Malaysia News

Kedah cops seeking man who allegedly tried to steal donations from police HQ mosque

ALOR SETAR: Police are looking for a man who allegedly tried to steal from the donation box in a mosque located at the state police contingent headquarters here.

10 September 2017 | 2:08 pm

Hafizh gets podium finish at San Marino Grand Prix

PETALING JAYA: National Moto2 rider Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah of Petronas Raceline Malaysia has claimed the second podium finish of his career by coming in third at the San Marino Grand Prix.

10 September 2017 | 1:50 pm

Smoking is unhealthy but teens don’t know how to quit

10 September 2017 | 1:01 pm

Hurricane Irma's fierce winds blast into Florida

Miami (AFP) - Hurricane Irma regained strength Sunday as it began pummeling Florida, lashing its southern island chain with hurricane-force wind gusts and threatening landfall within hours.

10 September 2017 | 12:06 pm

Video of man being beaten goes viral on social media

PETALING JAYA: A video of the brutal beating of a middle-aged man has gone viral on social media.

10 September 2017 | 10:14 am

Vietnam floating market struggles to stay above water

Can Tho (Vietnam) (AFP) - Fixing weighing scales used to be good business on Vietnam's floating Cai Rang market, but the last repairman on the river now makes just a few dollars a month as modernity pushes traders to land.

10 September 2017 | 8:44 am

Five luxury cars believed to be splashed with acid

ALOR SETAR: At least five luxury cars were splashed with liquid believed to be acid at a shopping mall and nearby areas here.

10 September 2017 | 8:30 am

Jake Gyllenhaal finally plays superhero in 'Stronger'

Toronto (Canada) (AFP) - A man who lost both legs in the Boston Marathon bombings inspired moviegoers Saturday, walking the red carpet at the Toronto film festival for the premiere of "Stronger."

10 September 2017 | 7:48 am

Teenager lives in fear over alleged sexual trysts

PETALING JAYA: After having sex almost nine times allegedly with at least five different men, a 17-year-old student now lives in fear.

10 September 2017 | 6:09 am

Small fire at Sultanah Aminah Hospital's operation theatre

JOHOR BARU: A sealer machine caught fire at a packing room of an operation theatre at Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HSA) here on Saturday.

10 September 2017 | 4:56 am

Russia accuses Washington of leaking diplomats' bank details

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry on Thursday accused U.S. officials of leaking to the media confidential financial details of Russian diplomats working in the United States, and demanded that those responsible be punished.

18 January 2018 | 7:39 pm

EU keen to avoid a fight with Warsaw but will want real concessions

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A new charm offensive should buy Poland time in its confrontation with the EU over backsliding on democracy, but Warsaw will have to make some real policy changes to match the warmer words or risk losing some funds from the bloc.

18 January 2018 | 7:13 pm

Macedonia told to resolve Greece dispute and implement reforms to join NATO

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Macedonia's must resolve a decades-long dispute over its name, implement judicial reform and build good relations with neighbouring countries to join NATO, the Western military alliance's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday.

18 January 2018 | 7:01 pm

Venezuela talks off in row over fugitive ex-policeman's death

CARACAS (Reuters) - Talks between Venezuela's government and the opposition coalition foundered on Thursday after the opposition denied providing information that led to the death of a rogue former policeman and six other anti-government militants.

18 January 2018 | 6:52 pm

U.S. Senate panel to probe Hawaii alerts as FCC investigates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel plans to hold a Jan. 25 hearing on the errant Hawaii ballistic missile alert that stirred panic and anger as the Federal Communications Commission investigates the matter.

18 January 2018 | 6:47 pm

Philippine investigators summon boss of news site derided by Duterte

MANILA (Reuters) - A Philippine law enforcement agency has summoned the head of Rappler, a news site known for challenging President Rodrigo Duterte, to answer a complaint related to cyber crime, adding to problems for an outlet central to a row over press freedom.

18 January 2018 | 6:25 pm

Turkey business lobby calls for end to emergency rule

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's main business lobby on Thursday called on the government to end the state of emergency as parliament extended it for a sixth time since it was imposed after an attempted coup in 2016.

18 January 2018 | 6:20 pm

Shutting out immigrants is not Christian, pope says

IQUIQUE, Chile (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Thursday that it is not Christian to shut out immigrants, urging nations to welcome people whose lives had been "watered down" by poverty, injustice and exploitation.

