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Anwar’s Alliance of Hope was elected in 2018 but collapsed after Muhyiddin withdrew his party and tied up with corruption-tainted opposition parties to form a Malay-centric government in March.(AP)

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim plans new government

Kuala Lumpur | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Amrutha Kosuru
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2020 06:55 PM IST
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said Wednesday he has secured a majority in Parliament to form a new government that is “strong, stable and formidable.”
Malaysia tightens border control, cuts medical tourism targets amid COVID-19(Twitter/Amindzikri2)
Malaysia tightens border control, cuts medical tourism targets amid COVID-19(Twitter/Amindzikri2)

Malaysia tightens border control, cuts medical tourism targets amid increasing COVID-19 outbreaks

By Bloomberg | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 09:17 AM IST
The concerns regarding increasing local outbreaks of coronavirus, tracing back to visitors from overseas, have led Malaysia to tighten border control and cut medical tourism targets
The collage is made using two among many images Rodzi says he found on his phone.(Twitter/Zackrydz Rodzi)
The collage is made using two among many images Rodzi says he found on his phone.(Twitter/Zackrydz Rodzi)

Man says he found ‘selfies’ of monkey on lost phone he retrieved. They are hilarious

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2020 09:19 AM IST
Zackrydz Rodzi, a student from Batu Pahat, Malaysia took to Twitter and posted the entire incident in a thread.
Workers at a bicycle manufacturing unit in Ludhiana.(HT file photo)
Workers at a bicycle manufacturing unit in Ludhiana.(HT file photo)

Wait for high-end cycles to get longer amid surge in global demand

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Aneesha Sareen Kumar
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 11:31 AM IST
Bicycle manufacturers in Punjab’s Ludhiana city will not be able to order select gear parts used in high-end cycles as Japanese companies that manufacture these are clearing their backlog and not taking new orders till February 2021
Planters in the world’s second-largest producer have in recent months embarked on rare recruitment drives to hire locals to do everything from harvesting to fertilising crops, but response has been lukewarm.(Unsplash)
Planters in the world’s second-largest producer have in recent months embarked on rare recruitment drives to hire locals to do everything from harvesting to fertilising crops, but response has been lukewarm.(Unsplash)

Palm oil producers in Malaysia look to prisons, rehab centres to solve labour crunch amid Covid-19

Kuala Lumpur | By Reuters | Posted by Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 11:11 PM IST
Migrants from Indonesia and Bangladesh make up nearly 85% of plantation hands in an industry locals typically shun as dirty, dangerous and difficult.
As lockdown policies restrict travel in many parts of the region, and the Malaysian government looks to cut back hiring of migrant workers, palm growers are left with little choice.(Reuters file photo)
As lockdown policies restrict travel in many parts of the region, and the Malaysian government looks to cut back hiring of migrant workers, palm growers are left with little choice.(Reuters file photo)

Malaysia’s palm oil industry faces labour crunch, turns to prisoners for help

By Bloomberg| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON SEP 09, 2020 01:52 PM IST
Producers of the tropical oil are reaching out to prison departments in search of locals for work in the palm industry that’s considered dirty, difficult and dangerous, according to the Malaysian Palm Oil Association, a growers’ group that represents 40% of the palm-planted area in the country.
Nurses talk to each other through a glass at the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ward at Kuala Lumpur Hospital, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.(Reuters)
Nurses talk to each other through a glass at the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ward at Kuala Lumpur Hospital, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.(Reuters)

Malaysia detects coronavirus strain that’s ten times more infectious

By Bloomberg | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2020 12:43 PM IST
The mutation called D614G was found in at least three of the 45 cases in a cluster that started from a restaurant owner returning from India and breaching his 14-day home quarantine.
The speed and strength of the gloves boom has been extraordinary, but there are signs the rapid rise could reverse, especially as research for a Covid-19 treatment and vaccine progress.(Bloomberg)
The speed and strength of the gloves boom has been extraordinary, but there are signs the rapid rise could reverse, especially as research for a Covid-19 treatment and vaccine progress.(Bloomberg)

A fifth billionaire emerges from Malaysia’s glove-making industry. But the boom may fade

By Bloomberg | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2020 02:40 PM IST
That was until Covid-19, when the country’s low-key rubber industry -- or more precisely, glove making -- became one of the hottest on the planet.
Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during a news conference in Kuala Lumpur.(Reuters)
Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during a news conference in Kuala Lumpur.(Reuters)

India criticises Pakistan for hosting events on Kashmir with Mahathir, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2020 11:22 PM IST
Mahathir spoke at an event organised in Kuala Lumpur by the Pakistani mission last week to mark the first anniversary of the revocation of Kashmir’s special status and criticised India’s actions.
File photo of Malaysians wearing protective face masks leaving a mosque after Eid prayers, amid the Covid-19 outbreak in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.(REUTERS)
File photo of Malaysians wearing protective face masks leaving a mosque after Eid prayers, amid the Covid-19 outbreak in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.(REUTERS)

Indian restaurant owner in Malaysia linked to fresh Covid-19 outbreak jailed for 5 months

