Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was sworn into Malaysia's Parliament as opposition leader on Monday after winning the seat vacated by her husband Anwar Ibrahim when he was jailed on a sodomy conviction, media reports said.
Malaysia launched high-level talks with its neighbors Sunday to try to solve the deepening problem of refugees stranded in boats off Southeast Asia's shores, but there appeared to be no quick solution to the crisis.
A crisis involving boatloads of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants stranded at sea deepened Tuesday as Malaysia said it would turn away any more of the crowded, wooden vessels unless they were sinking.
The campaign by the Malaysian opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) against the government's Goods and Services Tax (GST) in a key by-election is merely to stir up voters' emotions by presenting simplistic arguments.
The wife of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Saturday entered the race for the parliamentary seat vacated by her husband's recent jailing over a much-criticized sodomy conviction, a party official said.
Pirates attack one small coastal oil tanker every two weeks in the waters off Southeast Asia, which remained the world's piracy hotspot in the first quarter, the International Maritime Bureau said Tuesday.
Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar faces a possible 43 years in prison for sedition, but the defiant artist says that looming threat won't stop his hard-hitting caricatures lampooning the ruling establishment.
Malaysia's parliament early Friday approved tougher penalties for sedition in a move criticized by the United Nations and described by the opposition as "a black day" for democracy and free expression.
Malaysia's government plans to strengthen its much-criticized sedition law with longer jail terms and other changes, fresh after enacting an anti-terrorism law denounced by the opposition and rights groups as a threat to civil liberties.
Malaysia revived detention without trial when lawmakers approved an anti-terror law Tuesday that the government said was needed to fight Islamic militants, but critics assailed as a giant step backward for human rights in the country.
Malaysia's police chief said on Monday that 17 people, including two who recently returned from Syria, had been arrested on suspicion of plotting terror attacks in the capital Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia's jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was granted a furlough on Sunday to attend his father's funeral, soon after he began a five-year prison sentence on sodomy charges that he says are politically motivated.
A helicopter crashed south of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday with all six people on board, including a key political ally of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, believed to be dead, reports said.
A Malaysian cartoonist known for lampooning the ruling coalition was charged Friday with nine counts of sedition over a series of tweets criticizing the country's judiciary.