18 January 2018 | 6:14 pm

Leader of German Social Democrats' youth wing could be Merkel's nemesis

BERLIN (Reuters) - On the face of it, a fresh-faced, hoodie-wearing 28-year-old is an unlikely threat to the leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD), let alone to conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel.

18 January 2018 | 5:48 pm

California abuse case sparks calls for home-schooling oversight

(Reuters) - Lawmakers and advocacy groups are calling for more oversight of home-schooling after a California couple using this method of education was charged with torturing their 13 children.

18 January 2018 | 5:43 pm

Malaysia, Singapore sign bilateral transport pact

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Move advances initiative to strengthen connectivity between two neighbours Malaysia and Singapore Tuesday signed a bilateral agreement to build and run a Rapid Transit System Link, advancing an initiative to boost connectivity between the two Southeast Asian nations. “This is the second cross-border rail agreement that the two countries have signed in two years, which [...]</p>

18 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Malaysia doesn’t want a return to ‘confrontational diplomacy’ with Singapore: PM Najib

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Malaysia does not want a return to the era of “confrontational diplomacy” and “barbed rhetoric” between itself and Singapore, said Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak on Tuesday (16 January). In an apparent dig at former premier Mahathir Mohamad, who was recently picked by Malaysia’s opposition alliance as its prime ministerial candidate for the upcoming general [...]</p>

18 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Possible review of Linkedua’s toll rates next, says Najib

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today did not ruled out the possibility that the toll rates of Malaysia-Singapore Second Link (Linkedua) will be reviewed in an effort to promote its usage. Najib said to reduce congestion at Tambak Johor (Causeway) and while waiting for the completion of the Rapid Transit System (RTS) project in [...]</p>

18 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Malaysia says it won’t let politics derail Singapore train projects

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Singapore and Malaysia vowed on Tuesday to push ahead with two ambitious rail projects linking the two countries as Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak played down political uncertainty ahead of a general election to be held this year. Najib and his Singapore counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong, were on hand as the two countries signed an [...]</p>

18 January 2018 | 12:00 am

DPM: Unfair and wrong to say only Malays fought for Malaysia

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi condemned today a conservative Muslim coalition’s claim that only the Malays had fought against communists, British colonialists, and Japanese occupiers. At a press conference at the Malaysian Institute of Integrity here today, Zahid, who is also the home minister, said the claim was incorrect as history had [...]</p>

18 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Malaysia protest against EU push to ban palm oil in biofuels

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Hundreds of Malaysian palm oil farmers protested Tuesday against a push by the European Parliament to ban the use of the commodity in biofuels, saying it would devastate rural people’s livelihoods. Waving banners that read “Stop the Palm Oil Ban” and “Palm oil provides food for my family”, the smallholders gathered in downtown Kuala Lumpur [...]</p>

18 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Malaysia’s Najib takes pop at Mahathir on Singapore trip

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak took a swipe Tuesday at ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, his opponent in upcoming elections, saying on a trip to Singapore he did not want a return to “confrontational diplomacy”. Mahathir, who ruled Malaysia for more than two decades and is now making another run at the top job aged 92, frequently [...]</p>

18 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Toll charges at Second Link may be revised to ease congestion at Causeway: Najib

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Malaysia will consider revising toll charges at the Second Link in a bid to make the bridge more attractive to users and also reduce congestion at the Woodlands Causeway, said Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak on Tuesday (16 January). “We are attracted to (the) proposal by PM (Lee) Hsien Loong that we could perhaps review [...]</p>

18 January 2018 | 12:00 am

No more confrontational diplomacy, says Najib of ties with Singapore

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>“We certainly don’t want to return to the era of confrontational diplomacy and barb rhetoric between the two countries,” said Malaysian prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in referring to Malaysia-Singapore relations. “It was an era that we want to forget; we certainly don’t want to come back to that era,” said Najib at a [...]</p>

18 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Malaysia, Singapore officiate sovereign funds’ historic RM33b joint project

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Malaysia’s and Singapore’s prime ministers today officiated two award-winning projects in the island city that were successfully completed under a historic partnership between the two nations’ sovereign investment funds. Prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong officially opened the Marina One and DUO projects worth S$11 billion (RM32.9 billion). [...]</p>

17 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Singapore, Malaysia to conduct joint study of Johor River to conserve Linggiu Reservoir stock

