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Malaysia drops charges against 'Wolf of Wall Street' producer

May 14, 2020 - 4:58 PM

Riza Aziz, who is also the stepson of Malaysia's disgraced ex-leader Najib Razak, is accused of allegedly receiving nearly $250 million from the sovereign wealth fund 1MDB

DETAINED. Malaysian producer Riza Aziz will appear in court on Friday, Photo by Mohd Rafsan/AFP

U.S. announces $49-million settlement in Malaysia 1MDB scandal

May 07, 2020 - 4:29 PM

The US Justice Department says it has now returned or helped Malaysia recover nearly $1.1 billion in funds and assets

SCANDAL. File photo of a project site of the 1MDB. Photo by

From sky to land: AirAsia plane opens first restaurant in Malaysia

Dec 05, 2019 - 7:02 PM

AirAsia's new Santan and T&Co restaurant located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia serves airplane meals in-store, including their classic Nasi Lemak

Naked Dutch model's death plunge was murder, say Malaysian police

Nov 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Malaysian police say that the death of Ivana Smit in December 2017, who reportedly lived in Malaysia since childhood, had been reclassified as murder and they were re-opening investigations

MURDERED. File photo of Dutch model Ivana Smit

British pedophile jailed for Malaysia abuse found dead in UK prison

Oct 15, 2019 - 7:27 AM

A UK Prison Service spokesman confirms Richard Huckle died on Sunday at Full Sutton Prison in northern England.

FOUND DEAD. A handout released by the British National Crime Agency on June 1, 2016 shows a custody picture of Richard Huckle who admitted a string of charges of sexual crimes against children in Kuala Lumpur. Photo by National Crime Agency/AFP

Malaysia ex-PM Najib goes on trial over 1MDB mega-scandal

Apr 03, 2019 - 12:07 PM

(UPDATED) Najib Razak faces the first of several trials over his alleged involvement in the looting of sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, a state investment vehicle established to develop the economy of the Southeast Asian nation

TRIAL. File photo of Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia issues arrest warrant for financier over 1MDB scandal

Jun 08, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad tells a press conference that authorities were 'trying to arrest Jho Low but he is not in the country'

LOOKING FOR JHO LOW.Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad listens to questions from a journalist during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on June 1, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia's Mahathir vows to scrap Singapore rail link

May 28, 2018 - 9:07 PM

Prime Minister Mahathir calls a 'final decision' to scrap plans for the bullet-train line between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, which had been agreed on several years ago and was expected to cut travel times to 90 minutes from five hours by road today

Malaysia's newly-elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad addresses civil servants from the Prime Minister's office during his first assembly in Putrajaya on May 21, 2018.  Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

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 Mahathir warns 'monster' PM will cheat to win polls

Apr 13, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Mahathir, who led Malaysia for over two decades, has been spurred out of retirement aged 92 to take on Najib Razak by allegations the premier was involved in an audacious scheme to plunder state fund


Malaysian financial scandal inquiry urges probe into ex-PM Mahathir Mohamad

Nov 30, 2017 - 11:21 PM

The final report by the official Royal Commission of Inquiry into the scandal in the 1990s during Mahathir's tenure also recommended Anwar Ibrahim – finance minister at the time and now a leading opposition figure languishing in jail – face a criminal probe

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Aug 22, 2017 - 8:21 PM

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Malaysian capital seeks to free village 'trapped in time'

Apr 03, 2016 - 4:47 PM

Kampung Baru the last remaining large tract of undeveloped land in the Malaysian capital is targeted for a historic redevelopment

Kuala Lumpur, MotoGP, and the need for speed

Feb 07, 2016 - 7:00 PM

I went to Kuala Lumpur knowing little about motorcycles I left with an appreciation for the sacrifice and bravery of the MotoGP racers

Dani Pedrosa leads the pack at Sepang as the riders hug dangerous curves. Photo by Fazry Ismail/EPA

Aquino to China: Why bar us from our own waters?

Nov 22, 2015 - 7:29 PM

On his last ASEAN Summit Philippine President Benigno Aquino gets tough on China over its reclamation of disputed islands in the South China Sea West Philippine Sea

GRIM. President Benigno S. Aquino III focuses on the discussions during the 18th ASEAN – Japan Summit in Malaysia on Sunday, 22 November 2015 at the sidelines of the 27th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. Photo by Lauro Montellano Jr./ Malacañang Photo Bureau

ASEAN leaders launch single market community

Nov 22, 2015 - 1:45 PM

ASEAN chairman Malaysian PM Najib Razak says: We now have to ensure that we create a truly single market and production base with freer movement of goods and services

'HISTORIC MILESTONE.' Leaders of the 10-member ASEAN sign the declaration establishing the ASEAN Community on December 31, 2015.

