Malaysia’s striking doctors defiant after police probe, vow further action ‘if promises are not kept’

Malaysian contract doctors who staged a wildcat walkout on Monday in protest over unfair treatment are satisfied with the wide public attention their industrial action has received and will co-operate with police investigations, according to a spokesman. Organisers of the Hartal Doktor Kontrak - or "contract doctors' strike" - estimated that some 6,000 to 8,000 [...]

Philippines to bar travel from Malaysia, Thailand to curb Delta’s spread

Passengers, mostly Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) queue at the departure area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines, on June 1, 2021.Reuters The Philippines will ban travellers coming from Malaysia and Thailand, as well as tighten restrictions in the Manila area, in a bid to prevent [...]

Malaysia’s Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul on the ‘Bendera Putih’ campaign, job losses and standing for election

Malaysia’s Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz.Twitter/tzafrul_aziz Malaysia ’s Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz spoke to the South China Morning Post on a wide range of issues concerning the National Recovery Plan, a four-phase road map for the country to progressively reopen its economy by the end of the year. While Malaysia’s heaving health care [...]

Ex-Mediacorp actress Chris Tong’s livestream suddenly interrupted by male flasher

Three Malaysian celebrities went on Instagram Live to discuss the #benderaputih (white flag) campaign in the country but their good intentions were disrupted when a man hijacked the stream to flash his private parts. Last Saturday (July 10), former Mediacorp actress Chris Tong — who is now based in Malaysia — and radio DJs Nicholas Ong and [...]

North Korea rejected AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine over side effects, says think-tank

North Korea has rejected planned shipments of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine that were being organised under the global Covax distribution scheme due to concerns over side effects, a South Korean think-tank said on Friday (July 9). Covax has said it would provide nearly two million doses of AstraZeneca's shots to North Korea. The first batch had [...]

Umno withdraws support for Malaysia PM Muhyiddin, calls on him to resign

Malaysia's biggest political party and key ally in the ruling coalition withdrew support for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin late on Wednesday (July 7) and called on him to resign for failing to manage the Covid-19 pandemic. The decision by the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) to pull support came just hours after Muhyiddin appointed a [...]

Malaysia PM appoints new deputy amid coalition infighting

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Wednesday (July 7) named defence minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob as his deputy, in a move that could ease tensions with a key ally in the ruling coalition. Muhyiddin's tenure since he came to power in March last year has been plagued by tensions with the United Malays National Organisation [...]

As Malaysia’s Covid-19 vaccination drive revs up, sceptics threaten to spoil the party

In the interior of Malaysia’s Sabah state, two thirds of which remains under forest cover, citizens are deeply sceptical about Covid-19 vaccinations. The state has experienced its fair share of trauma during the pandemic, stemming from its experience as the “ground zero” of the nationwide third wave of infections that stretches back to September. Despite having [...]

Malaysia PM announces $48b aid package amid extended lockdown

Malaysia Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday (June 28) announced a 150 billion ringgit (S$48 billion) aid package, including cash aid and wage subsidies, a day after extending a nationwide lockdown indefinitely to tackle a stubborn Covid-19 outbreak. Lockdown measures originally set to end on Monday would not be eased until daily reported cases fell below [...]

Creditors can’t sue AirAsia X for another 9 months, says Malaysia court

The Malaysian high court has granted AirAsia X Bhd a nine-month extension on a restraining order which prevents creditors from filing any legal proceedings against it, the airline said in a stock exchange filing. The filing on Thursday (June 17) said the extension runs nine months from the day of the announcement. The court had granted a [...]