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Japanese muskmelons are pictured at Mono Farm in Putrajaya, Malaysia April 8, 2021. Picture taken April 8, 2021. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng(REUTERS)

Malaysian farmers attempt to grow prized Japanese muskmelons with music, massage

Reuters | , Putrajaya, Malaysia
PUBLISHED ON APR 16, 2021 10:26 AM IST
The melons are sold for 168 ringgit ($40.70) each, about a third of the price the Japan varieties normally go for.
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak arrives at Court of Appeal in Putrajaya, Malaysia.(Reuters)
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak arrives at Court of Appeal in Putrajaya, Malaysia.(Reuters)

Malaysia’s former PM Najib served with bankruptcy notice over tax bill

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON APR 07, 2021 07:58 AM IST
  • The bankruptcy notice came as Najib began his appeal against his conviction last year on charges in a case involving millions he received from a former unit of troubled state fund 1MDB.
A medical worker looks on at the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) testing centre in Kuala Lumpur Hospital, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.(Reuters)
A medical worker looks on at the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) testing centre in Kuala Lumpur Hospital, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.(Reuters)

Malaysia sets up compensation fund for Covid-19 vaccinations

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 22, 2021 03:31 PM IST
  • The Southeast Asian country has inoculated nearly 430,000 frontline workers, with the majority having received the first of two jabs of the vaccine jointly developed by U.S. company Pfizer and German partner BioNTech.
North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said Friday that it was announcing “total severance of the diplomatic relations with Malaysia."(REUTERS)
North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said Friday that it was announcing “total severance of the diplomatic relations with Malaysia."(REUTERS)

North Korea cuts diplomat ties with Malaysia over US extradition

AP | , Seoul
PUBLISHED ON MAR 19, 2021 05:17 AM IST
The man, named Mun Chol Myong, has lived in Malaysia for a decade and was arrested in May 2019 after US authorities requested his extradition.
FILE PHOTO: Top Glove logo is pictured outside a factory in Klang, Malaysia December 10, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Top Glove logo is pictured outside a factory in Klang, Malaysia December 10, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/File Photo(REUTERS)

Malaysia's Top Glove charged with failing to provide worker accommodation

Reuters | , Kuala Lumpur
PUBLISHED ON MAR 16, 2021 01:56 PM IST
Top Glove, the world's largest medical glove maker, was charged by the Sessions Court in the city of Ipoh with 10 counts of having failed to meet those requirements, the news agency said.
The High Court decision squashed a 35-year-old government ban on the usage of Allah and three other Arabic words by Christian publications, deeming the ban unconstitutional (AP Photo/Annice Lyn, File)(AP)
The High Court decision squashed a 35-year-old government ban on the usage of Allah and three other Arabic words by Christian publications, deeming the ban unconstitutional (AP Photo/Annice Lyn, File)(AP)

Malaysian court rules non-Muslims can use 'Allah' ending a 35-year old govt ban

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 10, 2021 07:10 PM IST
  • The ruling was a result of a long legal challenge by a Christian woman whose religious materials containing the word Allah were seized by authorities at the airport when she returned home from Indonesia in 2008.
Vials of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.(Bloomberg)
Vials of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.(Bloomberg)

Malaysia to buy more Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 12:39 PM IST
  • The Southeast Asian country last month embarked on a nationwide vaccination programme, targeting to inoculate 80% of its 32 million people by February 2022.
Twenty-two pigs have already been culled in efforts to curb the outbreak, said Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Jeffrey Kitingan in a statement on Sunday. (Representative Image)(REUTERS)
Twenty-two pigs have already been culled in efforts to curb the outbreak, said Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Jeffrey Kitingan in a statement on Sunday. (Representative Image)(REUTERS)