Kuala Lumpur | By Reuters |Posted by Anubha Rohatgi
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2020 03:41 PM IST
Authorities had earlier said the man, who initially tested negative for the coronavirus, had left his home during the quarantine period to visit his restaurant.
Image of the proposed twin towers that will come up in Singapore’s Bukit Merah district.(Avenue South Residence)
Image of the proposed twin towers that will come up in Singapore’s Bukit Merah district.(Avenue South Residence)

World’s tallest prefab towers to come in Singapore but are being built in Malaysia

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2020 09:44 AM IST
A pair of 192-meter-tall (630 feet) towers will come up in Singapore. Large portions of the structure are being manufactured over the border in Malaysia and will later be moved to the original construction site.
FILE PHOTO: An employee walks inside an office of Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network in Jerusalem June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: An employee walks inside an office of Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network in Jerusalem June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File Photo(REUTERS)

Malaysia police raid Al Jazeera’s office, seize computers

Kuala Lumpur | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON AUG 04, 2020 09:33 PM IST
Al Jazeera, a Qatari-state owned broadcaster, said in a statement that police seized two computers during the raid, which it called a “troubling escalation” in a government crackdown on media freedom. It urged Malaysian authorities to cease the criminal investigation.
British woman Samantha Jones, left, leaves Alor Setar's courthouse, Kedah state, Malaysia.(AP)
British woman Samantha Jones, left, leaves Alor Setar's courthouse, Kedah state, Malaysia.(AP)

British woman who stabbed her husband to death avoids gallows, jailed for 42 months

ALOR SETAR, Malaysia | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON AUG 03, 2020 04:54 PM IST
Lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo said prosecutors reduced the murder charge against Samantha Jones, 51, to culpable homicide, which is murder without intent, after the defense appealed to the attorney-general’s office.
The judge said Najib failed to raise reasonable doubt and that prosecutors had established beyond reasonable doubt that Najib misappropriated money for his own use.(AP file photo)
The judge said Najib failed to raise reasonable doubt and that prosecutors had established beyond reasonable doubt that Najib misappropriated money for his own use.(AP file photo)

Malaysian ex-PM Najib Razak convicted of 7 graft charges over 1MDB investment fund

Kuala Lumpur | By Associated Press
PUBLISHED ON JUL 28, 2020 11:46 AM IST
The ruling came five months after a new government took power with Najib’s Malay party the biggest bloc in the alliance. His party’s shocking election ouster in 2018 was driven by public anger over the 1MDB scandal.
Malaysia has stepped up maritime patrols since the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic in a bid to stop Rohingya boats from landing.(AP file photo. Representative image)
Malaysia has stepped up maritime patrols since the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic in a bid to stop Rohingya boats from landing.(AP file photo. Representative image)

At least 24 Rohingya migrants feared drowned off Malaysia: Report

Kuala Lumpur | By Agence France-Presse| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 02:02 PM IST
A search and rescue operation had been launched, but another official told AFP that no bodies or survivors have been found.
Ajith in a still from Viswasam.
Ajith in a still from Viswasam.

Tamil films Viswasam, Comali to re-release in Malaysia on July 9

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Karthik Kumar
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2020 04:36 PM IST
Tamil films Viswasam and Comali are all set to see a re-release in Malaysia in July. The official Twitter handle of Lotus Five Star tweeted to inform.
Earlier this year, India, the world’s largest buyer of edible oils, had changed its rules to effectively bar imports of refined palm oil from Malaysia, largely because of the position taken by Mahathir.(Bloomberg file photo. Representative image)
Earlier this year, India, the world’s largest buyer of edible oils, had changed its rules to effectively bar imports of refined palm oil from Malaysia, largely because of the position taken by Mahathir.(Bloomberg file photo. Representative image)

India-Malaysia ties back on upswing; Kuala Lumpur to buy more rice, sugar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2020 06:12 PM IST
India quietly initiated steps to reset the relationship after Mahathir, who irked New Delhi with his repeated criticism of the situation in Kashmir and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), resigned in March, people familiar with developments said on Monday.
FILE PHOTO: Nurses talk to each other through a glass at the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ward at Kuala Lumpur Hospital, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia April 21, 2020.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Nurses talk to each other through a glass at the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ward at Kuala Lumpur Hospital, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia April 21, 2020.(REUTERS)

Malaysia reports 172 new coronavirus cases, most of them foreigners

Kuala Lumpur | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAY 25, 2020 04:27 PM IST
The Ministry of Health said the number of deaths remained unchanged at 115.
Indians undergoing Covid-19 tests after arriving by a special flight under Vande Bharat Mission(ANI)
Indians undergoing Covid-19 tests after arriving by a special flight under Vande Bharat Mission(ANI)

225 passengers arrive at Mumbai airport from Malaysia as part of Vande Bharat Mission

Mumbai | By Asian News International | Posted by: Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2020 06:12 AM IST
The evacuation operation is part of the country’s largest-ever initiative to bring back Indian nationals amid the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
Nur Afia Qistina Zamzuri, a 9-year-old girl poses for a picture holding a personal protective equipment (PPE) she made for free.(REUTERS)
Nur Afia Qistina Zamzuri, a 9-year-old girl poses for a picture holding a personal protective equipment (PPE) she made for free.(REUTERS)

