Malaysia PM says global garbage trade ‘grossly unfair’

Asia & Pacific 05/30/19, 04:59

The practice of advanced countries such as the U.S., Canada and Japan sending their non-recyclable waste to poorer countries is "grossly unfair" and should stop, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Thursday.Mahathir comments during a visit to Tokyo on came days after his government announced plans to return thousands of ...

Mahathir urges US to talk with China, accept its greatness

Tech 05/29/19, 23:48

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is calling for talks to resolve ongoing trade dispute between Washington and Beijing and is urging the world to accept China's technological prowess.Mahathir says the U.S. cannot expect to always be at the top in technology, and countries need to talk to deal with a ...

Mahathir says Chinese contractor will help run new rail link

Business 04/14/19, 23:44

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Monday a Chinese company building a rail link across peninsula Malaysia will jointly help to manage, operate and maintain the network that will help reduce the country's financial burden.The East Coast Rail Link was suspended after Mahathir's alliance swept into power last May, a decision ...

Malaysian leader suggests China-backed rail plan may be axed

Asia & Pacific 01/29/19, 06:25

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Tuesday that proceeding with a multi-billion-dollar China-backed rail link project would "impoverish" the country, saddling the government with excess debt for the next 30 years.Since winning a historic vote last May, Mahathir's government has axed or reviewed large-scale infrastructure projects to rein in surging ...

A look at Malaysia’s monarchy before sultans pick next king

World 01/22/19, 21:11

After stripping Malaysia's royal families of some of their powers during his 22-year stint as prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad almost didn't make it to the premiership a second time.Though largely a ceremonial post, Malaysia's monarch still signs off on most laws and appointments, including the prime minister, and hours after ...

Austria’s young chancellor welcomes one of oldest PMs

Europe 01/21/19, 05:41

Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has some special words of welcome for his guest, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who is more than six decades his senior.Kurz told Mahathir after meetings Monday in Vienna "for me personally it is nice, as one of the youngest prime ministers of the world, to ...

Malaysia’s 2018 auto sales rebounded, flat growth seen

Asia & Pacific 01/16/19, 06:40

New vehicle sales in Malaysia rebounded last year after two straight years of contraction, thanks to a three-month tax holiday, but growth is likely to remain flat this year amid uncertainties over government policies, an automotive group said Wednesday.The Malaysian Automotive Association said 598,714 vehicles were sold last year, up ...

Malaysia’s Proton launches 1st SUV with China’s Geely

Business 12/12/18, 19:53

Malaysian national car maker Proton launched its first SUV on Wednesday, Dec, 12, in a fresh effort to transform its stale brand and turn around its fortunes, more than a year after China's Geely Holding Group Co. Ltd. bought a key stake in the company. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad launched the ...

Big rally by Malaysia Muslims calls for upholding privileges

World 12/08/18, 19:31

Tens of thousands of Malaysian Muslims rallied Saturday in Kuala Lumpur against any attempt to strip the ethnic Malay majority of its privileges, in the first massive street gathering since Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's alliance won a historic vote in May.The rally, backed by the country's two largest opposition Malay ...

Japan to provide loan to help Malaysia battle debt problem

Asia & Pacific 11/06/18, 07:03

The leaders of Malaysia and Japan agreed Tuesday that Japan will issue yen-denominated bonds of up to 200 billion yen ($1.8 billion) to help the Southeast Asian country battle its large government debt.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan also will provide loans to help Malaysia in areas such as ...

Malaysian PM-in-waiting Anwar takes oath as lawmaker

World 10/14/18, 23:50

Malaysian Prime Minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim has taken his oath as a lawmaker, marking his return to active politics three years after he was imprisoned for sodomy in a charge critics said was politically motivated.Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak attend the parliament session at parliament house in Kuala Lumpur, Monday, ...

Malaysia PM-in-waiting Anwar wins parliamentary by-election

World 10/13/18, 10:32

Charismatic Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim won a by-election for a parliamentary seat with a landslide victory on Saturday in a grand political comeback to help him prepare for his eventual takeover from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.Anwar was designated as Mahathir's successor after the two men set aside a bitter feud ...

Malaysia, Cambodia offer 2 Asian narratives of change at UN

Asia & Pacific 09/28/18, 09:56

Two veteran Southeast Asian leaders appearing at the United Nations on Friday present a microcosm of a dynamic region enjoying rapid economic growth but struggling to fan away egregious human rights problems that follow it like a bad smell.On the one hand is Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad, who at the grand ...

Malaysia’s Mahathir: A portrait of the premier as an old man

Asia & Pacific 09/27/18, 18:47

For a few seconds Thursday, Mahathir Mohamad looked his age.The 93-year-old once and current prime minister of Malaysia wobbled a bit as he clasped the railing, cautiously mounted the four stairs leading to the stage in the bowels of the Asia Society and shuffled over to the podium.Then Mahathir, called ...

South Asia opposition candidates win on anti-China message

Asia & Pacific 09/26/18, 03:05

Three Muslim-majority South Asian countries have elected leaders who campaigned on a promise to temper Beijing's growing influence, but analysts say reducing China's foothold won't be easy because of the billions of dollars spent and invested already.The surprising elections in recent months of nonagenarian Mahathir Mohamad in Malaysia, cricketer Imran ...

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