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Keep pressuring N. Korea to drop nuke programme, US official tells Malaysia

  • Jun 19, 2018
Matthew Pottinger, the senior Asian affairs director for the White House National Security Council, says the possibilities of a November visit to Malaysia by the US president are being explored.MALAYSIA should continue engaging with North Korea while maintaining pressure on the hermit nation to abandon its nuclear programme, said a top White House security adviser."We've been pleased with the level of cooperation with Malaysia in enforcing the security council resolutions," Matthew Pottinger, th
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US to monetise, return assets in 1MDB probe, says Guan Eng

  • Jun 12, 2018
The finance minister says he was told this by US ambassador to Malaysia, Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir.KUALA LUMPUR: The US ambassador to Malaysia has told Kuala Lumpur that assets seized by the US as part of its probe into 1MDB will be monetised and returned to Malaysia, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said today.Lim made the comment on Twitter following a meeting with Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir, the US ambassador to Malaysia.“She reassured me that assets seized from 1MDB will be monetised and returned to
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In Malaysia, a victory for democracy — and an opportunity for the U.S.

  • Jun 10, 2018
While Washington wasn’t looking, democracy won a major battle over authoritarianism in Malaysia, a Muslim-majority nation that just voted out its crooked, illiberal leader and has embarked on a peaceful transition to a new era of hope. The unexpected change has given the Trump administration a chance to reverse a policy of benign neglect toward the region, support democracy — and gain a rare win over China.The United States had little to do with last month’s overwhelming election victory b
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1MDB probe in US picks up speed after Najib’s election loss

  • Jun 9, 2018
Malaysia’s new government has been scrambling to recover billions of dollars allegedly siphoned from 1MDB.The FBI is confident that the new government is more willing to cooperate, while US authorities saw Najib Razak as actively obstructing the investigation, say sources.WASHINGTON: US investigators have accelerated their probe into the 1MDB sovereign wealth fund set up by former prime minister Najib Razak and are exchanging more evidence with Malaysian authorities since Najib lost last month
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1MDB: US considers charging Najib, prefers if M'sia does so first

  • Jun 9, 2018
United States' prosecutors have considered the possibility of charging Najib or his associates, however, they would prefer Malaysia be the one to file criminal charges against any Malaysian official. "That's how its supposed to work," a US law enforcement official said.This comes as US investigators have accelerated their probe into the 1MDB sovereign wealth fund set up by former Malaysian prime minister Najib Abdul Razak and are exchanging more evidence with Malaysian authorities since Naj
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MAHATHIR: GOOD NEWS FOR CHINA, NOT SO MUCH FOR THE US

  • May 20, 2018
It’s been a week since Mahathir Mohamad took office as Prime Minister of Malaysia, for the second time. And the 92-year-old has already moved with the aplomb expected of an ex-strongman – he ruled Malaysia with an iron fist from 1981 to 2003 – to assert control over all levers of government. On the economic front, his one-time right hand man Daim Zainuddin, 80, is helming a “Council of Eminent Persons”, which just days after being appointed last week, has come up with a plan to s
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