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Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Mahathir, 95, said Friday he would form a new ethnic Malay party to fight corrupt leaders, more than two months after he was sacked from his own party amid a political struggle with his successor. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, Pool)

Malaysia's Mahathir, 95, forms new party to fight old ally

Aug. 7, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Two-time former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced Friday he is forming a new ethnic Malay party more than two months after he was sacked from his previous party during a political struggle with his successor. Mahathir, 95, quit as prime minister in protest in...

Former finance minister Lim Guan Eng speaks to media outside court house in Kuala Lumpur, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Lim has been charged with corruption over a $1.5 billion undersea tunnel project. Lim was part of a reformist government ousted in March, and his party slammed the criminal charge as political persecution by the new government. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia's ex-finance minister charged over tunnel project

Aug. 7, 2020 6:29 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's former finance minister was charged Friday with corruption over a $1.5 billion undersea tunnel project, a move he slammed as political persecution by the new government. Lim Guan Eng, who was part of a reformist government ousted in March, pleaded not guilty to a...

Sabah Chief Minister Shafie Apdal, centre, in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia Thursday, July 30, 2020. Shafie dissolved the state parliament to pave the way for polls after a ruling party politician claimed he had majority support of lawmakers to form a new government. (AP Photo)

Malaysian opposition state calls for polls to foil takeover

Jul. 30, 2020 4:14 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — An opposition-ruled state called Thursday for early elections, thwarting attempts by Malaysia's governing alliance to take over the state through defections. Shafie Apdal, chief minister of Sabah state on Borneo island, dissolved the state parliament to pave the way for polls...

FILE - In this April 3, 2009, file photo Najib Razak, left, swears in as new Malaysian Prime Minister in front of Malaysian King Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin at National Palace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Najib was found guilty Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in his first corruption trial over the multibillion-dollar looting of 1MDB. A massive financial scandal linked to the 1MDB wealth sovereign fund helped sink Najib's political career and ended the six-decade rule of his coalition in 2018 national elections. (Bernama via AP, File)

A timeline of events in the downfall of Malaysia's ex-leader

Jul. 28, 2020 1:56 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A massive financial scandal linked to the 1MDB wealth sovereign fund helped sink former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's political career and ended the six-decade rule of his coalition in 2018 national elections. Najib was found guilty Tuesday in his first corruption...

FILE - In this May 14, 2015 file photo, construction workers chat in front of a billboard for state investment fund 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) at the fund's flagship Tun Razak Exchange development in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Goldman Sachs reaches $3.9 billion settlement with Malaysia over scandal-plagued 1MDB sovereign wealth fund. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul, File)

Goldman Sachs and Malaysia reach $3.9B settlement over 1MDB

Jul. 24, 2020 9:06 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s government said Friday it has reached a $3.9 billion settlement with Goldman Sachs in exchange for dropping criminal charges against the bank over bond sales that raised money for the 1MDB sovereign wealth fund, which was looted of billions of dollars in a...

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin attending parliament session at parliament lower house in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, July 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia PM wins test of support, ousts house speaker

Jul. 13, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin narrowly won a motion to remove the speaker of parliament on Monday, scraping through the first test of his support nearly five months after taking power. The move came as parliament resumed after months of delay because of the...

In this picture taken Thursday, July 2, 2020, show Steven Gan, left, editor-in-chief of Malaysiakini online news portal arrive at court in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Monday, July 13, 2020. Attorney General Idrus Harun, who was appointed by a new government that took power in March, filed contempt proceedings against Malaysiakini and Gan over comments made by five readers on its portal last month that allegedly tarnished the judiciary. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia's top court hears contempt bid against news portal

Jul. 13, 2020 6:04 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's top court on Monday heard a rare contempt charge by the attorney general against a popular online news portal for publishing readers' comments that criticized the judiciary, a move slammed by media groups as a clampdown on press freedom. Attorney General Idrus...