Malaysia

Malaysia allows return of Kim Jong Nam's body to North Korea

Malaysia will allow the body of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's assassinated half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, to be transported to North Korea, according to an official statement issued on Thursday. 

Malaysia arrests nine men over suspected Islamic State links

Nine Malaysian men have been arrested on suspicion of being linked to the Islamic State extremist group, police said Friday.

'Beauty and the Beast' to show in Malaysia complete with 'gay moment'

"Beauty and the Beast" will be screened in Malaysia without any cuts, Disney said on Tuesday, after a controversy over a gay moment in the film had postponed its release.

Malaysian police identify North Korean murder victim as Kim Jong Nam

Malaysian police on Friday confirmed that the North Korean man killed last month at Kuala Lumpur's international airport was indeed Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Two Malaysians leave North Korea, nine remain stranded

Two Malaysian United Nations workers stranded in North Korea after Pyongyang imposed a travel ban earlier this week were allowed to leave the country on Thursday, as Kuala Lumpur worked to secure the release of its nine remaining citizens.

Purported son of Kim Jong Nam releases video after airport killing

A man claiming to be the son of the recently murdered half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un appeared in a YouTube video that went online Wednesday, saying that he hopes the situation "gets better soon."

N Korean envoy leaves Malaysia after being declared persona non grata

North Korea's ambassador to Malaysia, Kang Chol, left the country on Monday less than 48 hours after the government in Kuala Lumpur declared him persona non grata.

N Korean envoy asked to leave Malaysia as tempers flare on Kim death

North Korea's ambassador to Malaysia has been declared persona non grata by the Foreign Ministry and asked to leave the country within 48 hours, Malaysia said in a statement Saturday.

Deported North Korean denies involvement in Kim Jong Nam killing

A North Korean questioned in connection with the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has accused the Malaysian government of arresting him without evidence and trying to make him confess.

Malaysia deports North Korean suspected in Kim Jong Nam killing

A North Korean man who was detained over last month's killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was released and deported to Pyongyang, according to Malaysia's immigration department.

N Korean diplomat denies lethal poison used in Kim Jong Nam killing

Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was not killed with a chemical poison, a North Korean diplomat said Thursday.

North Korea dismisses 'absurd' claims over death of Kim Jong Nam

Pyongyang on Wednesday dismissed as "the height of absurdity" official accounts of the death of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Two women charged with murder in Kim Jong Nam killing in Malaysia

A Malaysian court on Wednesday charged two women with murder in the killing of Kim Jong Nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother.

Two suspects in North Korean killing to be charged with murder

Two female suspects in custody over the killing of Kim Jong Nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother, will appear in court in Malaysia on Wednesday, Malaysia's attorney general said.

Malaysian police seek to reassure public over VX nerve agent

Malaysian police said on Saturday they would do everything possible to ensure there was no risk to the public from the lethal VX nerve agent used to kill Kim Jong Nam in the country's main international airport.

Lethal nerve agent used to kill North Korean in Malaysia, police say

A nerve agent known as VX was used to kill Kim Jong Nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother, in Malaysia last week, police said Friday.

Malaysia asks Interpol to issue alert for suspects in N Korean death

Malaysia on Thursday requested that Interpol issue an alert for four North Koreans suspected of involvement in last week's killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korean diplomat sought over Kim Jong Nam killing in Malaysia

Two more people, including a North Korean diplomat, are wanted for questioning in connection with last week's killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Malaysian police said Wednesday.

Cause of death still unclear in North Korean killing in Malaysia

The cause of death is "still pending" following an autopsy of the estranged half-brother of North Korea's ruler, following his mysterious death at Kuala Lumpur's airport last week, Malaysia's director general of health said Tuesday.

North Korean envoy to Malaysia: 'We cannot trust the investigation'

North Korea "cannot trust the investigation" by Malaysian police into the death last week of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother, Pyongyang's ambassador to Malaysia said Monday.

Malaysian police arrest North Korean linked to Kim Jong Nam's death

Malaysian police said Saturday they had arrested a North Korean man linked to the suspected assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korean man killed in Malaysia identified as Kim Jong Nam

The man killed at Kuala Lumpur's international airport earlier in the week was indeed Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean leader's older half brother, Malaysian officials confirmed Thursday.

Seoul confirms North Korean leader's half brother killed by poison

South Korea's spy agency has confirmed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother was killed by poison, local media reported Wednesday.

North Korean leader's half brother dead in suspected assassination

Malaysian police confirmed on Tuesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother Kim Jong Nam has died in what media reports said was an assassination.

