciary-criticized-for-anwar-ibrahim-verdict-/1867850.html

7 MARCH 2014

Malaysian court jails opposition leader for sodomy

A Malaysian court sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on Friday after finding the former deputy prime minister guilty of sodomising his aide in 2008
http://www.france24.com/en/20140307-malaysian-court-jails-opposition-leader-anwar-sodomy/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/398705/malaysia-anwar-decries-sodomy-ruling-as-travesty

http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/anwar-guilty-malaysia/

24 FEBRUARY 2014

Rising Islamic conservatism in Malaysia

With religion fast becoming the most contentious source of disputes in Malaysia, this perception has given rise to a host of conservative Islamic groups becoming more vocal.

http://asianewsnet.net/Rising-Islamic-conservatism-in-Malaysia-57403.html

21 FEBRUARY 2014

Malaysian opposition lawmaker found guilty of sedition

A Malaysian court found a veteran opposition leader guilty of sedition Friday in the latest use of a law the government had pledged to abolish in the run-up to elections last year. Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Karpal Singh slammed the Sedition Act as a « relic », and called the case against him unfair

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/396366/malaysian-opposition-lawmaker-found-guilty-of-sedition

3 FEBRUARY 2014

Malaysian court jails man who raped, then married minor

A Malaysian court on Monday sentenced a man to 12 years in jail for raping a 12-year-old whom he later married, as an activist urged the Muslim-majority nation to ban all child marriages.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/392999/malaysian-court-jails-man-who-raped-then-married-minor

27 JANUARY 2014

Religious tensions rise after bomb attack on Malaysia church

Religious tensions are on the rise in Malaysia after two home-made bombs were hurled at a church in the northern state of Penang
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/religious-tensions-rise/969728.html

24 JANUARY 2014

Malaysia: Is time running out for Najib Razak?

Forces aligned with former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad appear to be attempting push embattled Malaysian Premier Najib Tun Razak into giving a time frame for his eventual departure from office and naming a successor, sources in Kuala Lumpur say.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/118809/malaysia-is-time-running-out-for-najib-razak/

22 JANUARY 2014

Malaysia’s PAS and UMNO: Growing Convergence Over Islamic Governance?

The Islamic factor is increasingly rising to the forefront again in Malaysia as the two Muslim-based parties, UMNO and PAS, probe each other for meeting points, even as they compete for support of the majority Malay-Muslim community

http://www.eurasiareview.com/22012014-malaysias-pas-umno-growing-convergence-islamic-governance-analysis/

20 JANUARY 2014

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim denied entry into Japan

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said Monday he was « puzzled and shocked » over being barred entry to Japan, as his party questioned whether Malaysia’s ruling coalition was behind the move
http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/01/20/Anwar-denied-entry-into-Japan-Previous-conviction-cited-as-reason/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/390496/malaysia-anwar-hocked-after-japan-bars-entry

19 JANUARY 2014

Malaysian king backs court ban on non-Muslims using Allah

Malaysia’s king gave his backing on Sunday to a court ruling barring non-Muslims from using the word Allah to refer to God, weighing in for the first time on an issue that has fanned religious tensions in the multi-cultural country.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/malaysian-king-backs-court-ban-non-muslims-using-allah

13 JANUARY 2014

Malaysia’s Najib Faces Party, Public Protest

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak enters 2014 beset by growing hostility from both the public and within his own political party, the United Malays National Organization, characterized by a deluge of New Year messages across cyberspace celebrating the “year of barang naik,” Malay language for rising prices of items.

http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/malaysias-najib-faces-party-public-protest/

11 JANURY 2014

Malaysia will not revive ISA, says home minister

Home Minister has dismissed recent calls to revive the Internal Security Act (ISA), but says the government will look to amend other laws or draw up new ones to contain security threats.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/malaysia-will-not-revive-isa-says-home-minister

