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Malaysia’s population is about 60% Muslim.
    (Econ, 6/2/07, p.42)
The island of Borneo, the 3rd largest in the world, was divided among the sultanate of Brunei, Indonesia, and the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah, whose capital is Kota Kinabalu. Other states of 9 included Selangor and Trengganu.
    (SFEC, 10/18/98, p.T10)

1.83Mil BC    In 2009 Malaysian archeologists reported that prehistoric stone axes found in Perak state in 2008 were the world's oldest dating to about this time. The result had a margin of error of 610,000 years.
    (AP, 1/30/09)

c65000BC    Geneticists in 2005 used DNA evidence to conclude that human emigration from Africa took place about this time from the southern end of the Red Sea and then pushing along the coast of India and Southeast Asia. The Orang Asli people of Malaysia likely descended from this 1st migration.
    (SFC, 5/13/05, p.A7)(Econ, 12/24/05, Survey p.5)

c500 AD    The first settlers of Madagascar began arriving from the Malay Archipelago in the middle of the first millennium. DNA studies in 2012 indicated that the number of women in the first group of settlers numbered about 30.
    (Econ, 3/24/12, p.84)

600-1200AD    Ceramic shards at Kampong Sungai Mas in the Bujang Valley date to this time. Brick foundations and a block of shale with a Buddhist mantra inscribed in Sanskrit was also found.
    (AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.F)

671        Chinese monk I-Tsing, wrote that he visited Srivijaya in for 6 months during this year. Srivijaya (also written Sri Vijaya) was a powerful ancient thalassocratic Malay empire based on the island of Sumatra, modern day Indonesia, which influenced much of Southeast Asia.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srivijaya)

1400        The Malaysian city of Malacca was founded and it was soon used by Zheng He, a Chinese Muslim from the Ming court, as a base for his treasure ships.
    (Econ, 11/15/14, SR p.5)

1511        Malacca (Melaka), the center of East Indian spice trade, was captured by the Portuguese. When the Dutch gained influence in Indonesia and Jakarta they took over Melaka and built the fortress A Famosa. St. Paul’s Church, originally called Our Lady of the Hill, was built by the Portuguese following their takeover of Malacca.
    (TL-MB, p.10)(SFEC, 8/3/97, p.T8)(Econ, 11/15/14, SR p.5)

1641        The Dutch pushed the Portuguese out of Malacca and renamed Our Lady of the Hill church to St. Paul’s.
    (Econ, 11/15/14, SR p.5)

1658        The sultan of Brunei gave Sabah, the northeastern part of Borneo, to the sultan of Sulu, who ruled a part of what later became the Philippines.
    (Econ, 2/23/13, p.39)

1646        The Cheng Hoon Teng Buddhist temple was built in Malacca.
    (SFEC, 3/19/00, p.T8)

c1700-1800    Monosopiad, an 18th cent. warrior, collected some 42 human skulls. His house near Sandakan is known as the House of Skulls.
    (SFEC, 10/17/98, p.T11)

1710        St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church was built in Malacca.
    (SFEC, 3/19/00, p.T8)

1728        The Muslim Kampung Hulu Mosque was built in Malacca.
    (SFEC, 3/19/00, p.T8)

1786        Capt. Francis Light landed in Penang (Malaysia) and built Fort Cornwallis. Light, acting on behalf of the East India Company, swindled the island from the ruling sultan with a promise of protection. The British usurped the land to break the Dutch monopoly on the spice trade.
    (SFEC, 8/3/97, p.T8)(SFEM, 12/19/99, p.8)(SFC, 12/8/05, p.E7)

1819        The British claimed Malacca from the Dutch. They used St. Paul’s church as an ammunition dump and put a lighthouse in front.
    (Econ, 11/15/14, SR p.5)

1832        Pres. Jackson sent the frigate Potomac to bombard the pirate lair of Kuala Batu.
    (WSJ, 10/9/01, p.A22)

1839        Britisher Sir James Brooke arrived in an armed schooner to Sarawak, Malaysia, and helped the Sultan of neighboring Brunei subdue rebel, headhunting Iban (Dayak) tribes. As a reward he was made the Raja of Sarawak, and his heirs continued to rule until 1946.
    (Hem, 6/96, p.133)

1841        Britisher Sir James Brooke was made the Raja of Sarawak (Borneo). His heirs continued to rule until 1946.
    (Hem, 6/96, p.133)(Econ, 2/15/14, p.35)

1848        It was discovered that palm oil, a native of West Africa, grew well in the Far East. By 2010 Indonesia and Malaysia produced 90% of the world’s palm oil.
    (Econ, 6/26/10, p.71)

1860s        Prospectors for tin founded the city of Kuala Lumpur ("muddy confluence") at the confluence of the Kelang and Gombak rivers.
    (SFEC, 8/3/97, p.T3)

1873        Britain sent an agent, Henry Wickham, to Brazil to get rubber seeds. The Seedlings were cultivated in Kew Gardens and transplanted to Malaysia.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R50)

1878        The sultan of Sulu leased Sabah in perpetuity to the British North Borneo Company. In 1946 the company ceded control of Sabah to Britain.
    (Econ, 2/23/13, p.39)

1888        In Malaysia the Lake Gardens opened in Kuala Lumpur.
    (SSFC, 3/29/15, p.L4)

1890s        A tin rush was on and the elite gathered at the Royal Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpur.
    (SFEC, 8/3/97, p.T3)

1902        Thailand annexed 3 southern provinces, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, that had been part of a Malay Muslim sultanate called the Kingdom of Pattani.
    (SFC, 1/23/04, p.A7)(Econ, 6/4/05, p.40)

1902        The Khoo Kongsi, a Chinese clan house on Penang, burned down the night it was completed. The temple was rebuilt.
    (SFEM, 12/19/99, p.30)

1910        Royal Dutch Shell began pumping oil out of Sarawak, a British colony on Borneo. Sarawak became part of Malaysia in 1963.
    (Econ, 6/9/12, p.46)

1915        By this year Malay plantations produced 107,860 tons of rubber compared with 37,200 tons in Brazil.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R50)

1921        China’s Xiamen University was founded by Tan Kah Kee, a business tycoon, who made his fortune in Southeast Asia, including what is now Malaysia. In 2013 Xiamen University, based in eastern Fujian province, announced plans to open a branch in Malaysia by 2015.
    (AP, 6/11/13)

1938        British expatriates in Kuala Lumpur converted a hunting tradition to a drinking and running event called Hashing, named in reference to the bad food at the Selangar Club where they hung out.
    (SFC, 8/11/00, WBb p.7)

1941        Dec 1, British declared a state of emergency in Malaya following reports of Japanese attacks.
    (HN, 12/1/98)

1941        Dec 6, Dutch and British pilots saw Japanese invasion fleet at Singapore.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1941        Dec 8, Japanese bombers attacked Malaya.
    (AFP, 2/6/12)

1945        Aug, A British Royal Air Force B24 Liberator bomber crashed in Malaysia. Later research showed that it was carrying supplies for Force 136, a British Special Operations unit.
    (AP, 2/6/12)

1945        At the end of World War II Thailand was compelled to return territory it had seized from Laos, Cambodia and Malaya. The exiled King Ananda returned.
    (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/country_profiles/1243059.stm)

1945-1949    A series of wars for independence during this period spread from India to Burma, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. In 2007 Christopher Bayly and Tim Harper authored “Forgotten Wars: Freedom and Revolution in Southeast Asia."
    (WSJ, 8/9/07, p.D7)

1948        Dec 12, British soldiers surrounded the Sungai Rimoh rubber estate in Batang Kali, shot 24 Malaysian rubber plantation workers and set the village on fire. In 1970 Britain’s incoming Conservative administration dropped a police investigation, claiming a lack of evidence. In 2012 relatives of killed workers lost their High Court battle for a full inquiry by the British government.
    (AFP, 9/4/12)

1957        Aug 31, The Federation of Malaya (Malaysia) gained independence from Britain (National Day). Malaysia established itself as a constitutional monarchy. Article 11 in the constitution gave every person “the right to profess and practice his religion." Pro-bumiputra (sons of the soil) discrimination was laid down in the constitution to ease Malays’ fears of being marginalized by Chinese and Indian migrants. A 1988 amendment denied the regular courts all jurisdiction over matters dealt with by the Muslim sharia courts.
    (YN, 8/31/99)(SFC, 11/22/01, p.A29)(AP, 8/31/07)(Econ, 9/1/07, p.11)
1957        The Barisan Nasional Coalition began ruling Malaysia.
    (Econ, 8/13/11, p.40)

1959        Malaysia adopted a Banishment Act allowing the government to expel non-citizens.
    (Econ, 9/24/11, p.53)

1960        Malaysia introduced the Internal Security Act (ISA) to stem a communist insurgency. It allowed authorities to detain people indefinitely without trial.
    (SFC, 4/25/01, p.A12)(Econ, 9/24/11, p.52)

1960s    US pres. Lyndon B. Johnson visited the country. In honor of his visit a new plantation was named LBJ. The plantation was later sold for the development of an information technology zone called the Multimedia Super Corridor.
    (WSJ, 1/8/97, p.A12)

1961        May 3, A British Colonial Office telegram stated the general guidance for keeping papers out of the hands of newly elected independent governments. Items should be disposed of if they "might embarrass members of the police, military forces, public servants or others eg police informers; might compromise sources of intelligence" -- or might be used "unethically" by incoming ministers. Under "Operation Legacy", officials in Kenya, Uganda, Malaysia, Tanzania, Jamaica and other former colonial territories were briefed on how to dispose of documents that "might embarrass Her Majesty's government." This was only made public in 2013.
    (AFP, 11/29/13)

1963        Sep 16, The Federation of Malaysia was formally established. Sabak (Sabah) and Sarawak, Britain’s colonies on Borneo, joined the Malayan peninsula to form Malaysia with Tunku Abdul Rahman (60) as prime minister. The federation formed under bitter opposition from Indonesia, which refused to recognize the country and waged a guerrilla war against it. Race riots erupted between ethnic Malays and the Chinese majority.
    (PC, 1992, p.988)(SSFC, 3/10/02, p.C10)(Econ, 9/20/08, p.60)(Econ, 2/23/13, p.39)

1964        Sep 2, Indonesian paratroopers landed in Malaysia.
    (MC, 9/2/01)

1965        Aug 9, Singapore proclaimed its independence from the Malaysian Federation.
    (AP internet, 8/9/97)

1965         Malaysia was seated on the UN Security Council. Indonesia became the first nation ever to withdraw from the United Nations in protest of the seating of its neighbor refusing to recognize it and waging a guerilla war against it. In 1966 a peace agreement with Malaysia was reached and shortly thereafter Indonesia resumed its membership in the UN.
    (HNQ, 5/14/98)

1966         Malaysia and Indonesia reached a peace agreement and shortly thereafter Indonesia resumed its membership in the UN.
    (HNQ, 5/14/98)

1967        Mar 26, Jim Thompson, American ex-serviceman, disappeared while on holiday in the Cameron Highlands of Northern Malaysia. He revived the Thai silk industry after WW II. He was one of the first to adopt a classic Thai house to the requirements of modern life, and his home is now a museum in Bangkok, Thailand.
    (Hem, Mar. 95, p.63)(SFEC, 7/16/00, p.T14)

1967        Aug 8, The Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN was established in Bangkok by the five original Member Countries, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.  Brunei Darussalam joined on 8 January 1984, Vietnam on 28 July 1995, Laos and Myanmar on 23 July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999.
    (www.aseansec.org/64.htm)

1969        May 10, Malaysia held its 3rd general election since independence. Opposition advances at the polls were followed by bloody race riots. Smoldering racial tensions erupted between the Malays and the Chinese with riots that killed dozens.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysian_general_election,_1969)(SFC,11/24/97, p.A11)

1969        May 13, In Malaysia deadly race riots took place in Kuala Lumpur.
    (Econ, 5/16/09, p.49)

1969        Malaysia adopted an Emergency Ordnance that allowed people to be detained without charge.
    (Econ, 9/24/11, p.53)

1970        Sep 22, Abdul Razak (1922-1976) became Malaysia’s 2nd prime minister.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tun_Abdul_Razak)

1971        Nov 1, The Five Power Defense Arrangements were concluded by the defense ministers of Australia, Britain, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.
    (Econ, 11/5/11, p.54)

1971        Malaysia introduced a New Economic Policy (NEP), which ushered in affirmative action for Malays. The temporary bill expired in 1990, when it was renamed and hardly changed.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysian_New_Economic_Policy)(Econ, 3/15/08, p.51)

1974        Petronas, Malaysia’s national oil firm, was given exclusive rights to the nation’s hydrocarbons. Until this year all of Malaysia’s oil was pumped by foreigners.
    (Econ, 10/10/09, p.69)
1974        In Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim was detained for 22 months for organizing political opposition groups and for distributing a book by Dr. Mahathir Mohamed.
    (WSJ, 10/30/98, p.A11)

1975        Apr 4, The first group of boat people from Vietnam began arriving in Malaysia. More than 1 million people fled from the close of the war to the early 1980s.
    (SFC, 4/17/96, p.A-9)

1975        Aug 4, In Malaysia the Japanese Red Army raided a building in Kuala Lumpur that housed US, Swedish, Japanese and Canadian embassies. 52 hostages were exchanged for Red Army members.
    (http://www.ioss.gov/docs/julytodecember.html)

1976        Jan 14, Abdul Razak (b.1922), Malaysia’s 2nd prime minister, died. His son Najib Razak (23) was soon elected to parliament.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tun_Abdul_Razak)(Econ, 11/8/08, p.60)

1977        Sep 27, Japan Airlines Flight 715, a DC-8, crashed into a hill in bad weather while attempting to land at the Kuala Lumpur Subang Airport. 34 people, including 8 of the 10 crew members and 26 of the 69 passengers, were killed when the aircraft broke on impact.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_Airlines)

1981        Mahathir Mohamed was named prime minister. He led the United Malays National Organization party.
    (SFC,11/24/97, p.A11)

1982        McDonald's, the US fast food giant, began operations in Malaysia.
    (AP, 4/29/09)

1983        In Malaysia PM Mahathir Mohamed initiated Proton, the Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional (National Car Project). Production of the 1st model, Saga, began in 1985 in association with Mitsubishi of Japan.
    (Econ, 5/8/04, p.61)(WSJ, 7/14/04, p.B2B)(Econ, 12/2/06, p.68)

1983        Malaysia passed an Islamic banking law and set up Bank Islam. Takaful Malaysia, an Islamic insurance company, was set up in 1984.
    (WSJ, 4/4/07, p.A13)

1984        Daim Zainuddin became chairman of the main investment arm of United Malays National Organization (UMNO).
    (WSJ, 3/24/04, p.B5B)

1985        Malaysia’s PM Mahathir Mohamed and government colleagues conceived the idea of a national highway about this time.
    (Hem., 1/96, p.97)

1986        A law was enacted that prohibited publications of "malicious allegations" against the government.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A15)

1987        Women’s groups began campaigning for a law against wife-beating. A weak law was passed in 1994.
    (SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-14)   

1988         May, In Malaysia construction of the North-South Expressway was begun.
    (Hem., 1/96, p.97)

1988        In Malaysia an amendment to the constitution denied the regular courts all jurisdiction over matters dealt with by the Muslim sharia courts.
    (Econ, 6/2/07, p.42)

1990        In Malaysia the 1970 New Economic Policy (NEP), which ushered in affirmative action for Malays, expired. It was renamed and hardly changed.
    (Econ, 8/27/05, p.34)

1990        Malaysia’s poverty rate stood at 22.8%.
    (Econ, 4/8/06, p.42)

1991        In Malaysia authorities banned Mak Yong, a traditional form of dance theater.
    (WSJ, 4/19/06, p.A1)

1992        In Malaysia a rare earths plant in northern Perak state was forced to shut down over protests from residents who blamed it for birth defects in nearby populations.
    (AFP, 2/26/12)
1992        Panama disease, caused by the fusarium fungus, mutated to a form capable of attacking the Cavendish variety of banana and wiped out plantations in Malaysia. The disease had previously destroyed the popular Gros Michel variety, which was left growing only in remote parts of Uganda and Jamaica.
    (Econ, 10/22/05, p.85)

