Tag Archives: Malaysia

Democratic leadership & responsibility: Learning from Mahathir

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Mahathir to become world’s oldest elected leader

Mahathir

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Malaysia detained Odhikar secretary Adilur

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 ...

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2 Bangladeshis held in Malaysia for suspected links to IS

Bangladeshis

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 ...

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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 ...

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