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Malaysia makes massive seizure of pangolin scales

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian authorities seized about six tonnes of pangolin scales and smashed a smuggling syndicate, officials said Wednesday, as the country clamps down on rampant wildlife trafficking.

Most Malaysia coronavirus cases linked to Islamic gathering

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia said Sunday that more than half the country's 428 coronavirus cases were linked to an international Islamic gathering held last month.

Malaysia ex-PM Najib's trial halted over virus scare

Kuala Lumpur - Disgraced Malaysian ex-leader Najib Razak's corruption trial was halted Thursday after his defence team were reportedly ordered to self-quarantine over fears about the coronavirus.

Malaysia anti-graft chief who investigated 1MDB quits

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's anti-corruption chief, who had been investigating scandal-hit state fund 1MDB, said Friday she had resigned after a reformist government collapsed and a graft-tainted party took power.

New Malaysia PM sworn in as Mahathir fights on

Kuala Lumpur - A staunch Muslim nationalist backed by a scandal-mired party was sworn in as Malaysia's premier Sunday after a reformist government's collapse, but ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, 94, slammed the move as illegal.

New Malaysia PM sworn in amid crisis, Mahathir fights on

Kuala Lumpur - A former interior minister was sworn in as Malaysia's premier on Sunday, marking the return of a scandal-mired regime to power after the last government's collapse but ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad slammed the move as illegal.

Malaysia in crisis as Mahathir rejects new PM

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's political crisis deepened Saturday after 94-year-old Mahathir Mohamad rejected a decision by the king to pick his rival as the next prime minister, insisting he had enough backing to return to the role.

Malaysia's Mahathir out as PM as rival takes power

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad lost a power struggle Saturday with a little-known ex-interior minister named as the country's new prime minister in a surprise twist that returns a scandal-plagued party to power.

Malaysian parliament to vote on new PM amid crisis

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's parliament will vote Monday on the country's next prime minister in a bid to end a political crisis, but if no candidate has enough support there will be a snap election, Mahathir Mohamad said.

Malaysia in turmoil as Mahathir, Anwar vie for power

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia was plunged into a bitter power struggle Wednesday as Mahathir Mohamad sought to form a unity government following his shock resignation, but old foe Anwar Ibrahim also pushed to become premier.

Turmoil in Malaysia as PM Mahathir resigns

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad resigned Monday in a shock move as his alliance that came to power less than two years ago unravelled, but he was reappointed as interim leader by the king.

Malaysia insists virus diagnosis from cruise passenger is correct

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia insisted Sunday it had correctly diagnosed coronavirus in an elderly American woman from the Westerdam cruise ship despite all passengers having been given a clean bill of health when they disembarked in Cambodia.

Malaysian PM downplays AirAsia probe after CEO steps aside

Kuala Lumpur - Receiving money to "offset" buying planes and equipment did not necessarily constitute bribery, Malaysia's prime minister said Thursday, days after AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes stepped aside temporarily in the wake of a $4 billion Airbus graft scandal.

Malaysia's former first lady goes on trial for corruption

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's former first lady, who allegedly bankrolled a luxurious lifestyle with kickbacks and stolen public money, went on trial Wednesday for corruption for the first time since her husband lost power.

Malaysia imposes ban on Chinese tourists from Wuhan

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia banned visitors from the Chinese city of Wuhan and its surrounding Hubei province on Monday, in a bid to contain the spread of a deadly virus.

Key insurgent group joins peace talks for Thailand's restive south

Kuala Lumpur - The key rebel group behind a 16-year insurgency in Thailand's Muslim-majority south has met the kingdom's head negotiator for the first official meeting in their peace talks.

Malaysia's hand-made incense craftwork a declining art

Kubang Semang - Thousands of giant incense sticks, many decorated with dragon heads, line the walls at a Malaysian business where they are made by hand ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday.

Malaysia says won't be 'garbage dump' as it returns waste

Butterworth - Malaysia has sent back 150 shipping containers of plastic waste to mostly wealthier nations, with the Southeast Asian country saying Monday it would not be the world's "garbage dump".

1MDB: Malaysia's extraordinary financial scandal

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's extraordinary 1MDB corruption scandal allegedly saw top officials loot billions from a state fund and go on a worldwide spending spree -- buying a super yacht, paintings by Van Gogh and Monet, and financing a Hollywood blockbuster.

Solar-powered barge a key 'interceptor' for plastic waste

Klang - Scooping waste from a Malaysian river to stop it reaching the sea, a solar-powered barge named the "Interceptor" is the latest weapon in a global battle to rid the world's waters of plastic.
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