Malaysia to cull 3,000 pigs after African swine fever discovery

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 02:14 PM IST
The disease was detected in at least 300 pigs in three districts - Pitas, Kota Marudu and Beluran - after a reported case involving the death of a wild boar last month, according to a World Organisation for Animal Health alert issued on Friday.
Reuters reported citing sources that discussions focused on whether AirAsia, one of Airbus' largest customers, could not only delay deliveries but also seek a partial return of deposits. Auditors EY last year raised doubt on the carrier's ability to continue as a going concern due to Covid-19 impact on the travel industry.(Reuters)
Reuters reported citing sources that discussions focused on whether AirAsia, one of Airbus' largest customers, could not only delay deliveries but also seek a partial return of deposits. Auditors EY last year raised doubt on the carrier's ability to continue as a going concern due to Covid-19 impact on the travel industry.(Reuters)

Malaysia's AirAsia Group postpones fourth-quarter results to end-March

Reuters | , Kuala Lumpur
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 03:44 PM IST
The airline will recognise a loss of $74.1 million in its 2020 second half financial results, from intercompany financial assistance and loans deemed irrecoverable.
Indonesia's interventions have raised suspicion among Myanmar democracy activists who fear dealing with the junta would confer legitimacy on it and its bid to scrap the November election.(REUTERS)
Indonesia's interventions have raised suspicion among Myanmar democracy activists who fear dealing with the junta would confer legitimacy on it and its bid to scrap the November election.(REUTERS)

Myanmar students, doctors plan more protests against military rule

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 07:46 AM IST
Malaysia is home to more than 154,000 asylum-seekers from Myanmar and several Malaysian lawmakers and rights groups on Wednesday called on the government to explain its deportation.
Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin receives the first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a clinic in Putrajaya, Malaysia. (Reuters)
Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin receives the first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a clinic in Putrajaya, Malaysia. (Reuters)

Malaysia starts coronavirus vaccination, PM gets first shot

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 06:49 PM IST
Malaysia started its Covid-19 vaccination program on Wednesday, two days ahead of schedule, with Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin the first to receive the shot.
In this image taken from a video, an immigration truck with unidentified people onboard is driven on a road that leads to Lumut Naval Base Tuesday, in Lumut, Malaysia. (AP)
In this image taken from a video, an immigration truck with unidentified people onboard is driven on a road that leads to Lumut Naval Base Tuesday, in Lumut, Malaysia. (AP)

Malaysian court halts deportation of 1,200 Myanmar migrants

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 01:34 PM IST
Amnesty said the court will hear their appeal Wednesday and urged the government to reconsider its plans to send the migrants back home, where human rights violations are high following a Feb. 1 military coup that deposed the country's elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
In telecommunications, 5G is the fifth generation technology standard for cellular networks, the planned successor to the 4G networks which provide connectivity to most cellphones currently.(Reuters file photo)
In telecommunications, 5G is the fifth generation technology standard for cellular networks, the planned successor to the 4G networks which provide connectivity to most cellphones currently.(Reuters file photo)

Malaysia to build 5G network itself to speed up service launch

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 07:07 PM IST
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Friday announced that Malaysia would invest 15 billion ringgit ($3.7 billion) over 10 years in the 5G network. The government will set up a special purpose vehicle that will own the spectrum and manage the network, he said.
A cargo container (C) containing Malaysia's first shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 coronavirus vaccines being unloaded following its arrival at the Malaysia Airlines Berhad Cargo area near Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur.(AFP)
A cargo container (C) containing Malaysia's first shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 coronavirus vaccines being unloaded following its arrival at the Malaysia Airlines Berhad Cargo area near Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur.(AFP)

Malaysia to start Covid-19 vaccination drive early as first doses arrive

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 11:54 AM IST
A total of 312,390 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were delivered to Malaysia on Sunday morning, with more expected in coming weeks.
Chan Jit Yen smiles as she hosts Malaysian students.(AP)
Chan Jit Yen smiles as she hosts Malaysian students.(AP)

Malaysians in Singapore host stranded students to celebrate Lunar New Year

AP | , Singapore, Malaysia, Lunar New Year, Human Interest Story
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 09:36 AM IST
Malaysian Association in Singapore took the initiative to match stranded students with hosts.
Protesters hold signs in front of an armoured vehicle during a demonstration against the military coup in front of the Central Bank of Myanmar in Yangon on February 15, 2021. (Photo by Sai Aung Main / AFP)(AFP)
Protesters hold signs in front of an armoured vehicle during a demonstration against the military coup in front of the Central Bank of Myanmar in Yangon on February 15, 2021. (Photo by Sai Aung Main / AFP)(AFP)