Malaysian aid flotilla arrives in Myanmar, awaited by protesters

An aid flotilla from Malaysia carrying humanitarian aid for the Rohingya Muslim minority arrived at Yangon port on Thursday afternoon only to be met by protesters. 

Malaysian boat with 31 people on board missing

A boat carrying 31 people including 28 Chinese tourists has been reported missing in Malaysia, a spokesman for the country's maritime authority said on Saturday.

Search for missing MH370 plane ends after three years

After nearly three years of searching, the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has come to an end without a trace of the plane, officials announced Tuesday.

14 killed in Malaysia Christmas Eve crash as bus plunges into ravine

Fourteen people were killed and 16 injured after a bus fell off a cliff on Malaysia's North-South Expressway early Saturday.

Malaysian air force plane crash kills one, injures three

A Malaysian air force plane crashed at a base on Wednesday, killing the pilot and injuring three others on board.

Nearly 4 million people without water in Malaysian capital

Nearly 4 million people in Malaysia's capital were without water on Wednesday, as scheduled cuts drew loud complaints for occurring the week before Christmas.

Thousands in Malaysia take part in rally against prime minister

Thousands of protesters in the Malaysian capital took part in an anti-government rally Saturday, despite the arrest of rally leaders and the leader of a counter-protest.

Bersih leaders among nine Malaysians arrested ahead of mass rally

Two leaders of Malaysian voting rights group The Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) have been arrested by police and will be remanded on Saturday, said Eric Paulsen, one of the duo's lawyers.

Philippines arrests Malaysian with more than 4 kilos of cocaine

A Malaysian national was arrested in the Philippines after authorities found more than 4 kilos of cocaine in his luggage, immigration officials said Tuesday.

Head of Malaysian pro-democracy group held for handing out flyers

The head of a Malaysian pro-democracy group demanding free and fair elections and the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak has been arrested for distributing flyers, the group announced on Facebook Saturday.

Indonesia detains Malaysian, Vietnamese boats for illegal fishing

Indonesian patrol boat apprehended four foreign boats allegedly fishing illegally in Indonesian waters, an official said Sunday.

Three Indonesian hostages in Philippines released

Three Indonesians who had been held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf militant group in the Philippines have been released, local media reported Sunday. 

Ricciardo wins Malaysia GP as Hamilton retires and Rosberg spins

Daniel Ricciardo led a surprise one-two for Red Bull at a turbulent Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday which saw then race leader Lewis Hamilton stopped by an engine failure and Nico Rosberg finish third after spinning early on and handed a 10-second penalty.

Malaysian anti-government group launches campaign to oust premier

A Malaysian pro-democracy group began a nationwide campaign on Saturday to attempt to force Prime Minister Najib Razak to step down over corruption allegations.

Russia denounces MH17 crash investigation as "politically motivated"

Russia's Foreign Ministry denounces the Dutch-led investigation into the MH17 airliner crash as "biased" and "politically motivated."

MH17 probe: Missile brought from Russia downed plane over Ukraine

The Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight shot down over eastern Ukraine was struck by a Buk missile brought into the conflict zone from Russia, prosecutors said Wednesday on presenting the long-awaited findings of a criminal investigation into the crash.

Investigators confirm Tanzania debris is part of missing MH370

Investigators on Thursday confirmed that a piece of aircraft debris that was found in Tanzania nearly three months ago was part of the missing MH370, a senior Malaysian official said.

Seven elephants die in Borneo after being trapped in mud pool

Seven pygmy elephants died, while two others were rescued, after they became stuck in a mud pool near a logging site in Borneo, a state wildlife official said Wednesday.

Pregnant woman infected by Zika virus in Malaysia

A pregnant woman has become Malaysia's third confirmed case of the Zika virus, the government said Wednesday.

Health Minister warns of more Zika cases emerging in Malaysia

Malaysia’s Health Minister Sunday warned of an increase in Zika cases following the detection of local transmission of the virus.

Malaysia reports first locally transmitted Zika infection

Malaysia has recorded its first locally transmitted case of the Zika virus, health officials said Saturday.

Malaysia reports first Zika case

Malaysian health authorities on Thursday confirmed the country's first case of Zika, over a week after neighbouring Singapore reported its first outbreak of the virus.

Anti-government protesters gather in Malaysian capital

Protesters on Saturday marched in the streets in the Malaysian capital to denounce alleged massive corruption in government.

Malaysia opposes release of Indonesian terrorist from Guantanamo Bay

Malaysia is opposing Indonesian terrorist Hambali's plea to be released from the US-run detention facility on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he has been held for more than a decade.

