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Malaysia

Higher number of graft-related reports received as a result of govt efforts: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

More corruption cases have come to light as a result of the Pakatan Harapan government's efforts to fight graft, said Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Speaking at the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) in Laxenburg, Austria on Monday (21 Jan), Dr Mahathir noted that the increase is due to a lack of fear regarding the possible consequences of reporting such cases, as …

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Unnecessary for Singapore to “send warships” to “chase” Johor Chief Minister “away”: Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at Oxford Union dialogue

Singapore's act of sending "warships" to "chase away" Johor's Chief Minister Osman Sapian was unnecessary and a "severe" overreaction, said Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. In a broadcast of the Oxford Union forum by Astro AWANI on Friday (18 Jan), Dr Mahathir delivered an address that touched on the 14th General Election last year and how it has transformed the …

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Johor Chief Minister was cautioned against visiting Johor Bahru port, fearing “counter-productive” outcome to bilateral negotiations with Singapore: Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry

Following Johor Chief Minister Osman Sapian's controversial visit to the Johor Bahru port on board of Malaysian vessel MV Pedoman earlier this month, Malaysia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that it has advised the Chief Minister to withdraw his plans to visit the port. The visit, which was deemed by Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an "unauthorised visit" to …

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Malaysia refuses to host any events involving Israeli participants, says Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah; discreet economic relations with Israel “booming” despite Malaysia’s diplomatic hostility?

Following the announcement by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad regarding the ban on Israeli athletes against entering Malaysia and subsequently participating in the upcoming 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in Kuching, the Malaysian government has decided to prohibit Israeli representatives from entering the country for any kind of programme in the future. Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah mentioned, in addition to …

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Malaysia’s Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng envisions a “normal, boring democracy” after a scandal-ridden “global kleptocracy”

The Malaysian government is channelling all of its efforts into seeking reparations as a result of the financial damage caused by the scandal-ridden state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) during the previous administration, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng. In an exclusive interview with with CNN news anchor Kristie Lu Stout on News Stream during an official visit to Hong Kong on Monday …

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Malaysia to remain “steadfast in negotiating”, refuses to “compromise our interests”: Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah on bilateral disputes with Singapore

Malaysia will remain "steadfast in negotiating" with Singapore regarding the bilateral territorial disputes concerning Johor's airspace and the maritime area off Tuas in order to safeguard the former's sovereignty and independence, said Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah. Datuk Saifuddin told reporters after a press conference at Wisma Putra, Malaysia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Wednesday (16 Jan): “What is most important …

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Singapore defers annual Joint Ministerial Committee with Malaysia following Johor Menteri Besar’s visit to MV Pedoman in disputed maritime area

Singapore will postpone an annual meeting with Malaysia as a result of Johor Menteri Besar Osman Sapian's alleged "intrusion" into the maritime area of dispute between the two countries on Wednesday (9 Jan), said Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Responding to media queries regarding the deferment of the meeting, a MFA spokesperson said that "the intrusion by Johor Menteri Besar …

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Mahathir and Sultan of Johor meet for the first time in 20 years

It appears Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the Sultan of Johor are back on speaking terms. On Thursday (10 Jan), Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar was seen driving the Prime Minister to Johor’s Senai airport after a meeting. Dr Mahathir said that the last time the two of them had met was more than 20 years ago when DR …

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MV Pedoman and Polaris “have always remained within Malaysian waters”: Malaysian Marine Department

The Malaysian Marine Department (MMD) rejected an allegation regarding the presence of its primary vessel, the MV Pedoman, in Singapore's territorial waters, and insisted "that MV Pedoman and Polaris have always remained within Malaysian waters". The department's Head of Corporate Communications Unit Yusnan Abdul Rani told Bernama in an email on Wednesday (9 Jan) that the vessel was well within the …

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