10 JANUARY 2014

Malaysia court throws out charge against opposition’s Anwar

A Malaysian court on Friday threw out illegal-assembly charges against opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim over his part in a 2012 rally that could have barred him from standing for election, his lawyer said.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/388985/malaysia-court-throws-out-charge-against-opposition-anwar

2 JANUARY 2014

More than 300 Bibles are confiscated in Malaysia

Islamic authorities in Malaysia have seized more than 300 Bibles from the Bible Society because they use the word Allah to refer to God, officials say.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25578348

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/387650/malaysian-authorities-seize-bibles-in-allah-row

25 DECEMBER 2013

UMNO divides Malaysia

The grim reality of elusive unity, plagued by ethnocentric and ethno-religious divisions, is underlined by the continual existence of fault lines that anthropologist Shamsul A. B. calls ‘axes of contradictions’. The stubborn presence of such social cleavages, after half a century of nationhood, raises the issue of the efficacy of integrative policies pursued by successive Barisan Nasional (BN: National Front) governments.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/12/25/umno-divides-malaysia/

12 NOVEMBER 2013

Minister reiterates ‘Allah’ only for Muslims

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom has reiterated that the use of the word Allah is exclusive to Muslims.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/11/12/Minister-reiterates-Allah-only-for-Muslims.aspx

30 OCTOBER 2013

Malaysia court rules critical news portal can go to print

A popular Malaysian news portal that is often heavily critical of the long-ruling government has the right to issue a print edition, a court ruled on Wednesday, dismissing an appeal by the home ministry.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/malaysia-court-rules-critical-news-portal-can-go-print

25 OCTOBER 2013

Ex-Malaysian minister acquitted in port scandal

A former Malaysian transport minister was acquitted Friday of cheating the government in a billion-dollar port deal that sparked a major financial scandal. The High Court said that prosecutors had not proven their case against Ling Liong Sik, who was transport minister between 1986 and 2003.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/114904/ex-malaysian-minister-acquitted-in-port-scandal/

21 OCTOBER 2013

Malaysia’s Najib entrenches power as reform drive fades

Internal voting for top posts in Malaysia’s ruling coalition at the weekend have proved Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to be a canny survivor – five months after a poor showing at national elections – but at a cost to his reform agenda.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/malaysia%E2%80%99s-najib-entrenches-power-reform-drive-fades-0?page=0%2C0

19 OCTOBER 2013

Malaysian leader strengthens hand in party polls

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak strengthened his hand in ruling-party elections, but analysts said questions remain over his stop-start plans for reforms amid resistance from conservatives.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/375486/malaysian-leader-strengthens-hand-in-party-polls

17 OCTOBER 2013

Mahathir son in UMNO bid

Mukhriz Mahathir, the 48-year-old son of Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister, will on Saturday contest the vice presidency of the country’s biggest political party, staking his claim as a potential future national leader.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/375194/dynasties-reinforced-as-mahathir-son-in-umno-bid

14 OCTOBER 2013

Malaysian court: ‘Allah’ is Muslim-only word

Court says the Catholic Herald newspaper is banned from using Islamic term, in ruling that affects other publications.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/malaysian-court-allah-muslim-only-word-2013101434515414336.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Malaysia-,-Christians-banned-from-using-Allah-.-Catholics-announce-appeal-29266.html

3 OCTOBER 2013

Malaysia detention law passes key test

A controversial Malaysian government move to give authorities the power to hold people for years without charge was headed for parliamentary approval after it was passed at the lower house.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/malaysia-move-over-detention-passes-key-test-201310385711699596.html

25 SEPTEMBER 2013

In Kuala Lumpur as in Beijing, people are set go to prison without going to court

The government asks parliament to amend criminal laws to set up a three-member board to rule on two-year detention without trial, which could be renewed indefinitely. The opposition is set to fight the bill.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/In-Kuala-Lumpur-as-in-Beijing,-people-are-set-go-to-prison-without-going-to-court-29108.html

