Malaysian PM claims unity government free from corruption, ushering in new era

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim recently declared that the unity government, under the watch of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and police, has remained entirely free from corruption since its inception eight months ago.

Anwar Ibrahim holds virtual meeting with SpaceX founder and CEO, Elon Musk

Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim, engaged in a virtual meeting with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Friday (14 Jul) morning, discussing clean energy initiatives and the potential contribution of SpaceX’s Starlink satellite service to enhance internet connectivity in rural areas.

Malaysia former PM files RM150 million defamation lawsuit against Anwar Ibrahim

Former Malaysian premier, Mahathir Mohamad, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim for RM150 million (33.7 million USD) over “slanderous” accusations of enriching himself and his family during his time in power.

Anwar lost majority support? Malaysia’s news source says the Palace won’t entertain such claims

Speculation is growing over a plot to remove Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim after reports emerged that 10 MPs are considering forcing by-elections. However, Barisan Nasional deputy chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan denies involvement in any efforts to topple the government. An anonymous source stated that an unexpected change in government is unlikely, with any attempt to do so through the Palace deemed impossible. Political instability in Malaysia is expected to be resolved by the upcoming six-state elections.

PM Anwar could propel human rights at the center of a global conversation

The upcoming attendance of Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar at the 75th anniversary commemoration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR75) could have important symbolic implications for promoting human rights in Southeast Asia and beyond. While human rights are not currently established as a pillar of the strategic framework guiding the work of the Anwar government, they are considered key cross-cutting elements at its foundations. The Prime Minister, who has long been involved in promoting an enlightened version of Islam that embraces human rights and human dignity, now has the opportunity to launch a new global agenda entitled “Human Rights for Responsive Good Governance and Sustainable Development”. This initiative could encourage other middle and developing nations to commit to upholding their human rights commitments and ensure that human rights are central to any new vision for the ASEAN bloc.

Malaysia’s PM pledges permanent positions for 12,800 contract doctors within 3 years in response to strike

Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, has promised to hire 12,800 contract doctors into permanent positions within the next three years in response to recent contract doctors’ strikes. The government has allocated RM19.7 billion (US$4.4 billion) in emoluments in Budget 2023, with RM1.1 billion allocated for the absorption of contract doctors into permanent positions. The additional funding has been announced in response to calls for greater job security, higher pay and reduced hours. Contract doctors have been resorting to strikes and protests to demand better employment terms since the “Hartal Doktor Kontrak” movement launched in July 2021.

Investment from China a boon for Anwar’s administration, but Malaysia must be cautious

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has secured a record investment commitment of RM170 billion from China, which is expected to bolster his administration’s support and create a favorable atmosphere. Anwar’s focus on the economy and his efforts to win foreign investment and create job opportunities are earning him many brownie points, according to Dr Ngeow Chow Bing, the director of the Institute of China Studies at the University of Malaya. However, some experts warn that Malaysia needs to be cautious not to be bullied by China, given its significant economic relationship with the country.

Malaysia secures record RM170 billion worth of investment commitments from China

Malaysia made history by securing a record investment commitment of RM170 billion from China. This is the largest investment commitment from China to Malaysia so far, made through 19 memoranda of understanding (MoUs) between Chinese and Malaysian businesses.

Malaysia ready to negotiate with China on South China Sea: PM

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said the country was willing to negotiate with Beijing over the South China Sea dispute to protect its energy exploration projects. China claims sovereignty over most of the area, but several countries, including Malaysia, have overlapping claims. The dispute has led to tensions, with China building artificial islands and being accused of harassing fishing boats in the region. In 2021, Malaysia protested after Chinese vessels entered its maritime economic zone, and it also scrambled fighter jets to intercept Chinese military aircraft in the area.

Malaysian PM orders high alert for extremist groups creating racial and religious tensions

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has warned against actions that sow racial or religious hatred and ordered security forces to be on high alert for extremists.