Malaysia http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26587/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 China to invest more than $1.6 billion in Malaysia steel, port http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/china-invest-more-16-billion-malaysia-steel-port <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 5 (Reuters) - Chinese firms will invest more than $1.6 billion to build steel, aluminium and palm oil processing plants and expand a port in a new industrial zone on the Malaysian east coast, Malaysia announced on Tuesday.</p> <p>The Chinese spending is part of total joint investments of 10.5 billion ringgit ($3.5 billion) expected by 2020 in the new Kuantan Industrial Park as Beijing moves to deepen its ties with the Southeast Asian nation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/china-invest-more-16-billion-malaysia-steel-port" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Kuantan Malaysia Social Issues Thomson Reuters Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:45:18 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5746318 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 Amnesty slams Malaysia arrests under 'flawed' law http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/amnesty-slams-malaysia-arrests-under-flawed-law <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>Global rights group Amnesty International urged Malaysia Friday to release or charge two Malaysian men detained under a new "deeply flawed" security law over their alleged involvement in terrorism.</p> <p>Malaysian police confirmed in a statement they arrested two men, together with a woman, Thursday on suspicion of having masterminded the recruitment of Malaysians "for the purpose of terror activities".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/amnesty-slams-malaysia-arrests-under-flawed-law" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Malaysia Terrorism in Malaysia AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 05:00:58 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749645 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysia charges duo with terrorism in test case http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/malaysia-charges-duo-terrorism-test-case <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 court charged two people Friday with inciting terrorism in Syria after Amnesty International urged authorities to try or release them instead of detaining them under a new security law.</p> <p>However, another man remains under remand after the trio on Thursday became the first to be arrested under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act, or SOSMA, lawyers told AFP.</p> <p>Police said the three were suspected of masterminding the recruitment of Malaysians "for the purpose of terror activities".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/malaysia-charges-duo-terrorism-test-case" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Malaysia Politics of Singapore AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 11:30:52 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749910 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysia detains Australian lawmaker at airport http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/malaysia-detains-australian-lawmaker-at-airport <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 lawmaker at Kuala Lumpur airport Saturday and is expected to deport him, an activist said, in a move Canberra described as "disappointing and surprising".</p> <p>Nick Xenophon, an outspoken independent Senator, was detained at the international airport near the capital Kuala Lumpur upon his arrival from Melbourne.</p> <p>"He informed me that he is being deported," Ambiga Sreenevasan, a lawyer and co-chair of electoral reform group Bersih, told AFP after she spoke to Xenophon early Saturday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/malaysia-detains-australian-lawmaker-at-airport" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Malaysia Malaysian Muslims AFP Sat, 16 Feb 2013 04:45:18 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5757350 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 <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 and is expected to deport him, an activist said, in a move Canberra described as "disappointing and surprising".</p> <p>Nick Xenophon, an outspoken independent Senator who has been critical of Malaysia's electoral system, was detained at the international airport near the capital Kuala Lumpur upon his arrival from Melbourne.</p> <p>"He informed me that he is being deported," Ambiga Sreenevasan, a lawyer and co-chair of electoral reform group Bersih, told AFP after she spoke to Xenophon early Saturday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/malaysia-detains-australian-politician-at-airport" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Hospitality Malaysia Malaysian Muslims AFP Sat, 16 Feb 2013 07:30:23 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5757373 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