Malaysia defends plan to deport Myanmar nationals

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2021 05:47 PM IST
News emerged last week the migrants would be sent home, after the Myanmar military seized power and detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the start of February.
Buddhist monks display pictures of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a street march against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021.(AP)
Buddhist monks display pictures of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a street march against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021.(AP)

UN says Malaysia should not deport refugees amid concern over Myanmar detainees

Reuters | , Kuala Lumpur
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 04:05 PM IST
Malaysia agreed to return them after the Myanmar military, which seized power in a Feb. 1 coup, offered to send three navy ships to pick citizens held in Malaysian immigration detention centres, officials and sources told Reuters this week.
Malaysia managed to rein in the virus for much of last year, but recent months have seen a spike in cases, with more than 240,000 infections and 872 deaths.(Pixabay)
Malaysia managed to rein in the virus for much of last year, but recent months have seen a spike in cases, with more than 240,000 infections and 872 deaths.(Pixabay)

Malaysia's gravity-defying lion dancers brought down to earth by pandemic

Reuters | , Muar, Malaysia
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 10:18 AM IST
The traditional Chinese lion dance has long been part of the festivities in the southeast Asian nation, but this year the Kun Seng Keng Lion & Dragon Dance Association has been brought down to earth with such public spectacles halted by the pandemic.
Workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) leave after burying a victim of the coronavirus disease at a Muslim cemetery in Gombak, outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.(AP)
Workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) leave after burying a victim of the coronavirus disease at a Muslim cemetery in Gombak, outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.(AP)

Malaysia to house migrant workers in hotels to curb virus spread

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2021 02:59 PM IST
Overcrowded conditions in employee dormitories have been a key source of infections, spurring record cases and pressuring Malaysia’s health system.
A medical worker wearing protective suits stand beside people waiting for their turn for coronavirus testing at a center for private Covid-19 testing in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia,(AP)
A medical worker wearing protective suits stand beside people waiting for their turn for coronavirus testing at a center for private Covid-19 testing in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia,(AP)

Malaysia sets Feb 2022 target to complete Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2021 04:58 PM IST
On Tuesday, the government said the first batch of the vaccine jointly developed by US drugmaker Pfizer and German partner BioNTech is on track for delivery on Feb. 26.
Asia’s fragile aviation recovery suffers due to resurgence of Covid-19(Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash)
Asia’s fragile aviation recovery suffers due to resurgence of Covid-19(Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash)

Asia’s fragile aviation recovery suffers due to resurgence of Covid-19

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2021 08:04 AM IST
The depth of the latest Covid-19 spike, its impact on aviation and subsequent consumer demand suggests that the hoped for recovery toward the back end of 2021 may not be as strong as expected: Mayur Patel, head of Asia at OAG Aviation
Malaysia and Vietnam are two of the countries that have over-lapping claims to parts of the South China Sea. China claims most of the waterway.(Reuters/ Representative)
Malaysia and Vietnam are two of the countries that have over-lapping claims to parts of the South China Sea. China claims most of the waterway.(Reuters/ Representative)

Malaysia detains 16 Vietnamese fishermen, two boats for trespassing

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 09:27 AM IST
"Checks conducted on the two boats found that 16 crew members including the skippers, aged 18 to 62, did not have any valid identification documents nor possessed any licence to fish in the country's waters," Terengganu MMEA director Captain Muhammad Suffi Mohd Ramli was reported as saying.
More than 43 million hectares -- an area bigger than Germany -- of forest have been lost in a little over a decade in just a handful of deforestation hotspots, conservation organisation WWF said on January 13, 2021. Swathes of forest continue to be flattened each year -- mainly due to industrial-scale agriculture -- as biodiversity-rich areas are cleared to create space for livestock and crops. (AFP)(AFP)
More than 43 million hectares -- an area bigger than Germany -- of forest have been lost in a little over a decade in just a handful of deforestation hotspots, conservation organisation WWF said on January 13, 2021. Swathes of forest continue to be flattened each year -- mainly due to industrial-scale agriculture -- as biodiversity-rich areas are cleared to create space for livestock and crops. (AFP)(AFP)