1994        The North-South Expressway of Malaysia was completed. It spans the western side of the Malay Peninsula from Singapore to the Thailand frontier for 520 miles.
    (Hem., 1/96, p.97)
1994        Malaysia passed a Domestic Violence Act. It made wife-beating unlawful but only after a cease-and-desist order and went into effect in 1996. Women’s groups had begun campaigning seven years
    (SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-14)
1994        Malaysia under PM Mahathir Mohamed awarded the Bakun Dam concession to Ekran Bhd. The government took over the project following the financial crises of 1997-98.
    (WSJ, 1/8/04, p.A14)

1994-1997    Malaysia engaged in a tight money policy as the economy grew at a breakneck speed.
    (WSJ, 11/22/05, p.A13)

1995        July, Irene Fernandez, head of the human rights group Tenaganita, published a report after interviewing immigrant inmates on prison conditions. 71 deaths have been caused by alleged abuse.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A15)

1995         Sep, A Fokker-50 operated by a Malaysian airline crashed on arrival at Tawau, Malaysia airport, killing 34 people. The plane touched down 500 yards short of the runway, pulled up and crashed into a shantytown.
    (AP, 2/10/04)

1995        Danny Ooi launched The Malaysia Book of Records.
    (WSJ, 12/1/99, p.B1)

1995         Kuala Lumpur. High trade deficit. Money is denominated in "ringgit". [It reached 4.7 billion dollars on annualized basis.]
    (WSJ, 10/30/95, p.A-11A)

1996        Apr 18, Malaysia was to send about 1200 Vietnamese boatpeople back home.
    (SFC, 4/17/96, p.A-9)

1996        May 20, In Malaysia timber exports have reached $1.5 billion from the state of Sarawak in north-central Borneo Island. The lives of the local Penans and other forest peoples have been forever fractured. Half of Sarawak is zoned for logging, 8% is to be permanently protected, and 42% is to be stripped away for development.
    (SFC, 5/20/96, p.A-8)   

1996        Jun, Malaysia’s Domestic Violence Act went into effect. Women’s groups had begun campaigning nine years ago and a weak version was passed in 1994.
    (SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-14)

1996        Jun 10, In Malaysia Irene Fernandez, head of the human rights group Tenaganita, went on trial for her 1995 published report on prison conditions of immigrant inmates. 71 deaths have been caused by alleged abuse. She was charged under a 1986 law that banned the publication of "malicious allegations" against the government. Seven years later, she was sentenced to one year in prison but appealed. In 2008 she was acquitted.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A15)(SFC, 5/29/96, p.A8)(AP, 11/24/08)

1996        Jun 13, A report from Kuching told of Borneo’s 2nd high tech plant being cut out of the tropical rain forest.
    (WSJ, 6/13/96, p.A6)

1996        Jun 14, Issues that had blocked the building of the $6.02 billion Bakun hydroelectric dam in Sarawak state on Borneo were resolved.
    (WSJ, 6/14/96, p.A10)

1996        Jun 19, A court order stopped work on the $5.4 billion Bakun Dam due to violation of environmental laws.
    (SFC, 6/20/96, p.A10)

1996        Jul 7, The average cost of a Big Mac in Malaysia was $1.51.
    (SFC, 7/7/96, Parade, p.17)

1996        Jul 10, Entrepreneur Tan Sri Vincent Tan Chee Yioun was backing a new development to rise above the Kelang River in Kuala Lumpur. Called KL Linear City the plan called for a 24 year project that would consist of a 1.24 mile-long, 10-story, tube-like structure. It was disclosed as a footnote in Malaysia’s 75 year plan released in April.
    (WSJ, 7/11/96, p.A10)

1996        Aug 3-4, There was a nationwide power blackout that lasted 16 hours in some areas.
    (WSJ, 8/9/96, p.A5c)

1996        Sep 15, In Singapore all 120,000 internet subscribers will have to go through proxy servers which will screen them from dozens of sites that contain nudity and sexual topics.
    (SFC, 8/15/96, p.B2)

1996        Dec 25, Tropical storm Greg killed at least 163 people in the northern Borneo state of Sabah.
    (WSJ, 12/27/96, p.A1)(SFC, 12/30/96, p.A8)

1996        Abdullah Sungkar (1999) and Abu Bakar Baasyir, self-exiled Indonesian clerics, together with Riduan Isamuddin, established Jemaah Islamiyah in Malaysia.
    (WSJ, 1/15/03, p.A1)
1996        In Malaysia the Pergau hydroelectric dam, supported by British aid, was commissioned. The project involved at least 3 separate scandals. In 2012 Time Lankester authored “The Politics and Economics of Britain’s Foreign Aid: The Pergau Dam Affair."
    (Econ, 11/17/12, p.77)

1997        Jan, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad went to Silicon Valley to describe a new "multimedia supercorridor" which would include a new airport and two new cities with high technology centers.
    (Hem., 4/97, p.42)

1997        Feb 28, It was reported that the Dayaks were killing the Madurans in the rain forest of West Kalimantan, Borneo. The indigenous Dayaks had killed as many as 300 Madurans in fierce hand combat after a peace treaty was broken. The Madurans were moved in by the government from an overpopulated area.
    (SFC, 2/28/97, p.A16)

1997        May 12, It was reported that the Pudu Prison in Kuala Lumpur was opened as a public attraction last week. It was scheduled to be demolished in 6 months.
    (WSJ, 5/12/97, p.B1)

1997        May 31, The 7-member ASEAN alliance, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, met in Kuala Lumpur and agreed to allow Burma to become a member in July. Laos and Cambodia were also to be admitted. The members were Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam.
    (SFEC, 6/1/97, p.D3)

1997        Aug 9, In Indonesia huge fires in tropical forests and plantations on Sumatra and Borneo and Java were blamed on slash-and-burn farming techniques. Fires originally set by developers to clear forest for palm plantations in Borneo and Sumatra ran out of control and darkened skies across much of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. The World Bank estimated that 8% of total global emission of greenhouse gases for the year were due to the fires.
    (SFC, 8/9/97, p.A12)(SFC, 9/25/97, p.A11)(Econ, 3/25/06, p.74)

1997        Sep, American billionaire George Soros, vilified by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad as the cause of the national financial crises, defended himself and called his accuser "a menace to his own country."
    (SFC, 9/22/97, p.A10)

1997        Oct 1, Asian currencies dived in foreign exchange markets in part because of comments by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir: "I would like to suggest that we do away with trade in currency as a commodity."
    (WSJ, 10/2/97, p.A12)

1997        Dec 8, The Rupiah dropped 10% on rumors that Pres. Suharto had suffered a stroke.
    (WSJ, 12/10/97, p.A16)

1997        Dec 19, A Singapore operated Boeing 737 jet crashed by the Musi River north of Palembang on its flight from Jakarta to Singapore. All 104 people on board were feared dead.
    (SFC,12/20/97, p.A10)

1997        Malaysia banned the export of sand hurting Singapore’s efforts to secure supplies for its booming construction industry and sea-fill plans. Indonesia followed suit in 2007 and caused a surge in the price of sand.
    (Econ, 10/10/09, p.46)
1997        In Malaysia a virus struck the village of Nipah and killed 105 people, most of whom were involved in the hog-farming industry. Some 1.2 million hogs were destroyed and the Nipah virus epidemic ran its course over 7 months. The epidemic was later related to burning rain forests and bats seeking new food sources that passed the virus to pigs that passed it to humans. Most animals recovered but it was lethal to 40% of humans.
    (SFC, 9/28/99, p.A9)(SFC, 5/29/00, p.A4)(WSJ, 6/19/03, p.A1)

1998        Mar 15, Random drug testing at all Malaysian schools was to be instituted with urine testing equipment.
    (SFC, 3/16/98, p.A9)

1998        Mar 26, In Malaysia riots flared in 4 detention camps that housed mainly Indonesian illegal immigrants. The Internal Security Act allowed the detention without trial of people caught helping illegals. 8 inmates and one policeman were killed. Over 200 inmates escaped from one camp.
    (WSJ, 3/27/98, p.A10)

1998        Apr 21, Skydivers from Malaysia parachuted the national car, the Proton Wira sedan, onto the North Pole this week.
    (SFC, 4/23/98, p.A13)

1998        May 15, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin (b. 1962) became the 17th Sultan of Terengganu and the 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the constitutional head of state of Malaysia.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mizan_Zainal_Abidin_of_Terengganu)

1998        Sep, Malaysia was scheduled to host the Commonwealth Games.
    (SFEC, 8/3/97, p.T3)

1998        Jun 27, The new $3.61 bil airport in Sepang north of Kuala Lumpur was scheduled to open. The new $2.25 [$2.5] billion int’l. airport covered 25,000 acres and was opened by King Tuanku Jaafar.
    (WSJ, 8/30/96, p.B8B)(SFEC, 6/28/98, p.A17)

1998        Jun 30, In Malaysia the new Kuala Lumpur Int’l. Airport (KLIA) began operations.
    (SFEC, 7/5/98, p.T3)(Econ, 2/7/09, p.35)

1998        Sep 1, Capital controls were imposed on the stock market. Foreigners holding stocks were not allowed to take their money out of the country for one year. Dr. Mahathir ordered that the austerity measures of Anwar Ibrahim be rolled back.
    (WSJ, 9/8/98, p.A14)(WSJ, 10/30/98, p.A11)

1998        Sep 2, Malaysia PM Mahathir Mohamad ousted deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim after the deputy disagreed with the free-spending policies of his boss.
    (SFC, 9/21/98, p.A12)(SFC, 9/22/98, p.A7)

1998        Sep 7, The market index rose 22.5%.
    (WSJ, 9/8/98, p.A14)

1998        Sep 8, The market index fell a record 21.5%, 95.5 points to 349.56. A regulatory reprieve gave foreigners their first chance to sell since capital controls were imposed on Sep 1.
    (WSJ, 9/8/98, p.A14)

1998        Sep 9, The reprieve to sell stock under the old rules was withdrawn. The market closed at 389.65.
    (WSJ, 9/10/98, p.A19)

1998        Sep 20, In Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim (51) was jailed following charges of sexual hijinks. His arrest coincided with protests calling for the resignation of the prime minister and with the end of the competition of the Commonwealth Games and a state visit by Queen Elizabeth II. Ibrahim was beaten by police chief Abdul Rahim Noor. Noor was sentenced to 2 months in prison for the assault in 2000.
    (SFC, 9/21/98, p.A12)(SFC, 3/15/00, p.A10)

1998        Sep 21, In Malaysia thousands of protestors clashed with police as the finale to the Commonwealth Games proceeded. The Suaram human rights group said that 34 people were arrested.
    (SFC, 9/22/98, p.A7)

1998        Sep 25, In Malaysia Abdul Malek was arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA), at the height of the "Reformasi" (Reforms) demonstrations following the sacking and arrest of deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim. In 2007 a Malaysian court awarded Malek 740,000 dollars for his wrongful arrest and assault in custody. It was the first time that a Malaysian court had awarded significant compensation for illegal detention and abuse.
    (AFP, 10/18/07)

1998        Sep 27, In Malaysia about 10,000 people gathered in Kuala Lumpur to protests a crackdown on dissent by the Mahathir regime.
    (WSJ, 9/28/98, p.A1)

1998        Oct 17, In Malaysia Azizah Ismail, wife of Anwar Ibrahim, joined some ten thousand protestors demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Mohamad.
    (SFEC, 10/18/98, p.A20)

1998        Nov 2, In Malaysia the sex-and-politics trial of Anwar Ibrahim began.
    (SFC, 11/2/98, p.A14)

1998        Nov 14, In Malaysia thousands gathered to criticize Prime Minister Mahathir as world leaders gathered for the 6th APEC forum.
    (SFEC, 11/15/98, p.A17)

1998        Nov 16, VP Al Gore spoke in Malaysia at the APEC conference and accused the government of suppressing freedom.
    (SFC, 11/18/98, p.C2)

1998        Dec 9, Azizan Abu Bakar, the ex-driver of Anwar Ibrahim, repeated in court his allegation that he was sodomized by Ibrahim in 1992.
    (SFC, 12/10/98, p.C7)

1998        The 1,482-foot Petronas Towers were completed in Kuala Lumpur as the world’s tallest buildings. They were built by Petroliam Nasional, Malaysia’s national oil company. The twin buildings stood 88-stories with 241-foot spires. They stood 29 feet taller than the Sears Building in Chicago, and remained the tallest in the world until Taipei 101 was completed in 2004.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petronas_Twin_Towers)(SFC, 12/31/00, p.B2)(Econ, 10/10/09, p.69)
1998        In Malaysia the government of PM Mahathir Mohamad pegged the ringgit at 3.80 at to the dollar in order to bring stability to the economy.
    (Econ, 4/10/04, p.64)
1998        Hong Kong suffered a slump in GDP of over 6% as did Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand.
    (Econ, 11/22/08, p.51)
1998        In Malaysia pirate attacks rose to 67 as compared to 51 in 1997.
    (SFC, 2/4/99, p.A12)

1999        Jan 5, Malaysia admitted that former Deputy Premier Anwar was beaten by police after his arrest in September.
    (WSJ, 1/6/99, p.A1)

1999        Jan 7, Police inspector general Abdul Rahim Noor announced his resignation effective Jan 8.
    (SFC, 1/8/99, p.A16)

1999        Jan 8, In Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir named Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (59) as his heir apparent.
    (SFC, 1/9/99, p.A14)

1999        Mar 18, In Malaysia an outbreak of encephalitis caused a order for the extermination of 64,000 pigs and the evacuation of 11,000 people.
    (SFC, 3/19/99, p.A14)

1999        Mar 21, In Malaysia soldiers began killing the pig population to control an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis. The number of pigs to be killed rose to at least one million.
    (SFC, 3/22/99, p.A11)(WSJ, 3/29/99, p.A1)

1999        Mar, Malaysia gave the green light for the development of the Port Klang Free Zone as a regional trans-shipment hub to rival Singapore. After 10 years the project was stalled and close to default with cost overruns at $987 million.
    (Econ, 9/5/09, p.47)

1999        Apr 4, In Malaysia Azizah Ismail, the wife of Anwar Ibrahim, announced the formation of the People’s Justice Party (PKR) and called on opposition forces to topple Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
    (SFC, 4/5/99, p.A9)(Econ, 12/4/10, p.54)

1999        Apr 8, In Malaysia it was reported that some 111 people had died in the last 6 months from a new virus that was believed to be spreading from pigs to humans.
    (SFC, 4/9/99, p.A16)

1999        Apr 13, In Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim was convicted on 4 charges of corruption by High Court Judge Augustine Paul. He was sentenced to 6 years on each charge with the sentences to run concurrently.
    (SFC, 4/14/99, p.A14)

1999        May 3, It was reported that Prime Minister Mahathir said that his deputy, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, would succeed him after elections in 2000.
    (WSJ, 5/3/99, p.A1)

1999        Jul 8, In Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad unveiled phase one of Cyberjaya, a futuristic high-tech city expected to cost some $5.3 billion.
    (SFC, 7/9/99, p.D2)

1999        Sep 10, Anwar Ibrahim was hospitalized after lawyers claimed that he had been poisoned with arsenic. Ibrahim had lost 26 lbs and suffered hair loss, numbness in his fingers, erratic blood pressure and migraines.
    (SFC, 10/6/99, p.C16)