21 SEPTEMBER 2013

Malaysian PM gets party nod to stay in power

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak faced down a threat to his leadership after nominations closed without anybody contesting his presidency of the ruling party, officials said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/370866/malaysian-pm-gets-party-nod-to-stay-in-power
http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/umno-party-polls-najib-muhyiddin-retain-posts-uncontested

16 SEPTEMBER 2013

Malaysia’s PM Capitulates to the Hardliners

The 14 September announcement of an array of new economic benefits for ethnic Malays by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak represents the premier’s final post-election capitulation to radical Malay nationalists in the United Malays National Organization

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5713&Itemid=229

Aung San Suu Kyi meets Dalai Lama

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has risked prompting Chinese anger after it was confirmed she had a private meeting with the Dalai Lama on the sidelines of a Prague rights conference, its spokesman said Monday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/370012/suu-kyi-meets-dalai-lama-risking-china-ire

Former Malayan communist chief Chin Peng dies

Chin Peng, former secretary-general of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP), died at a hospital in Bangkok on Monday morning. He was 90 years old.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/former-malayan-communist-chief-chin-peng-dies

http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/chin-peng-freedom-fighter-or-foe

14 SEPTEMBER 2013

Malaysia extends controversial affirmative action

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Saturday announced fresh measures to benefit the country’s ethnic Malay majority despite an earlier pledge to reform the controversial affirmative action policy.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-extends/813240.html

24 AUGUST 2013

Altantuya murder case: Court overturns guilty verdict

The Court of Appeal has discharged and acquitted two policemen from the charge of murdering Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu seven years ago.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/08/24/Court-overturns-guilty-verdict-Cops-freed-after-panel-deems-conviction-and-sentence-unsafe.aspx

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23806897

12 AUGUST 2013

Najib’s Peace Overtures

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, beset on his right flank by an implacable former Premier Mahathir Mohamad critical of his performance in the May 5 general election, has been making quiet overtures to opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to explore the outlines of a unity government.

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5632&Itemid=178

2 AUGUST 2013

DAP, Malaysia’s Biggest Opposition Party Under Threat

Government agency invalidates party elections, threatens deregistration

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5611&Itemid=178

9 JULY 2013

Politicians laud withdrawal of controversial conversion Bill

The withdrawal of the controversial Bill which contained a clause that allows a parent or guardian to unilaterally convert minors, has received the thumbs up from politicians from both sides of the divide.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/07/09/Politicians-laud-withdrawal-of-controversial-Bill.aspx

6 JULY 2013

Malaysia withdraws controversial one-parent conversion law

Malaysia has withdrawn an Islamic law which allows one parent to give consent for the religious conversion of a child, reports said Saturday, after an outcry that it discriminated against minorities.                                                                      http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-withdraws/736028.html

25 JUNE 2013

Malaysia’s king urges the people to accept GE13 results

The King of Malaysia has reiterated his call for all parties to accept and respect the results of the 13th general election

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Msias-king-urges-the-people-to-accept-GE13-results-48403.html

22 JUNE 2013

Thousands rally in Malaysia for polls reform

About 20,000 Malaysian opposition supporters gathered in the capital Saturday demanding the resignation of the country’s Election Commission in the wake of contentious polls.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/356483/thousands-rally-in-malaysia-for-polls-reform

1 JUNE 2013

Malaysia PM reaches out to opposition with electoral reform

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Saturday the political opposition would be given an oversight role over the country’s Election Commission, a move aimed at healing divisions following a disputed May 5 election.                                               http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20130601-426738.html

29 MAY 2013

Mosque, orphanage burned in new Burma violence

A police officer and a monk in the remote Burma city of Lashio have confirmed that a mob burned down a mosque, a Muslim orphanage and shops in the northeastern town after rumors spread that a Muslim man had set fire to a Buddhist woman.                                                                                                                                           http://asiancorrespondent.com/108313/mosque-orphanage-burned-in-new-burma-violence/

http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130529-426006.html

28 MAY 2013

Malaysian police re-arrest three for sedition: lawyer

Malaysian police on Tuesday re-arrested an activist and two opposition politicians under the Sedition Act, their lawyer said, in the latest move to spark tensions following divisive polls early this month. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysian-police-re-arrest-three-for-sed/690368.html