Palm Oil producers say anti-palm oil campaigns hinder sustainability shift

Reuters | , Kuala Lumpur
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 10:35 PM IST
Indonesia and Malaysia, which together account for 85% of global output, in particular have come under fire for clearing biodiversity-rich rainforests and allegations of forced labour.
People wait in line to be tested for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Shah Alam, Malaysia.(Reuters)
People wait in line to be tested for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Shah Alam, Malaysia.(Reuters)

Malaysia declares state of emergency as pandemic worsens

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 10:02 AM IST
The measure comes amid infighting within Malaysia’s largest ruling party, the United Malays National Organisation, on whether or not to hold a snap election by March. UMNO is expected to make a final decision on the matter during its general assembly on Jan. 31.

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A drone, partially made with pineapple stems, flies in Jenjarom, Malaysia.(REUTERS)
A drone, partially made with pineapple stems, flies in Jenjarom, Malaysia.(REUTERS)

Team turns pineapple waste into disposable parts for drone in Malaysia

Bangi | By Reuters | Posted By: Trisha Sengupta
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 10:04 AM IST
The project, headed by Professor Mohamed Thariq Hameed Sultan at Malaysia’s Putra University, has been trying to find sustainable uses for pineapple waste generated by farmers in Hulu Langat.
Global palm oil supply is expected to be tight this year because of heavy rains caused by the La Nina weather pattern.(Reuters file photo)
Global palm oil supply is expected to be tight this year because of heavy rains caused by the La Nina weather pattern.(Reuters file photo)

Malaysian palm oil stocks forecast lower, keeping prices high in 2021

Kuala Lumpur | By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 05:36 PM IST
“The market outlook for Malaysian palm oil in 2021 looks bright despite the pandemic,” Kalyana Sundram, MPOC chief executive told a virtual conference.
Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had at one stage estimated the project would cost around 110 billion ringgit for Malaysia(REUTERS)
Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had at one stage estimated the project would cost around 110 billion ringgit for Malaysia(REUTERS)

Singapore and Malaysia Terminate High Speed Rail Project

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON JAN 01, 2021 10:14 AM IST
The administration of former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who resigned in February, sought to cancel the project as the country grappled with debt and liabilities amounting to more than $249 billion, before settling for a deferment and a $11.4 million compensation fee to Singapore
The US imported USD 410 million of crude palm oil from Malaysia in fiscal year 2020, representing a third of the total value shipped in.(Reuters file photo. Representative image)
The US imported USD 410 million of crude palm oil from Malaysia in fiscal year 2020, representing a third of the total value shipped in.(Reuters file photo. Representative image)

United States bans second Malaysian palm oil giant over forced labour

Washington | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 08:02 AM IST
The order against Malaysian-owned Sime Darby Plantation Berhad and its local subsidiaries, joint ventures and affiliates followed an intensive months-long investigation by the US Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Trade, said Ana Hinojosa, one of the agency’s executive directors.
AirAsia Bhd had in June approached the Tata group to sell its stake, as mandated by the terms of the joint venture under which Tata Sons has the first right to buy out the shares.(Mint)
AirAsia Bhd had in June approached the Tata group to sell its stake, as mandated by the terms of the joint venture under which Tata Sons has the first right to buy out the shares.(Mint)

Tata Sons to buy 33% stake in AirAsia India for $37mn

Livemint, New Delhi | By Rhik Kundu
PUBLISHED ON DEC 30, 2020 02:07 AM IST
Tata Sons, which owns a 51% stake in the Indian joint venture, also has the option to buy out AirAsia Bhd’s remaining 16.33% stake after the closure of the deal.
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