KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Mass graves and suspected human trafficking detention camps have been discovered by Malaysian police in towns and villages bordering Thailand, the country’s home minister said on Sunday.
Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said officials are determining whether the graves were of human trafficking victims, but did not say how many dead bodies were discovered.
KUALA LUMPUR/BANGKOK May 21 (Reuters) – Malaysia’s Prime
Minister Najib Razak said on Thursday he had ordered the navy to
rescue thousands of migrants adrift at sea, as a Thai official
said Myanmar had agreed to attend an emergency conference on the
Diplomats say Myanmar has up to now resisted calls for it to
take part in meetings on the stranded “boat people”, many of
them Rohingya Muslims who have long complained of discrimination
KUALA LUMPUR/BANGKOK (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Thursday he had ordered the navy to conduct search and rescue missions for thousands of migrants adrift at sea as Thailand’s prime minister said his country would not provide shelter.
Southeast Asia is battling a migrant crisis that has seen hundreds of “boat people”, mostly Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar and Bangladeshi migrants who fled persecution and poverty at home or were abducted by traffickers, pushed back out to sea by Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia and Indonesia said on Wednesday they would offer shelter to 7,000 “boat people” adrift at sea in rickety boats but made clear their assistance was temporary and they would take no more.
More than 3,000 migrants have landed so far this month in Malaysia and Indonesia. Together with Thailand, they have pushed away many boats that approached their shores despite appeals from the United Nations to take them in.
KUALA LUMPUR, May 20 (Reuters) – Malaysia and Indonesia said
on Wednesday they would offer temporary shelter to 7,000 “boat
people” adrift at sea in rickety boats, but made clear they
would take no more.
More than 3,000 migrants have landed in Malaysia and
Indonesia, which together with Thailand have opted a
“not-in-my-backyard” policy and pushed away boats that approach
KUALA LUMPUR, May 20 (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister
Najib Razak will outline on Thursday a five-year development
plan leading up to 2020, the date the country has set for
achieving developed economy status, but that goal may prove
elusive as political pressures crowd out reform.
Najib’s government faces its harshest test since coming to
power in 2009, as Malaysia braces for a downgrade of its credit
rating by Fitch and a once-stable political environment is
shaken by allegations of state corruption and mismanagement.
BANGKOK/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Thailand arrested the suspected kingpin of a human trafficking network on Monday, the latest bust in a crackdown on people smuggling that has triggered a humanitarian crisis on the region’s seas.
The foreign ministers of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia will meet in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday to discuss how to tackle trafficking, after the clampdown led criminals to abandon boats crammed with thousands of migrants rather than risk landing on Thai shores.
KUALA LUMPUR, May 5 (Reuters) – Malaysia’s Sime Darby Bhd
, the world’s largest listed palm oil firm, has
indefinitely postponed an initial public offering of its
automotive business that bankers had said could raise up to $500
The company had in February deferred the IPO of Sime Darby
Motors to the second half of this year but three people with
direct knowledge of the matter said the deal had been put off
KUALA LUMPUR, April 27 (Reuters) – Southeast Asian leaders
edged closer to open criticism of China’s land reclamation in
the disputed South China Sea at a regional summit on Monday, as
the Philippines drew the ire of Beijing which called its
objections to the work “unreasonable”.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in
Kuala Lumpur, which was supposed to showcase the 10-member
bloc’s progress towards economic integration, was overshadowed
by the long-running maritime territorial dispute.
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – ASEAN host Malaysia is set to give in to pressure from some neighbors and address the sensitive issue of land reclamations in the South China Sea with a draft summit statement saying such action may undermine peace, security and stability.
The statement to be issued after the closing ceremony of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Kuala Lumpur on Monday will raise the “serious concerns” of some leaders over the land reclamations, according to the draft statement seen by Reuters.