Obama deepens ASEAN-US ties as sea row escalates

Nov 22, 2015 - 8:08 AM

At a summit in Kuala Lumpur Obama repeats his call for China to stop reclamation and forges a partnership with ASEAN on areas like maritime security

STRONGER TIES. US President Barack Obama poses with ASEAN leaders during the ASEAN-US Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 21, 2015. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

VLOG: Aquino blasts China at ASEAN summit

Nov 22, 2015 - 7:01 AM

Aquino repeatedly criticizes China s massive reclamation in the South China Sea during the ASEAN summit and related events in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

ASEAN SOLIDARITY. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III links arms with fellow ASEAN leaders during the 27th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits at the Plenary Theater of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on November 21, 2015. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Malaysia braces for protests against embattled PM

Aug 29, 2015 - 12:04 PM

In a statement posted on his blog Najib criticizes the demonstrations as provocative saying National Day should not be a stage of political disputes

Malaysia's new airport 'sinking' says AirAsia

Jul 27, 2015 - 5:57 PM

Since opening last year KLIA2 has been riddled with controversy with cracks reportedly forming on the taxiway and faulty design leading to water pools on its grounds

In this file photo, Air Asia aircraft are parked at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 terminal (KLIA 2) in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June 24 2014. Ahmad Yusni/EPA


Jul 26, 2015 - 3:00 PM

In this short film Malaysia is in a state of dystopia with some resigned to the vicious cycle of crime around them

Malaysian daily suspended over reports on 1MDB scandal

Jul 24, 2015 - 10:06 PM

The Edge has published a series of exposes over the past year detailing alleged fraud mismanagement and misappropriation of funds surrounding 1MDB

Drunk passenger forces Malaysia Airlines flight to turn back

May 10, 2015 - 5:09 PM

The airline says the plane was forced to return to ensure safety and comfort of those onboard and the unruly passenger had been handed over to authorities

A file photo dated 10 March 2014 shows a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 airplane sitting on the tarmac moments before its scheduled departure. Diego Azubel/EPA

Pinoy Independence Worldwide: Filipinos in KL to paint the town red

Jun 07, 2014 - 4:08 PM

Filipinos and Malaysians in Kuala Lumpur can join a fiesta celebrating Filipino independence and culture

MH370 remains a mystery as Malaysia releases report

May 01, 2014 - 8:59 PM

2nd UPDATE The report does not contain any information from an ongoing Malaysian police investigation into whether a criminal act such as terrorism was to blame

THE LAST MH370. Malaysia Airlines retires flight number MH370 and MH371.Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Two-thirds of underwater search done, no sign of MH370

Apr 21, 2014 - 12:07 PM

Since it vanished on March 8 no debris from the plane has been found despite an intense air and sea search

Drought forces water rationing on millions of Malaysians

Feb 28, 2014 - 8:58 PM

Over 300 000 households in Kuala Lumpur and nearby Selangor will experience cuts for the whole of March after a two month dry spell depleted reservoirs

WATER PROBLEM. Residents get their water supply from a tanker in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 19 February 2014. Ahmad Yusni/EPA

'No time to lose' in 43rd GPH-MILF talks

Jan 22, 2014 - 2:11 PM

All eyes are on the government and MILF peace panels as they work to complete the last two annexes before the final peace pact can be signed

Thousands protest price hikes in Malaysia

Jan 01, 2014 - 11:22 AM

Thousands protest high prices and corruption in Malaysia putting pressure on a government struggling to reduce debt

CEO in tune as ‘Apprentice Asia’ advisor

Jul 10, 2013 - 8:31 AM

Mark Lankester fits the job as ‘Apprentice’ advisor to big boss Tony Fernandes

SUITS HIM FINE. Part of what makes ‘Apprentice’ watchable is advisor Mark Lankester. Photo by AXN

Filipina contestant 'fired' from 'The Apprentice Asia'

Jul 04, 2013 - 8:20 PM

Contender Celina Le Neindre is out of the reality series Too soon she and fans say

OUT BUT NOT DOWN. Le Neindre still looks ahead towards a bright future. Photo from her Facebook fan page

Graft probe after 130,000 attend wedding in Malaysia

Oct 05, 2012 - 5:49 PM

Malaysia s anti graft body is investigating a wedding of a top official s son which was attended by 130 000 people

Malaysia makes $18.4-M party drug bust

Jul 09, 2012 - 4:00 PM

Malaysian authorities have made the country s biggest drug bust so far this year seizing nearly US 18 4 M worth of party drug pills

Anwar charged, alleges new persecution

May 22, 2012 - 11:43 AM

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is charged with breaking a new law on public gatherings