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Goldman Sachs chief apologizes to Malaysia over 1MDB scandal

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MNA Business Desk: Goldman Sachs new boss has apologised to Malaysia for the role an ex-partner played in the corruption scandal at one of the country’s wealth funds. However, chief executive David Solomon also distanced the bank from the scheme, which saw billions embezzled from the state development fund, 1MDB. He said Goldman, which had helped to raise money for the fund, had been deceived about details of the deals. Malaysia filed criminal charges against Goldman last month. It accused the investment bank of helping to misappropriate money intended for the fund. The US and other countries are also investigating ...

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Myanmar seizes boat with 93 Rohingya fleeing to Malaysia


MNA Exclusive Desk: Authorities in Myanmar have seized a boat carrying 93 people, apparently Rohingya Muslims, fleeing displacement camps in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State and hoping to reach Malaysia, reported news agency. The boat is believed to be the third bound for Malaysia stopped in Myanmar waters since monsoon rains began to subside last month, bringing calmer weather, raising fears of a fresh wave of hazardous voyages after a 2015 crackdown on people smugglers. Moe Zaw Latt, director of the government office in Dawei, a coastal town in southern Myanmar, said fishermen had reported a “suspicious” boat to authorities. The ...

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Malaysia reopens labour market for Bangladeshis


MNA Business Desk: All the licensed recruiting agencies of the country from now on can send workers to Malaysia under the G2G Plus system. The decision was taken at a meeting of expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam with Malaysian human resources minister M Kulasegaran in Putrajaya on Tuesday. Nurul Islam led a five-member Bangladesh side to the meeting, said a handout of the expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment ministry. As per the decision, the job market of Malaysia will remain open to the workers who are waiting to go there. Meanwhile, the joint working group of Bangladesh ...

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Najib Razak charged over money laundering

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MNA International Desk: Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak was hit with new charges Wednesday linked to a multi-billion-dollar financial scandal that contributed to his shock election defeat in May, reported news agency. Appearing at a court in Kuala Lumpur, Najib was charged with three counts of money-laundering over claims he pocketed 42 million ringgit ($10.3 million), and pleaded not guilty. He faces up to 15 years in jail for each charge. These are in addition to the charges he faced last month after he was first arrested — three for criminal breach of trust and a separate count that ...

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Democratic leadership & responsibility: Learning from Mahathir


MNA Editorial Desk: In the global political arena, several interesting events took place recently and one of the most important of those is Dr. Mahathir Mohamad getting elected as the 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia at the age of 92. He seemed to take a new challenge after all these years as he won the election against a party from which he first became the Prime Minister of Malaysia in 1981 and held the chair continuously till 2003. It was very unusual that a single person remained in power for such a long time in a democratic country but Mahathir ...

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Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim released from jail

Anwar Ibrahim

MNA International Desk: Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim was freed from jail after receiving a royal pardon. Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad sought a pardon for Anwar, which was granted on Wednesday morning. Once seen as a potential future leader, he had been jailed on charges of sodomy and corruption after falling out with the government. Mahathir has promised to step aside for Anwar to become prime minister within two years. The politician was jailed for a second time three years ago on what he said were trumped-up sodomy charges, reports news agency. For years he had been heading Malaysia’s ...

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Najib Razak banned from leaving country

Najib Razak

MNA International Desk: Malaysia’s scandal-hit former prime minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor were Saturday banned from leaving the country, the immigration chief said, after the shock election loss of Najib’s coalition. “The immigration department has just now blacklisted Najib and Rosmah from leaving the country,” Mustafar Ali, director-general of the immigration department, told news agency. Najib said in a tweet: “I have just been informed by the immigration department of Malaysia that my family and I are not allowed to go abroad. I respect the decision and I will remain in the country with my family.” The ...

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Mahathir to become world’s oldest elected leader


MNA International Desk: Mahathir Mohamad will become the world’s oldest elected leader, after a shock victory in Malaysia’s election. The former PM, 92, came out of retirement and switched to the opposition to challenge his former protege Najib Razak, who has been beset by corruption allegations. His historic win has ousted the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which has been in power since independence in 1957. Mr Mahathir said his coalition would “restore the rule of law”. Mr Najib has not yet commented on his dramatic loss. Official results showed the opposition Pakatan Harapan – the Alliance of Hope – had ...

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Malaysia intercepts boat carrying Rohingyas

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Malaysia has intercepted a boat carrying 56 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar off its northern island of Langkawi, authorities said on Tuesday, with rights groups expecting further perilous journeys by sea after last year’s surge in violence in Myanmar, reported news agency. The boat had stopped at an island in southern Thailand on Saturday after a storm, with officials there saying the refugees were heading to Malaysia. It had set sail from central Rakhine state in Myanmar, the U.N. refugee agency said. According to UN and other rights groups, some 700,000 mostly Muslim Rohingya fled their homes in ...

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School fire kills 25 people in Malaysia

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MNA International Desk: A fire at an Islamic boarding school killed at least 25 people, most of them students, in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur after breaking out in a dormitory early on Thursday morning, reported news agency. The fire at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, a “tahfiz” boarding school where students learn to memorise the Koran, was reported around 5.40 a.m. local time (2140 GMT Wednesday), according to a statement from the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department. The blaze began in the sleeping quarters on the top floor of the three-storey school building, the statement said. Two wardens and 23 ...

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Malaysia detained Odhikar secretary Adilur


MNA National Desk: Malaysia has detained Adilur Rahman Khan, a prominent Bangladesh activist, describing the government action as ‘harassment’ against human rights defenders. Adilur Rahman, secretary of the rights group Odhikar, was detained after arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport early Thursday, reported news agency. He was due to speak at a two-day conference organized by the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network. Rights group Voice of the Malaysian People (Suaram) said Khan was being kept incommunicado at the airport’s immigration lock-up and appealed for his release. Immigration authorities could not be reached for comment. Malaysia often denies foreign pro-democracy activists entry ...

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2 Bangladeshis held in Malaysia for suspected links to IS


MNA Editorial Desk: Malaysian police said on Monday they had arrested four people, including two Bangladeshis, with suspected links to an Islamic State cell based out of the southern Philippines. Muslim-majority Malaysia has been on high alert since an attack last January by Islamic State-linked militants in Jakarta, the capital of neighbouring Indonesia. The four were arrested in a series of raids between 13-19 January in Kuala Lumpur and Sabar, reports Malaysian English news service New Straits Times. The cell, operating out of the province of Mindanao, was led by a former university lecturer, Mahmud Ahmad, who is known to ...

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Malaysia lifting a freeze on hiring foreign workers

MNA Business Desk: Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Malaysian Transport Minister, has said yesterday, Malaysia is partially lifting a freeze on hiring foreign workers in view of what a minister described as ‘acute shortage’ of manpower. The Star said that the decision came after ‘appeals’ from the sectors to allow labor imports, just two months after halting their intake. “In view of the acute shortage, we have to lift the suspension to allow these sectors to bring in foreign workers,” Liow quoted to report. The decision taken in the cabinet, reports Malaysian based online The Star. Workers will be hired ...

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