Is Thailand heading towards an economic crisis?

The deceleration in the growth of the Thai economy in the third quarter has raised questions on whether these were symptoms of the country staring at an economic crisis. Gross domestic…

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Ending violence in the trouble-plagued south of Thailand was one of the topics discussed during the recent meeting between Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and his Malaysian counterpart Anwar Ibrahim.

Civil participation in southern peace talks urged

Political analysts and members of civil society in southern Thailand have called for greater participation by academics and representatives of local communities in the peace process in the trouble-plagued region….

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Concert in Kelantan with sexy Thai dancers stirs controversy

A concert featuring a well-known Thai folk songstress and scantily clad dancers at a Buddhist festival to celebrate Loy Krathong has stirred controversy in the conservative Malaysian state of Kelantan,…

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Thai PM Srettha Thavisin (L) stands with Malaysian PM Anwar Ibrahim during a meeting on Monday.

Thailand and Malaysia to boost transportation network

Thailand and Malaysia have agreed to improve transportation networks to boost bilateral border trade, according to Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin. He made the statement after a meeting with his…

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Relatives of passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 hold a sign reading “Malaysia Airlines MH370 cases” close to a court building in Beijing on November 27, 2023. A Beijing court on November 27 began hearing compensation cases filed by the families of dozens of Chinese people who died on board a Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared almost 10 years ago. (Photo by Pedro PARDO / AFP)

Beijing court begins compensation hearings for MH370 victims

A Beijing court on Monday began hearing compensation cases filed by the families of dozens of Chinese people who died on board a Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared almost 10…

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Thai and Malaysian PMs to meet at Sadao checkpoint on Monday to discuss trade

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin is scheduled to meet with his Malaysian counterpart, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim, at the Sadao immigration checkpoint in Songkhla province on Monday, to discuss bilateral border…

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Sri Lanka offers free visas to seven nations including Thailand

Colombo – Sri Lanka has approved issuing free tourist visas to visitors from seven countries including Thailand to boost tourism and help revive its crisis-hit economy. Other countries are China,…

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Immigration process eased for Malaysians using Sadao checkpoint

The Thai cabinet decided today (Tuesday) to exempt Malaysian tourists from needing to submit the “tor mor 6” immigration form to enter Thailand through the Sadao border checkpoint, to speed…

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Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim in Putrajaya on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of the Government House)

Srettha, Anwar set up task forces to step up ties

Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and his Malaysian counterpart Anwar Ibrahim have agreed to form a number of task forces to boost existing ties in numerous areas. Anwar said yesterday…

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UK Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on LGBT+ Rights, Lord Nick Herbert

UK Special Envoy boosting engagement on LGBT+ rights

While same-sex marriage has been legalised in 35 nations around the world, discrimination and harsh laws against the LGBT+ community persist in many places, as evidenced by a recent incident…

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An official takes measurements of the blooming Rafflesia Arnoldi flower at the Rafflesia Arnoldi flower conservation center, in Pematang Kota Agung Utara, on November 1, 2022.//AFP

Most species of ‘world’s largest flower’ risk extinction: study

Bangkok, Thailand – Most species of the famously large Rafflesia flower, which has long captured the imagination with its enormous speckled red petals, are now at risk of extinction, new research warned Wednesday….

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Hundreds protest against the Malaysian government after deputy premier’s graft charges were dropped

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Hundreds of people staged an anti-government rally Saturday in the Malaysian capital, accusing Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim of helping his key ally escape prosecution in exchange…

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Srettha government urged to make South peace talks more inclusive

The Srettha government has been urged to make the peace dialogue in the trouble-plagued southern Thailand more inclusive and to involve other stake-holders besides the armed groups believed to be…

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Photo : Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak//AFP

Malaysian court upholds ex-leader Najib’s audit tampering acquittal

A Malaysian court upheld on Tuesday the acquittal of jailed former prime minister Najib Razak on an audit tampering charge in the investigation into corruption at the 1MDB state wealth fund. Najib…

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Members of the fire and rescue department inspect the crash site of a plane on a street in Shah Alam, Malaysia’s Selangor state on August 17.//AFP

