Malaysia court: Stop deporting remaining 114 Myanmar nationals

The High Court of Kuala Lumpur has issued an order to stay the deportation of 114 Myanmar migrants, the only ones left of a group of 1,200 people the Malaysian government sent back to Myanmar in defiance of an earlier ruling. The court’s decision on Wednesday was welcomed by the rights groups Amnesty International and […]

Rights groups in last gasp bid to stop Malaysia deportation

Groups take court action, send letters of appeal to stop Malaysia from sending 1,200 people back to Myanmar. Human rights groups have stepped up efforts to stop Malaysia from deporting 1,200 Myanmar nationals back to military-run Myanmar, sending a letter to the prime minister and filing a lawsuit on Tuesday. The group, which includes at […]

Malaysia to start COVID-19 vaccination drive early as first doses arrive

YANGON: Mya Thwet Thwet Khaing would have turned 20 on Feb. 11, two days before she was shot in the head during anti-military protests in Myanmar’s administrative capital, Nay Pyi Taw. Khaing died on Friday after her family decided to remove the life support system which she had been kept on for more than a […]

Alarm as Myanmar ships reach Malaysia to pick up detainees

US and UN call on Malaysia to halt the deportation of 1,200 Myanmar nationals saying it could put their lives at risk. The United Nations refugee agency said on Saturday at least six people registered with it were among 1,200 Myanmar nationals to be deported by Malaysia next week, while the United States voiced alarm […]

Malaysiakini found guilty, fined, over readers’ comments

Country’s top court rules online newspaper has ‘full responsibility’ for its website, fining the publication $124,000. Malaysia’s highest court on Friday found Malaysiakini, the country’s most popular online newspaper, guilty of contempt of court over comments posted by readers that were deemed offensive to the judiciary, fining the publication 500,000 Malaysian ringgit ($123,644) in a […]

‘Abhorrent’: Malaysia’s plan for Myanmar repatriation condemned

Rights groups are urging the Malaysian government to halt plans to send more than 1,000 Myanmar people currently in immigration detention back to Myanmar despite the political turmoil triggered by the military coup on February 1. Malaysia said this week that it had accepted Myanmar’s offer to send the navy to bring back 1,200 people […]

From Pakistan to India: Tracing my grandmother’s refugee journey

Sometime in mid-August 1947, my grandmother, Abnash Kaur, then about 12 years of age, boarded a train with her family from Lahore in what is now Pakistan. The journey would take her to Kalka, a sleepy Indian town in the foothills of the Himalayas. She would never return to Pakistan. Like an estimated 15 million […]

Shell freezes salaries, cuts $1bn in bonuses amid overhaul

The Anglo-Dutch oil giant is moving towards greener energy, which also means shedding 9,000 jobs over the next two years, its CEO said. Royal Dutch Shell Plc will not raise salaries for most of its employees this year, according to people with knowledge of the matter, as it looks to save cash amid an overhaul […]

Malaysia to extend COVID vaccination to all foreigners in country

Ministers have given approval to giving jab to millions of non-Malaysians as it battles surging cases. Malaysia says it will include all foreigners who live in the country in its national vaccination programme as it prepares to roll out its first jabs at the end of this month. “(The) Cabinet has decided that foreign citizens […]

Malaysia’s economy shrank in 2020 by the most since Asian crisis

Economy shrank by a worse-than-expected 5.6 percent last year, with lockdowns likely to lead to more pain, analysts say. Malaysia’s economic contraction quickened again in the fourth quarter, as a fresh virus wave late in 2020 helped drive the economy to its worst annual showing since the Asian financial crisis. Gross domestic product shrank 3.4% […]

Indonesia, Malaysia seeking ASEAN meeting on Myanmar

JAKARTA: The leaders of Indonesia and Malaysia on Friday said they were seeking a special meeting of foreign ministers of Southeast Asian nations to discuss the situation in Myanmar, where an elected government was overthrown in a coup earlier this week. Throwing a wedge in Myanmar’s long and troubled transition to democracy, the military took […]

Her day in court: Woman crowdfunds sexual assault case

A young woman raised money to bring her case of sexual assault against a former policeman in a first for Malaysia. A Mongolian woman has raised thousands of dollars in crowdfunding to mount a sexual assault case against a former policeman in a first for Malaysia, her lawyer said on Wednesday. Women’s rights groups have followed the case closely, saying victims of assault should […]

