Malaysia to reopen to international visitors by January 1

Malaysia will reopen its borders to international visitors by January 1 at the latest, a government advisory council said on Thursday, as the country seeks to revive its ailing tourism sector. The Southeast Asian country has gradually reopened its economy in recent weeks as coronavirus infection rates have slowed amid a ramped-up vaccination programme. More… Read More Malaysia to reopen to international visitors by January 1

Malaysia’s king appoints Ismail Sabri Yaakob as new prime minister

Malaysia’s king appointed Ismail Sabri Yaakob as the prime minister on Friday, returning the job to a party tainted by graft accusations as the southeast Asian nation grapples with a COVID-19 surge and an economic slump. Ismail Sabri replaces Muhyiddin Yassin, who stepped down on Monday after coalition infighting cost him his majority, but the… Read More Malaysia’s king appoints Ismail Sabri Yaakob as new prime minister

Malaysian PM Muhyiddin Yassin announces resignation

Malaysia’s Muhyiddin Yassin stepped down as prime minister on Monday after months of political turmoil culminated in the loss of his majority, but his resignation is likely to open another chapter of instability in the absence of any obvious successor. Muhyiddin’s resignation ends a tumultuous 17 months in office, the shortest stint of a Malaysian… Read More Malaysian PM Muhyiddin Yassin announces resignation

Malaysia begins coronavirus vaccination programme as PM Muhyiddin Yassin receives first shot

Malaysia on Wednesday launched its COVID-19 inoculation programme, which authorities hope will rein in a spike in infections and help revive an economy that recorded its worst slump in over two decades last year. Malaysia has set an ambitious target of vaccinating at least 80% of its 32 million people by February next year. Prime… Read More Malaysia begins coronavirus vaccination programme as PM Muhyiddin Yassin receives first shot

Malaysia announces travel ban, two-week lockdown following surge in coronavirus cases

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday announced a nationwide travel ban and a 14-day lockdown in the capital and five states, as the country grapples with a surge in coronavirus cases that threaten to overload its healthcare system. Malaysia was among the first nations to impose strict movement curbs in March during the early… Read More Malaysia announces travel ban, two-week lockdown following surge in coronavirus cases

Malaysia’s King Al-Sultan Abdullah rejects emergency rule request by PM Muhyiddin Yassin

Malaysia’s King Al-Sultan Abdullah rejected on Sunday a request by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin for him to declare a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus crisis, saying that he did not see the need. The king’s rejection is a major setback for Muhyiddin, who is facing a leadership challenge from opposition leader Anwar… Read More Malaysia’s King Al-Sultan Abdullah rejects emergency rule request by PM Muhyiddin Yassin

Malaysian rulers meet to discuss emergency proposal of PM Muhyiddin Yassin

Malaysia’s rulers met on Sunday to discuss what sources have said is a proposal by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to impose a state of emergency amid a political crisis in the Southeast Asian nation. Muhyiddin on Friday asked the king to impose emergency rule that would include suspending parliament, the sources with direct knowledge of… Read More Malaysian rulers meet to discuss emergency proposal of PM Muhyiddin Yassin