Anwar wins confidence vote from Malaysian MPs but Opposition Leader claims it is merely a “gimmick”

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — The motion of confidence for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was passed in Malaysia Parliament today (19 December), further cementing his position as PM to lead Unity Government formed by several political coalitions. “More voices have agreed, hence the motion has been passed,” Speaker Datuk Johari Abdul announced that the … Read more

Malaysia: King ‘satisfied’ with PM Ismail Sabri’s majority support among parliamentarians

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — No mention of confidence motion was made in Parliament on Monday (13 Sep) as the King is “satisfied” with the majority support given by 114 Members of Parliament (MPs) to newly appointed Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob. During his opening royal address at the fourth session of the 14th Parliament sitting, … Read more

Malaysia: Parliament Speaker must invoke standing orders to allow motion on annulling Emergency Ordinances to be debated, rights groups urge

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — The Speaker of Parliament or his deputies should invoke the relevant standing orders to allow a motion on the annulment of Emergency Ordinances to be tabled and debated accordingly and promptly, said several civil society groups. Their statement came after the National Palace earlier today released a statement saying that the … Read more

King did not assent to govt’s revocation of Emergency ordinances, says Istana Negara

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — The King did not assent to the government’s purported revocation of Emergency ordinances, said the National Palace on Thursday (29 July). Comptroller of the Royal Household Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said in a statement today that de facto law minister Takiyuddin Hassan’s announcement in Parliament on Tuesday regarding the matter is “inaccurate” … Read more

Malaysia: Why are police still probing contract doctors over strike despite Health Minister’s assurance, Lembah Pantai MP asks

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — Lembah Pantai Member of Parliament (MP) Fahmi Fadzil today questioned why police investigations are still being carried out against contract doctors who participated in a strike on Monday despite Health Minister Adham Baba’s assurance that the medical officers will not be penalised for doing so. Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday (28 … Read more

Malaysia: Govt should expand vaccine distribution capacity beyond Klang Valley to expedite reopening of major cities nationwide, says Johor Bahru MP

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — The government should expand its vaccine distribution capacity beyond the Klang Valley to other major cities across the country, including those in Johor, to speed up the reopening of economic sectors, said Johor Bahru Member of Parliament Akmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir on Wednesday (28 July). “Previously, it was promised (that the … Read more

Malaysia: Contract doctors should not be treated like disposable PPE, says former health minister Dzulkefly Ahmad

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — Contract doctors in the country should not be treated like the disposable personal protective equipment (PPE) they don in treating COVID-19 patients in hospitals and quarantine centres, said former health minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad. Speaking in Parliament during the morning session of a special meeting on Tuesday (27 July), the Kuala … Read more

Malaysia: Even residents of PM’s constituency have visited Muar centre seeking assistance, says MP Syed Saddiq

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — Muar Member of Parliament (MP) Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman in Parliament on Monday (26 July) shocked the House after claiming that residents from Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s constituency have sought help from the former’s representative office. Quoting the Prime Minister, who gave the assurance that the government is “not going … Read more

M’sia: Current wage subsidies insufficient, present govt should retain Malaysia@Work initiative, says former youth minister

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — More needs to be done beyond providing wage subsidies to tackle the issue of youth unemployment, and such is why the Perikatan Nasional government should retain the Malaysia@Work initiative, said Muar Member of Parliament Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman. The former Youth and Sports Minister said that while the existing wage subsidy programmes … Read more

M’sian lawmakers object to filming licence requirement cited by Multimedia Minister

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — Any entity intending to produce films – from mainstream media to individuals on social media – must apply for a licence from the National Film Development Corporation (FINAS), said Multimedia and Communications Minister Saifuddin Abdullah. Responding to a question from Kluang Member of Parliament (MP) Wong Shu Qi in Parliament on … Read more