Singapore suspends ‘travel bubble’ with Malaysia, South Korea

Germany is also affected by the temporary travel restriction beginning on February 1 until the end of April. Singapore announced it will temporarily suspend its reciprocal “travel bubble” arrangement with neighbouring Malaysia as well as South Korea and Germany, amid the resurgence of coronavirus cases worldwide and its reported new variants. Starting on Monday, the […]

GameStop mania spreads as far as Malaysian glove makers

Malaysian online community creates buzz around local stocks that have been beaten down by large institutional investors. The manic ride in GameStop Corp. sparked by American amateur traders on Reddit has inspired some Malaysians to form a similar group targeting shares of glove makers — one of Asia’s hottest pandemic trades in 2020. The online […]

Malaysia orders release of Pakistan plane held over lease dispute

A PIA passenger plane was ordered to be released after it was held in Kuala Lumpur nearly two weeks ago. A Malaysian court has ordered the immediate release of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane that was held back at Kuala Lumpur airport nearly two weeks ago due to a British court case over the […]

China to conduct South China Sea military exercises

Drills to take place the same week that China complained about a US aircraft carrier group sailing through the waters. China said on Tuesday it will conduct military exercises in the South China Sea this week, just days after complaining that a US aircraft carrier group had sailed through the disputed waters. A notice issued […]

Pakistan national carrier plane ‘impounded’ in Malaysia

Boeing 777 aircraft was seized after a British court order involving a $14m lease dispute. A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane has been held back by Malaysian authorities due to a British court case over the jet’s lease. PIA announced the news on Twitter on Friday, adding it would pursue the matter through diplomatic […]

At COVID ‘breaking point’ Malaysia declares ’emergency’, lockdown

Malaysia declared a state of emergency on Tuesday morning, hours before millions of Malaysians were due to go back into lockdown following a surge in coronavirus cases that threatened to overwhelm the country’s public health system. A statement from the royal palace said the king had agreed to a declaration of emergency following a Monday […]

Six dead, nearly 50,000 evacuated in Malaysia floods

Authorities have stepped up rescue operations after locals complained they had to fend for themselves earlier this week. At least six people have died and nearly 50,000 evacuated in Malaysia after monsoon rains pounded the country’s east coast, authorities said, causing what residents described as the worst flooding in half a century. Authorities have stepped […]

French-Irish teen’s 2019 death a ‘misadventure’: Malaysia court

The body of Nora Anne Quoirin, who had learning difficulties, was discovered near a holiday resort where her family was staying. A Malaysian court has announced it will not reopen a probe into the death of a French-Irish teenager whose body was found in a jungle after she went missing during a family holiday, saying […]

End of the line: Malaysia, Singapore kill high-speed rail project

Project was first approved in 2013 but was delayed repeatedly; Malaysia wanted changes due to COVID economic downturn. A multi-billion-dollar high-speed rail link between Singapore and Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur has been terminated. The two countries were unable to reach an agreement on the project after Malaysia sought changes because of the pandemic’s economic impact, […]

Tracking the new coronavirus strains

New variants of the coronavirus have now been reported in at least 31 countries worldwide. One of these new strains named VUI-202012/01 was first reported in the United Kingdom on December 14 and is said to be up to 70 percent more transmissible than the previously dominant strain in the UK. This means it is […]

Deferred dreams: What COVID taught three Olympic athletes

The Tokyo Olympics was arguably the biggest sporting casualty of the coronavirus pandemic, postponed in March in an unprecedented move as a third of the world was plunged into COVID-19-related lockdowns. More than 11,000 elite athletes from 33 different sports were due to compete in the games – for most the pinnacle of sporting achievement. […]

Chronic kidney disease taking a growing toll on Malaysia

article author:  Ushar Daniele Wed, 2020-12-30 23:15 KUALA LUMPUR: Kidney disease is on the rise in Malaysia, where at least 15 percent of the population are affected, with many unaware of their condition, officials and health experts have warned. A recent study by Malaysia’s Ministry of Health showed that the prevalence of chronic kidney disease […]