25 MAY 2013

Malaysians rally against ‘electoral fraud’

Tens of thousands of people held a rally near Malaysia’s capital against alleged electoral fraud, further raising the political temperature after divisive recent polls.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/2013525163148127523.html

23 MAY 2013

Malaysia’s Home Ministry seizes tabloids published by opposition

The Home Ministry has seized copies of tabloids published by the opposition parties as they were allegedly circulated to non-members.

http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20130523-424762.html

Malaysia arrests top opposition figures for sedition

Malaysian police have arrested three prominent opposition figures, including Keadilan party vice-President Tian Chua, under the Sedition Act.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22635078

17 MAY 2013

Malaysia’s Rigged Electoral System

A win for the opposition is nearly impossible                                                                                                                               http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5425&Itemid=178

15 MAY 2013

Malaysian PM Najib unveils ‘reconciliation’ cabinet

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak on Wednesday unveiled a cabinet line-up which he said would help national reconciliation. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysian-pm-najib-unveils-reconciliatio/676152.html

http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20130515-422903.html

6 MAY 2013

Malaysia PM sworn in amid opposition protests

Malaysia has sworn in Najib Razak for a second term as prime minister after the coalition which has ruled for 56 years held on to power in elections branded as fraudulent by a bitter opposition.                                                                                                          http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201356142723845697.html                                                 http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/5/6/nation/13073604&sec=nation

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5 MAY 2013

Malaysia election: PM Najib Razak’s Barisan Nasional keeps power

The ruling National Front coalition has won a simple majority in Malaysia’s election, extending its 56-year rule, with two-thirds of seats confirmed.                                                                                                                                                                                               http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22422172                               http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10038362/Malaysian-ruling-party-triumphs-as-turnout-hits-record.html                                                                                                                                                                                       http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201355171316257180.html

3 APRIL 2013

Malaysia PM dissolves parliament

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has dissolved parliament ahead of a general election

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/20134343738431861.html

20 MARCH 2013

107 to be charged over Sabah incursion

Over 100 people arrested in connection to the Feb 12 Sulu armed intrusion at Kg Tanduo about 135km from here are likely to face charges in court very soon                                                                                                                                                                           http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/3/20/nation/12860560&sec=nation

19 MARCH 2013

Video expose implicates Sarawak CM, kin in alleged land graft

An international activist organisation provided today video proof of shady land deals in Sarawak that implicates the state’s Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and his family, with parts of the clip aired on the Al-Jazeera news channel at 10am. http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/video-expose-implicates-sarawak-cm-kin-in-alleged-land-graft/?goback=%2Egde_2343547_member_224784774

17 MARCH 2013

Warming ties between Malaysia and Singapore

Suffice it to say that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong have continuously demonstrated their commitment to building good neighbourly ties between the nations that they are leading. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Business/Story/A1Story20130317-409239.html

15 MARCH 2013

Malaysian novelist wins Man Asian Literary Prize

Malaysian author Tan Tweng Eng has won this year’s Man Asian Literary Prize for « The Garden of Evening Mists, » set in the aftermath of the Japanese occupation of Malaysia.                                                                                                                       http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/14/world/asia/man-asian-literary-prize/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

8 MARCH 2013

Saiful’s father says Sodomy II an ‘evil conspiracy’, apologises to Anwar

The father of Saiful Bukhari Azlan publicly admitted today that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s second sodomy charge was an “evil political conspiracy” involving his son.                                                                                                         http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/saifuls-father-says-sodomy-ii-an-evil-conspiracy-apologises-to-anwar/?goback=%2Egde_2343547_member_220860241

