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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...

Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Rabbitt, of the Justice Department's Criminal Division and other officials, speak, Thursday,  Oct. 22, 2020, at the Justice Department in Washington. A subsidiary of Goldman Sachs pleaded guilty on Thursday and agreed to pay more than $2 billion in a foreign corruption probe tied to the Malaysian 1MDB sovereign wealth fund, which was looted of billions of dollars in a corruption scandal.  The company, Goldman Sachs Malaysia, entered the plea in federal court in Brooklyn. (Yuri Gripas/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Goldman Sachs subsidiary pleads to US charges in 1MDB probe

Oct. 22, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A subsidiary of Goldman Sachs pleaded guilty on Thursday and agreed to pay more than $2.9 billion in a foreign corruption probe tied to the Malaysian 1MDB sovereign wealth fund, which was looted of billions of dollars in a corruption scandal. In addition, several current and former top...

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks to media after leaving the police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Anwar was questioned by police over the dissemination of a purported list of lawmakers supporting his bid to oust the government. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia's Anwar grilled by police over bid to become PM

Oct. 16, 2020 6:38 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was grilled by police on Thursday over his bid to oust the government, in what he called “political harassment" to thwart his attempt. Anwar met the nation’s king on Tuesday to show evidence that he has majority support...

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2020, file photo, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi waves after delivering a speech at the Lanting Forum held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing. While on a current trip to Malaysia, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, Yi says the United States poses a “huge security risk” to Asia by pushing to boost engagement with the region. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

China FM calls US Indo-Pacific strategy a huge security risk

Oct. 13, 2020 6:58 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The United States poses a “huge security risk” to Asia by pushing to boost engagement with the region, China’s foreign minister said Tuesday during a tour of Southeast Asia, where Beijing and Washington are locked in a battle for influence. Speaking in...

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks during a press conference after meeting the nation's king in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Anwar met the king Tuesday in a bid to form a new government after claiming he had secured a majority in Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia's Anwar meets king in bid to form new government

Oct. 13, 2020 6:40 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR (AP) — Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said he presented the king Tuesday with evidence that he has enough support among lawmakers to topple the prime minister and form a new government, an assertion the palace rejected. Anwar said he showed he has the support of over 120 lawmakers,...