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Ministers and officials from both sides of the Causeway are working closely to ensure sufficient water supply from the Johor River for Malaysia and Singapore, said prime minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday (January 16). Speaking at a joint press conference with Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak for the eighth Singapore-Malaysia Leaders’ Retreat, Lee said [...]</p>

17 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Najib pays courtesy call on Singapore President

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak paid a courtesy call to Singapore President Halimah Yacob at the Istana. Najib, who is here to attend the 8th MalaysiaSingapore Leaders’ Retreat, spent about about 30 minutes at the Istana. Also present during the courtesy call were members of the Malaysian delegation including Foreign minister Datuk Seri Anifah [...]</p>

17 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Malaysia on right track with its economic model

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Stimulus measures taken by Saudi Arabia, similar to what Malaysia has introduced, indicates the nation is on the right track with its economic model, prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said. Saudi Arabia recently introduced Goods and Service Tax (GST) and an aid similar to 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) called the “Citizen’s Account”, Najib said [...]</p>

17 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Malaysia Plans Special Court on Human Trafficking as Cases Soar

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Malaysia is setting up a special court to tackle rising numbers of human trafficking cases, in a move welcomed by campaigners who said it would help deliver justice to victims. The nation relies heavily on foreign domestic workers as well as labourers from countries including Indonesia, Bangladesh and Nepal for jobs shunned by locals including [...]</p>

17 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Malaysia plans special court on human trafficking as cases soar

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Malaysia is setting up a special court to tackle rising numbers of human trafficking cases, in a move welcomed by campaigners who said it would help deliver justice to victims. The Southeast Asian nation relies heavily on foreign domestic workers as well as labourers from countries including Indonesia, Bangladesh and Nepal for jobs shunned by [...]</p>

17 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Malaysia-Singapore ties tested by high-speed rail contract

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>The leaders of Malaysia and Singapore are expected to discuss plans for a high-speed rail project linking their countries during summit talks on Tuesday, as a deadline to award the multi billion dollar project nears. The high-speed rail valued by analysts at about $17 billion is the biggest project undertaken by the Southeast Asian neighbours [...]</p>

17 January 2018 | 12:00 am

PM Lee, Malaysian PM Najib attend opening of Marina One ahead of leaders’ retreat

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>In the heart of Singapore’s Marina Bay district, a new gleaming complex of steel and glass soars. On Monday (January 15) evening, Marina One was officially opened as Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak looked on. The 30-storey development is the product of a historic pact between Singapore and [...]</p>

17 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Malaysian startup Zoom helps businesses integrate delivery services; raises $1.01M

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>In the world of e-commerce, having an effective logistics system is crucial Malaysian logistics startup Zoom has raised a RM4 million (US$1.01 million) in a Pre-Series A round led by Gobi Partners. Other participating investors include Cana Asia, Spiral Ventures, and Cradle Fund. Founded in 2015, the Klang-based startup provides an online delivery service platform [...]</p>

17 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Malaysia Upholds Death Sentences for Nine Filipinos Over 2013 Incursion

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>A Malaysian court on Monday upheld death sentences handed down to nine men from the Philippines in connection with an 2013 incursion into the Malaysian part of Borneo island by Philippine fighters seeking to stake an ancient claim. The incursion by the fighters from the southern Philippines into Malaysia’s Sabah state sparked a month-long crisis [...]</p>

17 January 2018 | 12:00 am

KL Mayor: High rise residential development unavoidable in cities

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Kuala Lumpur Mayor Tan Sri Mhd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz said city folks need to accept the reality that there will be more high rise residential developments as it is inevitable in any developing city. “Now we have 1.8 million people in the city. When we reach three million, we will see more high rise [...]</p>

17 January 2018 | 12:00 am

As crisis looms for Malaysia, time to unite for higher cause ahead of polls

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Our nation is facing the bleak prospect of the collapse of the rule of law, the creation of an absolute dictator and the establishing of kleptocracy as a norm, warns Ambiga Sreenevasan. In our system, the prime minister is the member of Parliament who enjoys the confidence of the majority. As such, it is the [...]</p>

17 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Malaysia’s Sarawak state to take 10 pct stake in Petronas LNG facility

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Malaysian energy firm Petroliam Nasional Berhad, or Petronas, said the Sarawak state government will take an equity stake in one of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) production facilities. The state government has signed a term sheet with Petronas for an equity participation in LNG Train 9 at the company’s LNG complex in Bintulu, Sarawak, Petronas [...]</p>