5 MARCH 2013

Malaysia bombs armed Filipino group in Sabah

Malaysian troops backed by fighter jets have attacked an armed Filipino group, trying to end a standoff on Borneo island after violence that killed at least 27 people and sparked fears of broader insecurity in the resource-rich region.                                       http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013355257319682.html              http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/05/malaysian-forces-attack-armed-filipino-group

3 MARCH 2013

Five Malaysian cops killed in firefight with Filipinos in Sabah standoff

Five members of the Malaysian security forces have been killed in a firefight in Sabah with an armed group believed to be among the Filipino followers of the Sulu Sultanate Saturday night                                                                http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/297457/news/nation/five-malaysian-cops-killed-in-firefight-with-pinoys-in-sabah-standoff-reports?ref=bannerh1                                                                                                                                                                                 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013336814161699.html                                       http://globalnation.inquirer.net/66539/fighting-in-sabah-rages

1 MARCH 2013

Malaysia raids Sabah village to end deadlock

Twelve followers of a self-described Philippine Sultan died in a shootout with Malaysian security forces Friday, police said, as tensions ratcheted up in their 17-day standoff                                                                                                                                                    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/20133141728737880.html                                            http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130301-405701.html

22 FEBRUARY 2013

Malaysian polls reflect US-China competition

In a bid to garner public support and win back several economically dynamic states lost to the opposition in 2008, Malaysia’s ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition has introduced a series of populist measures to appeal to voters. But while the upcoming election will be decided mostly on domestic issues, the polls will also reflect rising US-China competition for influence in the country. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-02-220213.html

17 FEBRUARY 2013

Sulu sultan won’t budge

Undaunted amidst mounting pressure from both the Philippine and Malaysian governments, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, the acknowledged leader of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo insisted that his royal decree that authorised the presence of his younger brother, crown prince Rajah Mudah Agbimuddin Kiram and the combined civilian and armed followers in Lahad Datu, Sabah.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Sulu-sultan-won’t-budge-42844.html

4 FEBRUARY 2013

Malaysia Hit for Deporting Uyghurs

This is the second time the country has repatriated Uyghurs to China despite concerns their human rights are at risk. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/deport-02042013020002.html

25 JANUARY 2013

No easy choice for Malaysia

Animosity between Malaysia’s two leading political coalitions – the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) and opposition Pakatan Rakyat – has run high following the opposition-led Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat mass rally held earlier this month in the capital’s iconic Merdeka Stadium http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/OA26Ae01.html

16 JANUARY 2013

Will it be business as usual for Malaysia in 2013?

In 2012, the Malaysian economy and its politics went in different directions — the economy out-performed many countries, but there were uncertainties and tensions in politics.                                                                                                                   http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/01/17/will-it-be-business-as-usual-for-malaysia-in-2013/

12 JANUARY 2013

Malaysia opposition holds mass election rally

At least 45,000 people have joined a massive opposition rally in Malaysia’s largest city in a show of force ahead of key general elections due in months.                                                                                                                                                                                     http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/2013112105947732781.html

3 JANUARY 2013

Malaysian Businessman Continues Attacks on Premier

Disaffected Malaysian businessman Deepak Jaikishan is continuing to rain accusations of bribery, political favoritism, murder cover-up and other scandals against Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, his wife, family and top UMNO figures despite apparent attempts to shut him up by arranging for a quasi-government agency to buy his company                                                                                            http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5079&Itemid=178

1 JANUARY 2013

Malaysia’s strong economy and new politics

Surprisingly, the Malaysian economy could grow at a creditable pace in 2012, despite dismal export performance associated with the slow expansion of the US economy and recession and stagnation in Europe.                                                        http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/01/01/the-malaysian-economy-developments-and-challenges/

27 DECEMBER 2011

Malaysia: Concern over effective implementation of Domestic Violence Act

Women’s groups say that much more has to be done before the Domestic Violence Act approved by Parliament recently can be effectively implemented. They believe that related laws such as the Evidence Act and the Criminal Procedure and Penal Codes have to be amended to accommodate the numerous changes
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/12/27/nation/10160395&sec=nation