Three killed in Malaysia shopping mall explosion (Guardian)

Three people were killed and 24 injured Tuesday when a powerful explosion rocked a shopping mall in the Malaysian state of Sarawak, but a fire official said it was not caused by a bomb. The official Bernama news agency said…

‘Don’t force’ LGBT rights on Malaysia, new PM says (Guardian)

Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday said his country cannot accept LGBT rights such as same-sex marriage, dismissing them as “western” values. The blunt remarks come against a backdrop of what activists say is a growing intolerance towards the LGBT…

Malaysia hailed over plans to abolish death penalty (Punch)

Foreign diplomats and international human rights groups on Thursday praised Malaysia for plans to abolish the death penalty in the next legislative session. In Malaysia, death penalty is a mandatory punishment for murder, drug trafficking, treason, and waging war against…

Six rescue divers drown trying to save teen in Malaysia (BBC)

Six rescue divers have drowned while trying to save a teenager from a disused mining pool in Malaysia. They were searching for a 17-year-old boy who is thought to have fallen into the body of water while fishing with his…

Malaysian ex-spy chief detained over theft of poll funds (ST)

A controversial Malaysian former spy chief was remanded in custody on Wednesday (Aug 29) over the alleged theft of funds intended to be used for a historic general election in May. Hasanah Abdul Hamid, the ex-head of Malaysia’s External Intelligence…

Cash, jewellery, handbags: What Malaysian police seized from premises linked to ex-PM Najib Razak (ST)

Malaysian police on Wednesday (June 27) said they seized cash, jewellery, handbags and watches worth up to RM1.1 billion (S$372.37 million) from six premises linked to former Prime Minister Najib Razak in raids carried out in May. Commissioner Amar Singh, the…

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