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Malaysian PM Introduces Changes to Draconian Security Law

Posted April 10th, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has introduced new legislation that would prevent police from indefinitely detaining suspects without trial or arresting people for their political beliefs. The bill presented Tuesday to the lower house of parliament would replace the notorious Internal Security Act, a draconian, 52-year-old law that has long been used to hold opposition […]

Malaysian Activists to Rally for Electoral Reform

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian activists have called for a mass demonstration later this month to demand further voting reforms before general elections scheduled for next year. The Bersih coalition says it will hold the rally on April 28th in Kuala Lumpur. It has accused the ruling National Front of engaging in various acts of electoral fraud in order […]

Thai, Malaysian Leaders Hold Talks on Border Unrest

Posted February 20th, 2012 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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The prime ministers of Thailand and Malaysia are promising deeper cooperation in an ongoing push against a low-level rebellion in Muslim-majority border regions separating the two Southeast Asian nations. The pledge came Monday in a meeting outside Kuala Lumpur between Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her Malaysian counterpart, Najib Razak. Both countries belong to […]

Thai, Malaysian Leaders Hold Talks on Border Unrest

Posted February 20th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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The prime ministers of Thailand and Malaysia are promising deeper cooperation in an ongoing push against a low-level rebellion in Muslim-majority border regions separating the two Southeast Asian nations. The pledge came Monday in a meeting outside Kuala Lumpur between Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her Malaysian counterpart, Najib Razak. Both countries belong to […]

Malaysia Defends Deportation of Saudi Accused of Insulting Muhammad

Posted February 13th, 2012 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysia has defended its deportation of a Saudi journalist wanted in his home country for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad on Twitter. Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Monday that Malaysia is not a safe haven for fugitives. His comments come a day after Malaysia deported 23-year-old columnist Hamza Kashgari, whom authorities detained last week after […]

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Malaysia Deports Saudi Journalist Accused of Insulting Muhammad

Posted February 12th, 2012 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian authorities say they have deported a Saudi journalist who is wanted in his home country for posting Twitter remarks deemed as insulting to the Prophet Muhammad. Police said 23-year-old columnist Hamza Kashgari was handed over to Saudi officials and flown back Sunday morning. Kashgari was detained in Malaysia Thursday after fleeing Saudi Arabia. Some […]

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Malaysia Detains Saudi Writer Accused of Blasphemy Against Islam

Posted February 10th, 2012 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian police say they have arrested a Saudi journalist who is accused of insulting Islam and the Prophet Muhammad on his Twitter feed last week in Saudi Arabia. Twenty-three-year-old Hamza Kashgari fled Saudi Arabia after his controversial comments prompted online calls for his execution. He was detained by Malaysian authorities upon his arrival Wednesday at […]

Malaysian Prosecutors Appeal Anwar Sodomy Acquittal

Posted January 20th, 2012 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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– Malaysian prosecutors are appealing the acquittal of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges. After a polarizing two-year trial, the country’s High Court cleared Anwar of the charges earlier this month, saying the prosecution’s DNA evidence was unreliable. But officials said Friday that the attorney general had decided to challenge the decision in the […]

Malaysian PM: Anwar Acquittal Clears Government of Wrongdoing

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says the acquittal of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges clears the government of long-standing accusations that it used political influence to sway the courts to convict Anwar and remove him from political life. Mr. Najib told Malaysia’s Bernama news agency that “today’s verdict shows once again, that despite […]

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Malaysian PM: Anwar Acquittal Clears Government of Wrongdoing

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says the acquittal of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges clears the government of long-standing accusations that it used political influence to sway the courts to convict Anwar and remove him from political life. The official Bernama news agency quotes Mr. Najib as saying “today’s verdict shows once again, […]

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