Malaysian 9-year-old sews free PPE for healthworkers after classes

SEREMBAN, Malaysia | By Reuters| Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury
PUBLISHED ON MAY 12, 2020 10:55 AM IST
Nur Afia, who learned to sew at the age of five, can make four full personal protective equipment (PPE) gowns a day, parking herself at a sewing machine between playtime and attending online classes.
Something about the goodness of fruit sustains us in hard times(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)
Something about the goodness of fruit sustains us in hard times(Photo imaging: Parth Garg)

Humour: Fruit for thought

Hindustan Times | By Rehana Munir
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2020 12:29 AM IST
Nature’s sweetest gift is lifting spirts, as countless lockdown posts suggest
Four flights carrying Indian nationals are due to arrive from Bangladesh’s Dhaka to Delhi on Saturday afternoon, Kuwait to Hyderabad at 6:30 pm, Oman’s Muscat to Cochin at 8:50 pm and the United Arab Emirates’ Sharjah to Lucknow at 8:50 pm.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
Four flights carrying Indian nationals are due to arrive from Bangladesh’s Dhaka to Delhi on Saturday afternoon, Kuwait to Hyderabad at 6:30 pm, Oman’s Muscat to Cochin at 8:50 pm and the United Arab Emirates’ Sharjah to Lucknow at 8:50 pm.(REUTERS PHOTO.)

Vande Bharat Mission: Full schedule of flights due to arrive over weekend

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2020 06:06 PM IST
This is the first phase of the Vande Bharat mission, which began on May 7 and is scheduled to continue till May 13. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Bangladesh, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the United States are some of the countries from which Indians will be brought back home.
During Ramadan, Muslims the world over join their families to break the fast at sunset and go to mosques to pray. But the pandemic has changed priorities, with curbs on large gatherings for prayers and public iftars, or meals to break the fast.(Unsplash)
During Ramadan, Muslims the world over join their families to break the fast at sunset and go to mosques to pray. But the pandemic has changed priorities, with curbs on large gatherings for prayers and public iftars, or meals to break the fast.(Unsplash)

Ramazan 2020: Islam’s holiest sites emptied by coronavirus crisis

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2020 06:49 PM IST
The holy month of Ramadan began on Friday with Islam’s holiest sites in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem largely empty of worshippers as the coronavirus crisis forced authorities to impose unprecedented restrictions.
In several countries, the people said, the Indian missions have taken the support of non-resident Indians (NRIs) and OCI card-holders to provide support to the stranded Indians.(HT Photo)
In several countries, the people said, the Indian missions have taken the support of non-resident Indians (NRIs) and OCI card-holders to provide support to the stranded Indians.(HT Photo)

Govt has no current plans to bring back Indians stranded around world

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2020 07:45 PM IST
The people, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a total of 3,336 Indians had tested positive for Covid-19 in 53 countries, while 25 Indians had died of the disease. No further details were immediately available.
The controversial poster tweeted by Malaysia’s women’s affairs ministry.(Image courtesy: Twitter)
The controversial poster tweeted by Malaysia’s women’s affairs ministry.(Image courtesy: Twitter)

Don’t nag husbands during lockdown, Malaysia tells women; hell breaks loose online

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2020 11:50 AM IST
One of the campaign posters depicted a man sitting on a sofa and asked women to refrain from being “sarcastic”.
HT Image
HT Image

Kerala IAS officer who jumped quarantine traced in Sultanpur

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Haidar Naqvi, Kanpur:
PUBLISHED ON MAR 27, 2020 06:09 PM IST
Anupam Mishra, an IAS officer of 2016 batch, has been posted as sub collector in Kollam.
About 70 Indians are stranded at the airport in Kuala Lumpur following the government’s March 17 decision to suspend all flights from Malaysia for a week.
About 70 Indians are stranded at the airport in Kuala Lumpur following the government’s March 17 decision to suspend all flights from Malaysia for a week.

Govt considers special flights to evacuate Indians over coronavirus outbreak

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Rezaul H Laskar, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 21, 2020 05:51 AM IST
Special flights will be operated on Saturday to evacuate some 200 Indians from Italy and more from Uzbekistan, the people cited above said on condition of anonymity.
Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin(Reuters file photo)
Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin(Reuters file photo)

India initiates steps to reset ties with Malaysia following Mahathir’s exit

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2020 09:56 PM IST
The Indian envoy to Malaysia, Mridul Kumar, met new Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and foreign minister Hishammuddin Hussein on Monday – the first significant contact between the two sides since Mahathir’s remarks took ties to a fresh low last year.
Senior doctors of the state department said that the patient is a 26-year-old female and a resident of Gurugram.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Senior doctors of the state department said that the patient is a 26-year-old female and a resident of Gurugram.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

Haryana’s first coronavirus positive case reported in Gurugram

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rajesh Moudgil
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2020 07:20 AM IST
The official bulletin released by the state health department said the sample report of one suspect had been found to be positive by the national institute of virology, Pune.
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