Malaysia

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1MDB’s Dubious Middle Eastern Connections

In 2009, Jho Low Taek, the then 27-year-old investment wunderkind who persuaded Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to establish the now-struggling 1Malaysia Development Bhd, also persuaded the fund to loan US$1 bil...
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Double Tragedy Could Spell the End of MAS

The tragic loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 on July 17 with 298 passengers and crew aboard, coupled with the mysterious disappearance of a second Boeing 777-200 into the Indian Ocean with the loss of 239 on...
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Johor Sultan Narrows the Singapore Strait

Tunku Ismail Idris, the Sultan of Johor, who was batted back a few weeks ago in his bid to gain control of the regulation of land development in his home state, is now precipitating a diplomatic crisis via mass...
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Malaysia’s Rosmah Goes Hollywood

A Los Angeles-based law firm is charging that embezzled or misappropriated funds from a foreign nation – apparently Malaysia – were used to fund the Hollywood movie production and financing company Red Granite,...
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Obama’s Cynical Malaysian Sojourn

For anyone in Southeast Asia with an interest in fair, honest and even-handed government, the disappointing visit of President Barack Obama to Malaysia is a victory for political expediency that largely glossed...
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Malaysian Airlines’ Troubled History

Malaysian Airlines, the flag carrier whose MH370 Boeing 777-200 disappeared on March 8 without a trace into the Indian Ocean, has been given high marks as a quality airline. Nonetheless it has a troubled corpor...
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Indonesia and Malaysia’s Tunnel to Nowhere

The Indonesian and Malaysian governments are jointly proposing to spend RMB15 billion (US$4.5 billion) to build 17.5 km tunnel that could well be a passageway to nowhere by two governments that can hardly affor...
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Buyer Beware in the Malaysian Franchise Industry

Malaysia’s franchising industry is considered a potent road to success, having produced such stellar figures as Vincent Tan Chee Youn, who got his start with the McDonalds franchise before moving on to the Berj...