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Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim says ex-PM Najib likely headed to jail

May 17, 2018 - 8:59 PM

The election dramatically reversed Anwar's fortunes, from prisoner to presumptive successor to 92-year-old Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

WINNER. Jailed former opposition leader and current federal opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (right) with his wife Wan Azizah greet the supporters during a rally in Kuala Lumpur on May 16, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Malaysia's opposition makes strong early gains – unofficial tallies

May 09, 2018 - 11:34 PM

The ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition has so far won 34 parliamentary seats, while opposition alliance Pact of Hope was on 40, according to a count on the website of the pro-government Star newspaper

VOTED. Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition party Pakatan Harapan's candidate Mahathir Mohamad shows his inked finger as he casts his vote at a polling station during the 14th general elections in Alor Setar on May 9, 2018.​ Photo by Jewel Samad/ AFP

Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim urges voters to oust scandal-hit government

May 08, 2018 - 9:01 PM

The unlikely Anwar Ibrahim-Mahathir Mohammad partnership is one of the most remarkable aspects of a gruelling campaign for an election many expect to be one of the Malaysia's closest ever

Malaysian opposition bets on 'tsunami' of Muslim support

May 08, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The optimism has been triggered by the decision of 92-year-old former leader Mahathir Mohamad, a champion of the country's Muslim Malays, to run as the opposition's prime ministerial candidate

OPPOSITION. This file photo taken on April 28, 2018 shows former Malaysian prime minister and opposition party Pakatan Harapan's prime ministerial candidate Mahathir Mohamad (C) arriving to submit his election nomination for the upcoming 14th general elections in Langkawi. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Malaysia's scandal-hit PM faces tough fight as poll battle starts

Apr 28, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The 11-day campaign is formally under way, with 222 parliamentary seats up for grabs

CAMPAIGN TRAIL. Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak waves as he leaves after submitting his documents at the nomination center in Pekan on April 28, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia to vote next month in closely fought general election

Apr 10, 2018 - 3:50 PM

The poll date announced by the election commission – May 9 – has sparked fury among the opposition who claims a weekday election was deliberately chosen to keep turnout low, favoring Prime Minister Najib Razak

MAY 9 ELECTIONS. An airplane flies past the Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) building in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on April 10, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia approves 'fake news' law despite outcry

Apr 03, 2018 - 2:58 PM

The law targets foreign as well as local media, and is seen in part as an effort to silence criticism of the scandal surrounding sovereign wealth fund 1MDB that has rocked the administration of Prime Minister Najib Razak

Malaysia's largest state votes, in test for embattled PM

May 07, 2016 - 1:16 PM

Malaysia s ruling Barisan Nasional is expected to comfortably retain its firm control of Sarawak one of the country s least developed states

epa05288068 Malaysia Prime Minister also Barisan Nasional Party (The National Front party) Chairman, Najib Razak reacts after speech during the opening ceremony of development project ahead of the Sarawak election at Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, 03 May 2016. Sarawak needs candidates with the calibre and commitment to bring about changes and development to the people and state, Najib Razak said on 03 May. EPA/FAZRY ISMAIL

Malaysian ruling coalition wins by-election by lower margin

May 06, 2015 - 11:40 AM

The May 5 by election was the first of two this week with speculation rife over Prime Minister Najib Razak s future

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks during a 2015 Budget review in Putrajaya, Malaysia, January 20, 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Malaysia’s autocrats go marching on

Feb 18, 2015 - 1:15 PM

Malaysia s rulers aren t so much as goose stepping but making a mad dash towards authoritarian rule… again writes James Giggacher

UNDER SCRUTINY. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks during a 2015 Budget review in Putrajaya, Malaysia, 20 January 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Malaysia's Anwar gets Susan Rice meeting

Apr 25, 2014 - 12:45 AM

Anwar says he is not upset he would not get time with Obama who would not be able to see him personally

Southeast Asia: Legitimacy in crisis

Feb 18, 2014 - 7:30 AM

If no one agrees to the rules it’s hard to play the game

Malaysian leader strengthens hand in party polls

Oct 20, 2013 - 2:22 PM

Analysts said Najib appeared to have held off conservatives for now

Ex-leader's son in focus as Malaysia ruling party votes

Oct 19, 2013 - 1:35 PM

All eyes are now on Mukhriz Mahathir 48 whom analysts expect will seek to protect his father s legacy

PARTY POLLS. Voters cast their vote during the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party elections in Ampang, in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur on October 19, 2013. AFP/Mohd Rasfan