Ten killed in light plane crash near Malaysian capital

A light plane crashed into a four-lane road near Malaysia’s capital on Thursday, killing eight people on board and two motorists on the ground, the local police chief said. The…

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A woman casts her vote at a polling station during the state election in Selayang, Malaysia’s Selangor state on August 12.//AFP

Malaysians vote in six states in polls seen as referendum on Anwar

Malaysians went to the polls in six states Saturday to vote for state assembly members in elections being closely watched as an indicator of support for Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s…

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File photo : China’s newly appointed Foreign Minister Wang Yi.//AFP

Chinese FM begins SE Asia tour as South China Sea tensions flare

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Singapore Thursday at the start of a three-nation regional tour, Beijing’s embassy in the city-state said, as tensions flare with the Philippines in the…

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Thailand’s 2023 inflation forecast to be 1-2%, the lowest in ASEAN

Thailand’s inflation rate is the lowest among the seven ASEAN countries which have already announced their rates, with inflation for the whole year expected to range between 1% and 2%,…

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Thailand to host 5th round of IPEF negotiations in September

Thailand is due to hold the 5th Indo-Pacific Economic Framework’s (IPEF) Negotiation Round, from September 10-16, according to an informed source. Thailand is one of the 14 founding signatories to…

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File photo : Malaysia’s former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad leaves the Nikkei Forum “Future of Asia” in Tokyo on May 26.//AFP

Malaysia ex-PM Mahathir discharged from hospital after checks: source

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad was discharged from a specialist heart hospital on Friday, a source told AFP, after four days of medical checks. The 98-year-old former leader is…

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Malaysian police asked to arrest fireworks warehouse owners

Malaysian police will be asked to help in tracking down thecouple who own the fireworks warehouse that exploded last Saturday, after it was reported that they had fled to Malaysia,…

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Police to seek arrest warrant for firework warehouse owner

Narathiwat provincial police will seek a warrant for the arrest of the owner of the fireworks warehouse, which was destroyed by an explosion and fire last week, after he failed…

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Schoolchildren make their way to school as haze from forest fires blankets Palembang. (Photo by Abdul Qodir / AFP)

As El Nino fuels fire risk, Southeast Asia prepares for haze crisis

Southeast Asian nations are gearing up to tackle the threat of a tougher-than-usual “haze” season together, as the El Nino climate phenomenon raises the risk of soaring temperatures. Ministers and…

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A view of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline in Malaysia May 30, 2023. REUTERS/Hasnoor Hussain/File Photo

Malaysia halts music festival after same-sex kiss by UK band The 1975

Malaysia’s government halted a music festival in the capital Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, a day after the frontman of British pop rock band The 1975 kissed a male bandmate onstage…

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Malaysia issues license to Musk’s Starlink to bring internet services to remote areas

Malaysia has issued a license to Starlink, the satellite communications service started by Elon Musk, to provide internet services in the country, particularly in remote areas, its communications minister said…

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(FILES) A Tesla Model S sedan is plugged into a Tesla Supercharger electrical vehicle charging station in Falls Church, Virginia, February 13, 2023. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Malaysia PM holds virtual talks with Musk on Tesla investment

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said Friday he held a virtual meeting with tycoon Elon Musk on electric car-maker Tesla’s foray into his country, as well as supplies of low-cost…

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Morning commute traffic streams past the Meta sign outside the headquarters of Facebook parent company Meta Platforms Inc in Mountain View, California, U.S. November 9, 2022. REUTERS/Peter DaSilva/File Photo

Malaysia to take legal action against Meta over harmful content

Malaysia said on Friday it will take legal action against Facebook parent Meta Platforms for failing to remove “undesirable” posts, the strongest measure the country has taken to date over such…

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Malaysia to charge Thai nationals over mass graves, trafficking camps found in 2015

Four Thai nationals will face charges in a Malaysian court on Friday over the 2015 discovery of mass graves and suspected human trafficking camps at the country’s border with Thailand, Malaysia‘s home affairs minister said. The dense forests of southern Thailand and northern Malaysia have been a major stop-off point for…

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Pita’s ally questions Malaysia’s role in Southern peace talks

Thailand should allow other ASEAN countries, especially Indonesia, to help in its efforts to end violence in southern Thailand, while reconsidering Malaysia’s current role as the peace dialogue facilitator, according…

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Thailand joins champions Vietnam in Group B of SEA Games soccer tournament

Thailand is in Group B of the SEA Games soccer tournament, with last year’s champion Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Laos following group drawing yesterday (Wednesday). Group A comprises host Cambodia,…

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Thai police officer arrested with a car stolen in Malaysia

A police officer was arrested yesterday (Tuesday) for allegedly possessing a car which is thought to have been stolen in Malaysia. Anti-car theft police went to a condominium in Bangkok’s…

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Malaysian police order cancellation of “Thai Hot Guy” event

Malaysian police, on Wednesday, ordered a scheduled performance by Thai cross-dressing men at a club in Kuala Lumpur to be cancelled, after opposition MPs cried foul over the event. Opposition…

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Malaysian opposition cries foul over planned “Thai Hot Guy” performance

According to local media reports, a scheduled performance by Thai men wearing lingerie at a bar in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur next week has triggered controversy, with a…

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Chip equipment maker ASML’s suppliers eye Asia plants outside China amid tensions

Suppliers to Dutch chip-making machines giant ASML Holding NV ASML.AS are considering building plants in Southeast Asia instead of China amid political tensions between Beijing and the West, according to two sources…

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Malaysia’s ex-PM Muhyiddin to be charged with corruption

Former Malaysian prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin will be charged with corruption-related offences on Friday, the chief of the country’s anti-graft agency told Reuters. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief, Azam Baki, did not give…

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The Thai delegation arrives for peace talks at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday morning.

Southern peace negotiators end first day of talks

Peace negotiators, representing the Thai government and a separatist group, ended their first day of talks in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon (Tuesday). A Thai PBS news team reports that they…

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Anwar’s visit sets tone for increase in bilateral trade and investment

Resolving the logistics bottleneck at the Customs checkpoint in the South and increasing overall trade and investment were high on the agenda of Malaysia’s newly elected Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim when…

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Exclusive – A Conversation with Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim

The 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim, was on formal visit to Thailand. He discussed various issues, from the South of Thailand, economic cooperation between the two…

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Malaysia doesn’t condone violence in southern Thailand – PM Anwar

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim reiterated today (Thursday) that Malaysia is against the use of violence to resolve the conflicts in southern Thailand and pledged his government’s readiness…

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Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and his wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail are welcomed by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai upon their arrival. (Picture from Anwar’s Facebook)

Malaysian PM Anwar arrives for talks with Prayut

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim arrived in Bangkok this morning (Thursday) for a two-day visit, during which he will discuss with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ways to strengthen…

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Thailand prepares for Chinese group tours arriving from February 6th

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has instructed the Transport, Public Health and Tourism and Sport ministries to take appropriate steps to cope with increased arrivals from China, as the…

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A worker pushes a wheelbarrow of fresh fruit bunches of oil palm tree during harvest at a palm oil plantation in Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia April 26, 2022. REUTERS/Hasnoor Hussain

Why Malaysia is considering a ban on palm oil exports to the European Union

Malaysia, the world’s second-largest palm oil producer, on Thursday said it might stop palm exports to the European Union after the bloc imposed additional import restrictions on the edible oil due to concerns over deforestation. WHAT IS THE DISAGREEMENT ABOUT? Malaysia and Indonesia…

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Rescuers work during a rescue and evacuation operation following a landslide at a campsite in Batang Kali, Selangor state, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 16, 2022, in this picture obtained from social media. Korporat JBPM/via REUTERS

Malaysia campsite search continues as 12 still missing after deadly landslide

The search for the remaining 12 campers caught in Friday’s deadly landslide at an unlicensed campsite in Malaysia continued for a second day after an overnight halt due to bad weather, officials…

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Train derailment in Songkhla the result of sabotage

Thai security officials have blamed the freight train derailment in Sadao district of the southern province of Songkhla on a bomb detonated by southern insurgents, to disrupt the direct train…

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Challenges for Asian journalists, leaders

Thai Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and its English website, Thai PBS World, recently gathered journalists and young political leaders from Asia to discuss the challenges they face and the most…

