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Malaysia

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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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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