1999        Sep 19, In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, over 10,000 people protested against PM Mahathir Mohamad on the one-year anniversary of the arrest of ex-Deputy Premier Anwar Ibrahim, who was reported to be suffering from arsenic poisoning. Police responded with tear gas and water cannons. Protesters wore red and adopted the battle cry of “reformasi" from neighboring Indonesia.
    (SFC, 9/20/99, p.A9)(WSJ, 9/20/99, p.A1)(Econ, 11/17/07, p.53)

1999        Oct 5, A judge ordered the sodomy trial of Anwar Ibrahim to proceed and said medical tests showed no evidence of arsenic poisoning.
    (SFC, 10/6/99, p.C16)

1999        Oct 11, Murray Hiebert, Canadian journalist, was released after 4 weeks in jail. He had been sentenced to 6 weeks for a 1997 article about a court case.
    (WSJ, 10/12/99, p.A21)

1999        Nov 9, In northern Malaysia Carolyn Janice Ahmad (35) was allegedly killed as a sacrifice to obtain lottery tips from the Hindu goddess Kali. Her skeletal remains were discovered in a shallow grave at an oil palm plantation in June 2001. In 2004 a court acquitted 3 Malaysians charged with killing the American woman
    (AP, 8/16/04)

1999        Nov 11, In Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir (73) dissolved parliament and planned early elections.
    (SFC, 11/11/99, p.A24)

1999        Nov 29, The Election Committee set this date for the elections. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and His ruling National Front coalition won over a two-thirds majority in Parliament. Wan Azizah Ismail, wife of Anwar Ibrahim, led the newly formed National Justice Party (Keadilan) and won her husbands former seat. The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (Pas), whose leaders favor strict Islamic law, tripled its seats, won control of Trengganu state and kept control of Kelantan state.
    (SFC, 11/13/99, p.A12)

1999        King Salahuddin Abdul Aziz assumed the throne as the nation’s 11th king since independence in 1957. He introduced a rotating royalty system whereby the sultans of the 9 states choose the king by secret ballot. Each sultan than takes a turn as monarch for 5 years.
    (SFC, 11/22/01, p.A29)

1999        Malaysia began moving government departments from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya, its new 11,300-acre $5.3 billion administrative capital, 25 miles away.
    (SSFC, 7/18/04, p.D12)

1999        Malaysiakini, an independent online newspaper in Malaysia, was founded as a free site. In 2002 it was forced to start charging for use.
    (Econ, 3/15/08, p.52)

2000        Jan, In Malaysia terrorists held a meeting in Kuala Lumpur. The US CIA informed the FBI that Khalid Al-Midhar had a US visa. Midhar was later one of the Sep 11, 2001, terrorists.
    (SFC, 6/4/02, p.A10)

2000        Mar 13, CBS began filming its "Survivor" show on the Malaysian island of Pulau Tiga. Filming lasted to April 20 and the last survivor was to be awarded a $1 million prize.
    (SFC, 6/2/00, p.C15)

2000        Apr 23, Philippine gunmen abducted 20 people from a Malaysian resort on Sipadan Island. Islamic insurgents took credit for the attack. They later freed 2 hostages and demanded $2.4 million in ransom for 19 captives.
    (SFC, 4/25/00, p.A10)(WSJ, 4/27/00, p.A1)(SFC, 7/15/00, p.A13)

2000        Apr 29, In Malaysia a court upheld the 1999 corruption conviction against former finance minister Anwar Ibrahim.
    (SFEC, 4/30/00, p.A17)

2000        Apr, Steven Gan (35) founded Malaysiakini.com, an online newspaper.
    (SFC, 4/18/00, p.A8)

2000        Jul 6, In Malaysia commandos ended a 4-day standoff and forced the surrender of 27 militants of Al-Ma’unah (Brotherhood of Inner Power), led by Amin Razali. 2 non-Muslim hostages were slain in the process. 19 cult members were found guilty Dec 27, 2001.
    (SFC, 7/7/00, p.D6)(SFEC, 8/13/00, p.B9)(SFC, 12/28/01, p.A4)

2000        Aug 8, Anwar Ibrahim, former deputy prime minister, was convicted of sodomy and sentenced to 9 years in prison. Sukma Dermawan, Ibrahim’s codefendant and adopted brother, was also found guilty.
    (SFC, 8/8/00, p.A11)

2000        Aug 8, Some 29 members of the Al-Ma’unah Islamic sect were charged with treason for the July looting of 2 army camps in Perak.
    (SFEC, 8/13/00, p.B9)

2000        Aug 22, In Sarawak 15 people including 13 children were killed when a tractor-trailer rig collided with a school van.
    (SFC, 8/24/00, p.A13)

2000        Aug 23, The final winner of the "Survivor" TV contest set on Pulau Tiga island was broadcast to as many as 40-50 million viewers. Richard Hatch (39), a corporate trainer from Newport, R.I., won the $1 million grand prize. In 2006 Hatch was convicted on three counts related to tax evasion and was sentenced to 51 months in Federal prison plus three years of supervised probation.
    (SFC, 8/23/00, p.A1)(SFC, 8/24/00, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/4sna5j)

2000        Aug, 78 4-man teams in the Eco-Challenge Sabah encountered flooded rivers over a 2-week race in Malaysian Borneo. A number later found themselves infected with leptospirosis.
    (SFC, 9/15/00, p.A12)

2000        Sep 10, Abu Sayyaf rebels kidnapped 3 men from Pandanan Island off Borneo and took them to Jolo island in the Philippines.
    (WSJ, 9/12/00, p.A1)

2000        Nov 5, In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, thousands of people protested the rule of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
    (SFC, 11/6/00, p.A15)

2000        Nov 24, It was reported that recent monsoon flooding killed 10 people in Malaysia and at least 5 people in Thailand. The death toll from flooding in Thailand reached over 30, mostly children. At least 49 died from mudslides in West Sumatra.
    (SFC, 11/24/00, p.D8)(WSJ, 11/27/00, p.A1)

2000        Nov, A Malaysian politician was assassinated. The militant group Jemaah Islamiyah was believed to be involved.
    (WSJ, 8/13/02, p.A14)

2000        Dec 31, 15 parachutists planned to leap from the Petronas Towers just before midnight and land in the new year.
    (SFC, 12/31/00, p.B2)

2001        Mar 11, Ethnic violence between Malays and ethnic Indians continued for a 4th day. Five people were killed in the last 4 days.
    (SFC, 3/12/01, p.A15)

2001        Apr 10, Malaysia arrested at least 4 opposition leaders as the 2 year anniversary approached of jailed former Deputy Premier Anwar’s conviction.
    (WSJ, 4/11/01, p.A1)

2001        Sep 25, The government accused Nik Adli Nik Abdul Aziz (34), an Islamic school teacher, for plotting to overthrow the government. His father served as the chief minister of Kelantan state. Nik Adli allegedly belonged to the Kumpulan Mujahideen Malaysia militant group.
    (WSJ, 9/26/01, p.A16)

2001        Nov 21, King Salahuddin Abdul Aziz died at age 75.
    (SFC, 11/22/01, p.A29)

2001        Dec 8, Malaysian authorities said that would expand a policy of caning illegal immigrants to include 1st-time offenders.
    (SSFC, 12/9/01, p.A18)

2001         A Malaysia bank introduced a corporate bond that complied with Islamic prohibitions on interest. The bonds were benchmarked to interest rates, but technically based on profit sharing, leasing or trading  By 2007 the global Islamic bond market reached an estimated $50 billion in outstanding securities.
    (WSJ, 4/4/07, p.A1)

2001        Tony Fernandez (b.1964), Malaysian entrepreneur, acquired AirAsia and soon re-launched it as a low-cost domestic carrier with 2 B737 planes purchased from a Malaysian conglomerate. Ryanair signed on with a 5% stake. By 2009 the company had 76 planes. By the end of 2004 the low cost airline planned to have 30 planes.
    (Econ, 3/13/04, p.63)(Econ, 2/7/09, p.35)(Econ, 3/21/09, p.72)(http://tinyurl.com/cxf3hz)

2002        Jan 6, It was reported that Malaysia authorities had arrested 13 suspected members of extremist groups since Dec 9 with possible links to the Sep 11 attacks.
    (SSFC, 1/6/02, p.A8)

2002        Jan 12, Malaysia announced the arrests of 2 more suspected militants tied to al Qaeda and linked to a cell in Singapore.
    (SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A11)

2002        May, Malaysia’s PM Mahathir Mohamed met with Pres. Bush in Washington, DC. In 2006 it was revealed that lobbyist Jack Abramoff was paid $1.2 million to organize the meeting. Mahathir later said that at the time he had been persuaded by the Heritage Foundation to meet with Bush because the conservative think tank believed he could help "influence (Bush) in some way regarding US policies."
    (AP, 2/21/06)

2002        Jun 23, In Malaysia Fadzil Noor, the leader of the main opposition, Parti Islam se-Malaysia (PAS), died after failing to recover from emergency heart surgery nearly two weeks ago.
    (Reuters, 6/23/02)

2002        Jun 25, Malaysia's ruling party said on Tuesday Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, one of Asia's longest-serving leaders, will hand power to his deputy late next year in a move investors praised as an orderly transition.
    (Reuters, 6/25/02)

2002        Jul 2, Malaysia said it had not reached any new agreements with Singapore on the sale of water to the island state and other issues after two days of talks.
    (Reuters, 7/2/02)

2002        Jul 31, Thousands of illegal immigrants headed for Malaysia's ports to meet a midnight deadline for them to leave the country or risk a caning.
    (Reuters, 7/31/02)

2002        Aug 2, Australia and Malaysia signed a counter-terrorism pact which pledged them to work together to fight suspected Islamic militants in the region.
    (Reuters, 8/2/02)

2002        Aug 31, Malaysia said it has agreed to temporarily halt deportation of Filipino workers and their families amid public outrage over reports of their mistreatment.
    (Reuters, 8/31/02)

2002        Sep 7, Indonesian officials say 35 deportees from Malaysia have died at sprawling makeshift camps in Borneo as they await the arrival of a navy vessel bringing medical help.
    (Reuters, 9/7/02)

2002        Nov 4, China signed a landmark agreement, “Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea," with ASEAN (Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam) on avoiding open conflict in the disputed South China Sea Spratly Islands. Indonesia objected and Taiwan was barred from signing.
    (Reuters, 11/4/02)(Econ, 5/22/04, p.40)(www.aseansec.org/13163.htm)

2002        Dec 17, Malaysia won control of two tiny palm-fringed islands when the World Court ruled in its favor in a long-running dispute with Indonesia.
    (Reuters, 12/17/02)

2002        Malaysia issued the world’s first sovereign sukuk, an Islamic bond.
    (Econ, 1/5/13, p.60)
2002        Abdul Razak Baginda helped Malaysia negotiate the purchase of French submarines.
    (WSJ, 3/29/07, p.A13)
2002        Oil was found in 4,400 feet of water off the coast of Sabah state in Borneo, Malaysia. The filed dubbed Kikeh was contested by Brunei.
    (WSJ, 6/27/03, p.A11)

2003      Feb 25, In Malaysia a summit of 116 developing countries suspicious of US military dominance united behind calls to give Baghdad more time to disarm.
    (AP, 2/25/03)

2003        May 20, Malaysia launched its government sponsored BioValley complex at a cost of $150 million. In 2005 the journal Nature reported it as a failed project.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BioValley_%28Malaysia%29)(Econ, 10/31/09, p.78)

2003        May 24, Malaysia PM Mahathir Mohamad met with Brunei's 29th Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah to address the issue of the Kikeh oil find off Borneo.
    (WSJ, 6/27/03, p.A11)(SSFC, 6/28/03, p.C6)

2003        Jun 25, The Malaysia Parliament passed a post secondary school National Service Bill to encourage nation building by integrating participants in a state-run summer camp.
    (Econ, 10/23/04, p.44)

2003        cAug 4, Pres. Putin visited Malaysia to seal a $900 million sale of Sukhoi fighter jets and tout Russia's liberal sale policies.
    (WSJ, 8/5/03, p.A1)

2003        Aug 10, Pirates in the Strait of Malacca struck a small tanker near the Port Klang, Kuala Lumpur. They looted the ship and took it into Indonesia waters and sought $100,000 ransom for the top 3 officers.
    (SFC, 8/15/03, p.A8)

2003        Sep 29, In Malaysia PM Mahathir Mohamad presided at the inauguration of the Berjaya Times Square, a $460 million project that was derailed by the 1997-98 Asian financial crises.
    (AP, 9/29/03)

2003        Oct 5, In Malaysian Borneo armed kidnappers riding in a speedboat raided a remote resort, seizing six people before escaping.
    (AP, 10/6/03)

2003        Oct 11, In Malaysia delegates from Islamic nations gathered in the new administrative capital of Putrajaya with Iraq as a center piece of discussion.
    (SSFC, 10/11/03, p.A3)

2003        Oct 16, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told a summit of Islamic leaders that "Jews rule the world by proxy" and the world's 1.3 billion Muslims should unite, using nonviolent means for a "final victory."
    (AP, 10/16/03)

2003        Oct 20, President Bush personally condemned the Malaysian prime minister for his statement that Jews rule the world, pulling Mahathir Mohamad aside at an international economic meeting to tell him the remarks were "wrong and divisive."
    (AP, 10/20/03)

2003        Oct 31, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi became Malaysia's first new prime minister in a generation, succeeding Mahathir Mohamad.
    (AP, 10/31/03)

2003        Nov 30, In Malaysia 2 passenger buses collided on a windy road in the Kuala Lipis district, killing at least 14 people.
    (AP, 11/30/03)

2004        Jan 7, Najib Razak, a veteran politician, was named as Malaysia's deputy PM.
    (AP, 1/7/04)

2004        Jan 13, Thai and Malaysian military forces began joint land and air patrols along their jungle border for the first time since the 1970s.
    (AP, 1/14/04)

2004        Jan 27, In Malaysia an Iranian asylum seeker set himself on fire in an apparent suicide attempt outside the Kuala Lumpur headquarters of the UN refugee agency.
    (AP, 1/27/04)

2004        Feb 9, In Malaysia anti-corruption officers arrested the former head of scandal-plagued steel company Perwaja.
    (AP, 2/9/04)

2004        Feb 12, Malaysia's land minister was arrested and charged for his involvement a deal to sell millions of dollars worth of shares his government agency owned in the second high-profile anti-corruption case this week amid a government crackdown.
    (AP, 2/12/04)

2004        Mar 3, Malaysia's new PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi called a snap national election that will pit the long-ruling secular coalition government against a fundamentalist Islamic opposition.
    (AP, 3/3/04)

2004        Mar 21, Elections were held in Malaysia. An Islamic leader implied that those who backed government candidates would go to hell. Malaysia's secular government won a sweeping victory in two Muslim-dominated states and looked headed for a nationwide rout of the fundamentalist Islamic opposition.
    (WSJ, 3/8/04, p.A1)(AP, 3/21/04)

2004        Mar 22, In Malaysia Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was sworn in as prime minister, a day after scoring a landslide election victory that handed the fundamentalist Islamic opposition its worst defeat in more than a decade. The national Front Coalition won 199 out of 219 seats in parliament.
    (AP, 3/22/04)(Econ, 11/17/07, p.53)

2004        Apr 7, In Malaysia 3 men armed with firebombs, machetes and an ax attacked Myanmar's embassy, hacking one senior official and starting a fire that destroyed the building.
    (AP, 4/7/04)

2004        May 28, Malaysia issued a detention order for Buhary Syed Abu Tahir, a Sri Lankan businessman, on charges that in 2002 he brought 7 Libyan technicians to Malaysia to be trained to operate machines to produce centrifuge parts for Libya’s nuclear weapons program. Tahir was a key associate of Abdul Qadeer Khan, former head of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program.
    (WSJ, 6/4/04, p.A10)

2004        Aug 31, The $4 million film “Princess of Mount Ledang," directed by Saw Teong Hin, opened on Malaysia’s 47th anniversary of independence.
    (SFC, 8/26/04, p.E5)