17 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Responsible finance: Malaysia leads the way with new guidelines

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>The Securities Commission Malaysia recently issued its ‘Guidelines on Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI) Funds’ to promote the growth of such funds in Malaysia. These sustainable investment, as they are known, are used to contribute to advancements in social, environmental and governance practices as well as yield healthy financial returns to investors from the market. [...]</p>

16 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Dr M criticising Malays for being less committed to work is unfair and inaccurate: Kuantan Umno

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s statement in blaming the Malay’s culture for the community being left behind is an unfair and inaccurate assessment, said Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Nazahar. The Kuantan Umno deputy chief said that the culture of laziness is not one that happens exclusively among the Malays. “It is unfair for Tun (Dr Mahathir) [...]</p>

16 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Najib to attend Leaders’ Retreat in Singapore from Monday

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak will be in Singapore on Monday (January 15) and Tuesday to attend the eighth Singapore-Malaysia Leaders’ Retreat at the invitation of his Singapore counterpart, prime minister Lee Hsien Loong. The yearly retreat, originally scheduled for last month, was postponed at Najib’s request as he had to attend a special meeting [...]</p>

16 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Malaysia Airlines starts A350-900 service from KL to Heathrow

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Malaysia Airlines today commenced its inaugural A350-900 service from Kuala Lumpur to London with a send-off ceremony at the KL International Airport (KLIA). MH4 departed the KLIA at 9.15am and will arrive at London-Heathrow at 3.25pm later today, the national carrier said in a statement. Malaysia Airlines chief executive officer, Izham Ismail and chief commercial [...]</p>

16 January 2018 | 12:00 am

At best, Malaysia’s opposition may have shaky hold on Putrajaya in GE

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Opposition Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition can only form a stable federal government even under the best conditions if it can win more seats in east Malaysia, according to a Politweet simulation. The simulation by the social media research firm used the Opposition’s performance during the 2013 general election as its base year and gave PH [...]</p>

16 January 2018 | 12:00 am

DPM: Muslims need to stand united

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Muslims must put an end to their differences and start looking for uniting factors. Deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today it was time for Muslims to come together and be an example to the rest of the world. He said at present there were 1.8 billion Muslims in the world [...]</p>

16 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Malaysian PM Najib Razak to visit Singapore for 8th Leaders’ Retreat

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>The much-awaited Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link between Johor Baru and Singapore will be one step closer to construction when prime minister Lee Hsien Loong hosts his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak at the 8th Singapore-Malaysia Leaders’ Retreat from Monday (January 15). Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Sunday (January 14) that the two [...]</p>

16 January 2018 | 12:00 am

PM launches 2nd edition of much-awaited Malaysia Cyber Games

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>The government will continue to champion the development of e-sports in the country, prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak assured the nation’s youth after launching the second edition of the Malaysia Cyber Games at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here on Sunday. Najib said that to ensure the continued growth and development of talents [...]</p>

16 January 2018 | 12:00 am

No more clubbing until 5am in TREC soon, KL mayor announces

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>The operation hours of outlets in Jalan Tun Razak’s TREC entertainment zone which was previously given special permission to operate until 5am will now be reviewed, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) said today. Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Mhd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz said today that the operation hours would be revised following recent [...]</p>

16 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Police find grenade after arresting suspected drug addict in Malaysia

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>The arrest of a suspected drug addict led police to a hand grenade, which was hidden at the De Tropicana Condominium in Jalan Kuchai Maju on Sunday (January 14) morning. Kuala Lumpur police chief Mazlan Lazim said there was “no element of terror or intent to harm”. He said the police earlier noticed the man, [...]</p>

16 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Najib attends tahlil ceremony for late Tun Razak

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak tonight attended the Yasin recital and tahlil ceremony for his late father, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein at Ar-Rahah Mosque, Kampung Kerinchi here. The ceremony, which was held to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the passing of Tun Razak today, was also attended by Najib’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor [...]</p>

16 January 2018 | 12:00 am

PM announce RM3m annual allocation for police pensioners

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today announced a RM3 million annual allocation for police pensioners for their contribution to the country as a token of appreciation. Najib said the RM3mil would be allocated annually for the next three years for police pensioners under the Tabung Amanah Warisan Polis (TAWP). “Our country would not [...]</p>

16 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Dwindling Indian arrivals into Malaysia worries trade

