Malaysia

Dr Mahathir announces new economic model for Malaysia to achieve shared prosperity by 2030

One year on from being the people’s choice, Malaysia’s Pakatan Harapan administration has introduced a new economic model which advocates shared prosperity with the aim of providing a ‘decent standard of living for all Malaysians’ by 2030 across economic class, race and geographic location. In a special address on the first anniversary of ‘Malaysia Baharu’ which commemorates the country’s first …

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Malaysia sends ex-Goldman banker to US over 1MDB charges

A former Goldman Sachs banker has been extradited from Malaysia to the United States to face charges linked to the multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal, a source and reports said Monday. Huge sums of public money were stolen from Malaysian state fund 1MDB and used to buy everything from yachts to artwork, in a scheme that allegedly involved former premier Najib Razak, …

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Toxic tales: political poisonings

Since ancient times, poisoning has been a favoured method of bumping off political adversaries, with historians still debating if Cleopatra, Napoleon and Alexander the Great were assassinated this way. One of the most shocking recent cases was the 2017 assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader, who had toxic nerve agent VX smeared in his …

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US seeks to sell $39 mn mansion tied to Malaysia scandal

US authorities are seeking to sell a $39-million luxury mansion in Los Angeles allegedly bought by a Malaysian financier with money looted from scandal-hit state fund 1MDB, court documents showed. Billions of dollars were purportedly pilfered from the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund by former prime minister Najib Razak and his cronies and spent on everything from high-end real estate to …

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Sole remaining Kim Jong Nam assassination suspect to be freed

A Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader’s half-brother will be freed Friday, ending legal proceedings stemming from the shocking hit despite criticism that the real culprits never faced justice. After a lengthy trial, Doan Thi Huong pleaded guilty last month to a lesser charge of “causing injury” over the 2017 assassination of Kim Jong Nam, making her …

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Timeline of events in the Kim Jong Nam assassination

A Vietnamese woman who spent more than two years in jail on suspicion of assassinating the North Korean leader’s half-brother was freed from prison Friday, weeks after her Indonesian co-accused was released. Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam and Indonesian Siti Aisyah had denied murdering Kim Jong Nam, the estranged relative of Kim Jong Un, claiming they were tricked into carrying …

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad congratulates media over improved ranking in the latest World Press Freedom Index

Following the country’s ascension in the latest World Press Freedom Index rankings, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad took to Instagram on Fri (3 May) to congratulate Malaysian media for the improved ranking. Malaysia rose by 22 places at the 123rd spot this year, with a decrease of 10.67 points from 36.74 points last year. A lower score indicates greater press …

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