Politics of Malaysia http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26586/all en Run up to tense election puts Malaysia, investors on edge http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/run-tense-election-puts-malaysia-investors-edge <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Stuart Grudgings</p> <p>KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Malaysian economist Azrul Azwar gave a presentation in Singapore last week that cost him his job.</p> <p>His analysis, outlining risks for investors from a narrow election victory for Malaysia's opposition, was reported by a Malaysian online news site as a prediction the long-ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition government would fall this year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/run-tense-election-puts-malaysia-investors-edge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Labor Law Malaysia Malaysian Muslims Politics of Malaysia Social Issues Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:15:47 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735831 at http://www.globalpost.com Call to burn Bibles heightens Malaysian election tensions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/call-burn-bibles-heightens-malaysian-election-tensions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Siva Sithraputhran</p> <p>KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Malaysia's Bar Council said on Wednesday an independent member of parliament should be prosecuted on grounds he called for the mass burning of Bibles as religious tensions flare ahead of a tight election which must be held within months.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/call-burn-bibles-heightens-malaysian-election-tensions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Affirmative action Malaysia Politics Politics of Malaysia War Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:45:24 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738242 at http://www.globalpost.com Psy to perform at Malaysia ruling coalition party http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/psy-perform-at-malaysia-ruling-coalition-party <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>South Korea's Psy will perform his famous "Gangnam Style" dance at an event organised by Malaysia's ruling coalition, an official said Sunday as the bloc tries to attract young voters ahead of polls.</p> <p>Psy will perform the hit, which made history as the most-watched video on YouTube, at a Chinese New Year party on the northern island of Penang on February 11, said Loh Hock Hun from the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA).</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/psy-perform-at-malaysia-ruling-coalition-party" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malaysia Malaysian Muslims Politics of Malaysia Technology AFP Sun, 03 Feb 2013 07:15:43 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744304 at http://www.globalpost.com FACTBOX-Key political risks to watch in Malaysia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/factbox-key-political-risks-watch-malaysia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Siva Sithraputhran and Stuart Grudgings</p> <p>KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak could call national elections anytime between now and April.</p> <p>The ruling coalition, in power since the country became independent from Britain in 1957, is expected to win a tight race but the opposition is well placed to build on its gains in 2008 and undermine Najib's standing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/factbox-key-political-risks-watch-malaysia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Malaysia Malaysian Muslims Najib Razak Politics of Malaysia Social Issues Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 09:30:21 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5747290 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysia revises plan to build Borneo dams: official http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/malaysia-revises-plan-build-borneo-dams-official <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Malaysian minister on Borneo island said his state will not push ahead with building 12 controversial dams amid anger among local tribes and environmentalists over the plans.</p> <p>The plans for the dams in Sarawak state have sparked widespread criticism they would further destroy remote jungle and wildlife and displace locals. The Bakun dam is already finished and work on at least one other dam has begun.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/malaysia-revises-plan-build-borneo-dams-official" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Borneo Dams Politics Politics of Malaysia Social Issues Technology AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 06:00:15 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749681 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysian state scales back Borneo dam plans http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/malaysian-state-scales-back-borneo-dam-plans <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Malaysian state minister Friday said the government would not push ahead with controversial plans to build 12 dams on Borneo island, after outrage from local tribes and environmentalists.</p> <p>The proposals sparked fears that the dams would destroy pristine rainforests, endanger wildlife, and displace natives in Sarawak, a Malaysian state crossed by powerful rivers with rich jungle habitats.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/malaysian-state-scales-back-borneo-dam-plans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Borneo Politics Politics of Malaysia Social Issues Southeast Asia Technology AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 07:15:37 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749711 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysian state scales back Borneo dam plans http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/malaysian-state-scales-back-borneo-dam-plans-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Malaysian state minister Friday said the government would not push ahead with plans to build 12 dams on Borneo island, acknowledging they have caused outrage from local tribes and environmentalists.</p> <p>The proposals sparked fears that the dams would destroy pristine rainforests, endanger wildlife, and displace natives in Sarawak, a Malaysian state crossed by powerful rivers with rich jungle habitats.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/malaysian-state-scales-back-borneo-dam-plans-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Borneo Politics Politics of Malaysia Social Issues Southeast Asia Technology AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 10:30:43 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749837 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysian state scales back Borneo dam plans http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/malaysian-state-scales-back-borneo-dam-plans-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Malaysian state minister Friday said the government would not push ahead with building a dozen new dams on Borneo island, acknowledging they have caused outrage from local tribes and environmentalists.</p> <p>The proposals sparked fears that the dams would destroy pristine rainforests, endanger wildlife, and displace natives in Sarawak, a Malaysian state crossed by powerful rivers with rich jungle habitats.