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Najib summoned for statements on 1MDB subsidiary, not for arrest: Malaysia anti-graft chief

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was summoned on Tuesday (May 22) to make a statement in an investigation into a subsidiary company of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the head of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption…

Najib Razak gives statement to Malaysian anti-graft body on 1MDB scandal

PUTRAJAYA: Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak arrived on Tuesday (May 22) at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) headquarters in Putrajaya.

Malaysia police to look into threats against new MACC chief

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's police chief said on Tuesday (May 22) that he will look into allegations by the current chief of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) that he was tailed in the United States at the height of the 1MDB…

Arrests as protest greets fourth year of Thai junta rule

BANGKOK: Thai police detained leaders of an anti-junta protest on Tuesday (May 22) who had tried to mark the fourth anniversary of a coup by marching to Government House, one of the largest acts of dissent since the army grabbed power.

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Najib drops 1MDB defamation suit against former transport minister Ling Liong Sik

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak on Tuesday (May 22) withdrew his defamation suit filed against former Transport Minister Ling Liong Sik over the publication of an article which alleged Najib had abused funds…


Removing GST is 'credit negative' for Malaysia: Moody's

Malaysia's planned removal of a goods and services tax (GST) will be "credit negative" unless its new government takes steps to offset the loss in revenue, Moody's Investors Service said on Tuesday (May 22).

Malaysia to review seven 'unsuitable' national security laws: Muhyiddin

The Malaysian Home Ministry will review seven laws relating to national security that are no longer suitable in today’s landscape, said new Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Tuesday (May 22).

Beijing's South China Sea bombers fly in the face of protests

BEIJING: China's brazen landing of nuclear-capable bombers on an island in the disputed South China Sea is a bold power play to bolster its territorial claims while rivals are divided and the US distracted by North Korea, analysts say.


China jails Tibetan-language advocate for 5 years

BEIJING: A Tibetan who has campaigned to preserve his region's ancestral language was jailed for five years in China on Tuesday (May 22) for "inciting separatism" in a case Amnesty International denounced as "beyond absurd".

Rohingya refugee sent to PNG by Australia dies

SYDNEY: A Rohingya refugee from Myanmar died Tuesday (May 22) after jumping from a bus on a remote Papua New Guinea island, almost five years after he was sent there by Australia, officials said.


Malaysia to review high-speed rail link to Singapore, other mega projects

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will review the implementation of mega projects such as the high-speed rail line to Singapore, and a US$14 billion rail project connecting the country's east and west coasts, state news agency Bernama reported on…


Foreign media head to North Korea in sign nuclear shutdown will go ahead

A group of roughly two dozen journalists from Western and Chinese news organisations departed for North Korea on Tuesday to witness the closure of its nuclear test site.


Thai protesters prepare to march in Bangkok, police set up barriers

BANGKOK: Anti-government protesters gathered in Bangkok on Tuesday (May 22) to prepare to march from a university in the Thai capital to Government House to demand that the military government hold a general election by November.


1MDB scandal: A timeline

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is expected to turn up at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) headquarters on Tuesday morning (May 22) to record a statement to facilitate investigations into the case involving…


Two of Najib's lawyers quit, hours before he delivers statement at anti-corruption agency

KUALA LUMPUR: Two lawyers of Najib Razak have withdrawn themselves from representing him, hours before the former prime minister is due to give a statement to the anti-corruption commission.

Najib, 1MDB and billions of dollars: A look back at one of Malaysia’s biggest corruption scandals

KUALA LUMPUR: It is the day many Malaysians have been waiting for - when Najib Razak, once the country’s most powerful man, will give his statement to authorities over his alleged role in a multi billion-dollar corruption scandal.


Trump willing to walk away from North Korea summit, says Pence

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump is willing to walk away from an unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un scheduled for next month, US Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday (May 21), after North Korea called into…


Beijing denies 'militarisation' of South China Sea

BEIJING: Beijing hit back Monday at allegations it was "militarising" the South China Sea after landing bombers at an airbase in the contested waters, accusing Washington instead of raising tensions with its own military footprint.


Malaysia's Anti-Fake News Act will be repealed as soon as possible: Minister

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's controversial Anti-Fake News Act will be repealed, the country's new Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said on Monday (May 21).