Popular Malaysian singer detained amid probe for "insulting Islam"

A Malaysian court on Monday approved the four-day detention of popular singer Namewee while he is investigated on accusations of insulting Islam in a music video, a police official said.

Nine suspected Islamic State supporters arrested in Malaysia

Police have arrested nine suspected Islamic State militants during a two-week sweep in Malaysia as part of a crackdown on extremism in the predominantly Muslim country, a senior official said Saturday.

Malaysia revokes 68 passports over support for Islamic State

Malaysia has cancelled the passports of 68 citizens who allegedly travelled abroad to support Islamic State, a senior official said Sunday.

Islamic authorities ban Malaysian Muslims from playing Pokemon Go

Islamic authorities in Malaysia banned Muslims in the country from playing Pokemon Go, the popular augmented reality smartphone game, which became available there on Saturday.

Malaysia: Simulator flight path not proof MH370 deliberately crashed

A senior Malaysian official on Thursday said the pilot of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 had plotted a flight path into the Indian Ocean in his flight simulator at home, but that the simulation does not prove he crashed the missing plane. 

Cabin crew evacuates Indonesia-bound flight after hearing word "bomb"

People on board an AirAsia flight bound for Indonesia on Wednesday were ordered to disembark the plane after a passenger uttered the word "bomb," a police official said.

Controversial new anti-terrorism law takes effect in Malaysia

A new anti-terrorism law, which critics say gives Prime Minister Najib Razak sweeping powers, took effect Monday in Malaysia.

Malaysia Airlines orders 50 Boeing B737 Max jets

Malaysia Airlines has firmed up an order for 50 B737 Max jets from Boeing for a total of 5.5 billion dollars, the airline's new chief executive officer said Wednesday.

Philippine Islamist militants blamed for kidnapping Malaysian crew

The Malaysian crew of a tugboat missing since last week were abducted by an Islamist militant group in the southern Philippines, Malaysia’s police chief said Tuesday.

Piracy and sea robbery down to 21-year low in first half of 2016

Piracy and armed robbery at sea have fallen to their lowest level since 1995 in the first half of the year amid a decline in attacks in Indonesia and Somalia, an international watch group said Monday.

Seven Indonesian migrants drown in boat accident off Malaysia

Seven Indonesians suspected of trying to sneak out of Malaysia after working there illegally drowned after their boat capsized, an immigration official said Sunday.

Search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane to be suspended

The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is to be suspended after the current search area is completed, ministers from  Malaysia, Australia and China said Friday.

Malaysia vows to cooperate with US over 1MDB lawsuits

Malaysia said Thursday it would cooperate with the US Justice Department in lawsuits filed to recover assets of the beleaguered state development fund 1MDB.

South-East Asia likely to face more Islamic State attacks

Several hundred people from South-East Asia have gone to fight for Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. But now local fears are on the rise as the jihadists are behind more attacks in the region.

Tanzania hands over potential wreckage from missing plane to Malaysia

Tanzania's Civil Aviation Authority on Friday handed over to Malaysian officials a piece of debris potentially from a Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing in 2014.

Malaysian police say Islamic State involved in grenade blast

Islamic State militants were involved in a grenade blast at a nightspot outside Kuala Lumpur last week, Malaysian police said on Monday.

Malaysia imposes price controls on food for Ramadan celebrations

Malaysia will impose price controls on a range of basic foods ahead of celebrations for the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a senior minister said Sunday.

31 women arrested in Malaysian state for clothing violations

Thirty-one women have been arrested in northern Malaysia for wearing tight clothing or not donning a headscarf, in a crackdown during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a media report said Saturday.

Malaysian leader pines for US President Obama’s “The Beast” limousine

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Thursday said he pines for the mammoth presidential vehicle of US President Barack Obama, which he described as a “lovely car.”

English teacher jailed for 25 years for "horrifying" child sex abuse

A British court sentenced a 30-year-old man to at least 25 years in prison on Monday after convicting him of the sexual abuse of dozens of children while he worked as an English teacher in Malaysia.

Several injured during turbulence on Malaysia Airlines jet

A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane on Sunday encountered severe turbulence in mid flight, injuring several passengers, the airline said.

Three dead, two critical after tourist boat capsizes in Vietnam

Rescue forces have found the bodies of three victims, including two children, who were reported missing after a tourist boat capsized on a popular river in central Vietnam, officials said Sunday.

Malaysia confronts nightmare of child sexual exploitation

For eight years, British paedophile Richard Huckle satisfied his perversion through nearly 200 Malaysian children, undetected by the authorities. The new revelations are finally jolting the country out of its complacency toward sexual abuse of minors.

