Malaysia

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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Malaysia’s King Sultan Muhammad V resigns

The Comptroller of the Royal Household announced yesterday (6 January) that Sultan Muhammad V has stepped down as Malaysia’s King with immediate effect. “His Royal Highness informed this matter officially to the other rulers by writing to the secretary of the Conference of Rulers,” said the statement which was issued from Istana Negara. The Comptroller noted that Sultan Muhammad V …

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Sabah Wildlife Department looking into photo of tourists abusing a sea turtle

A rather heartbreaking and outrageous photo has been circulating on Whatsapp and social media that shows a child riding a sea turtle in what appears to be a tour boat. The incident, which is believed to have happened somewhere in Sabah, has sparked outrage among the public with netizens calling for authorities to take action against the errant tour operator. …

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My son, like the children of others, is subject to national laws: Malaysia’s Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu on son’s arrest over marijuana use

Following his son’s arrest over a drug-related offence during an anti-vice raid in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu has decided to leave the matter entirely to the authorities. In a statement on his official Facebook page on Saturday (5 Jan), he revealed that he and his family have decided to do so as his son, Ahmad Saiful Islam …

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Permanent Restricted Area over Pasir Gudang airspace will have “adverse impact on civil aviation”: Singapore’s MOT

The setting up of a permanent Restricted Area over the Pasir Gudang airspace starting Wednesday (2 Jan) will have an “adverse impact on civil aviation”, according to Singapore’s Ministry of Transport (MOT). In response to media queries regarding the establishment of the restricted area, MOT said on Tuesday (1 Jan) that such an impact will arise as a result of …

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Singapore needs “to learn to respect” Malaysia’s stance: Malaysia’s former Foreign Minister on maritime dispute

Singapore needs “to learn to respect” Malaysia’s stance regarding the presence of the latter’s vessels in the disputed maritime territory, warned Malaysia’s former foreign minister Syed Hamid Albar. In an interview with Bernama published on Malay Mail on Monday (17 Dec), Syed Hamid said: “With Singapore, the things that we should learn is, don’t leave anything to interpretation. If you leave anything on the …

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