2004        Sep 2, Anwar Ibrahim was set free after his sodomy conviction was overturned by Malaysia's highest court. This was six years to the day after the one-time heir apparent to the country's premiership plunged into a divisive fight with his political mentor.
    (AP, 9/2/04)

2004        Sep 15, Malaysia declared its entire northern Kelantan state a quarantine zone to halt the spread of bird flu.
    (AP, 9/15/04)

2004        Azman Mokhtar was appointed as head of Khazana, a Malaysian government passive holding company, with a mission to overhaul some 40 partially state-owned firms.
    (Econ, 8/20/05, p.50)
2004        Producers and users of palm oil, 90% of which is produced in Indonesia and Malaysia, set up a Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
    (Econ, 8/1/15, p.59)

2005        Jan 1, Malaysia was forecast for 4.7% annual GDP growth with a population at 25.9 million and GDP per head at $4,750.
    (Econ, 1/8/05, p.91)

2005        Feb 26, Malaysia's PM Badawi told Proton to set its sights abroad as he launched the national carmaker's 1.8 billion ringgit (474 million dollar) new manufacturing plant.
    (AP, 2/26/05)

2005        Apr 4, A minister said Malaysia plans to hire 169,000 foreign workers to overcome an acute labor shortage after a crackdown on illegal migrants.
    (AP, 4/4/05)

2005        May 25, Japan and Malaysia agreed to key elements of a free-trade pact, to be launched in December, covering automobiles and most other economic sectors.
    (WSJ, 5/26/05, p.A10)

2005        Jun 24, Malaysia's ruling UMNO party suspended cabinet minister Isa Samad for six years for corruption.
    (AP, 6/25/05)

2005        Jun 29, In Malaysia Hamisa Abu Hassan Saari (22) was arrested after police found some drugs on a friend. A police officer secretly recorded her with a cell phone as she was forced to strip and do squats, though she had no drugs. The recording got on the Internet and led to a special commission that denounced the police procedures and led to significant changes.
    (SFC, 11/23/06, p.A34)

2005        Jul 3, Police in Malaysia raided the compound of Ayah Pin, born as Ariffin Mohammad, in Terengganu state, and arrested 21 followers. Pin claimed divinity as the earthly incarnation of what he called the Sky Kingdom. The ruling UMNO party tracks “deviant sects" and refuses to endorse the idea that Muslims should interpret and observe their faith as they see fit.
    (Econ, 7/25/05, p.34)

2005        Jul 4, In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, UN agencies met for a 3-day conference on bird flu virus and said the disease remains as dangerous as ever and nations must do more to prepare for a pandemic among humans.
    (AP, 7/4/05)

2005        Jul 18, Malaysia launched its first bond fund on the stock exchange as part of an Asian scheme to augment underdeveloped capital markets.
    (AP, 7/18/05)

2005        Oct 9, It was reported that dengue fever was causing concerns in Malaysia and Martinique. Malaysia reported 71 deaths so far this year from over 27,000 cases. Martinique reported almost 1,000 cases a week since mid-September.
    (SSFC, 10/9/05, p.D2)

2005        Oct 19, Malaysia’s government unveiled a policy draft to eliminate disparities in the treatment of local and foreign auto makers.
    (WSJ, 10/20/05, p.A13)

2005        Oct 21, Indonesian police said they had arrested four people allegedly involved in smuggling hundreds of pounds of explosive materials from Malaysia into Indonesia.
    (AP, 10/21/05)

2005        Nov 19, It was reported that the Nipah virus, naturally found in bats, had moved to Malaysian pigs. It killed about 40% of the 265 people it had infected.
    (Econ, 11/19/05, p.85)

2005        Nov 22, Ministers from the 114 members of the Nonaligned Movement ended a 2-day conference in Malaysia and agreed to launch an Internet-based news network to counter what they called prejudiced reporting by Western media. Bernama, Malaysia’s state news agency, will oversee the network.
    (WSJ, 11/23/05, p.A14)

2005        Dec 3, Malaysia's state media said Southeast Asian lawmakers want Myanmar expelled from the ASEAN regional grouping unless it frees democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners within a year.
    (Reuters, 12/03/05)

2005        Dec 10, In Malaysia Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer signed the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia, which calls for signatories not to interfere in each other's internal affairs. The treaty was born within the 10-member ASEAN, which made signing the pact a condition for entry into next week's inaugural East Asian summit.
    (AP, 12/10/05)

2005        Dec 14, The 1st East Asia Summit was held successfully in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    (www.aseansec.org/18104.htm)(Econ, 12/17/05, p.40)

2005        Malaysia opened its $1650 million Bio Valley project. By 2012 it was known as the “Valley of the Bio Ghosts."
    (Econ, 1/21/12, SR p.14)
2005        Malaysia’s $5 billion Bakun Dam on the Balui River was expected to be completed.
    (SFC, 5/22/01, p.A10)

2006        Jan 15, In Malaysia a homemade bomb filled with nails and bullet casings exploded outside a shopping mall on Penang Island, killing one man and injuring another.
    (AP, 1/16/06)

2006        Jan 17, Subur Sugiarto, an alleged key aide to a Malaysian fugitive blamed for a series of deadly terrorist attacks in Indonesia, was captured in the central Javanese town of Boyolali en route to Jakarta. A local officer alleged that Sugiarto was "a henchman" of Noordin Top, who is believed to be a senior member of the al-Qaida-linked Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah.
    (AP, 1/19/06)

2006        Jan 27, Malaysian dissident politician Anwar Ibrahim sued former PM Mahathir Mohamad for defamation after Mahathir refused to apologize for calling him a homosexual.
    (AP, 1/27/06)

2006        Jan, The Lord Murugan Statue, the tallest statue of a Hindu deity in Malaysia and second tallest statue of Hindu deity in the world, was unveiled after 3 years of construction during Thaipusam festival at the Sri Murugan Perumal Kovil at the foot of Batu Caves. It was second place to the Kailashnath Mahadev Statue in Nepal.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Murugan_Statue)

2006        Feb 3, Malaysia's national carmaker Proton renewed its alliance with Japan's Mitsubishi Motors Corp. with a technical pact that involves jointly developing new vehicles.
    (AP, 2/3/06)

2006        Feb 9, President Bush outlined details of an alleged plot to hijack an airliner and fly it into a skyscraper in Los Angeles. The next day security officials and terrorism experts in Southeast Asia said Malaysian engineer Zaini Zakaria (38) was among three men al-Qaida was preparing to take part in an attack on Los Angeles. Zaini has been detained without trial under the Internal Security Act in Malaysia since he surrendered in December 2002.
    (AP, 2/10/06)

2006        Feb 24, A prominent Malaysian newspaper avoided punishment for publishing a cartoon about the Prophet Muhammad drawings controversy, offering an apology that was accepted by the government.
    (AP, 2/24/06)

2006        Feb 28, The Malaysian government sharply raised fuel prices to trim a ballooning fuel-subsidy bill. Interest rates and inflation were expected to rise as a result.
    (WSJ, 3/1/06, p.A7)

2006        Mar 5, Malaysian PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi launched an information offensive to counter public dismay after the government imposed the country's biggest ever fuel price hikes.
    (AFP, 3/5/06)

2006        Mar 7, Malaysia said it has lifted a ban on US beef imports in place for more than two years, to make up for a shortage after it restricted access to Australian and New Zealand beef.
    (AFP, 3/7/06)

2006        Mar 8, Malaysia and the US announced that they have agreed to begin negotiating a free trade deal to eliminate trade barriers between the two nations.
    (AP, 3/8/06)

2006        Mar 27, Malaysia’s government said it will end subsidies to flag carrier Malaysia Airlines and let it operate only 19 domestic routes, in competition with budget carrier AirAsia, under a major restructuring that will shed thousands of jobs.
    (AP, 3/27/06)

2006        Mar 31, Malaysia’s PM Abdullah Badawi introduced a new 5-year plan. It hoped to slash the poverty rate from 5.7% to 2.8% by 2010.
    (Econ, 4/8/06, p.42)

2006        Apr 12, Malaysia abandoned plans to build a controversial new bridge to Singapore, saying that the city-state's demand for airspace access in return for its agreement was unacceptable.
    (AFP, 4/12/06)

2006        Apr 26, Malaysia’s central bank raised its main interest rate by a quarter point to 3.5%.
    (WSJ, 4/27/06, p.A8)

2006        May 25, PM John Howard increased Australia’s contingent to Timor-Leste to some 1,300 troops. 500 Malaysians and troops from New Zealand and Portugal were also deployed.
    (Econ, 6/3/06, p.15)

2006        May 31, Malaysia’s PM Abdullah Badawi announced a national 5-year plan. An elderly woman and three children were feared dead following a landslide in Kuala Lumpur that destroyed 43 homes.
    (AFP, 5/31/06)(Econ, 6/17/06, p.50)

2006        Jul 14, Malaysia's government declassified documents on negotiations with Singapore over an aborted bridge in a bid to counter criticism from defiant ex-premier Mahathir Mohamad.
    (AFP, 7/14/06)

2006        Jul 24, A Malaysian princess was stabbed to death by her son as she tried to stop him from attacking her husband (74). The son (21) later died of an apparent drug overdose. Tengku Puteri Kamariah, whose brother is Sultan Ahmad Shah, ruler of the eastern state of Pahang, died at her home in Pekan town, Pahang.
    (AP, 7/25/06)

2006        Aug 3, In Malaysia the Islamic world's largest organization of countries demanded on that the UN implement an immediate cease-fire in Lebanon and investigate what it called flagrant human rights violations by Israel.
    (AP, 8/3/06)

2006        Aug 14, Malaysia said it would issue a "big fat no" to any nation or group that asked it to dismantle a system of positive discrimination for its majority ethnic Malays as part of trade talks.
    (AFP, 8/14/06)

2006        Aug 25, Japanese officials said Kazusaku Tezuka, the president of precision instrument maker Mitutoyo Corp., was arrested along with four other Mitutoyo executives and employees for the alleged export to Malaysia of equipment that can be used in making nuclear weapons.
    (AP, 8/25/06)

2006        Oct 11, Indonesia apologized to Singapore and Malaysia for the choking haze over both countries and agreed to convene a meeting of regional environment ministers to tackle the problem. This was the worst smog since 1997 and 1998, when tens of thousands of people were hospitalized.
    (AP, 10/11/06)(Econ, 10/14/06, p.47)

2006        Oct 19, In Malaysia Altantuya Shaariibuu (28), a Mongolian model, was kidnapped outside the house of Abdul Razak Baginda (46), who heads the Malaysian Strategic Research Center think-tank. Shaariibuu was allegedly extorting Baginda following an affair that had begun in 2004. She was killed and her remains blown up with military-grade C-4 explosives and later found in an isolated area south of the capital Kuala Lumpur. In Nov. Malaysian PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi vowed there would be no cover-up over her murder. Abdul Razak allegedly abetted two policemen, Azilah Hadri (30) and Sirul Azhar Umar (35), to commit the murder. In 2008 a court acquitted Razak of charges of abetting the murder of Shaariibuu. In 2009 a Malaysian court sentenced two policemen to death on charges of murdering Shaariibuu. An Appeals Court acquitted the men in 2013. On Jan 13, 2015, a Federal Court unanimously ruled that the Appeals Court was wrong in reversing the findings of the trial court.
    (AFP, 11/9/06)(AFP, 11/16/06)(WSJ, 3/29/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/1/08, p.A8)(AP, 4/9/09)(AP, 1/13/15)

2006        Nov 3, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin (44), a sultan in northeastern Malaysia, was elected the country's next constitutional monarch under a unique system where traditional state rulers take turns on the throne for five years. Mizan, whose state has significant offshore oil and gas resources, will assume the throne on Dec. 13 as Malaysia's 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Malay title of the monarch.
    (AP, 11/3/06)

2006        Nov 14, The ninth Chief of Defense Forces' conference opened in Malaysia. It brought together officials from 23 nations including the United States, France, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.
    (AP, 11/14/06)

2006        Nov 28, Malaysia's PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said ties between Muslims and Christians are under "extreme stress" and the growing divide between the faiths is threatening international stability.
    (AP, 11/28/06)

2006        Dec 12, Malaysia's twelfth king, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin (63), stepped down from his post after a five-year reign to make way for the next monarch in a send-off steeped in color and tradition.
    (AP, 12/12/06)

2006        Dec 13, Malaysia's unique revolving monarchy was passed to Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin (44), the youthful sultan of oil-rich Terengganu state. Mizan was a keen rider who has represented his country at international equestrian events.
    (AFP, 12/13/06)

2006        Dec 18, Venezuela's ruling party took the first step Monday toward creating a single pro-government party, a move opponents criticized as a push to consolidate more power in the hands of President Hugo Chavez after his landslide re-election. Chavez met with Malaysia's PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to discuss expanding trade and deepening ties.
    (AP, 12/18/06)

2006        Dec 20, Officials said flooding caused by heavy monsoon rains has forced more than 20,000 people to flee their homes in the southern Malaysian state of Johor.
    (AP, 12/20/06)

2006        Dec 23, Officials in Malaysia said 7 people had died and more than 90,000 displaced during the last week as the country recorded heavy rainfall.
    (AP, 12/23/06)

2006        Dec 24, Officials said at least 94 people were killed and dozens left missing by floods in Indonesia and Malaysia. Looting broke out in areas of Malaysia abandoned because of rising waters.
    (AP, 12/24/06)

2006        Malaysia’s Home Ministry banned the book "March 8," written by Malaysian author K. Arumugam, which recounts clashes between ethnic Malay Muslims and ethnic Indians. The strife killed six people on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur in 2001. In 2010 The Kuala Lumpur High Court upheld the ban saying its publication could upset ethnic sensitivities already strained by recent attacks on places of worship.
    (AP, 2/12/10)

2006        Malaysia’s northern state of Terengganu counted 5 leatherback turtle nests, as compared to some 6-10 thousand 50 years earlier and 800 in 1984. Local eating of the turtle eggs and ocean fishing were said to account for the drop. In 2007 experts considered cloning to raise the turtle count.
    (Econ, 7/21/07, p.43)

2006        In Malaysia the murder rate this year increased 22%.
    (Econ, 3/24/07, p.47)

2007        Jan 24, A study released about the trade in Malaysia found that catches of some grouper species and the endangered Napoleon wrasse fell by as much as 99% between 1995 to 2003, a period coinciding with soaring economic growth in countries where the exotic fish are a delicacy.
    (AP, 1/24/07)

2007        Feb 2, Malaysia said it is ready to halt free trade talks with the United States after a US lawmaker called for a suspension in protest over an energy deal with Iran signed in January.   
    (AFP, 2/2/07)

2007        Feb 21, Human Rights Watch condemned Malaysia's plan to introduce tough laws that curb the movements of migrant employees and allow employers "to lock up workers."
    (AP, 2/21/07)

2007        Feb 22, A court ordered Malaysia's government to pay a 69-year-old British man $857,000 for seizing his passport and preventing him from leaving the country in Dec, 1981.
    (AP, 2/23/07)

2007        Feb 26, Malaysia's securities watchdog said it has frozen two local bank accounts, shut down two Web sites and questioned several people suspected to be involved in a global Internet investment scam. In March 3 men were indicted by the US for securities fraud. The indictment named Jaisankar Marimuthu (32) of India, Thirugnanam Ramanathan (34), an Indian residing in Malaysia, and Chockalingam Ramanathan (33) of Chennai, India. The 1st two were arrested in Hong Kong, while the 3rd remained at large.
    (AP, 2/26/07)(WSJ, 3/13/07, p.B5)

2007        Feb 27, A report said Malaysian environmental and residents' groups are joining forces to buy swathes of forest in a desperate bid to save them from developers.
    (AFP, 2/27/07)

2007        Mar 15, The European Commission and the UN Development Program said Malaysia should empower its forest-dependent indigenous people to alleviate poverty and safeguard their environment.
    (AP, 3/15/07)