World Economic Forum calls for liberalization of airline ownership

Governments should allow 100 per cent foreign ownership of airlines to spur growth in global aviation and tourism industries, the World Economic Forum (WEF) said Wednesday.

Australian gets two weeks in jail in Malaysia for smoking on plane

An Australian national was sentenced on Friday to 14 days imprisonment by a Malaysian court for smoking on a passenger plane, state media reported.

Activists blast execution of Malaysian murder convict in Singapore

Singapore on Friday executed a Malaysian murder convict after a last-minute plea was rejected, police said, triggering condemnation by human rights groups.

Singapore executes Malaysian murder convict

Singapore on Friday executed a Malaysian murder convict after a last-minute plea was rejected, police said.

"Decreasing possibility" MH370 will be found, official says

There is a "decreasing possibility" that missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will ever be found, an Australian official said, as only a small proportion of the search zone remained to be scanned.

Indonesian sailor says Abu Sayyaf threatened to kill hostages

One of 10 Indonesian sailors released after being held hostage by the Philippine Islamic militant group Abu Sayyaf for more than a month said his captors had threatened to kill the hostages.

10 Indonesian sailors arrive home after kidnap by Abu Sayyaf

Ten Indonesian sailors held hostage by the Islamic militant group Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines arrived home after being released by their captors, an official said Monday.

Five homemade bombs found in Malaysia condo raid

Police on Sunday found five homemade bombs in a condominium unit in the outskirts of the Malaysian capital, forcing the evacuation of about 200 residents, an official said.

Report: Malaysian former attorney general planned to charge premier

Malaysia's former attorney general planned to file charges against Prime Minister Najib Razak over the millions of dollars found in the premier’s bank accounts, an Australian television network said Monday.

Mozambique debris "almost certainly" from missing MH370

Two pieces of debris recovered from Mozambique, which arrived in Australia for inspection this week, are "highly likely" to have come from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, an Australian minister said Thursday.

Detained Australian journalists leave Malaysia without facing charges

Two Australian journalists on Tuesday left Malaysia after being detained for trying to question Prime Minister Najib Razak over corruption allegations, officials said.

Australia "concerned" over detention of journalists in Malaysia

Malaysia's detention of two Australian journalists at the weekend prompted Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to contact the authorities there, she said Monday.

Police destroy suspected home-made bombs in Malaysian capital

Police on Wednesday successfully destroyed two suspected home-made bombs left at a car park near a popular shopping area in the Malaysian capital, a police official said.

Investigators still have no explanation for MH370 disappearance

International investigators looking into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have yet to explain what happened to the aircraft two years after it disappeared, according to a statement released on Tuesday

Families, friends remember MH370 disappearance in Malaysia

Friends and relatives of people aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 gathered in a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur Sunday to commemorate the second year of the disappearance of the aircraft.

Pain deepens as MH370 disappearance remains unresolved two years on

Grace Nathan put on a brave smile and a firm handshake but the look in her eyes belied the pain and anguish that she has lived with for the past two years.

Global piracy shifts from hijacking to robbery, 2015 figures show

Pirates moved away from taking ships and crew members hostage in 2015, favouring instead swift attacks to rob vessels of removable goods, an anti-piracy watch group said Tuesday.

Malaysian Parliament approves Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement

The Malaysian Parliament on Wednesday approved the country's participation in the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement, a senior official said.

Five more bodies found after Malaysia migrant boat accident

Five more bodies were recovered Wednesday along the coast of southern Malaysia, bringing to 18 the number of victims from a boat accident two days ago, a district police chief said.

13 Indonesian migrants drown off southern Malaysia, police say

Thirteen migrants believed to be from Indonesia drowned after their boats capsized off southern Malaysia, a district police chief said Tuesday.

Aeroplane debris found on southern Thai coast

A large piece of aircraft debris found on the south-eastern Thai coast was being investigated, media reported Sunday.

Terrorists targeting tourist areas of Malaysia, minister says

Tourist areas of the Malaysian capital are being targeted by terrorists groups, a senior minister said, following a deadly attack in the Indonesian capital Jakarta and the arrest of a bombing suspect in Malaysia on Friday.

Dengue fever: painful tropical disease, difficult to control

Dengue fever is a painful, debilitating viral disease carried by Aedes mosquitoes, and is most prevalent in tropical regions.

Malaysia Airlines bans checked bags on Europe flights citing headwind

Starting late Tuesday passengers can check in their bags, but they would be sent on a separate cargo flight, the airline said.