[Entertainment wRap]: A week of provocative films

Sep 02, 2013 - 10:31 PM

A women s prison dramedy James Franco s film on necrophilia a tragicomedy on the Catholic Church

'PERFORMANCE OF A LIFETIME.' Franco commends Scott Haze's role preparation. Photo from Scott Haze's Facebook

Ruling party retains seat in Malaysian by-election

Jul 25, 2013 - 10:05 AM

Malaysia s ruling party retained a state seat in the first by election since May s controversial general election

Malaysian opposition figures charged with sedition

May 29, 2013 - 12:50 PM

The allegations have added pressure on Prime Minister Najib Razak who was already smarting from a disappointing polls win

FACING CHARGES. PKR vice-president Tian Chua (C) and Student activist Safwan Anang (R) arrive at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur on May 29, 2013. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia opposition rally speakers may face sedition charges - police

May 09, 2013 - 3:22 PM

UPDATE Police said speakers at a mass rally led by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to protest against alleged election fraud could face sedition charges

NOT GIVING UP. Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks during a rally at a stadium in Kelana Jaya, Selangor on May 8, 2013. Thousands of Malaysians dressed in mourning black gathered May 8 to denounce elections which they claim were stolen through fraud by the coalition that has ruled for 56 years. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN

Watchdogs: Malaysia polls 'not fair'

May 08, 2013 - 12:34 PM

Independent Malaysian polls watchdogs disputed the government s insistence that elections were free and fair citing serious flaws in the electoral system

'Chinese tsunami' hits Malaysian politics

May 07, 2013 - 4:01 PM

Analyst: The Chinese have decided to vote as a bloc and they have decided to vote the opposition

Najib sworn in as opposition protests 'stolen' Malaysia poll

May 06, 2013 - 5:52 PM

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim called for a rally in two days time to protest at a victory which he said was achieved via the worst electoral fraud in our history

Anwar photo: AFP/Saeed Khan; Najib photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan

Opposition to fight 'stolen' Malaysia poll result - Anwar

May 06, 2013 - 2:23 PM

UPDATE Anwar Ibrahim said Monday May 6 his Malaysian opposition planned to contest the results of a bitter weekend election battle

Anwar photo: AFP/Saeed Khan; Najib photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan

Malaysia ruling regime wins polls

May 06, 2013 - 1:10 AM

UPDATE Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said the polls were tainted by fraud and refused to concede; Najib wins with a minority of popular vote

Record turnout in historic Malaysia polls

May 05, 2013 - 7:22 PM

Millions of Malaysians voted on Sunday May 5 with one of the world s longest serving governments under serious threat from an upstart opposition

HISTORIC VOTE. Malaysian voters queue to cast their votes during the country's 13th general elections in Kuala Lumpur on May 5, 2013. Malaysians vote in their first election in history with a change of government at stake, as a decades-old regime battles to hold off a hard-charging opposition pledging sweeping reform. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN

Key issues, players and facts in Malaysia election

May 05, 2013 - 9:57 AM

Following are key electoral facts players and issues surrounding the Malaysian general elections

Anwar photo: AFP/Saeed Khan; Najib photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan

Malaysia decides in high-stakes polls

May 05, 2013 - 7:46 AM

UPDATE Malaysians have keenly awaited the vote ever since 2008 polls when the opposition made unprecedented gains against the once invincible coalition in power since 1957

Malaysia's clean-polls pledge smudged by ink flap

May 01, 2013 - 3:53 PM

Some camps say the integrity of weekend elections was in doubt after revelations that indelible ink meant to prevent fraud was easily washed off

Malaysia braces for its closest election ever

Apr 30, 2013 - 11:29 AM

Analyst: It s going to be really close I think UMNO will win but with a reduced majority But there is a real chance Pakatan might do it

Anwar photo: AFP/Saeed Khan; Najib photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan

Specter of bias hovers over Malaysian vote

Mar 20, 2013 - 2:46 PM

Nearly all of Malaysia agrees coming elections will be the country s closest ever but voters ask: will the hotly anticipated contest be free and fair?

Whistle-blower at center of Malaysia graft fight

Feb 19, 2013 - 1:08 PM

Malaysians head to the polls in the coming months with the country s persistent corruption high on the list of public concerns and few have done more to put it there than baby faced Rafizi Ramli

This picture taken on February 15, 2013 shows Rafizi Ramli (L), the strategist for the polical party of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, joining hands with other political leaders at a late night corner meeting in Kuala Lumpur. AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN