Tag: Malaysia

Virus lockdowns stifle Eid celebrations as infections rise

by Anuj Chopra with AFP bureaus   Muslims around the world began marking a sombre Eid al-Fitr Sunday, many under coronavirus lockdown, but lax restrictions offer respite to worshippers in some countries despite fears of skyrocketing infections.   The three-day festival, which marks the end of the holy...

Eid shopping rush across Asia despite virus risk

by Zain Zaman Janjua Muslims across Asia have packed out markets as they prepare for the annual Eid al-Fitr holiday, ignoring coronavirus guidelines even as infections rise. The celebration, the most important in the Muslim calendar marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan,...

Keeping fit, going hi-tech: Malaysia’s Mahathir, 94, in lockdown

by Patrick Lee Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad, who is 94 and was the world's oldest leader until he quit earlier this year, has passed the country's virus lockdown by keeping fit on a treadmill and exercise bike. He's also been getting to grips with video platforms like...

Turtles get boost as Malaysian state to ban egg trade

A Malaysian state that is a major nesting site for turtles will ban the trade in their eggs, authorities said Thursday, in a boost for the threatened creatures. Turtles regularly crawl ashore to lay their eggs on beaches in northeastern Terengganu state, and the spectacle...

Former A-G says dropping of charges against Najib’s stepson ‘terrible for Malaysia’

Kuala Lumpur — Former Attorney-General Tommy Thomas, who had been appointed by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, has called the agreement to drop charges of money laundering against Riza Aziz a "sweetheart deal" that is "terrible for Malaysia". Furthermore, he countered a claim by new...

Malaysia drops charges against ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ producer

Malaysian prosecutors on Thursday dropped money laundering charges linked to the 1MDB scandal against one of the producers of Hollywood hit "The Wolf of Wall Street" after he agreed a settlement with the government. Riza Aziz, who is also the stepson of the country's disgraced...

Malaysia records slowest growth since 2009 due to virus

Malaysia's economy grew at its slowest pace in more than a decade during the first three months of the year as the coronavirus pandemic battered the country, but still managed to beat forecasts, data showed Wednesday. Gross domestic product grew 0.7 percent on-year in January-March,...

Malaysia slashes rates to fight virus impact

Malaysia's central bank on Tuesday slashed interest rates to their lowest level since the 2009 global financial crisis as the coronavirus pandemic batters the economy. The Southeast Asian nation has joined other countries around the world in easing monetary policy as the virus shutters businesses...

Asia virus latest: Japan to extend emergency; Malaysia eases curbs

Here are the latest developments from Asia related to the coronavirus pandemic: - Japan set to extend virus emergency - Japan's government prepared to extend its nationwide state of emergency to the end of May as it braced for a lengthy battle against the coronavirus pandemic. Prime...

Malaysia flattens Covid-19 infection curve with Movement Control Order

Kuala Lumpur — Malaysia has "succeeded in flattening the curve and our country is entering the recovery phase" with the Movement Control Order (MCO) implemented from March 18 to curb the rate of Covid-19 infections, according to Director-General of Health Noor Hisham Abdullah on Wednesday (April...