4 men arrested for robbery at Malaysia mall

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia: Four men have been arrested for their involvement in last Friday's robbery at a shopping mall in Petaling Jaya, said Malaysian police on Monday (May 21).

Monday, May 21

Malaysian Cabinet ministers sworn in at Istana Negara

KUALA LUMPUR: Thirteen members of Malaysia's first Pakatan Harapan (PH) Cabinet were sworn in on Monday (May 21).

Malaysia sets up new 1MDB criminal task force

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has set up a special task force that will look into possible criminal conduct of individuals involved in the management of state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the prime minister's office said on Monday …

Malaysia PM Mahathir to civil servants: Don't break the law, even for me

KUALA LUMPUR: In his first address to civil servants, Malaysia's new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad asked for their "undivided cooperation" but told them not to bow to pressure to do anything illegal.

'Treated like a robber': Najib slams police raids and vows to fight on

PEKAN, Pahang: Making his first public appearance after stepping down as Barisan Nasional’s (BN) chairman, Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak returned to his constituency in Pekan on Sunday (May 20) and spent more than half an…

Sunday, May 20

US, China back off on tariffs, easing trade tensions

WASHINGTON: US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed on Sunday (May 20) that Washington and Beijing have agreed to back off from imposing tariffs on each other, a day after reaching an accord on slashing the American trade deficit…

North Korea demands Seoul return waitress 'defectors'

North Korea has demanded Seoul repatriate a dozen waitresses who fled to the South two years ago, just days after abruptly calling off a planned inter-Korean meeting following weeks of tentative rapprochement.

In battle-scarred Marawi, children look to recover lost school year

The Marawi siege of a year ago stole a year of education and a piece of childhood from young Maranaos. Now they’re finding a way to move forward in spite of what they have lost.

Saturday, May 19

Terms of KL-Singapore HSR agreement may have to be renegotiated: Azmin Ali

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia's newly appointed Economic Affairs Minister, Azmin Ali, said on Saturday (May 19) he has been tasked to review mega projects the previous government embarked on, including the High Speed Rail (HSR) project linking up…

Meeting with Mahathir ‘warm, fruitful': PM Lee

No substantive bilateral issues, including the KL-Singapore High Speed Rail project, were discussed during the visit, Mr Lee told reporters on Saturday.

PM Lee meets Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad in Putrajaya

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad on Saturday (May 19) in Putrajaya.

Friday, May 18

PM Mahathir Mohamad announces Malaysia Cabinet

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday (May 18) unveiled his list of 14 Cabinet ministers to be sworn in next week, after the King approved the selection of names following a meeting at the palace.

Malaysian PM Mahathir drops education portfolio to honour manifesto pledge

KUALA LUMPUR: New Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad will no longer take on the education ministry portfolio, after members of the public pointed out that his coalition's manifesto had pledged that there would be no double…

52 bags, 10 watches, more than US$220,000 seized in raid at former PM Najib's home

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police seized 52 branded bags, 10 luxury watches and cash in multiple currencies including RM537,000 (US$135,000) in a raid of former prime minister Najib Razak's private residence that began on late Wednesday (May…

Hundreds of handbags, cash, jewellery seized by police at condo linked to former PM Najib

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police seized 284 boxes containing designer handbags and dozens of bags stuffed with cash and jewellery from a private residence linked to former prime minister Najib Razak on Friday (May 18) morning.

Thursday, May 17

Malaysia PM Mahathir Mohamad appointed education minister in new cabinet

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced on Thursday (May 17) that he will also be Malaysia's education minister.

Malaysia police search five properties linked to ousted PM Najib Razak

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police conducted searches through the night and into Thursday morning (May 17) at five locations linked to former Prime Minister Najib Razak, including the family home where he stays, a senior police officer said.

Anwar Ibrahim explains initial concerns over Lim Guan Eng as finance minister

KUALA LUMPUR: Anwar Ibrahim, the de facto leader of the People's Justice Party, or Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), told Channel NewsAsia on Wednesday (May 16) he had raised concerns about the appointment of Malaysia's first ethnic Chinese…

Mahathir 'compassionate', Najib's fall from grace 'karma', says Anwar

KUALA LUMPUR: It has been mere hours since Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim was released from prison custody.