2007        Mar 22, Malaysia and Thailand agreed to map out a series of socio-economic measures to end rising sectarian tensions and violence in the kingdom's insurgency-wracked south.
    (AFP, 3/22/07)

2007        Mar 27, The US offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the capture of a US-trained Malaysian engineer accused of involvement in a series of deadly bombings in the Philippines.
    (AP, 3/27/07)

2007        Mar 31, A report said Malaysia's top anti-corruption official, who is facing a police investigation into graft allegations against him, will not have his contract renewed.
    (AP, 3/31/07)

2007        Apr 7, Malaysian ministers issued fresh attacks on bloggers, threatening to take away their rights and accusing them of trying to overthrow the government, according to reports.
    (AFP, 4/7/07)

2007        Apr 13, In Malaysia the Negeri Sembilan state government closed down a museum exhibition on ghosts, ghouls and supernatural beings after Islamic clerics claimed it was detrimental to Muslims' faith.
    (AP, 4/14/07)

2007        Apr 26, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, Malaysia's 13th king, formally ascended the throne, pledging to reign wisely and safeguard the sanctity of Islam in a ceremony marked by traditional Malay rites and imperial pageantry. Malaysia's system allows each of its hereditary state rulers to take turns reigning as the country's constitutional monarch for five years each.
    (AP, 4/26/07)

2007        May 1, It was reported that Malaysian doctors have declared neckties a health hazard and called on the heath ministry to stop insisting that physicians wear them.
    (Reuters, 5/1/07)

2007        May 10, The armed forces of Indonesia and Malaysia agreed to step up cooperation to boost security along shared borders after successful patrols in the Malacca Strait.
    (AFP, 5/10/07)

2007        May 14, Malaysia’s PM Badawi hosted Singapore’s Premier Lee Hsein Lloong for a 2-day talk on economic cooperation.
    (WSJ, 5/14/07, p.A8)

2007        May 30, Malaysia's top civil court rejected a woman's appeal to be recognized as a Christian, in a landmark case that tested the limits of religious freedom in this moderate Islamic country. A three-judge Federal Court panel ruled by a 2-1 majority that only the Islamic Shariah Court has the power to allow her to remove the word "Islam" from the religion category on her government identity card. Judge Richard Malanjum, the only non-Muslim on the panel, sided with Lina Joy, saying it was "unreasonable" to ask her to turn to the Shariah Court because she could face criminal prosecution there.
    (AP, 5/30/07)

2007        Jun 6, In Malaysia Nyambang Entuhan (37) shot and killed five people during a wedding reception on remote Borneo island. In 2010 he was sentenced to death as well as to 22 years in prison for wounding nine others and illegal firearm possession.
    (AP, 5/8/10)(http://tinyurl.com/22qhgzv)

2007        Jun 12, A senior official said security cameras are monitoring government workers in northeastern Malaysia to keep them from slacking off or vanishing for extended tea breaks.
    (AP, 6/12/07)

2007        Jul 17, Najib Razak, Malaysia’s deputy prime minister, said Malaysia is an Islamic state and not a secular one, while carefully assuring members of minority faiths that their rights will be protected. More than 60% of Malaysia's 27 million people are Muslim Malays and Islam is the official religion under the country's constitution. But while the constitution defines the ethnic majority Malays as Muslims it also guarantees freedom of religion.
    (AFP, 7/17/07)

2007        Aug 13, In Malaysia 20 people died after an express bus overturned on the main highway, tearing off the vehicle's roof and flinging seats into the air in what officials said was the country's worst traffic disaster. The toll rose to 22 after 2 injured people died later.
    (AP, 8/13/07)(AP, 8/20/07)
2007        Aug 13, Armed pirates attacked a Malaysian barge in the Malacca Strait and kidnapped 2 Indonesian crew, in the first high sea abduction in the busy waterway in more than 2 years.
    (AP, 8/14/07)

2007        Sep 8, A late night riot broke out in Malaysia’s northeastern state of Terengganu after a group of opposition parties, including the main Islamist party, held an illegal rally. Malaysian police fired live rounds to quell the riot wounding two men.
    (Reuters, 9/9/07)

2007        Oct 10, A Russian rocket blasted off from Kazakhstan's Baikonur launch pad, carrying 3 astronauts to the international space station. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, an orthopedic surgeon and university lecturer from Kuala Lumpur, left Earth alongside Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and American astronaut Peggy Whitson. Shukor was selected from among 11,000 Malaysian candidates to fly aboard the ISS in a deal his government arranged with Russia as part of a $1 billion purchase of Russian fighter jets. Whitson will be the first woman to command the outpost.
    (Reuters, 9/20/07)(AP, 10/10/07)(SFC, 10/11/07, p.A8)

2007        Oct 23,    Lim Goh Tong (b.1918), Chinese businessman, died in Kuala Lumpur. The casino king of Malaysia had made a fortune in gambling casinos and a cruise fleet. His family fortune was estimated at $4.2 billion.
    (AP, 10/23/07)(WSJ, 10/27/07, p.A6)

2007        Nov 6, Singapore presented its case regarding sovereignty of three disputed islands in the Pacific Ocean at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague, a claim disputed by Malaysia.
    (AFP, 11/6/07)

2007        Nov 10, Malaysian police unleashed tear gas and water cannons on protesters as tens of thousands, wearing canary-yellow shirts, defied a government ban and rallied in Kuala Lumpur to call for clean and fair elections in the biggest anti-government street protests in nearly a decade. Some 245 people were detained.
    (AP, 11/10/07)(AP, 11/11/07)(Econ, 11/17/07, p.53)

2007        Nov 11, Proton, Malaysia’s national car maker, said it planned to team up with companies in Iran and Turkey to produce "Islamic cars" for the global market.
    (http://money.cnn.com/2007/11/12/news/international/bc.mi.malaysia.islamicc.ap/)

2007        Nov 25, In Malaysia some 10-20 thousand ethnic Indians clashed with police at a rally in downtown Kuala Lumpur to demand economic equality.
    (AP, 11/27/07)(AP, 12/16/07)

2007        Dec 5, A Tibetan woman said that she pulled out of a beauty pageant in Malaysia after organizers, reacting to pressure from Beijing, told her halfway through the event that she could only participate if she added "China" to her "Miss Tibet" title.
    (AP, 12/6/07)

2007        Dec 13, Malaysia said it has arrested five leaders of ethnic Indian rights group Hindraf under controversial security laws that allow for detention without trial.
    (AFP, 12/13/07)

2007        Dec 16, Malaysia’s Premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi intervened to head off rising anger among the Southeast Asian country's ethnic Indian population after a rare public rally on Nov 25 led to violent clashes with police.
    (AP, 12/16/07)

2007        Dec 24, Malaysia's government unveiled a major initiative to protect Hindu temples, hoping to pacify ethnic Indians who complain that hundreds of their places of worship have been demolished in this Muslim-majority country.
    (AP, 12/24/07)

2007        Dec 26, Iran and Malaysia signed a $16 billion agreement to develop two Iranian gas fields, in a deal described as the largest energy contract in Iran.
    (AP, 12/26/07)

2007        Malaysia’s Prince Naquiyuddin Jaafar founded the EntoGenex biotech company. It took a pre-existing protein called the Trypsin Modulating Oostatic Factor (TMOF) and by 2012 developed it into what he called a fatal "diet pill" for mosquitoes. The firm combined the TMOF with bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti) bacteria, which eats holes in the guts of larvae but is non-toxic to people. He hoped it could potentially become a weapon in the even larger fight against malaria, which kills an estimated 650,000 people per year.
    (AFP, 6/6/12)
2007        The population of Malaysia numbered about 27 million people.
    (Econ, 6/2/07, p.42)

2008        Jan 5, Malaysia’s New Straits Times said Malaysian police have arrested a beauty parlor owner and a farmer suspected of distributing a sex video showing a former Health Minister Chua Soi Lek committing adultery. Soi Lek resigned Jan 2 after admitting he was the man in the video.
    (AP, 1/5/08)

2008        Jan 23, In Malaysia tens of thousands of ethnic Indian Malaysians gathered at the Batu Caves temple outside Kuala Lumpur to celebrate Thaipusam, one of Hinduism’s biggest festivals. In past years over a million have turned out. The reduced turnout was due to a boycott called by the Hindu rights Action Force (Hindraf), despite PM Badawi’s promise to make Thaipusam a public holiday in the capital.
    (Econ, 1/26/08, p.42)

2008        Jan 26, Malaysian police detained 53 activists in a crackdown on a planned opposition-led protest over inflation ahead of national elections expected within weeks.
    (AP, 1/26/08)

2008        Feb 13, Malaysia’s government dissolved Parliament, opening the way for elections.
    (WSJ, 2/14/08, p.A1)

2008        Mar 8, Malaysia's ruling coalition was dealt a shock rebuke in elections that looked set to deliver the key state of Penang to the opposition as well as a slice of its majority in parliament. The National Front won only 140 seats, or 63 percent of the constituencies, losing its two-thirds majority for the first time since 1969 and slumping from its 2004 landslide victory when it won 91 percent of the seats. An alliance of three opposition parties also secured control of 5 of Malaysia’s 13 state administrations. The Democratic Action party won the Penang legislative assembly, becoming the first opposition party to win in Penang in over 40 years.
    (AFP, 3/8/08)(AP, 3/9/08)(WSJ, 3/10/08, p.A3)(Econ, 8/13/11, p.40)

2008        Mar 10, In Malaysia PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was sworn in for a new 5-year term despite calls for his resignation. Malaysian stocks fell over 10% and triggered for the first time a limit-down rule established after the 1997-1998 Asian financial crises.
    (WSJ, 3/11/08, p.C7)

2008        Mar 11, Top leaders Malaysia's opposition-ruled states will no longer follow a longtime affirmative action program that benefits the majority Malays, in the wake of an election upheaval that clipped the ruling coalition's powers.
    (AP, 3/11/08)

2008        Mar 31, Malaysia's Islamic opposition party delivered a protest note to the Netherlands' embassy over the release of an anti-Islam movie by a maverick Dutch lawmaker, while hard-line Muslims in neighboring Indonesia demanded the death of the filmmaker.
    (AP, 3/31/08)

2008        Mar, Malaysian police arrested 2 Mexican brothers at a secluded meth factory along with a Singaporean and a Malaysian. Police seized more than 60 pounds (nearly 30 kg) of methamphetamine worth $15 million.
    (AP, 4/25/11)
2008        Mar, The population of Malaysia numbered about 28 million people. About 3.9 million had dial-up internet subscriptions and 1.2 million had broadband.
    (Econ, 3/15/08, p.52)

2008        Apr 16, The Malaysian government shut down the Tamil-language Makkal Osai, or People's Voice, a newspaper catering to ethnic minority Indians. The next day the daily's news editor slammed the move as punishment for its critical coverage of social and political issues.
    (AP, 4/17/08)

2008        Apr 21,     Malaysia's leg of the Olympic torch relay passed off largely without incident with a heavy police presence netting just five protesters and thousands of well-wishers braving torrential rain.
    (AP, 4/21/08)

2008        May 8, A Malaysian Islamic court allowed a Chinese convert to renounce Islam in a rare decision for this conservative Muslim-led nation. Siti Fatimah, or Tan Ean Huang (38), said she had never practiced Islamic teachings since she converted in 1998 and only did so to enable her to marry Iranian Ferdoun Ashanian.
    (AFP, 5/8/08)

2008        May 23, The International Court of Justice awarded Singapore sovereignty over a disputed island at the eastern entrance of the Singapore Straits. The ICJ ruled in favor of Singapore in the 28-year dispute with Malaysia over a tiny but strategic uninhabited island the size of half a football field. The court, however, gave Malaysia ownership of a smaller uninhabited outcropping. Sovereignty over a third disputed cluster of rocks was left to be determined later between the countries when they sort out their territorial waters.
    (AP, 5/23/08)

2008        Jun 3, A Cabinet minister said Malaysia will remove price controls on gasoline and diesel, allowing stations to sell fuel at world market prices in an attempt to reduce the government's ballooning subsidy bill.
    (AP, 6/3/08)

2008        Jun 5, Malaysia's government faced street demonstrations and public outrage over its decision to hike petrol prices 41 percent overnight, in a bid to curb its massive subsidies bill.
    (AP, 6/5/08)

2008        Jun 18, A party in Malaysia's 14-party ruling coalition called for a vote of no confidence against the prime minister, in a serious blow to the embattled government.
    (AFP, 6/18/08)

2008        Jun 28, In Malaysia a male volunteer, working for the political campaign of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, lodged a police report accusing him of sexual assault.
    (Econ, 7/5/08, p.51)

2008        Jun 29, Malaysia's de facto opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim took refuge at the Turkish embassy due to fears he could be assassinated after fresh accusations of sodomy.
    (AP, 6/29/08)

2008        Jul 1, Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim vowed to seize power from a "corrupt" government at a rally of some 15,000 supporters as he fights back against new sodomy accusations.
    (AFP, 7/2/08)

2008        Jul 8, At Developing Eight summit of Islamic nations, meeting in Kuala Lumpur, the leaders of Indonesia and Malaysia called for boosting world food production and finding a permanent solution to skyrocketing oil prices, saying the twin problems have become "grave threats" to the world economy.
    (AP, 7/8/08)

2008        Jul 14, Malaysian police locked down Parliament with roadblocks and massive security to prevent opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and his supporters from attending a key debate.
    (AP, 7/14/08)

2008        Jul 15, Malaysian police issued an arrest warrant for opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in connection with a sodomy accusation by a male former aide.
    (AP, 7/15/08)

2008        Jul 16, Malaysian police arrested opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on suspicion that he sodomized a male aide, pre-empting his voluntary appearance at the police headquarters to answer the allegation. He was interrogated for more than eight hours and made to sleep on a "cold cement" floor in a holding cell before being released the next day.
    (AP, 7/16/08)(AP, 7/17/08)

2008        Aug 19, Armed pirates seized the MT Bunga Melati Dua, a Malaysian palm oil tanker with 39 crew, off the coast of Somalia, the fourth hijacking in a month.
    (AP, 8/20/08)

2008        Aug 26, Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim won a "landslide" victory in a by-election to return him to parliament, and said he was on track to oust a weakened government. The Malays National Organization (UMNO) and its allies had ruled since independence in 1957.
    (AFP, 8/26/08)(Econ, 8/30/08, p.39)

2008        Aug 29, Pirates, believed to be Somali, hijacked the Malaysian MT Bunga Melati 5 tanker and its 41 crew members off Yemen's coast in the Gulf of Aden. It was the second tanker owned by MISC Berhard to be hijacked in the gulf in the last 10 days.
    (AP, 8/30/08)

2008        Sep 5, Malaysia said it is dispatching three navy vessels to the Gulf of Aden to protect its merchant ships following a sharp surge in pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia.
    (AP, 9/5/08)

2008        Sep 10, Ahmad Ismail, a member of Malaysia's ruling party, was suspended for three years for "stoking racial tensions" with incendiary comments about ethnic Chinese that shook the governing coalition.
    (AFP, 9/10/08)

2008        Sep 29, Somali Islamist insurgents attacked government forces and African Union peacekeepers overnight in Mogadishu. At least four people were killed in the clashes. Somalia pirates released Malaysia’s palm oil tanker, MT Bunga Melati 2, two days after its first vessel was released.
    (AP, 9/30/08)(AFP, 9/29/08)

2008        Oct 8, Malaysia’s PM Badawi said he will step down in March and hand over power to his deputy in order to prevent a split in the UMNO party.
    (WSJ, 10/9/08, p.A13)

2008        Oct 15, A Malaysian court ordered Tuanku Jaafar Tuanku Abdul Rahman (86), the country's former king (1994-1999), to settle a $1 million debt to a bank in a landmark verdict that ended a centuries-old tradition shielding the country's royal sultans from legal prosecution.
    (AP, 10/15/08)

