Muslim-majority Malaysia will ease a ban on mass prayers in mosques, starting from Friday and ahead of this month’s Eid festival, the government said, as it gradually relaxes curbs that have helped rein in the coronavirus. It comes ahead of the Eid holiday that ends the fasting month of Ramadan, and falls on May 24 this year.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has announced his resignation, paving the way for a possible formation of a new government. In a new development, Mahathir has also reportedly resigned from his own party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia. Mahathir’s decision follows a weekend of political wrangling, after it was reported on Sunday night that his party was planning to form a new government that would exclude his anointed successor, Anwar Ibrahim.
Malaysian prosecutors will seek to prove that Najib Razak acted together with fugitive financier Jho Low in their alleged roles in 1MDB, as the former premier faces his biggest trial linked to the troubled state fund. The 25 charges Najib faces revolve around 1MDB’s multibillion-dollar bond sales and acquisitions. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Malaysian authorities released a report on the disappearance of flight MH370 on Monday. The Malaysia Airlines flight disappeared in 2014 while carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The report failed to determine a cause but confirmed that someone was in control and ‘the change in flight path probably resulted from manual inputs.’
Police entered the home and four other connected locations of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday night for reasons that are not yet clear. Najib, whose government was riddled with corruption, was defeated last week in elections by Mahathir Mohamad. Mahathir pledged to hold Najib accountable for his corruption.
Malaysia’s king, who is known as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, has abdicated in an unprecedented move, with his successor set to be elected in January. Sultan Muhammad V is stepping down immediately as the 15th King of Malaysia after serving since Dec. 13, 2016, according to a statement from the palace on Sunday which gave no reason for the abdication. Malaysia’s nine Malay state rulers elect the king among themselves through a rotational monarchy, with each term lasting for five years.
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was charged with six counts of criminal breach of trust involving government funds of more than $1.5 billion on Thursday adding to the 32 counts for money laundering and graft. Razak’s former treasury chief was also charged with breach of trust. Both pleaded guilty to all charges.
A Russian couple has been arrested in Kuala Lumpur for child endangerment after video clips were shared online showing a man swinging an infant around as part of a street performance, according to state media Bernama. Members of the public had alerted the authorities to the suspected child abuse. Video of the initial performance shows a man holding the diaper-clad four-month-old infant by its legs, swinging the child through his legs and above his head, while other tourists sit nearby, chanting and playing instruments.
Rosmah Mansor the wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was charged with 17 counts of money laundering on Thursday in an investigation into billions of dollars missing from state coffers. Mansor and Najib are the target of a widespread graft probe launched following the surprise election of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in May.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced on Tuesday that multibillion-dollar China-financed projects in Malaysia have been canceled because they will put the country in an unsustainable amount of debt. Mahathir said Chinese authorities understood the reasons behind the cancellation and ‘accepted them.’ He also pointed out Malaysia’s current priority is reducing its national debt.