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Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim speaks during a news conference announcing his cabinet at Putrajaya, Malaysia December 2, 2022. REUTERS/Hasnoor Hussain

Malaysia PM Anwar to helm finance ministry

Malaysia’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said on Friday that he would also serve as the country’s finance minister, retaking a cabinet role he first held 30 years ago as he looks to…

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Malaysia’s newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim signing a document as he clocks in to the Prime Minister office on his first day holding the premier position at Putrajaya, Malaysia November 25, 2022. Malaysian Department of Information/Wazari Wazir/Handout via REUTERS

Malaysia PM Anwar says cabinet line-up to be announced on Friday – report

Malaysia‘s newly-appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim will announce his cabinet line–up on Friday, state news agency Bernama reported. The report did not state what time the announcement would be made. Anwar‘s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on…

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Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim attends a news conference outside the National Palace, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 22, 2022. REUTERS/Hasnoor Hussain

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar appointed prime minister

Malaysia‘s king appointed long-time opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister on Thursday and he will be sworn in at 5 p.m. (0900 GMT), ending five days of unprecedented post-election…

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Malaysia king to choose prime minister in post-election crisis

Malaysia‘s king said on Tuesday he will pick the next prime minister, after the leading two contenders failed to win a majority in last weekend’s election and his proposal for…

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The logo of Malaysia’s election commission is pictured at its headquarters in Putrajaya, Malaysia, October 20, 2022. REUTERS/Hasnoor Hussain

What to expect as Malaysia’s split election leaves scramble to form government

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Malaysia’s political leaders were scrambling to form a coalition government on Sunday after an election produced an unprecedented hung parliament, with no group able…

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Supporters of Perikatan Nasional watch a video stream for live results of Malaysia’s 15th general election at a hotel in Shah Alam, Malaysia November 19, 2022. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin

Malaysia faces hung parliament in tight election race

Malaysia was facing a hung parliament for the first time in its history as support for a conservative Islamic alliance prevented major coalitions from winning a simple majority in a general election. Without a clear winner, political uncertainty could…

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Malaysians visiting southern Thailand head home to vote

Many Malaysians in southern Thailand returned home yesterday (Friday) to cast their votes in a general election, after Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob dissolved parliament on October 10th. The…

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Malaysians queue to cast their vote for the country’s general election at Permatang Pauh, Penang, Malaysia November 19, 2022. REUTERS/Hasnoor Hussain

Malaysia votes in general election, Anwar expected to lead tight race

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Malaysians were voting in a closely run general election on Saturday, a contest that may not end years of political instability as polls point…

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Youth vote, stability concerns to drive turnout as Malaysia polls near

In a dining hall at Malaysia’s International Islamic University, 22-year-old undergraduate Hajar Wahab stood next to a makeshift polling booth, as she showed a fellow student how to mark and…

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Malaysia against elections planned by Myanmar military junta

Malaysia does not support elections that Myanmar military junta plans for next year, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah said Tuesday. Malaysian news agency Bernama quoted the foreign minister as…

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Police rescue 13-year-old girl from prostitution in Malaysia, arrest five

Police from Thailand’s Human Trafficking Prevention and Suppression Division, with cooperation from Malaysian police, have rescued two Thai females, one of them being a 13-year-old girl, and two Indonesian females…

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Malaysia announces tighter 2023 budget as it warns of slowing growth

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Malaysia on Friday unveiled a smaller budget for 2023, prioritising fiscal discipline over expectations of populist measures, as it warned of a slowdown in…

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Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah speaks during a news conference after ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 28, 2021. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

As U.N. mulls Myanmar action, Malaysia pushes ASEAN to review peace plan

Southeast Asian nations must decide if they are going to push ahead with a so-far failed five-point peace plan for Myanmar or “decide what’s next” before their leaders meet in November, Malaysia‘s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah…

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Malaysian tourists in Thailand expected to outnumber those from India

Tourists entering Thailand from Malaysia are expected to outnumber Indian tourists after the scrapping of the “Thailand Pass” requirement from July 1st, said Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn yesterday…

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Malaysia government agrees to axe mandatory death penalty

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Malaysia’s government said Friday it has agreed to abolish the mandatory death penalty, with campaigners welcoming the move but cautioning the country had failed to deliver on previous…

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China’s destroyer flotilla conducts naval drill in South China Sea

China’s destroyer flotilla has conducted a live-fire multi-subject combat drill in the South China Sea, reported by Chinese state media CCTV. The report said the drill was to verify the…

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Thailand-Malaysia border crossings reopen after two years

Land border checkpoints between Thailand and Malaysia have reopened today (Friday), after being closed for more than two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A main checkpoint in Sadao district…

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Thailand’s Satun border crossing with Malaysia to reopen on April 1st

After two years of closure, due to the spread of COVID-19 in Thailand and Malaysia, the land border checkpoint in Thailand’s Khuan Don District, of the southern province of Satun,…

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Malaysia to re-open for tourists after two-year COVID-19 closure

Malaysia will re-open to all vaccinated tourists from April 1, authorities said Tuesday, joining a growing number of countries removing restrictions in an attempt to live with Covid. The tourism-reliant Southeast Asian country, known for its…

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Myanmar to skip ASEAN ministerial meeting, Cambodia says

Cambodia said on Tuesday that Myanmar had confirmed its absence from this week’s meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a day after its ruling military criticised neighbours…

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Aileen Tan Shau Hwai conducting research on giant clam. (Photo by Zulfigar Yasin)

Op-Ed: Empowering Women in Ocean Science is Crucial to Environmental Recovery Efforts in Asia-Pacific

Like many of her male counterparts who regularly endure long and exhausting ocean research expeditions, the braving of challenging environs makes for a typical workday for Aileen Tan Shau Hwai,…

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Chief security advisor says loopholes remain in Thailand’s southern peace talk process

Thursday’s siege in Songkhla’s Chana district, which ended in the deaths of three suspected insurgents and the capture of a fourth, could be seen, by some, as an achievement at…

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Cambodia shelves first ASEAN meeting over attendance ‘difficulties’

Cambodia said on Wednesday it had postponed a meeting of foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) scheduled for next week, because some ministers had expressed “difficulties”…

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Aerial view shows the flooded neighbourhood Taman Sri Muda in Shah Alam, which is one of the worst hit areas in Selangor state, Malaysia, December 21, 2021. REUTERS/Ebrahim Harris

Malaysia to spend $335 million for flood relief

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Malaysia will provide 1.4 billion ringgit ($334.93 million) in cash aid and other forms of relief for those devastated by severe floods this month,…

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Malaysian PM to visit Thailand December 28-30

Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob is scheduled to make an official visit to Thailand, from December 28th to 30th, according to an informed government source. The…

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Cars are seen in flood water caused by heavy rain in Kuala Lumpur early on December 19, 2021. Arif Kartono / AFP

Floods in Malaysia displace more than 30,000 people

More than 30,000 people were evacuated from their homes in Malaysia on Sunday as the country battles some of its worst flooding in years. The tropical Southeast Asian nation often…

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(FILES) This file photo taken on August 19, 2019 shows Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak arriving at the Kuala Lumpur High Court for his trial over 1MDB corruption allegations in Kuala Lumpur. A Malaysian appeal court on December 8, 2021 upheld former leader Najib Razak’s conviction and 12-year jail term over the multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal, which contributed to his government’s downfall in 2018. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

Malaysia court upholds guilty verdict for former PM Najib

A Malaysian court on Wednesday upheld former premier Najib Razak’s conviction on corruption charges over a multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), dealing a blow to…

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Singapore, Malaysia reopen busy land border for vaccinated travellers

Singapore and Malaysia re-opened one of the world’s busiest land borders on Monday, allowing vaccinated travellers to make the crossing after nearly two years of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The sudden…

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UK’s foreign secretary arrived in Thailand Tuesday on her Southeast Asia tour

The United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary Liz Truss arrived in Bangkok today (Tuesday) to forge closer bilateral ties with Thailand and to develop the UK’s wider role in Southeast Asia, as…

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People pass the control tower of Singapore’s Changi Airport, Singapore January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

Singapore, Malaysia to allow quarantine-free travel between both countries

SINGAPORE, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Singapore and Malaysia will allow quarantine-free travel between both countries for individuals vaccinated against COVID-19, they said in a joint statement on Monday. The two…