2008        Oct 16, An influential council of Malaysia's state rulers warned people not to question the supremacy of Islam or the special privileges enjoyed by the country's ethnic Malay majority.
    (AP, 10/17/08)
2008        Oct 16, Authorities in Malaysia and Singapore said they will guarantee all foreign currency and local currency bank deposits.
    (WSJ, 10/17/08, p.A5)

2008        Nov 1, Malaysia defended its recognition of Kosovo as an independent state, a move that caused Serbia to expel the Southeast Asian nation's ambassador.
    (AP, 11/1/08)

2008        Nov 10, Malaysia's Scomi Engineering said its consortium with an Indian company has won a 1.85 billion ringgit ($523 million) state contract to build the first monorail in India.
    (AP, 11/10/08)

2008        Nov 22, Malaysia's top Islamic body ruled against Muslims practicing yoga, saying it has elements of other religions that could corrupt Muslims. On Nov 25 Malaysia's leader assured Muslims they can perform yoga if they do not chant religious mantras, an apparent effort to assuage public anger over an Islamic body's ban of the ancient Indian exercise.
    (AP, 11/22/08)(AP, 11/26/08)
2008        Nov 22, In Guatemala the head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malaysia was among three people killed in a boat accident on Lake Atitlan.
    (AP, 11/24/08)

2008        Nov 24, Malaysia released suspected terrorist Yazid Sufaat, an alleged biological weapons expert who was also linked to the September 11 attacks in the United States.
    (AFP, 12/10/08)

2008        Dec 7, In southern Malaysia a bus skidded off a highway, smashed into a tree and plunged into a ditch, killing nine people and injuring 19 others.
    (AP, 12/7/08)

2008        Dec 11, Malaysia's government drew flak after admitting it spent 1.68 million dollars a year on PM Badawi’s sprawling residence in the administrative capital Putrajaya.
    (AFP, 12/11/08)
2008        Dec 11, Indonesia and Malaysia agreed to heighten intelligence cooperation to anticipate rising cross-border crime due to the impact of the global economic crisis.
    (AP, 12/11/08)

2008        Dec 27, In Malaysia Tuanku Ja'afar Tuanku Abdul Rahman (86), a royal state ruler, died. He became Malaysia's king for five years (1994-1999) under the country's unique monarchal system.
    (AP, 12/28/08)

2008        Dec 28, Malaysia reported that it is zooming in on forests with a satellite in order to fight illegal logging, which its government says is harming the major timber exporting country.
    (AFP, 12/28/08)

2008        Malaysia founded Terengganu Investment Authority (TIA), a sovereign wealth fund aimed at ensuring economic development for the state of Terengganu. In 2009 it was renamed 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1Malaysia_Development_Berhad)(Econ., 3/7/15, p.41)
2008        Singapore sentenced Yong Vui Kong (19) of Malaysia to hang for smuggling 47 grams (1.65 ounces) of heroin into Singapore. His third and final appeal was rejected on April 4, 2012.
    (AFP, 4/4/12)

2009        Jan 1, Somali pirates seized the Blue Star, an Egyptian cargo ship, and its 28 crewmembers. A Malaysian military helicopter saved an Indian tanker from being hijacked in the new year's first attacks by pirates in the dangerous Gulf of Aden. A crew of the French warship "PM L'Her" dispatch boat intercepted two speedboats carrying 8 Somali pirates as they were preparing to board a Panamanian cargo ship. The Blue Star and its crew of 28 were freed on March 5 after a ransom was dropped from a plane.
    (AP, 1/1/09)(AP, 1/2/09)(AP, 3/5/09)

2009        Jan 7, Wildlife activists said the box turtle is disappearing across Malaysia because of increased illegal hunting for its meat and use in traditional Chinese medicine.
    (AP, 1/7/09)

2009        Jan 17, Malaysia's opposition snatched a parliamentary seat from the beleaguered coalition government, in a by-election seen as a test of the nation's political mood.
    (AFP, 1/17/09)

2009        Feb 15, Authorities in Malaysia arrested 26 unmarried Muslim couples in hotel rooms during Operation Valentine, aimed at curbing illegal premarital sex in this conservative country.
    (AP, 2/16/09)

2009        Feb 19, About 12 pirates armed with guns attacked the tug and barge in the Malacca Strait and kidnapped two crew members as the vessel was en route to Singapore.
    (AP, 2/20/09)

2009        Mar 1, Officials said the Malaysian government will issue a new decree restoring a ban on Christian publications using the word "Allah" to refer to God.
    (AP, 3/1/09)

2009        Mar 10, Malaysia’s government unveiled a 60 billion ringgit ($16.26 billion) economic stimulus plan amounting to 9% of GDP.
    (WSJ, 3/11/09, p.A16)

2009        Mar 17, In Malaysia a battle for senior leadership posts in the ruling party was hit with a bombshell as 15 members including several top figures were found guilty in an anti-corruption probe.
    (AFP, 3/17/09)

2009        Mar 30, Malaysia's national car maker Proton and Detroit Electric, a Dutch-based company, signed a $555 million deal to make zero emission electric cars that they said would be more powerful that any existing model.
    (AP, 3/30/09)

2009        Apr 1, In Malaysia Mas Selamat Kastari, an Islamic militant suspected of plotting a Sept. 11-style air attack, was arrested in Johor state, more than a year after his dramatic escape from a high-security jail in Singapore. He was arrested by Malaysian authorities with the cooperation of Singaporean and Indonesian intelligence agencies.
    (AP, 5/8/09)

2009        Apr 2, Malaysia's PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (69), in office for 5˝ lackluster years, resigned to make way for Deputy PM Najib Razak, who must now fix an economy close to recession, heal the country's deep racial divisions and revive a moribund ruling party.
    (AP, 4/2/09)

2009        Apr 3, Malaysian PM Najib Razak, in his first act after talking office, freed 13 people being held under a law that allows indefinite detention and lifted a ban on two opposition newspapers.
    (AP, 4/3/09)

2009        Apr 12, Malaysian police rushed to a robbery scene only to find the suspects were fellow officers. 3 men of a special elite police unit were allegedly caught robbing five men at a house. One of the officers was armed with a pistol.
    (AP, 4/14/09)

2009        Apr 23, The editor of a Malaysian anti-government news Web site, charged with sedition, went into hiding, prompting a court to order his arrest. Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin, who runs the popular Malaysia Today Web site, failed to appear for a court hearing on a sedition charge stemming from an article he wrote that allegedly implied the prime minister was involved in the murder of a Mongolian woman.
    (AP, 4/23/09)

2009        Apr 24, Malaysia's PM Najib Razak vowed to investigate a scathing report by US lawmakers saying thousands of Myanmar refugees were handed over to human traffickers and ended up working in Thai brothels.
    (AP, 4/24/09)

2009        May 6, Malaysian officials said 2 political activists have been arrested ahead of a parliamentary showdown between the government and the opposition over control of northern Perak state.
    (AFP, 5/6/09)

2009        May 7, Animal welfare activists said more than 300 stray dogs, dumped on isolated islands in Malaysia’s Selangor state, turned to cannibalism after weeks of starvation.
    (AP, 5/7/09)

2009        May 8, Malaysia said it will free 13 people detained under internal security laws, including three ethnic Indian activists, members of the banned ethnic Indian rights group Hindraf, held without trial since organizing anti-government protests in 2007.
    (AFP, 5/8/09)

2009        May 15, In Indonesia 6 Asia-Pacific countries, meeting at the World Oceans Conference, agreed on a management plan to protect one of the world's largest networks of coral reefs, promising to reduce pollution, eliminate overfishing and improve the livelihoods of impoverished coastal communities. The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security covered an area defined as the Coral Triangle, which spans Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and East Timor.
    (AP, 5/15/09)

2009        May 18, Somalia's war-torn government appealed for international help to set up a coast guard, saying it would guarantee that sea piracy near its shores is wiped out once it has such an agency. In Malaysia representatives of the government, attending an international conference on piracy, ruled out allowing foreign forces on Somali soil to destroy pirate bases.
    (AP, 5/18/09)

2009        May 27, Malaysian police rescued three men shackled to the wall of a filthy room for two months by illegal moneylenders after failing to repay their debts.
    (AP, 5/28/09)

2009        Jun 16, In Malaysia Teoh BEng Hock, a young aide to a state councilor, fell from a window where Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officials had been questioning him. The MACC had been created earlier this year from the ashes of another agency.
    (Econ, 9/5/09, p.48)
2009        Jun 16, The US added six African countries to a blacklist of countries trafficking in people, and put US trading partner Malaysia back on the list. Chad, Eritrea, Niger, Mauritania, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe were added to the list in the annual report. Removed from the list were Qatar, Oman, Algeria, and Moldova.
    (AFP, 6/16/09)

2009        Jun, In Malaysia Hau Yuan Tyng (44), a single mother of two, pleaded innocent to charges of assaulting Siti Hajar Sadli, her Indonesian maid, in one case allegedly using hot water; in another, a hammer; and in a third, a pair of scissors. In 2010 a court sentenced Tyng to eight years in prison for the abuse, but allowed her to remain free on bail pending an appeal.
    (AP, 5/20/10)

2009        Jul 8, Malaysian education officials announced that they will abandon the use of English to teach math and science, bowing to protesters who demanded more use of the national Malay language.
    (SFC, 7/9/09, p.A2)

2009        Jul 20, In Malaysia Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno (32), a Muslim woman, was sentenced to six lashes and a fine of 5,000 ringgit ($1,400) for having a beer in a nightclub in Dec 2007. She would become the first woman in Malaysia to be given the punishment under Islamic law. Her caning was delayed on Aug 24 because of the holy month of Ramadan. On Mar 30, 2010, the state's sultan spared her the caning and instead ordered her to do 3 weeks of community service. 
    (AP, 7/21/09)(AP, 8/19/09)(AP, 8/24/09)(AP, 4/1/10)

2009        Jul 22, Malaysia’s PM Najib Razak said a decision to expand TIA (1MDB) into a federal entity was made to enable its benefits to reach a broad spectrum of Malaysians rather than to the residents of only one state.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1Malaysia_Development_Berhad)

2009        Aug 1, Police broke up Malaysia's biggest street protest in nearly two years, firing tear gas and chemical-laced water at thousands of opposition supporters demanding an end to a law that allows detention without trial.
    (AP, 8/1/09)

2009        Sep 1, Malaysian police arrested Alain Robert (47), a French climber nicknamed "Spiderman," after he scaled the iconic 88-story Petronas Twin Towers.
    (AP, 9/1/09)

2009        Sep 9, A Malaysian government report said indigenous tribal girls have been sexually abused by loggers in remote jungles on Borneo island, in the first official verification of rape accusations involving timber companies.
    (AP, 9/9/09)

2009        Sep 11, Malaysian authorities seized a consignment of 10,000 copies of the Bible sent from Jakarta to Kuching in Sarawak state, because the Indonesian-language books contained the word "Allah," a translation that has been banned in this Muslim-majority country. Another 5,100 Bibles, also imported from Indonesia, were reportedly seized in March. Church officials said Allah is not exclusive to Islam but is an Arabic word that predates Islam.
    (AP, 10/29/09)

2009        Sep 28, In Malaysia news reports said a judge has upheld a court verdict to cane a Muslim woman for drinking beer, re-igniting a controversy over Islamic justice in this moderate Muslim-majority country. The chief Shariah judge of Pahang state ruled that a Shariah High Court's verdict against Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno (32) was correct and should stay.
    (AP, 9/28/09)

2009        Nov 18, Islamic authorities in Malaysia charged a popular Muslim scholar with delivering an illegal lecture in what critics considered an attempt by conservative clerics to silence a leading moderate preacher. Asri Zainul Abidin (38) has cultivated strong support among young people in the Muslim-majority country for criticizing what he called overzealous efforts by Islamic officials to clamp down on immoral behavior.
    (AP, 11/18/09)

2009        Dec 17, Malaysian marine police rescued 62 pangolins. 2 days later Malaysian wildlife authorities said they rescued 130 pangolins and arrested two men attempting to smuggle the protected species. They were expected to be illegally exported to China, Japan and Hong Kong, where animal's meat is considered a delicacy with medicinal qualities.
    (AFP, 12/20/09)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pangolin)

2009        Dec 31, A Malaysian court ruled that a Catholic weekly, the Herald, had a constitutional right to use the word Allah to refer to God, striking down a government ban as illegal. On Jan 6, the High Court suspended its ruling following an appeal by the government and with the consent of the Catholic church.
    (AP, 12/31/09)(Econ, 1/16/10, p.44)



2010        Jan 1, Malaysia’s Islamic morality police arrested 52 unmarried couples for sexual misconduct following raids in hotel rooms on New Year’s Day. The detained couples were expected to be charged with khalwat (close proximity), and faced a maximum penalty of 2 years in prison and a fine.
    (SFC, 1/5/10, p.A4)

2010        Jan 6, A Malaysian court charged an air force sergeant and a businessman with stealing two fighter jet engines. The engines, each worth 50 million ringgit ($14 million), were stolen while they were undergoing repairs and were allegedly shipped toward Argentina before being offloaded to another vessel bound for Uruguay.
    (AP, 1/6/10)

2010        Jan 8, In Malaysia 3 churches were attacked with firebombs, causing extensive damage to one, as Muslims pledged to prevent Christians from using the word "Allah," escalating religious tensions in the multiracial country. On Aug 13 a Malaysian court sentenced two Muslim brothers to five years in prison for torching a Christian church during the height of the dispute.
    (AP, 1/8/10)(AP, 8/13/10)

2010        Jan 9, In Malaysia a fourth church was hit by firebombs, stoking concern among Christians as a dispute rages over the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims.
    (AP, 1/9/10)

2010        Jan 10, In Malaysia firebombs were thrown at 3 more churches and another was splashed with black paint, the latest in a series of assaults on Christian houses of worship following a court decision allowing non-Muslims to use "Allah" to refer to God.
    (AP, 1/10/10)

2010        Jan 15, Malaysian student Mohamad Tasyrif Tajudin (25) was charged after allegedly posting comments on Facebook about throwing a gasoline bomb amid a recent spate of attacks on churches, most of which were hit by Molotov Cocktails. He was charged under Malaysia’s Communications and Multimedia Act for improper use of the Internet, which carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a fine if found guilty.
    (AP, 1/15/10)

2010        Jan 20, Malaysian police announced the arrest of eight Muslim men who allegedly attacked a Christian church with a firebomb, the first suspects in a spate of assaults on churches after a court ruled that non-Muslims could use the word "Allah" to refer to God.
    (AP, 1/20/10)

2010        Jan 21, In Malaysia vandals tried to burn down two Muslim prayer rooms, following a string of arson attacks on churches amid a dispute over the use of the word "Allah" by Christians.
    (AP, 1/21/10)

2010        Feb 9, Authorities in Malaysia caned three Muslim women for having extramarital sex, making them the first women in the country to receive such punishment under Islamic law. Each woman reportedly received between four and six strokes of a rattan cane.
    (AP, 2/17/10)

2010        Apr 20, In Malaysia ruling party lawmaker Bung Mokhtar Radin (50) and actress Zizie Ezette A. Samad, his second wife, pleaded guilty to entering into a polygamous marriage without official consent amid a debate over Islamic morality among politicians.
    (AP, 4/20/10)

2010        Apr 25, Malaysia's government scored a narrow win in a tense by-election billed as a referendum on PM Najib Razak's planned economic reforms and his first year in office.
    (Reuters, 4/25/10)

2010        Apr 26, In Malaysia a policeman fired a shot that killed Aminulrasyid Amzah (14). On May 10 prosecutors charged officer Jenain Subi with fatally shooting the teenager, an incident that triggered a national outcry over claims of police brutality. Activists say Malaysia's police have fatally shot more than 180 suspects, half of them Indonesians, since 2007.
    (AP, 5/10/10)

