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Japan, China battle for first high-speed railway in SE Asia

Japan and China are currently engaged in a fierce competition for the contract to build Southeast Asia’s first high-speed railway.

Deputy minister's body found after Malaysia helicopter crash

Kuala Lumpur - Search teams on Friday recovered the body of a Malaysian deputy minister in the Borneo island state of Sarawak near where a helicopter carrying her and five others is believed to have crashed, officials said.

Two more Takata-linked airbag deaths in Malaysia: Honda

Kuala Lumpur - Two people have died in Malaysia after airbag inflators made by Japan's Takata exploded, carmaker Honda announced, raising the global toll to 13 in a scandal that has led to the biggest auto recall in US history.

Malaysian capital to be one of world's most connected cities

The Malaysian government is implementing an ambitious three-year plan to transform the capital Kuala Lumpur into one of world’s most connected cities.

Malaysia PM names new bank chief amid funding scandal

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's scandal-plagued prime minister on Wednesday appointed a new central bank governor, who will take over from respected longtime chief Zeti Akhtar Aziz amid a contentious financial scandal.

Malaysian caught with half a ton of cannabis in Thailand

Bangkok - Police authorities in Thailand announced Tuesday the arrest of a Malaysian who attempted to smuggle half a ton of cannabis into his country.

Gunmen kidnap four Indonesian sailors off Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur - Gunmen have abducted four Indonesian sailors and shot and wounded one crew member on the high seas off the east coast of Malaysia's Sabah state, waters where Abu Sayyaf militants are known to operate, a senior police official said Saturday.

Firebomb thrown at Malaysia office after 'Satan' preacher jibe

Kuala Lumpur - A petrol bomb was thrown on Tuesday at the office of a senior politician in Malaysia's opposition-ruled Penang state, after he described a visiting fiery Islamic preacher as "Satan".

Op-Ed: China’s parallel reality

Washington D.c. - While Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China may have visited Washington earlier this month to participate in the Nuclear Security Summit, nobody seemed to care too much about nuclear disarmament.

Malaysia PM accounts funded luxury buys, election payouts: WSJ

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's bank accounts were used to purchase $15 million in luxury goods and pay out millions more to political figures ahead of 2013 elections, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Malaysian punk artist clowns with scandal-hit leader

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian designer's caricatures of the scandal-plagued prime minister as a sinister clown have become a viral phenomenon, spurring a wider protest-through-images movement and making the artist a target of authorities.

Opponents of Malaysian PM step up drive to oust him

Kuala Lumpur - Leaders from across Malaysia's political spectrum said Sunday they plan to present a petition to the country's Islamic royalty seeking the removal of scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Razak over a corruption crisis.

Severe dry spell parches Asian farmlands

Bangkok - The severe drought now ravaging across Asia is taking a heavy toll on crops as the region desperately needs water to irrigate parched farmlands.

Poaching of this rare bird's 'ivory' is flying under the radar

The slaughter of elephants and rhinos for ivory and horns has generated a lot of media attention, and rightly so. But there is a rare and endangered bird called the helmeted hornbill that is being slaughtered for the same reason.

Australian journalists detained in Malaysia for trying to question PM

Kuala Lumpur - Two Australian journalists were detained and barred from leaving Malaysia after they had tried to "aggressively" question Prime Minister Najib Razak about a corruption scandal, police said Sunday.

MH370 disappearance still a mystery two years on

Kuala Lumpur - Investigators probing what happened to flight MH370 said Tuesday the cause of the plane's disappearance remained a mystery as the second anniversary passed with devastated next-of-kin still grasping for answers.

Malaysia, Australia still 'hopeful' on MH370 anniversary

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia and Australia said they remained "hopeful" of solving the mystery of flight MH370 as the second anniversary of the plane's disappearance arrived Tuesday with no end in sight for devastated families.

Questions linger as Malaysia marks two years since MH370

Kuala Lumpur - Investigators probing the MH370 mystery will release an annual statement, and Malaysia's parliament will observe a solemn moment of silence to mark two years since the plane's baffling disappearance.

Philippine Muslim rebels warn IS seeks foothold in south

Kuala Lumpur - The Islamic State group is trying to establish a stronghold in the violence-racked southern Philippines, the head of the nation's biggest Muslim rebel organisation warned Monday.

Two years on, MH370 kin want search extended

Kuala Lumpur - Families devastated by the loss of flight MH370 vowed Sunday never to quit fighting for answers in the aviation mystery and said the huge search for the Malaysia Airlines plane should continue until something is found.
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