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Malaysia Releases 125 Suspects Held Under Colonial-Era Law

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysia said Wednesday it will immediately release 125 suspects who are being held under a harsh security law that is scheduled for repeal. Prime Minister Najib Rezak announced the move in parliament, where he said the release is only the beginning of his government’s moves to enhance a democratic way of life. The government on […]

Malaysia Moves to Repeal Two Authoritarian Laws

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysia introduced legislation Monday to repeal two tough security laws, part of a broader planned overhaul as the government positions itself for elections next year. Prime Minister Najib Razak scheduled motions in parliament that would scrap a 1933 law enabling police to dictate where individuals may or may not live, and a 1959 law allowing […]

Malaysian Anti-Graft Officers Arrested for Theft

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 3:23 am (UTC-5)
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Three Malaysian anti-corruption officers have been accused of robbing money lenders of $300,000 at Kuala Lumpur’s International Airport. Malaysia’s The Star newspaper says the trio went to the airport last week to investigate suspected money laundering by several money changers. The three confronted at least one of the money changers and questioned him before asking […]

North Korean Ship’s Crew Detained in Malaysian Flag Error

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian authorities say they have detained the crew of a North Korean-registered freighter after the vessel anchored illegally in the nation’s waters while flying the Malaysian flag upside down. Officials say maritime enforcement officers investigated the MT Yong An after spotting it anchored off Malaysia’s southern coast Saturday with the improperly flown flag. They said […]

Malaysia Ends Unpopular Security Law

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says his country will abolish a half-century old security law that allows for people to be detained without trial. Mr. Najib announced the abolition of the Internal Security Act Thursday in a nationally televised speech, saying it would be replaced with two new laws aimed at combating terrorism without infringing […]

Malaysia Ends Unpopular Security Law

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 12:15 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says his country will abolish a half-century old security law that allows for people to be detained without trial. Mr. Najib announced the abolition of the Internal Security Act Thursday in a nationally televised speech, saying it would be replaced with two new laws aimed at combating terrorism without infringing […]

Captive Malaysian Orangutan Forced to Quit Smoking

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Malaysia say a captive orangutan named Shirley, known for smoking cigarettes given to her by zoo visitors, has been quarantined as part of a push to force her to kick the habit . The move comes just days after officials seized the 20-plus-year-old redhead from a state-run zoo in Malaysia’s southern Johor state, […]

Malaysian High Court Rules Against Tribes in Land Dispute

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 10:11 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysia’s top court has ruled that the government’s seizure of tribal lands on Borneo island to build a large dam does not violate the rights of indigenous tribes people. The ruling ends a decade-long legal battle by villagers in eastern Sarawak state who claim the local government illegally seized land to build a $2 billion […]

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Japan’s Mizuho Bank to Make Malaysia its Hub for Islamic Finance

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 8:15 pm (UTC-5)
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One of Japan’s oldest and largest banks has announced plans to make Malaysia its global hub for Islamic finance. Mizuho Corporate Bank opened a Malaysian branch in Kuala Lumpur Monday. Bank officials said they have applied with Malaysia’s central bank for a permit to conduct Islamic finance services. Chairman of Mizuho Malaysia Keizo Ohashi said […]

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Rights Groups Denounce Malaysia for Deporting 11 Chinese Uighurs

Posted August 23rd, 2011 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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Leading human rights groups are denouncing Malaysia’s decision to hand over a group of ethnic Uighurs to China rather than permitting them to appeal for asylum to a U.N. agency. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch say the 11 Uighurs may be subject to harsh imprisonment or torture in China. Human Rights Watch is asking […]