2010        May 13, The UN General Assembly approved all 14 candidates for the 14 seats on the 47-member Human Rights Council. Human rights groups criticized the poor human rights records 7 of the candidates: Angola, Libya, Malaysia, Mauritania, Qatar, Thailand and Uganda.
    (SFC, 5/14/10, p.A2)

2010        May 31, A Malaysian government official, Malacca Chief Minister Mohamad Ali Rustam, defended an Indian company's plans to build an animal testing medicine lab in his state, saying that God created monkeys and rats for experiments to benefit humans.
    (AP, 5/31/10)

2010        May, Malaysia's Islamic Shariah courts appointed their first female judges. The news was not made public until July.
    (AP, 7/8/10) 

2010        Jun 10, A Malaysian businessmen, Badrul Zaman P.S. Mohamed (58), who was held without trial for three years (1991-1994) under the harsh Internal Security Act won 3.3 million ringgit ($1 million) in damages from the government in a landmark court verdict.
    (AP, 6/10/10)

2010        Jun 25, Malaysia banned three works of political cartoons that criticize the government, but one of the artists, Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque (aka Zunar), said he was obligated to highlight issues other cartoonists would not.
    (AP, 6/25/10)
2010        Jun 25, Malaysia's government scrapped a plan to let non-Muslims bet on international sports, bowing to public criticism that it would promote gambling. PM Najib Razak announced authorities have revoked their approval for Ascot Sports, a company linked to Malaysian billionaire Vincent Tan, to run betting on sports.
    (AP, 6/26/10)

2010        Jul 13, In Malaysia a police raid for stolen vehicles found 42 of them at a warehouse in Malaysia along with and hundreds of birds and other protected wildlife. Officers found some 700 birds and caged leopard cats, albino pygmy monkeys and other animals. They included about 20 protected species.
    (AP, 7/14/10)

2010        Aug 2, Malaysia set itself a historic precedent as 2 female sharia judges began working for the first time.
    (Econ, 8/7/10, p.39) 

2010        Aug 12, In Malaysia gold coins came into circulation and could be purchased at various locations in Kelantan state. Their worth is currently about $180 per dinar and $4 per dirham. The gold dinar and silver dirham coins provide an alternative to Malaysia's currency, the ringgit, in northeastern Kelantan state, which is governed by the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, a conservative opposition group that promotes religious policies in its rule.
    (AP, 8/13/10)

2010        Aug 26, A Malaysian man was arrested after his bag bursting with 95 live boa constrictors broke open on a luggage conveyer belt at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Keng Liang "Anson" Wong (52), who had been previously convicted of wildlife trafficking in the United States, later pleaded guilty to wildlife smuggling.
    (AP, 9/4/10)

2010        Sep 13, In Malaysia Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra was proclaimed the new sultan of northern Kelantan state following a decision by the Council of Succession, which determines who ascends to the throne. Faris has been embroiled in a public dispute with his brother, Tengku Muhammad Fakhry, since their father, Tengku Ismail Petra, fell ill more than a year ago. 9 of Malaysia's 13 states are ruled by hereditary royal families, who are widely respected among the Muslim Malay majority though their responsibilities are largely ceremonial. The executive power lies with elected state and national representatives.
    (AP, 9/13/10)

2010        Sep 24, A Malaysian political cartoonist said he has been arrested under the Sedition Act and his offices raided by police over his new book, "Cartoon-O-Phobia," just hours before its planned launch. Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, better known as Zunar, used cartoons to highlight contentious issues such as the sodomy trial of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and police shootings.
    (AFP, 9/24/10)

2010        Sep 28, In Malaysia Kylie Tanti Marion (42), an Australian woman, fell to her death when her parachute failed to open after she jumped off the Alor Setar Tower to practice for the KL Tower International Jump on Oct. 7.
    (AP, 9/29/10)

2010        Oct 6, In Malaysia a newborn baby died after being snatched by a monkey from her family's living room in Negri Sembilan state. Wildlife authorities fatally shot the monkey, which had remained near the house and might have been attracted by a female pet monkey the family kept in a cage.
    (AP, 10/7/10)

2010        Oct 13, Malaysia criticized the WHO for failing to tackle the spread of dengue in the region, which saw 242,000 cases of the mosquito-borne disease in 2009 and 831 deaths so far this year.
    (AFP, 10/13/10)

2010        Nov 10, In Malaysia "Dalam Botol" (In A Bottle), a Malay-language film, earned applause from movie bloggers invited to its first public screening, three months before its scheduled nationwide release. It is about a man who gets a sex change operation because he thought it would satisfy his male lover, but ends up regretting it. Censors now say depictions of homosexuality are no longer barred, as long as being gay isn't condoned.
    (AP, 11/11/10)

2010        Nov 21, A global tiger summit meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, approved a wide-ranging program with the goal of doubling the world's tiger population in the wild by 2022 backed by governments of the 13 countries that still have tiger populations: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam and Russia. Experts wild tigers could become extinct in 12 years if countries where they still roam fail to take quick action to protect their habitats and step up the fight against poaching.
    (AP, 11/21/10)

2010        Dec 16, Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and three of his allies were suspended from parliament for six months in votes that triggered pandemonium and an opposition walkout.
    (AFP, 12/16/10)

2010        Dec 20, In Malaysia a double-decker bus carrying Thai tourists overturned on a highway, killing 28 people on their way back from a hill resort.
    (AP, 12/20/10)

2010        Dec 22, In Australia Kok Loong Wong of Malaysia appeared in a Sydney court charged with possessing 200 pounds (90 kg) of crystal meth in his home, the seventh-largest "ice" haul in Australian history.
    (AP, 12/22/10)

2010        Dec 26, In Malaysia 3 Singaporean tourists drowned and two others were missing after an overloaded passenger boat capsized near Sibu island.
    (AP, 12/26/10)

2010        Barry Wain authored “Malaysian Maverick: Mahathir Mohamad in Turbulent Times." The book covered the 22 years that Mohamad spent as Malaysia’s prime minister (1981-2003).
    (Econ, 1/23/10, p.79)

2011        Jan 21, The Royal Malaysian Navy commandos wounded three pirates in a gunbattle and rescued the 23 crew members on the Malaysian-flagged chemical tanker MT Bunga Laurel, shortly after the pirates stormed the vessel in the Gulf of Aden with assault rifles and pistols. On Jan 31 Malaysian police took custody of 7 captured Somali pirates.
    (AP, 1/22/11)(AP, 1/31/11)

2011        Feb 1, New satellite imagery showed Malaysia is destroying forests more than three times faster than all of Asia combined, and its carbon-rich peat soils of the Sarawak coast are being stripped even faster.
    (AP, 2/1/11)

2011        Feb 11, Malaysian prosecutors filed charges carrying the death penalty against seven suspected Somali pirates accused of attacking a Malaysian-operated ship in the Gulf of Aden, in the first such charges in Asia against the African sea bandits.
    (AP, 2/11/11)

2011        Feb 14, In Malaysia Islamic morality police detained 40 unmarried Muslim couples in hotel rooms during Operation Valentine, aimed at curbing illegal premarital sex. The main Islamic body issued an edict in 2005 banning Muslims from celebrating what it said was a day synonymous with vice.
    (AP, 2/15/11)

2011        Feb 27, Malaysian police arrested dozens of ethnic Indians in a clampdown on a protest against a high school literature book that was slammed for denigrating the minority community.
    (AP, 2/27/11)

2011        Mar 8, Former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad released his memoir, "A Doctor In The House," defending decisions he made during a 22-year rule that critics say was marred by human rights abuses.
    (AP, 3/8/11)

2011        Mar 10, In Malaysia the main Christian grouping in the Muslim-majority country said it was "fed up" with the government's refusal to allow the distribution of tens of thousands of Bibles, saying this was an affront to religious freedoms.
    (AP, 3/10/11)

2011        Mar 15, Malaysia's government agreed to release some 35,000 imported Bibles seized by customs officials amid a dispute over their use of the word "Allah" as a translation for God. A statement assured Muslims that the announcement would not jeopardize their interests in an ongoing court case on whether non-Muslims have the constitutional right to use "Allah."
    (AP, 3/15/11)

2011        Mar 18, Malaysian police said that they had found equipment they suspect could be used to make nuclear weapons smuggled on board a ship headed to Iran. On March 8 police confiscated two containers from the MV Bunga Raya Satu traveling from China to Tehran.
    (AP, 3/18/11)

2011        Mar 30, Malaysia's main Christian grouping rejected a government attempt to settle a protracted row over seized shipments of Malay-language Bibles, calling instead for the right to freely practice its religion.
    (AP, 3/30/11)

2011        Apr 2, Malaysia's government said it would allow Malay-language Bibles to be printed locally, in a major concession to the country's minority Christian community to soothe anger over seized shipments of their holy books.
    (AP, 4/3/11)

2011        Apr 4, In Malaysia detainees set fire to an immigration center and about 100 of them escaped as the blaze partially gutted the facility in central Negri Sembilan state.
    (AP, 4/5/11)

2011        Apr 19, A Malaysian official said authorities have sent 66 Muslim schoolboys identified by teachers as effeminate to a four-day camp where they will receive counseling on masculine behavior to discourage them from being gay.
    (AP, 4/19/11)

2011        Apr 20, Regulators said Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to slash roaming charges for voice calls and text messaging over the next two years in a landmark accord.
    (AFP, 4/20/11)

2011        May 7, Australia’s PM Julia Gillard said Malaysia has agreed to take hundreds of asylum seekers who land in Australia illegally and called this "big blow" to people smugglers.
    (AFP, 5/7/11)

2011        May 9, Malaysian police said they have arrested Abdul Majid Kunji Mohamad, a Singaporean businessman, suspected of channeling funds to southern Philippine militants.
    (AP, 5/9/11)

2011        May 10, Malaysian local papers highlighted how underworld groups were using Facebook and other social media to recruit members, the majority of whom are still at secondary school. The next day the government announced a major crackdown on criminal gangs using social networking sites to enlist teenage recruits as "street fighters."
    (AFP, 5/11/11)

2011        May 12, In Australia two Malaysians were arrested and charged with importing heroin into Australia with a street value of more than Aus$50 million (US$53 million), the country's biggest haul in a decade.
    (AFP, 5/12/11)

2011        May 16, The Israeli military blocked a Malaysian anti-war group's ship from reaching the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. The Malaysian group, the Perdana Global Peace Foundation, said its ship was fired at when it tried to reach Gaza. The military denied firing at the ship.
    (AP, 5/16/11)

2011        May 21, In Malaysia a landslide left 15 boys and one adult dead at an orphanage for ethnic Malay Muslim boys in a village in central Selangor state. 9 people survived.
    (AP, 5/21/11)(AP, 5/22/11)

2011        Jun 3, A global maritime watchdog warned ships traversing the South China Sea bordering Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore following the hijack of three tugboats and a barge in recent weeks.
    (AFP, 6/3/11)

2011        Jun 4, Malaysian lawyers, politicians and activists lambasted the police, accusing them of abusing their power in chaining up and marking the bodies of 30 foreign women detained for alleged prostitution.
    (AP, 6/5/11)
2011        Jun 4, In Malaysia the "Obedient Wives Club" was launched. The new club said it can cure social ills such as prostitution and divorce by teaching women to be submissive and keep their men happy in the bedroom.
    (AP, 6/5/11)

2011        Jun 16, Malaysia opened an investigation into allegations that two immigration officers forced a pair of Singaporean women to do squats naked. The officers were suspended.
    (AFP, 6/17/11)

2011        Jun 25, Malaysian police detained about 60 opposition supporters amid efforts to prevent a massive rally seeking electoral transparency.
    (AP, 6/26/11)

2011        Jul 2, In Malaysia an activist group said police have detained six members of an opposition party, including a lawmaker, were arrested last weekend together with 25 others on the way to a party rally in northern Penang state. They were being held on accusations of "inciting people to wage war against the king." The detentions and arrests were said to be part of a government crackdown to prevent people from attending a July 9 rally by the electoral reform group Bersih.
    (AFP, 7/2/11)

2011        Jul 7, In Malaysia a man carrying a machete barged into a kindergarten and held children and teachers hostage for six tense hours before police shot him in the head. The unidentified man was in hospital after sustaining a single bullet wound to the head.
    (AP, 7/7/11)

2011        Jul 9, Malaysian police fired tear gas and detained hundreds of activists as more than 20,000 demonstrators massed across Kuala Lumpur demanding electoral reforms in the country's biggest political rally in years. Police said that they detained 1,667 people in a clampdown called "Operation Erase Bersih," referring to the Bersih coalition of civic groups that organized the rally.
    (AP, 7/9/11)

2011        Jul 18, The Vatican and Malaysia established diplomatic relations in the wake of tensions between Muslims and religious minorities in the Southeast Asian nation.
    (AP, 7/18/11)

2011        Jul 23, Nguyen Cao Ky (b.1930), the flamboyant former air force general who ruled South Vietnam with an iron fist for two years (1965-1967) during the Vietnam War, died in Malaysia. In 2002 he authored "Buddha's Child: My Fight to Save Vietnam."
    (AP, 7/23/11)

2011        Aug 3, Conservationists urged Malaysia to impose a national ban on the trade and consumption of turtle eggs to ensure the survival of the marine creatures. Turtles once arrived in their thousands to lay eggs on Malaysian beaches but are now increasingly rare due to poaching and coastal development.
    (AFP, 8/3/11)

2011        Aug 31, Australia's High Court dealt a heavy blow to the government by blocking its plans to send asylum-seekers to Malaysia, ruling they could not go to a nation lacking legal safeguards.
    (AFP, 8/31/11)

2011        Aug, In Malaysia the first turbine from French giant Alstom began producing electricity at the Bakun dam in the Malaysian portion of Borneo island. The reservoir has swelled to the size of Singapore since impoundment began a year ago. The project was first approved in 1986. A 2005 report, anti-graft watchdog Transparency International termed the dam one of the world's "Monuments of Corruption," citing years of delays, ownership changes, and overall costs that more than doubled. Tribal residents said warnings about the dam's ecological and human impact are coming true.
    (AFP, 10/27/11)

2011        Sep 2, In Somalia Malaysian cameraman Noramfaizul Mohd Nor was killed in Mogadishu by 4 Burundi peacekeepers. The 4 were later discharged from the force and faced trial in Burundi.
    (AP, 9/26/11)

2011        Sep 9, Malaysia’s Environment Minister Douglas Uggah Embas sent a letter to his Indonesian counterpart about hundreds of suspected fires on Sumatra island.
    (AFP, 9/10/11)

2011        Sep 15, Malaysia’s PM Najib Razak promised to repeal many of the country’s security laws including the Internal Security Act (ISA).
    (Econ, 9/24/11, p.52)

2011        Oct 23, In Malaysia Italian rider Marco Simoncelli (24) died after crashing and being hit by two other riders at the Sepang MotoGP motorcycle race. This raised the number of recorded deaths in MotoGP to 47 since it was founded in 1949.
    (AP, 10/23/11)

2011        Nov 3, Malaysia’s deputy national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said a decision to halt the three-year-old "Seksualiti Merdeka" (Sexuality Freedom) festival set for November 9-13 has come after Muslims called for it to be banned. Organizers slammed the move as proof of the repression homosexuals face in the socially conservative Muslim country.
    (AFP, 11/3/11)

2011        Nov 22, In Malaysia former US president George W Bush and British ex-prime minister Tony Blair were found guilty at a mock tribunal for committing "crimes against peace" during the Iraq war. The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal, part of an initiative by former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad, a fierce critic of the Iraq war, found the former leaders guilty after a four-day hearing.
    (AFP, 11/22/11)

2011        Nov 24, Malaysian PM Najib Razak repealed another security law, setting the stage for hundreds detained without trial to be freed or face criminal charges.
    (AFP, 11/24/11)

2011        Nov 26, Malaysia reportedly said it will amend a new law banning street demonstrations, amid further protests by critics who say the bill clamps down on their right to peaceful assembly.
    (AFP, 11/26/11)

