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Malaysia's Anwar: Opposition has 'fair chance' to win polls

Sep. 22, 2022 07:48 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said Thursday he believes his three-party alliance has a “fair chance” of winning a general election that could be called as early as November. Anwar leads the Hope Alliance, which earlier teamed up with an ethnic Malay...

24 more Malaysians rescued from Cambodia human traffickers

Sep. 09, 2022 09:58 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's foreign minister on Friday brought 24 Malaysians back from Cambodia who were rescued from human traffickers, out of a total of 148 citizens he said have been reported missing in the country. Saifuddin Abdullah said 65 of the 148 missing...

Jailed Malaysia's ex-PM Najib petitions king for pardon

Sep. 05, 2022 03:33 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Jailed former Prime Minister Najib Razak has sought a pardon from Malaysia's king and will remain a lawmaker pending his petition, Parliament's speaker said Monday. Speaker Azhar Azizan Harun said the pardon request was submitted Sept. 2, less than two...

Ex-Malaysian leader Mahathir, 97, hospitalized with COVID-19

Aug. 31, 2022 05:23 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, 97, was hospitalized Wednesday after testing positive for COVID-19, his office said. “Mahathir has been admitted to the National Heart Institute for observation for a few days as advised by the...

Malaysia ex-PM's wife seeks to remove judge ahead of verdict

Aug. 31, 2022 03:33 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The wife of jailed Malaysian ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak has sought to remove the judge set to deliver a verdict in her graft trial Thursday, citing a loss of confidence after an alleged guilty judgment was leaked online. Rosmah Mansor faces three...

Malaysia court slams leak of alleged verdict of ex-PM's wife

Aug. 27, 2022 05:42 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s top court on Saturday condemned as a smear attempt the leaking of an alleged guilty verdict against the wife of former Prime Minister Najib Razak days after he was imprisoned for graft linked to the looted 1MDB state fund. The High Court...

Early budget reveal sparks talk of snap Malaysian elections

Aug. 26, 2022 22:44 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government said Friday it will present its 2023 national budget on Oct. 7, three weeks ahead of schedule, sparking speculation that it may call an early general election. Polls aren't due until September next year, but Prime Minister Ismail...

Jailed Malaysian ex-PM Najib returns to court for 1MDB trial

Aug. 25, 2022 03:25 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Jailed Malaysian ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak returned to court Thursday for a second corruption trial over the pilfering of the 1MDB state fund, two days after he began a 12-year prison term for graft. Najib, 69, was imprisoned Tuesday after the...

Supporters of jailed ex-PM Najib rally for royal pardon

Aug. 24, 2022 06:49 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Supporters of Malaysian ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak rallied Wednesday outside the national palace to seek royal pardon just a day after he began a 12-year jail term, while opponents launched an online petition urging the monarch not to. Najib, 69,...

Jailed Najib fell mightily from peak of Malaysian politics

Aug. 23, 2022 22:57 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Najib Razak is Malaysia’s first former prime minister to go to prison -- a mighty fall for a British-educated politician whose father and uncle were the country’s second and third prime ministers, respectively. The enormous 1MDB financial scandal...