An unprecedented second major aviation disaster in four months could further associate Malaysia with calamity in the eyes of travelers, observers warn, putting the tropical destination's vital tourism sector at risk.
Malaysia Airlines is in uncharted territory after the disappearance of Flight 370 in March with 239 people aboard was followed this week by the downing of another of its jets, carrying 298 people, over Ukraine.
An entire family of six that had been returning home after three years living abroad was among the 44 Malaysians killed in the MH17 disaster, media reports said Saturday.
Prime Minister Najib Razak's step-grandmother was on board the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that crashed in violence-wracked Ukraine, the country's defense minister confirmed Saturday.
A policeman was killed and a second kidnapped after heavily armed gunmen opened fire at a Malaysian diving resort off Borneo island, a fresh escalation of violence in the tourist hotspot, a security official said Sunday.
Just over a week ago, William Cheah was so annoyed by Federal Territories minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor wanting to ban soup kitchens within a 2km radius of Lot 10 in Bukit Binang, he posted on his Facebook account that come Monday (July 7) he would be standing outside one of the soup kitchens there with a foldable table stacked with 100 packets of nasi lemak and a sign saying "Free Food for The Homeless Please Take One."
In one fluid motion, Amri Aziz flings his oversized spinning top into the air and with a whip-like crack of rope sends it whirling for the next two hours.