Government And Politics

Scandal-hit Malaysian PM calls elections, expected in May

Apr 6, 2018

Malaysia's prime minister says Parliament will be dissolved Saturday, paving the way for general elections expected to be held next month that will put his long-ruling coalition with a revived opposition led by former strongman Mahathir Mohamad.

Malaysia's prime minister says he'll dissolve Parliament on Saturday ahead of general elections expected next month

Apr 6, 2018

Malaysia's prime minister says he'll dissolve Parliament on Saturday ahead of general elections expected next month

Key Malaysian opposition party suspended ahead of election

Apr 5, 2018

Malaysian authorities have ordered former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's political party to suspend its activities in a blow to the opposition ahead of an expected general election

Advisory board applauds plans for Myanmar visit to refugees

Apr 4, 2018

An advisory board appointed by Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has applauded Bangladesh's agreement to let a Myanmar state minister visit border refugee camps to which hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya have fled

Villagers flee with Papua rebels after Indonesia attack

Apr 3, 2018

A commander of rebels in Indonesia's easternmost Papua region says as many as 100 villagers have taken shelter with them in a mountainous jungle following an Indonesian military attack

Malaysia approves law banning fake news ahead of elections

Apr 3, 2018

Malaysia's parliament has passed a ban on fake news that critics fear will be abused to silence dissent before a general election expected to be called within days

Malaysia cuts proposed penalty for fake news to 6 years

Mar 29, 2018

Malaysia's government has cut the proposed punishment in a bill prohibiting fake news from 10 to six years in prison following an outcry from rights groups and opposition lawmakers

Prosecutors demand 16 years prison for Indonesian politician

Mar 29, 2018

Prosecutors are demanding 16 years in prison for a senior Indonesian politician accused of playing a key role in the theft by officials of $170 million of public money

Malaysia approves redrawn electoral maps despite protests

Mar 28, 2018

Malaysia's Parliament has approved redrawn electoral boundaries despite protests that the ruling coalition was cheating to ensure victory in the upcoming general election

Malaysia's push to outlaw fake news, jail offenders decried

Mar 27, 2018

Malaysia's government has proposed legislation to outlaw fake news and punish offenders with a 10-year jail term, a move slammed by critics as an attempt at silencing dissent ahead of an election

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