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An embarrassed U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday postponed visits to the Philippines and Malaysia next week and could also miss a pair of major summits, after a government shutdown dented his policy pivot to the rising region.

Malaysia's government agreed to pay US$133 million in compensation to two foreign contractors for losses incurred in the problem-plagued Bakun Dam, an audit has revealed.

A leading Malaysian rights activist who faces sedition charges at home has said he was denied a visa to enter Australia, raising suggestions Canberra had buckled to pressure from Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia's best-known former communist guerrilla, Chin Peng, who led a bloody insurgency against British rule in Malaysia in the late 1940s and early 50s, and lived in exile ever since, died in Bangkok Monday. He was 88.
Former Malaysia communist guerrilla leader dies in Thailand


The job could not be better — apart from the good wage, food, accommodation and transport are provided. With jobs hard to come by for refugees, Somali refugee Ahmed and friends were grateful.

The processing fee for checks from 15 sen to 50 sen — a 230-percent increase — is a “penalty adding to the unnecessary cost of doing business,” said the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM).

Barack Obama will pay the first visit by a U.S. president to Malaysia in a half-century on a four-nation Asia tour next month, the White House said Friday.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Saturday announced fresh measures to benefit the country's ethnic Malay majority despite an earlier pledge to reform the controversial affirmative action policy.

Belinda Kuan gave up a promising career after a long and “frustrating” hunt for a maid ended in failure. “We got an Indonesian maid in February after applying non-stop for nearly two years,” said the 29-year-old mother of two preschool children.

A Malaysian court on Friday overturned a 2009 murder conviction for two police officers of a Mongolian woman, sparking instant public outrage over the scandal, which critics have tried to link to the premier.
Malaysia court frees two police officers accused of Mongolian woman's murder

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