Latest Malaysia government News

After Malaysia bans his book, author says his depiction of Indonesian maid was misunderstood

Sep. 28, 2023 02:11 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government has banned a book following protests over what was perceived as an insulting depiction of an Indonesian maid, and the book's author on Thursday apologized for the offensive material and said it was misunderstood. Boey Chee Ming, a...

As the world's diplomacy roils a few feet away, a little UN oasis offers a riverside pocket of peace

Sep. 23, 2023 13:03 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Inside, with speeches and machinations and carefully deployed elbows, those who administer the world persist in their search for the elusive path to peace. Outside, on the wooded grounds of a place founded on the premise of ending conflict, sometimes they can find it. ...

Hundreds protest against the Malaysian government after deputy premier's graft charges were dropped

Sep. 16, 2023 11:24 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Hundreds of people staged an anti-government rally Saturday in the Malaysian capital, accusing Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim of helping his key ally escape prosecution in exchange for political support. Prosecutors unexpectedly dropped 47 corruption...

US, Indonesia and 5 other nations hold war drills amid China concerns

Aug. 31, 2023 22:28 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Soldiers from the U.S., Indonesia and five other nations began annual training exercises Thursday on Indonesia’s main island of Java while China’s increasing aggression is raising concern. American and Indonesian soldiers have held the live-fire Super...

A divided Malaysia celebrates National Day with Prime Minister Anwar rallying for unity

Aug. 30, 2023 23:50 PM EDT

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim urged Malaysians to unite and reject racial and religious bigotry, as the country marked its 66th year of freedom from British rule on Thursday with fireworks and a street parade. Fireworks were set off in various locations at...

India and Malaysia protest China's land claim in a newly published map ahead of the G20 summit

Aug. 30, 2023 14:42 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Malaysia on Wednesday joined India in protesting a new Chinese map that lays claim to India’s territory and Malaysia’s maritime areas near Borneo island ahead of next week's Group of 20 summit in New Delhi. This has exacerbated the tensions between China and...

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin acquitted of four graft charges

Aug. 15, 2023 03:27 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was acquitted by the high court of four corruption charges on Tuesday, just days after his opposition bloc expanded its influence in local elections. Muhyiddin, 76, said the high court ruled in favor of...

After checkered results in state polls, Malaysian leader Anwar needs to unite polarized nation

Aug. 13, 2023 06:00 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — After a checkered victory in Saturday's state elections that saw strong gains by the Malay-Islamist opposition, analysts say Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim faces a daunting task in uniting an increasingly polarized nation and strengthening his nascent unity...

Relief for Malaysian leader Anwar, as the opposition fails to alter status quo in state elections

Aug. 12, 2023 13:15 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian state elections Saturday ended in a return to the political status quo, with Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim's government and the Islamist opposition both retaining control of three states each as widely expected. The Election Commission...

Malaysia organizer seeks $2.7 million from British band whose gay kiss got a music festival canceled

Aug. 11, 2023 06:44 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The organizer of a Malaysian music festival is seeking 12.3 million ringgit ($2.7 million) in losses from British band The 1975, after its lead singer's on-stage protest of the country's anti-gay laws prompted authorities to shut down the festival, the company's...