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This handout photo from the Royal Thai Army taken in late April 2021 and released on May 3, 2021 shows military personnel detaining illegal immigrants in an undisclosed location near the border areas between Thailand and neighbouring countries

Influx of illegal immigrants to Thailand prompts COVID concerns

Thai authorities have been asked to increase field checks on factories and businesses, to make sure that they hire properly registered and fully vaccinated migrant workers from neighbouring countries, to…

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Thailand extends list of countries and territories, the citizens of which can enter the Kingdom without quarantine

Thailand has extended the list of “low risk” countries and territories whose citizens will be allowed to enter the kingdom without quarantine from Tomorrow (Monday), according to an announcement issued…

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Founder and inventor of Wondaleaf Unisex Condom John Tang Ing Ching inspects the unisex condom at his factory in Sibu, Malaysia October 19, 2021. Twin Catalyst/Handout via REUTERS

Malaysian gynaecologist creates ‘world’s first unisex condom’

SIBU, Malaysia, Oct 28 (Reuters) – A Malaysian gynaecologist has created what he says is the world’s first unisex condom that can be worn by females or males and is…

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Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah (C) takes part in the ASEAN-China Summit on the sidelines of the 38th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit held online on a live video conference in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, on October 26, 2021. Hakim S. Hayat / AFP

Southeast Asian leaders hold summit, excluding Myanmar coup leader

Southeast Asian leaders begin their annual summit on Tuesday without Myanmar military leader Min Aung Hlaing, who overthrew a civilian government on Feb. 1, in a rare exclusion for the…

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Thailand aims to draw neighbours for one-day trips

Thailand’s Ministry of Health is working with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to prepare guidelines to allow visitors from Thailand’s neighbouring countries, such as Laos, Myanmar and Malaysia, to…

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Sacked cop ‘Joe Ferrari’ involved in seizure of 410 smuggled high-end cars

The dismissed former police superintendent in Nakhon Sawan province, Pol Col Thitisan Utthanaphol, had been involved in the seizure of 410 luxurious cars smuggled through into Thailand from Singapore and…

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Malaysian PM in quarantine after contact with COVID-19 patient

Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob is under quarantine following close contact with a COVID-19 patient, his office said in a statement on Monday. His office did not say how…

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This handout photo from Malaysia’s Department of Information taken and released on August 21, 2021 shows Malaysia’s incoming Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob taking the oath of office during his swearing-in ceremony as the country’s new leader at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur. (Khirul NIZAM ZANIL / Malaysia’s Department of Information / AFP)

Malaysian PM sworn in as scandal-hit party reclaims leadership

A new Malaysian leader was sworn in Saturday following the previous government’s collapse, reclaiming the premiership for his scandal-mired party without an election. Ismail Sabri Yaakob is a stalwart of the…

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Embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin waves from a car while entering the National Palace to meet with the King in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. Muhyiddin arrived at the palace for a meeting with the king Monday, where he is expected to hand in his resignation after conceding he didn’t have majority support to rule. (AP Photo/FL Wong)

Malaysian PM resigns after failing to get majority support

KUALA LUMPUR (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin resigned less than 18 months into his tenure Monday, becoming the country’s shortest-ruling leader after conceding that he lost majority support…

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Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin speaks during opening remarks for virtual APEC Economic Leaders Meeting 2020, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 20, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/File Photo

Malaysian PM expected to resign after months of political turmoil

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is expected to step down on Monday, media reports say, after months of political turmoil that resulted in his losing his majority. If confirmed, Muhyiddin’s resignation would end a tumultuous 17 months in office, but…

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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, June 1, 2021. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

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

MANILA (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 the spread of the contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, the presidential…

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Malaysia shuts Covid vaccination center after 200 workers infected

A Malaysian coronavirus vaccination center was temporarily closed Tuesday after more than 200 workers tested positive for Covid-19, authorities said, as the country’s cases set a new daily record. The…

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AirAsia to buy Gojek’s Thai business for $50 mln in shares

Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia Group said it will buy Indonesian ride-hailing and payments firm Gojek’s Thailand business in a stock swap, giving Gojek a 4.76% stake in the airline’s lifestyle…