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Arrivals from India to Malaysia are continuing on the downward trend that began since 2015, despite Malaysian-based airlines adding routes to India in recent years. Members of the Malaysian travel trade told TTG Asia that this is mainly due to the lack of an Indian-based airline flying to Malaysia since Air India Express and Jet [...]</p>

16 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Malaysia will not progress under a recycled leader

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Malaysia will not progress if it is being placed under the leadership of a “recycled” leader, Chief minister and Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) Datuk Patinggi Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari Abang Openg said. In an apparent jab against Pakatan Harapan (PH) chair Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad, he said the opposition pact is fragmented unlike the BN, [...]</p>

15 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Temperatures in Malaysia dip below 22 degrees Celsius due to monsoon

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>The western part of Peninsula Malaysia experienced cooler weather than usual on Friday (January 12) due to the monsoon, according to the Malaysian Meteorological Department. The Met Service said the current phenomenon was because of the north-east monsoon affecting the east coast of the peninsula, reported local media outlet The Star. “The rainy season in [...]</p>

15 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Bank of China opens branch in Malaysia’s historic city of Malacca

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Bank of China held an official opening ceremony for its branch in Malaysia’s historic city of Malacca on Friday, which is expected to further boost economic and financial ties between Malaysia and China. In his speech, Idris Haron, Chief minister of Malacca, welcomed the opening-up of the branch by the Bank of China. He praised [...]</p>

15 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Saudi Arabia reports 3 MERS cases; Malaysia monitors 70 contacts

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>MERS-CoV has sickened three more people in Saudi Arabia, all of them men from different parts of the country, the Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) said yesterday in a statement. In other Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) developments, the World Health Organization (WHO) shared more details about a recently reported imported case in Malaysia [...]</p>

15 January 2018 | 12:00 am

IGP: Malaysia-Thai police collaboration decreased car smuggling activities significantly

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Continuous effort between Malaysian and Thailand authorities has yield significant results against transborder car smuggling activities. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said analysis showed that such activities have decreased by about 40 per cent last year compared to 2016. “These joint operation efforts between our Thai counterparts are conducted annually to combat [...]</p>

13 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Opinion | Why Malaysia’s Opposition Picked an Old Foe as Its New Leader

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Facing a tricky general election later this year, on Sunday the political opposition in Malaysia named its candidate to head the government: Mahathir Mohamad, who was the country’s prime minister from 1981 to 2003. The choice may seem curious. Mahathir is 92 years old. He is a former patron-turned-foe of both the current prime minister, [...]</p>

13 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Heavy rain to threaten Singapore and Malaysia with flooding, mudslides

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Rounds of heavy rain will target Singapore and Malaysia through at least this weekend, raising the danger for flooding and mudslides. A slow-moving tropical system will be the culprit behind persistent heavy rain across the southern Malay Peninsula. “The system developing into a tropical depression is unlikely, but enhanced rainfall will occur regardless,” AccuWeather Senior [...]</p>

13 January 2018 | 12:00 am

How Will Malaysia’s Najib Razak Fare in 2018?

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Looming polls will test what is left of the legitimacy of the country’s scandalised premier. Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak has been doing the Christmas/New Year rounds, touting his government’s successes while predictably ignoring his crackdown on dissent, the jailing of the country’s more popular opposition leader, religious bigotry fed by Islamic hardliners, and the [...]</p>

13 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Commission tells Malaysia proposed biofuel policy respects WTO rules

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>The European Commission’s proposal for the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive is in compliance with the EU’s commitments under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, Commission sources told euro, replying to threats from Malaysia to refer the case to the WTO. The sources stressed that there was no such thing as a ban [...]</p>

13 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Rohingya refugees work at unlicensed bird’s nest factory in Malaysia to make a living

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Discreetly tucked away behind a squeaky wooden door in a quiet neighbourhood outside Kuala Lumpur lies an unlicensed bird’s nest factory that churns out hundreds of pieces of the luxurious delicacy each day. Highly sought after by the Chinese for its supposed nutritional value, bird’s nestswhich are made from solidified saliva of swiftletscan easily fetch [...]</p>

13 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Malaysia’s CIMB to trim stakes in asset management JV with Principal Financial

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>CIMB Group Holdings Bhd will sell part of its stakes in two asset management joint venture units to US-based partner Principal Financial Group for 470.3 million ringgit ($118.02 million). The second-largest bank in Malaysia by assets has agreed to divest 20 percent in its asset management joint venture, and 10 percent in the Islamic asset [...]</p>

