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In this photo released by Malaysia's Information Ministry, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin poses for a picture at the parliament, in Kuala Lumpurf, Malaysia Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Malaysia's Parliament Thursday approved the government's proposed 2021 budget, throwing a political lifeline to embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin amid strong resistance to his nine-month-old leadership. (Zarith Zulkifli/Malaysia's Department of Information via AP)

Malaysian PM gains political lifeline with budget approval

Nov. 26, 2020 7:14 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Parliament approved the government's proposed 2021 budget on Thursday, throwing a political lifeline to embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin amid strong resistance to his 9-month-old leadership. Opposition lawmakers as well as members of his governing coalition...

Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, arrives for the opening of the first virtual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit, hosted by Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

APEC leaders, including Trump, agree on free trade

Nov. 20, 2020 11:40 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Leaders from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, including U.S. President Donald Trump, pledged Friday to work toward free, open and non-discriminatory trade and investment to revive their coronavirus-battered economies. The leaders cast aside differences to issue...

A Malay couple have lunch next to a graffiti tribute to Malaysian workers on the frontlines against the COVID-19 coronavirus at Damansara in Selangor, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. Malaysia extended restricted movements in its biggest city Kuala Lumpur, neighboring Selangor state and the administrative capital of Putrajaya from Wednesday in an attempt to curb a sharp rise in coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Asia Today: Malaysia expands virus measures to more areas

Nov. 7, 2020 9:14 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s government said Saturday that it will expand movement restrictions to most parts of the country, with coronavirus cases nearly tripling over the past month. Another 1,168 new cases were reported Saturday, bringing Malaysia's total tally to 39,357 —...

Malaysia's Finance Minister Zafrul Aziz delivers the 2021 budget speech at parliament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. (AP Photo)

Malaysia to raise 2021 spending to counter virus impact

Nov. 6, 2020 7:24 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government proposed a larger national budget in 2021 on Friday to help the coronavirus-hit economy rebound by up to 7.5% and provide increased handouts for the poor. The budget is the first by the unelected government of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who took...

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2020, file photo, former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Kuala Lumpur. Mahathir said Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, he is disgusted because his comments on attacks by Muslim extremists in France had been taken out of context. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)

Mahathir says remarks on French attacks taken out of context

Oct. 30, 2020 10:05 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad stood by his widely condemned comments on attacks by Muslim extremists in France, saying Friday that they were taken out of context and criticizing Twitter and Facebook for removing his posts. Mahathir, 95, sparked widespread outrage...

FILE - In this July 13, 2020, file photo, Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin attends a parliament session at lower house in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The key ally in Muhyiddin's coalition called for general elections on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, to be held to establish a stable government once the coronavirus pandemic subsides, in a new snag to his fragile hold on power. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)

Malaysian PM's key ally demands early polls in new snag

Oct. 30, 2020 12:27 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The key ally in Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's coalition has called for general elections to be held to establish a stable government once the coronavirus pandemic subsides, in a new snag to his fragile hold on power. Muhyiddin, who took office in March, has only...

A man walks in front of a poster of UMNO ( United Malays National Organisation) President Ahmad Zahid at UMNO headquarter in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. A key ally has reaffirmed support for Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's government, offering him a respite after his failed bid to declare a coronavirus emergency,  but his political survival still hangs in the balance. The UMNO, the biggest party in the unelected governing coalition was angry at being sidelined amid rivalry with Muhyiddin's own Malay party.   (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Embattled Malaysian PM gets respite but survival in balance

Oct. 27, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A key ally's reaffirmed support for Malaysia's prime minister offers him a respite after his failed bid to declare a coronavirus emergency, but his political survival still hangs in the balance. Eight months after taking office, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is being...

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin attends a parliament session at lower house in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on July 13, 2020. Muhyiddin said Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 his government was prioritizing protecting people from COVID-19 amid a new outbreak after the king rejected an emergency proposal that critics saw as an undemocratic attempt to hold onto power. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysian PM faces calls to resign after emergency rebuffed

Oct. 26, 2020 3:16 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister faced calls to resign from both sides of the political aisle Monday after the king rebuffed his proposal for a coronavirus emergency that critics saw as an undemocratic attempt to hold onto power. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's proposal for the...

Malaysia's King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah waves as he leaves National Palace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. National Palace statement says Malay rulers has decided not to accede to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's request to declare a state of emergency. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia's king rejects PM's proposal to declare emergency

Oct. 25, 2020 10:00 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's king on Sunday rejected a proposal by embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to declare a state of emergency to fight a new outbreak of the coronavirus. The plan by Muhyiddin, which involves suspending Parliament, has sparked national outrage, with critics...

Motorists drive in front of the prime minister's office building in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said Friday he was concerned about reports that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassi may invoke emergency laws to suspend Parliament and stymie bids to oust his government. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Anwar warns Malaysia PM seeks emergency law to keep power

Oct. 23, 2020 10:26 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said he's concerned about reports that the prime minister is seeking the declaration of a state of emergency to fight the coronavirus as an excuse to suspend Parliament so he can stymie bids to oust his government. Local media has...