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Malaysia boat capsizes, some reported missing

An overloaded boat carrying an estimated 100 people capsized Tuesday on a remote Malaysian jungle river and some passengers were believed trapped in the vessel, news reports and police said. The accident occurred on Malaysia's longest river, the Rajang, which flows from deep in the rugged interior of Borneo island in the state of Sarawak, Bakar Anak Sebau, police chief of the remote town of Belaga, told AFP. "An express boat carrying about 100 people has capsized in a swift-flowing river. I believe there were women and children onboard," he said.

Outrage grows over scandal-tainted Malaysia state boss

Despite earning a civil servant's salary for three decades, Taib Mahmud, the powerful chief minister of Malaysia's Sarawak state, is reputed by critics to be one of Asia's richest men. Taib, 77, and his family are accused of massive corruption and running Malaysia's largest state like a family business, controlling its biggest companies with stakes in hundreds of corporations in Malaysia and abroad.

Malaysia hydropower meeting to open amid controversy

The world hydroelectric industry's decision to meet in a Malaysian state where dams have uprooted rainforests and native peoples is drawing bitter fire from environmental and tribal groups. The International Hydropower Association's (IHA) four-day biennial meeting to push "sustainable hydropower" opens Tuesday in Kuching, the languid capital of Sarawak state on Borneo island, and a highly contentious choice. Sarawak's powerful boss is widely accused of felling huge swathes of rainforest in a much-criticised dam-building drive.

Sabah CM hands appointment letters to 7 ESSCOM officers

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman Friday handed the instruments of appointment to the seven key officers of the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM), which takes effect Friday.

Malaysia holds 32 Filipinos trying to join incursion

Malaysian security forces on Monday stopped a boat carrying 32 armed Filipinos who were trying to join a two-month-old incursion into the east Malaysian state of Sabah, police said. Sabah police chief Hamza Taib said the group, armed with guns and machetes, was arrested about 12 nautical miles from the state's east coast, less than an hour away by boat from the southern Philippines. The group's wooden motor boat was towed to Sandakan on the east coast of Sabah on Borneo island but no details were given of where the 32 are being held.

Malaysia tightens rules for Filipinos’ entry to Sabah

Beginning April 15, Filipino barter traders will be required to present a valid Philippine passport and a seaman’s identification record book (SIRB) to enter Sabah and Labuan, Malaysian authorities announced on Tuesday.Malaysian Immigration Director Alias Ahmad told a Sabah radio station monitored in Digos City that the seaman identification cards (SICs) issued by the Malaysian government before April 15 would no longer be honored.Alias said the SICs, which any barter trader easily secured prior to the “Sabah invasion” by “Sulu terrorists,” would no longer be recognized.<

China, Brunei agree to foster ties

China and Brunei agreed on Friday to nurture their relations at a higher level as "strategic" and "Cooperative", vowing to step up bilateral cooperation in areas like energy and infrastructure.The agreement was reached while Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with the visiting Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah in Beijing.Xi praised China-Brunei relations that featured mutual respect and equality as a regional model for small and big nations to harmoniously coexist and harvest mutual benefits and common prosperity."Strategic and cooperative China-Brunei relations wi

Malaysia to move residents from invasion zone: PM

Malaysia's prime minister said Monday authorities would relocate residents of areas deemed vulnerable to foreign infiltration as they continued to try to root out Filipino Islamic invaders. Prime Minister Najib Razak's announcement appeared to indicate a recognition that an armed invasion by more than 200 armed fighters had exposed deep-seated security problems in the eastern state of Sabah near the southern Philippines.

Malaysia charges Filipinos with terror, waging war - report

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Authorities in Malaysia pressed charges on Wednesday against members of a group of armed men who clashed with security forces after landing in a remote coastal area and pressing a 19th century claim to the land. Security forces are still hunting down the remnants of the group that sailed in mid-February to Sabah state on Borneo island, eventually triggering battles that left up to 71 dead. Nine of the dead were Malaysian security peronnel.

'Sting' video raises pressure on Malaysian state boss

Corruption watchdog Transparency International called Wednesday on the powerful boss of a Malaysian state to step aside after a video purportedly linking him to abuse of power went viral online. The clip produced by London-based NGO Global Witness allegedly depicts a "sting", in which a person posing as a foreign businessman is seen negotiating with cousins and associates of Sarawak state chief Taib Mahmud. The video has received more than 200,000 views since it was posted Tuesday and sparked a flood of online postings calling for Taib's arrest.
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