13 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Employees in Malaysia rank fourth in happiness survey

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>’s recent Employee Job happiness Index 2017 survey has revealed that Malaysia ranked fourth for employees who were happy with their workplace. The survey, carried out in seven countries across Asia was calculated on a 10-point scale with Malaysia scoring 4.65. In a press release to Human Resources, reported that good work location, good [...]</p>

13 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Australian mother granted bail in Malaysia after being cleared of drug trafficking

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>A 54-year-old Australian woman has been released on bail in Malaysia after avoiding the death penalty late last year. Sydney mother-of-four Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto, who remained in custody despite being cleared of trafficking charges, was granted bail by a Malaysian court on Thursday. She was caught with 1.1 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine at Kuala [...]</p>

13 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Saudi Arabia visit enhances bilateral ties: Najib

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said his visit to Saudi Arabia has met its objective and enhanced bilateral ties between both countries. The prime minister said he and King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud discussed matters agreed during the latter’s visit to Malaysia last year. “Among them are economic cooperation, security, matters relating to haj pilgrimage [...]</p>

13 January 2018 | 12:00 am

Fewer seat allocation for PAN to contest in GE14

<p><a href="">Intellasia East Asia News</a> </p><p>Penang’s Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) today admitted that the party was on the losing end in terms of seat allocation announced by Pakatan Harapan recently. The party however sees it as part of the strategy to win in the 14th general election. Its Youth information chief Mohd Faruk Abdul Rahman said that even though the [...]</p>

12 January 2018 | 12:00 am

General : 289 Receive Negeri Sembilan Awards On Second Day

KUALA PILAH, Jan 18 (Bernama) -- The Yang Dipertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir today conferred orders, decorations and medals at a second investiture ceremony in conjunction with his 70th birthday at Balairong Seri, Istana Besar Seri Menanti here.

General : Dismantle Batu Tiga, Sungai Rasau Toll Plazas Immediately Order

SHAH ALAM, Jan 18 (Bernama) -- Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof today ordered PLUS Malaysia Bhd to immediately dismantle the toll plazas at Batu Tiga and Sungai Rasau in Selangor where toll collection ceased on Jan 1 so as to avert accidents at the two places.

General : Ministry Will Implement Social Facility Projects In February - Ismail Sabri

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 18 (Bernama) -- The implementation of the development project involving social facilities under the Rural and Regional Development Ministry for 2018 will commence next month.

Business : Malaysia Will Intensify Efforts, Explain On Palm Oil To EU Ministers, Commissions

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 18 (Bernama) -- Malaysia will intensify its efforts to explain about the palm oil industry to the European ministers as well as the European Commissions before the bloc made its final decision on banning the use of the commodity in biofuels starting 2021.

General : Malaysia Continues To Support Palestine In Forming An Independent State - Ronald

SANDAKAN, Jan 18 (Bernama) -- Malaysia has always supported and continues to provide unflinching support to the Palestinian cause of establishing an independent state.

General : Mahfuz Gives Statement At Kedah IPK In Connection With Insulting Pahang Sultan

ALOR SETAR, Jan 18 (Bernama) -- Pokok Sena Member of Parliament, Datuk Mahfuz Omar was present at the Kedah Police Contingent Headquarters (IPK) to give his statement in connection with allegations he insulted the  Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah during a political talk.

Business : Govt Wants Labuan IBFC To Trigger Local Economy

LABUAN, Jan 18 (Bernama) -- The federal government strives to turn the Labuan International Business and Financial Centre (IBFC) into a business and financial hub that can help trigger more meaningful economic activities on the island, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

General : Respect Judicial Independence - Johor Sultan

MUAR, Jan 18 (Bernama) -- The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar today called on the people in the country to respect and uphold the principle of independence of the judiciary and avoid from making baseless allegations against the judges or judicial officers.

General : Najib Launches Labuan Development Blueprint 2030

LABUAN, Jan 18 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today launched the Labuan Development Blueprint 2030 that sets the direction for the holistic development of the duty-free island.

General : Flood Situation In Segamat Recovers, Relief Centre Closed

JOHOR BAHRU, Jan 18 (Bernama) -- The sole temporary relief centre (PPS) still operating in the state was closed at 10 am today after the flood situation in Segamat recovered fully as of noon.