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Malaysian PM says China-financed projects canceled

Aug. 21, 2018 4:14 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Multibillion-dollar China-financed projects in Malaysia have been canceled because they aren't needed and will saddle the country with an unsustainable amount of debt, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad told reporters on the final day of a visit to Beijing on Tuesday. Mahathir told...

Malaysia lobbies for Chinese help amid fiscal woes

Aug. 20, 2018 7:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Malaysia's leader said Monday that he hoped China would sympathize with his country's fiscal problems as he met with the country's leaders after suspending multibillion-dollar construction projects financed by Chinese loans. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said at a news briefing with...

New Malaysian government repeals law banning 'fake news'

Aug. 16, 2018 8:13 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's new government on Thursday repealed a widely criticized law prohibiting "fake news," in a move hailed as a landmark moment for human rights by a group of Southeast Asian lawmakers. The bill was rushed through Parliament in April under former Prime Minister Najib...

China urges Malaysia to address project woes through talks

Aug. 14, 2018 9:23 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Tuesday that Malaysia should handle any problems it has with multibillion-dollar Chinese-backed infrastructure projects through talks, a day after the Southeast Asian country's leader told The Associated Press his government wants to cancel such deals. The foreign ministry in...

Malaysia PM on China, Rohingya, Singapore, graft and sea row

Aug. 13, 2018 8:36 PM EDT

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad commented on lopsided China-backed projects, treatment of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, the South China Sea furor, a water treaty with Singapore and the country's financial mess in an interview Monday with The Associated Press. Here are...

Malaysia eyes more than 10-fold hike in Singapore water deal

Aug. 13, 2018 8:32 PM EDT

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister said Monday he is seeking to hike the price of water sold to neighboring Singapore by more than 10 times as his country searches for ways to pay off massive debts. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who shot back to power in an electoral upset in May, told...

AP Interview: Malaysia's Mahathir aims to scrap China deals

Aug. 13, 2018 7:03 AM EDT

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia is looking to cancel multibillion-dollar Chinese-backed infrastructure projects signed by the previous scandal-tainted government as it digs itself out of debt, Malaysia's prime minister said Monday during an extensive interview in which he also blasted Myanmar's...

Malaysia ex-PM fails in media gag bid ahead of graft trial

Aug. 10, 2018 11:09 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak failed Friday to win a court order barring the media from discussing the merits of corruption charges against him ahead of the start of his trial on Feb. 12. Najib has pleaded not guilty to seven charges of criminal breach of trust,...

Malaysia ex-PM pleads not guilty to money laundering charges

Aug. 8, 2018 2:34 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak pleaded not guilty Wednesday to three new money-laundering charges related to the alleged multibillion-dollar looting of a state investment fund that led to his stunning electoral defeat three months ago. Dressed in a grey suit,...

The Latest: Najib pleads not guilty to money laundering

Aug. 7, 2018 11:00 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on Malaysia's 1MDB corruption scandal (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has pleaded not guilty to new money laundering charges related to the alleged multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund. Najib spoke...