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/malaysian-state-scales-back-borneo-dam-plans-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Borneo Politics of Malaysia Social Issues Southeast Asia Technology AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 13:18:11 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5750026 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian senator to be deported from Malaysia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130216/australian-senator-be-deported-malaysia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Malaysian authorities are preparing to deport an Australian senator who said on Saturday he had been refused entry because he was considered a "security risk" ahead of a visit to discuss an election with government and opposition officials.</p> <p>Independent Australian Senator Nick Xenophon said he was detained when he arrived early on Saturday at a Kuala Lumpur airport.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130216/australian-senator-be-deported-malaysia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malaysia Malaysian Muslims Politics of Malaysia Thomson Reuters Sat, 16 Feb 2013 07:30:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5757369 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysia detains Australian politician at airport http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/malaysia-detains-australian-politician-at-airport-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Malaysia detained an Australian politician at Kuala Lumpur airport Saturday, branding him a "prohibited immigrant" ahead of his expected deportation, in a move Canberra described as "disappointing".</p> <p>Nick Xenophon, an outspoken independent senator who has been critical of Malaysia's electoral system, was held at the international airport near the capital Kuala Lumpur upon his arrival from Melbourne.</p> <p>He is expected to be deported back to Melbourne later Saturday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/malaysia-detains-australian-politician-at-airport-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hospitality Malaysia Malaysian Muslims Politics of Malaysia AFP Sat, 16 Feb 2013 10:00:46 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5757397 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysia detains Australian politician at airport http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/malaysia-detains-australian-politician-at-airport-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Malaysia detained an Australian politician at Kuala Lumpur airport Saturday, branding him a "prohibited immigrant" ahead of his expected deportation, in a move Canberra described as "disappointing".</p> <p>Nick Xenophon, an outspoken independent Senator who has been critical of Malaysia's electoral system, was held at the international airport near the capital Kuala Lumpur upon his arrival from Melbourne.</p> <p>He is expected to be deported later Saturday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/malaysia-detains-australian-politician-at-airport-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hospitality Malaysia Malaysian Muslims Nick Xenophon Politics of Malaysia AFP Sat, 16 Feb 2013 10:00:49 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5757398 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysia to deport Australian politician http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/malaysia-deport-australian-politician <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Malaysia detained an Australian politician at Kuala Lumpur airport Saturday, branding him a "prohibited immigrant" ahead of his expected deportation, in a move Canberra described as "disappointing".</p> <p>Nick Xenophon, an outspoken independent senator who has been critical of Malaysia's electoral system, was held at the international airport near the capital Kuala Lumpur upon his arrival from Melbourne.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/malaysia-deport-australian-politician" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hospitality Malaysia Malaysian Muslims Nick Xenophon Politics of Malaysia AFP Sat, 16 Feb 2013 11:15:19 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5757431 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Australian senator to be deported from Malaysia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130216/update-1-australian-senator-be-deported-malaysia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Recasts with government statement)</p> <p>KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Malaysian authorities will deport an Australian senator after refusing him entry on Saturday over what it said was his participation in an illegal street rally for electoral reform in the Southeast Asian country last year.</p> <p>The deportation of Senator Nick Xenophon is a sign of growing political sensitivity in Malaysia as the government braces for elections within months that are expected to be the closest in the former British colony's history.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130216/update-1-australian-senator-be-deported-malaysia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Malaysia Malaysian Muslims Politics of Malaysia Thomson Reuters Sat, 16 Feb 2013 12:00:15 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5757448 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian MP questions deportation from Malaysia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/australian-mp-questions-deportation-malaysia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An Australian lawmaker deported from Kuala Lumpur said Sunday his expulsion was ordered by the "highest levels" of the Malaysian government over his push to promote free elections in the Southeast Asian nation.</p> <p>Outspoken independent Senator Nick Xenophon, who was detained and barred from entering Malaysia upon landing in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, said he was whisked away to an interrogation area and told he was a security risk.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/australian-mp-questions-deportation-malaysia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malaysia Nick Xenophon Politics of Malaysia Southeast Asia AFP Sun, 17 Feb 2013 03:15:19 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5757931 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian MP questions deportation from Malaysia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130217/australian-mp-questions-deportation-malaysia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An Australian lawmaker deported from Kuala Lumpur said Sunday his expulsion was ordered by the "highest levels" of the Malaysian government over his push to promote free elections in the Southeast Asian nation.</p> <p>Outspoken independent Senator Nick Xenophon, who was detained and barred from entering Malaysia upon landing in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, said he was whisked away to an interrogation area and told he was a security risk.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130217/australian-mp-questions-deportation-malaysia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Malaysia Politics of Malaysia AFP Sun, 17 Feb 2013 05:30:19 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5757948 at http://www.globalpost.com