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Malaysia PM orders ‘total lockdown’ amid COVID-19 surge

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Friday announced a nationwide “total lockdown” starting in June as coronavirus infections in the country surged to record levels. Muhyiddin said the stricter lockdown…

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A medical staff wearing a face mask walks outside a vaccination center in Kepong on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. Malaysia unexpectedly imposed a one-month lockdown through June 7, spooked by a sharp rise in cases, more-infectious variants and weak public compliance with health measures. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia’s worsening COVID-19 outbreak sparks alarm

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A worsening coronavirus outbreak in Malaysia has sparked alarm and is spilling over into neighboring Thailand, which recently discovered a more infectious variant in its…

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This picture taken on May 24, 2021 shows rescue personnel tending to an injured passenger ooutside KLCC station after an accident involving two Light Rail Transit (LRT) trains in Kuala Lumpur. – More than 200 passengers were injured in the Malaysian capital on May 24 when two metro trains collided in a tunnel, police said. (Photo by STR / AFP) / Malaysia OUT

Over 200 injured in Malaysian train collision

Kuala Lumpur – Malaysian authorities have launched an investigation into a head-on collision involving two light rail transit (LRT) trains on Monday night that left 213 people injured, 47 of…

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Virologist warns spread of South African COVID-19 variant from Malaysia possible via natural border

Thailand’s respected virologist Dr. Yong Poovorawan has warned Thai security officials to keep a closer watch on border crossings from Malaysia, where the highly contagious South African COVID-19 variant is…

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Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak / AFP

Malaysia ex-PM Najib served with bankruptcy notice over tax bill

Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak has been served with a bankruptcy notice for failing to pay more than $400 million in unpaid taxes, a move that the ex-premier described…

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People wearing face masks walk along a street in Kuala Lumpur on March 2, 2021. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

Malaysia unveils misinformation law, stoking free speech fears

Malaysia’s government introduced a law Thursday that punishes spreading coronavirus misinformation with jail time and hefty fines, sparking fury at what critics labelled an “appalling” attack on free speech. The…

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This aerial photograph shows apartment buildings in the outskirts of Bangkok. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

ASEAN property market takes a hit as people delay buying a home

Half of Thai consumers decide to put off buying and selling property for the time being. The governments of many ASEAN countries have taken measures to stimulate their economies over…

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This picture taken on February 8, 2021 shows workers loading baskets of durians onto a truck for sale at a farm in Raub in Malaysia’s Pahang state as traders become more reliant on China’s appetite for the world’s smelliest fruit. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

Malaysian durian trade battered as lockdown bites

Durians falling from trees are collected in nets on a farm in Malaysia, where a long lockdown has slowed domestic demand and left traders more reliant on China’s appetite for…

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This video grab taken on December 4, 2020 from an AFPTV video shows a Burmese smuggler (C) along with Rohingya refugees in a boat in Chakmarkul on August 26, 2020. – As scores die on a ship packed with desperate Rohingya, Burmese smugglers mercilessly beat and whip the still-living refugees in a graphic video obtained by AFP that shows rarely seen images from the frontlines of human trafficking. (Photo by – / AFPTV / AFP)

Dozens of Rohingya refugees caught arriving in Malaysia

Dozens of Rohingya, mostly women and children, were caught as they arrived by boat in Malaysia last month after fleeing a refugee camp in neighbouring Indonesia, police said Friday. Almost 400 members…

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490 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Thailand on Saturday, including 450 in Samut Sakhon

Thailand recorded 490 new COVID-19 cases, including 450 in the coastal province of Samut Sakhon alone on Saturday. CCSA assistant spokesperson Dr. Panprapa Yongtrakul said, during today’s COVID-19 situation briefing, that…

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This photo taken on October 22, 2020 shows a Rohingya woman cooking at a temporary shelter in Lhokseumawe in Aceh province. (Photo by CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP)

Hundreds of Rohingya missing from Indonesian refugee camp

Hundreds of Rohingya are missing from a refugee camp in Indonesia and are believed to have been trafficked to neighbouring Malaysia, officials and sources said Thursday. Just 112 refugees remain…

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