Police detain 467 for violating Covid-19 SOPs, mostly for not wearing face masks

Police yesterday detained 467 people for violating the Covid-19 standard operating procedures, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said. Ismail, who is also defence minister, said that most of those who were nabbed did not wear face masks, which has been made a manda

Malaysia’s Mahathir says political uncertainty won’t end with Anwar as PM

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Friday he doubted whether opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim had the numbers in parliament to take the premiership and even if he did the country would remain in political deadlock.Anwar met the king on Tuesday in a bid to prove he has a parlia

Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim to meet king in decades-long push to become PM

Malaysia’s opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, will at last be granted an audience with the king on Tuesday, a meeting his supporters hope could lead to the culmination of his decades-long quest to lead the country. Anwar stated last month that he had majority support from lawmakers requ

Malaysia will not re-impose coronavirus curbs for now despite spike

Malaysia will not re-impose widespread coronavirus restrictions on travel despite a recent spike in infections, which a government minister said was partly caused by migrants from neighboring countries.Malaysia imposed a nationwide lockdown in March but has been gradually lifting the curbs, though

Nazri wants Umno out of Perikatan by GE15, but remain for now to fight Covid-19

Padang Rengas MP Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz has urged Umno to leave Perikatan Nasional (PN) and not give up any seats to them in the 15th general election (GE15). However, Nazri said in a Malaysiakini report that Umno should remain in the coalition for now to fight against the Covid-19 p

Malaysia power struggle set to drag on as king recuperates in hospital

Malaysia’s King Sultan Abdullah will not be granting an audience to anyone for a week as he is under observation at a hospital, a palace official said on Friday, as opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim seeks a meeting with him to form a new government. Anwar said this week he has secured a &ldqu

Malaysia’s Anwar says has ‘strong’ support to form govt

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said Wednesday he had the “strong” backing of lawmakers in parliament and was seeking an audience with the king to form a new government.The Southeast Asian nation has been in turmoil since an alliance that swept to power in 2018, which was hea

Muhyiddin says Sabah poll could set stage for general election

  KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18 — Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said in Sabah today that the result of the state election could determine when he will call a general election. Muhyiddin is believed to be contemplating an early general election early next year to dispel views that his

Guan Eng: When is RM1,000 for monthly social welfare aid coming?

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 — DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today questioned when an idea mooted to increase the monthly social welfare aid to RM1,000 would materialise, describing it as an alleged “promise” by the prime minister. Lim, who is also Bagan MP, claimed that the prime

Malaysia to lift limit on hiring of foreign labor

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia has decided to lift an earlier limit on the hiring of foreign workers meant to protect jobs for locals in most sectors, the Human Resources Ministry said late on Thursday.Last month, the ministry said the hiring of foreign labor would be limited to the construction, agricul

Malaysia arrests ex-finance minister on corruption charges

Malaysia’s former finance minister Lim Guan Eng was arrested on Thursday in connection with corruption allegations over a $1.5 billion undersea tunnel project, state news agency Bernama reported.Lim, a senior opposition leader, will face one charge in court on Friday and two others next week,

Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib guilty in 1st trial for 1MDB looting

 Former Prime Minister Najib Razak was convicted Tuesday of crimes involving the multibillion-dollar looting of a Malaysian state investment fund that brought down his government in a shocking election ouster two years ago.Najib was calm and stone-faced as he became the first Malaysian leader c

Coronavirus: Malaysia to allow mass prayers ahead of Eid

Malaysia will ease a ban on mass prayers in mosques, starting from Friday and ahead of this month’s Eid festival, the government said, as it gradually relaxes curbs that have helped rein in the coronavirus. The news follows last week’s re-opening of many businesses in Malaysia, which ha

Malaysia’s Mahathir insists has enough support to become premier

Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad insisted on Saturday he had enough support to become prime minister again hours after a rival was picked for the job amid a political crisis sparked by the government’s collapse. “I have 114 MPs who are supporting me,” the 94-year-old said in a st

Dr M not aware of discussions on third party acquisition of FGV stakes

LANGKAWI, Dec 8 — Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he was not aware of any discussions on a third-party acquisition of FGV Holdings Bhd (FGV) stakes as alleged by a Pakatan Harapan leader today. He said if at all discussions took place, it would have involved Felda and the alleged

Malaysia presents smaller budget as revenue seen falling

Malaysia's government has unveiled a smaller budget for next year as revenue is expected to fall, but said it would raise development spending to offset a slowdown in global demand. As expected, the government also said on Friday it would run a larger fiscal deficit of 3.2 percent of gross domestic

Malaysia parliament scraps law criminalising fake news

Malaysia has scrapped a law making "fake news" a crime, a year after an initial attempt to repeal the legislation was blocked by the opposition-controlled senate. The Anti-Fake News Act 2018 was passed by the government of former Prime Minister Najib Razak in a move critics said was designed to sti

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