2011        Nov 29, Malaysia's parliament enacted a ban on street protests. Demonstrators denounced the law as a violation of constitutional protections of free speech and a sign that PM Najib Razak was breaking his pledge to bolster civil liberties.
    (AFP, 11/29/11)

2011        Dec 13, In Malaysia Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah was officially installed on the throne, making him the first ruler to hold the ceremonial kingship twice since it started rotating every five years among heads of the country’s 9 states.
    (SSFC, 4/8/12, p.N3)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Halim_of_Kedah)

2011        Dec 16, Malaysian shipbuilder Boustead Naval Shipyard says it has won a 9.0 billion ringgit ($2.8 billion) deal from Kuala Lumpur for six naval patrol vessels developed by French manufacturer DCNS.
    (AFP, 12/16/11)

2012        Jan 1, In Malaysia 17 people were arrested after police broke up a student gathering for greater academic freedom, in what the opposition and activists said was a campaign to stifle dissent.
    (AFP, 1/1/12)

2012        Jan 9, In Malaysia opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was acquitted of sodomy charges.
    (SFC, 1/10/12, p.A4)

2012        Jan 20, Malaysian prosecutors filed a notice of appeal against the acquittal of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges, sending the long-running divisive case back to court.
    (AFP, 1/20/12)

2012        Feb 12, Malaysia deported Hamza Kashgari, a young Saudi journalist wanted in his home country over a Twitter post about the Prophet Mohammed, defying pleas from human rights group who said he faced execution. His tweet: "I have loved things about you and I have hated things about you and there is a lot I don't understand about you. "I will not pray for you."
    (AFP, 2/12/12)

2012        Feb 15, Malaysia police arrested Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, a third Iranian suspect sought after explosive blasts in Bangkok.
    (AP, 2/15/12)
2012        Feb 15, Hajah Noraihan, the Malaysian consul to Uganda, said that more than 600 Ugandan girls are currently trapped in Malaysian prostitution rings. Uganda's honorary consul in Kuala Lumpur said that at least three Ugandans have been killed there in the last two years.
    (AP, 2/20/12)(http://allafrica.com/stories/201202150018.html)

2012        Feb 21, Malaysia's Home Ministry said in a statement that bookstores were no longer allowed to sell "Where did I come from?" by British author Peter Mayle pending a review.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)

2012        Feb 26, In Malaysia thousands rallied in Kuantan against an Australian miner's rare earths plant in the biggest protest yet over fears it will produce radioactive waste harmful to them and the environment.
    (AFP, 2/26/12)

2012        Mar 1, In Malaysia Dominic Jude Christopher Bird (32), a truck driver Perth, Western Australia, was arrested in Kuala Lumpur in possession of 225 grams (7.9 ounces) of methamphetamine. He faced a possible death sentence.
    (AFP, 3/5/12)

2012        Apr 5, Malaysian police arrested 137 people, mostly from China and Taiwan, in a raid in the city of Kajang on a crime ring that bet on English football, arranged Internet gambling and carried out online scams.
    (AFP, 4/5/12)

2012        Apr 10, Malaysia's government introduced legislation to stop arrests based on their political beliefs and indefinite detainments without trial. The Security Offenses Bill would replace the 52-year-old Internal Security Act, which was enacted to give the government preventive powers against national security threats.
    (AP, 4/10/12)

2012        Apr 23, Philippine coast guard and fisheries bureau operatives arrested 12 Vietnamese fishermen for poaching endangered marine turtles, black corals and reef fishes in southern Philippines waters. Other foreign fishing boats spotted in the same area managed to flee toward Malaysia.
    (AP, 4/25/12)

2012        Apr 27, Malaysian authorities took action to prevent a mass political rally calling for electoral reform from going ahead this weekend, sealing off a square in the capital and serving a court order banning the protest.
    (AFP, 4/27/12)

2012        Apr 28, Malaysian police unleashed tear gas and chemical-laced water at thousands of demonstrators who staged one of the country’s largest street rallies in years. The Bersih demanded fair rules for national elections expected soon. News organizations estimated the number of demonstrators at 80k-100,000.
    (AP, 4/28/12)(Econ, 7/14/12, p.33)

2012        Apr 29, Malaysian police freed all 471 people arrested a day earlier during a demonstration for free and fair elections, including senior opposition lawmaker Tian Chia.
    (AFP, 4/29/12)

2012        May 1, Malaysia said it will introduce a minimum wage for the first time in a move to bolster incomes amid rising living costs and speculation of a snap general election. Private sector workers in peninsular Malaysia will receive a minimum salary of 900 ringgit ($297) a month while workers in the states of Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo island will get 800 ringgit.
    (AFP, 5/1/12)

2012        May 4, Malaysia’s PM Najib Razak said a quashed election reform rally was being used to topple the government ahead of polls expected in June.
    (AFP, 5/7/12)

2012        May 6, Malaysian clerics issued a fatwa against demonstrations.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)

2012        May 19, In Malaysia a Canadian Muslim gay activist launched her controversial new book on liberal Islam despite a government minister's attempts to shut down the event. Irshad Manji launched "Allah, Liberty and Love" at a hastily arranged event in Kuala Lumpur after two other venues pulled out of hosting her. Her previous internationally acclaimed book, "The Trouble with Islam Today," was already banned in Malaysia.
    (AFP, 5/19/12)

2012        May 30, Indonesian maids began returning to work in Malaysia three years after a ban was enforced because of numerous abuse cases. Fewer arrived than had been expected.
    (AFP, 6/3/12)

2012        Jun 25, A Malaysian court ruled that Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, an Iranian man accused of plotting to attack Israeli targets in Bangkok on Feb 14, must be extradited to Thailand.
    (AP, 6/25/12)

2012        Jul 5, Malaysia reported that police have detained 100 people in nationwide raids on international crime syndicates who bet millions of dollars on the Euro 2012 championship. Police conducted almost 150 raids across the country in May and June in collaboration with officials from China, Macau, Hong Kong and Singapore among other nations.
    (AFP, 7/5/12)
2012        Jul 5, London's iconic but derelict Battersea Power Station was acquired by a Malaysian consortium for Ł400 million ($620 million, 501 million euros).
    (AFP, 7/5/12)

2012        Jul 9, A Malaysian official said customs officers have made the country's biggest drug bust so far this year, seizing nearly three million party drug pills worth 58.28 million ringgit ($18.4 million). The Erimin 5 pills were hidden in 20 boxes along with some goods including chewing tobacco. 5 people including a woman and her Bangladeshi husband have been arrested and faced a possible death sentence on suspicion of drug trafficking.
    (AFP, 7/9/12)

2012        Jul 14, In Malaysia conjoined 15-month-old twins attached at the pelvis and sharing three legs were successfully separated at a hospital in a complex 24-hour operation.
    (AFP, 7/28/12)

2012        Jul 17, In Malaysia an Australian woman and a Nigerian man were arrested after one kg (2.2 pounds) of methamphetamine was discovered in a car they were driving in Kuala Lumpur.
    (AFP, 7/28/12)

2012        Aug 5, In Malaysia a three-year-old girl suffocated in a suspected exorcism ritual. A court on Aug 17 charged seven family members, including the parents, over her death.
    (AFP, 8/17/12) 

2012        Aug 14, Malaysia's PM Najib Razak said he would review a legal amendment that critics claim threatens free expression online after they staged a one-day "Internet blackout." NGOs, bloggers and opposition politicians staged the protest earlier in the day by replacing their homepages with black screens featuring messages attacking the new section of the Evidence Act, which went into effect in April despite widespread opposition.
    (AFP, 8/14/12)

2012        Sep 15, The Merlin entertainment group opened a Legoland theme park in Malaysia.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legoland_Malaysia)(Econ, 11/16/13, p.72)

2012        Oct 15, The Philippine government and Muslim rebels overcame decades of bitter hostility and took their first tentative step toward ending one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies with the signing of a preliminary peace pact brokered by Malaysia.
    (AP, 10/15/12)

2012        Dec 7, Canada’s PM Stephen Harper approved China's biggest ever foreign takeover, a $15.1 billion bid by state-controlled CNOOC Ltd for energy company Nexen Inc., but drew a line in the sand against future buys by state-owned enterprises. He also approved a smaller deal for a Canadian gas producer by Petronas, Malaysia’s state energy company.
    (Reuters, 12/7/12)(Econ, 12/15/12, p.38)

2013        Jan 29, Malaysian wildlife officials said 10 endangered Borneo pygmy elephants have been found dead at the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve under mysterious circumstances. Officials said that they probably were poisoned over the past 3 weeks. The remains of 3 more were found the next day bringing the total to 13.
    (AP, 1/29/13)(AP, 1/30/13)

2013        Feb 9, Members of a Muslim royal clan from the southern Philippines landed in Malaysia’s coastal village of Lahad Datu, Sabah state to claim the territory as their own, citing ownership documents from the late 1800s.
    (AP, 3/1/13)

2013        Feb 27, In the Philippines Pres. Benigno Aquino III warned Jamalul Kiram III, the Sultan of Sulu, that he would face the full force of the law unless he withdrew his armed followers from Sabah, Malaysia.
    (SSFC, 2/3/13, p.A4)

2013        Feb, Malaysian restaurant manager Riduan Masmud (40) was charged with committing statutory rape with a girl (13) in a parked car in Borneo. He later defended his actions by saying he has married the girl.
    (AP, 5/22/13)

2013        Mar 1, In eastern Malaysia 14 people were killed in a shootout as authorities tried to end a three-week standoff with about 200 members of a Filipino clan occupying a village in Sabah state.
    (AP, 3/1/13)

2013        Mar 2, In Malaysia gunmen ambushed and killed six policemen as fears mounted that armed intruders from the southern Philippines had slipped into at least three coastal districts on Borneo island. 6 gunmen were also killed in the fighting.
    (AP, 3/3/13)(Econ, 3/9/13, p.51)

2013        Mar 5, Malaysia unleashed airstrikes and mortar attacks on nearly 200 Filipinos occupying a Borneo coastal village but could not declare an immediate end to a three-week siege that has turned into a security nightmare for both Malaysia and the Philippines.
    (AP, 3/5/13)

2013        Mar 6, Malaysian security forces battled a group of Filipino intruders in the rugged terrain of Borneo after they escaped a military assault with fighter jets and mortar fire on their hideout. One Filipino was shot and believed killed.
    (AP, 3/6/13)

2013        Mar 7, Malaysian security forces gunned down 31 Filipino intruders in Borneo, the highest number of casualties in a single day since nearly 200 members of a Philippine Muslim clan took over an entire village last month. At least 60 people, including 8 Malaysian police officers, have been killed in the conflict.
    (AP, 3/7/13)(SFC, 3/8/13, p.A2)

2013        Mar 9, Malaysia police said they have detained 79 suspects linked to the Filipino intruders in Borneo.
    (SSFC, 3/10/13, p.A6)

2013        Mar 19, Malaysia’s PM Najib Razak reported economic growth of 5.6% for 2012. He also announced that a scheme to give cash handouts to poorer households will become an annual event.
    (Econ, 3/23/13, p.45)

2013        Mar 20, Malaysian prosecutors charged 8 Filipinos with terrorism-related offenses following an armed siege in Borneo that killed 71 people.
    (SFC, 3/21/13, p.A2)

2013        Mar 25, Malaysia’s PM Najib Razak announced the creation of the Eastern Sabah Safety Zone. Authorities said they will resettle people out of the area of Borneo where fighting in Sabah has left 74 people dead.
    (SFC, 3/26/13, p.A4)(SSFC, 3/31/13, p.A4)

2013        Apr 3, Malaysia's PM Najib Razak dissolved Parliament to call for general elections that will pit a coalition that has ruled for nearly 57 years against a resurgent opposition whose pledge to form a cleaner government has resonated with millions of citizens.
    (AP, 4/3/13)

2013        May 5, Malaysia held national elections. PM Najib Razak's National Front coalition (Barisan Nasional) faced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's three-party alliance. At least 112 of the 222 parliamentary seats at stake were needed to win federal power. The National Front coalition won the parliamentary elections despite losing the popular vote.
    (AP, 5/5/13)(AP, 5/6/13)(Econ, 5/11/13, p.14)

2013        May 6, Malaysia’s PM Najib Razak appeared before the media to somberly acknowledge that his coalition had won general elections for the 13th time in a row. However the National Front polled only 5.24 million votes to the opposition's 5.62 million votes.
    (AP, 5/6/13)

2013        May 14, Malaysia-based Genting Group, a major casino operator, accused Phil Ivey (37) of amassing millions of dollars in winnings by cheating at baccarat. Ivey, an American, is one of the world's top professional poker players. The game in question took place on Aug 20-21, 2012, at Crockfords, one of London's oldest and most respected casinos.
    (AP, 5/16/13)

2013        May 23, Malaysian authorities detained 3 anti-government figures, charged a student activist with sedition and seized hundreds of opposition newspapers, raising political tensions after recent national elections triggered claims of fraud.
    (AP, 5/23/13)

2013        May 28, In Malaysia an overloaded ferry capsized after hitting rocks in a remote river in Borneo island, leaving 21 people missing and feared trapped inside the vessel.
    (AP, 5/28/13)

2013        May 29, Malaysian prosecutors filed sedition charges against another five opposition politicians and activists who urged Malaysians to protest what they insist was a fraud-tainted victory by the long-ruling coalition in recent national elections.
    (AP, 5/29/13)

2013        Jun 16, Smoke from fires in Indonesia, an annual result of land clearing for palm oil production, again began to smother Singapore and large parts of Malaysia.
    (Econ, 6/29/13, p.39)

2013        Jun 20, In Singapore the Pollutant Standards Index, surged to a record reading of 371. People were urged to remain indoors as a smoky haze wrought by forest fires in neighboring Indonesia worsened dramatically. Nearby Malaysia closed 200 schools and banned open burning in some areas.
    (AP, 6/20/13)

2013        Jun 30, Malaysia urged Myanmar to take stronger action to prevent persecution of Muslims and bring the perpetrators to justice, the latest sign that the inter communal violence is straining ties in Southeast Asia.
    (Reuters, 6/30/13)

2013        Aug 8, In Malaysia Mr. K. Veerappan, a convicted drug dealer, was shot and killed whiled stopped at a traffic light in the Georgetown section of Penang. He was said to have been a member of “Gang 36."
    (Econ, 8/17/13, p.37)

2013        Aug 21, In Malaysia a bus travelling from the hilltop gambling resort of Genting Highlands to the capital Kuala Lumpur plunged 200 feet into a ravine, killing 37 people. 16 people survived.
    (Reuters, 8/21/13)(SFC, 8/22/13, p.A2)

2013        Sep 14, Malaysia's PM Najib Razak announced steps to further boost the economic participation of the ethnic Malay majority, entrenching race-based policies seen as shoring up Malay support ahead of a key ruling party meeting.
    (Reuters, 9/14/13)

2013        Oct 4, China and Malaysia agreed elevate bilateral ties to a "comprehensive strategic partnership", aiming to boost military cooperation and nearly triple two-way trade to $160 billion by 2017.
    (Reuters, 10/4/13)

2013        Oct 24, Hundreds of Malaysian tribespeople blockaded the construction site of a new dam which is set to force them from their homes in Sarawak on the island of Borneo.
    (AFP, 10/24/13)
2013        Oct 24, Malaysia’s HELP University faced public criticism for awarding an honorary doctorate degree in economics earlier this month to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
    (SFC, 10/25/13, p.A2)

2013        Nov 5, It was reported that US Navy Cmdr. Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz had passed confidential information on ship routes to Malaysian defense contractor Leonard Francis, who in turn overcharged the Navy millions in suplies and services.
    (SFC, 11/5/13, p.A10)

2014        Jan 2, Islamic authorities in Malaysia seized 321 Bibles from a Christian group because they used the word Allah to refer to God.
    (Reuters, 1/2/14)

2014        Feb 28, In Malaysia Abdul Taib Mahmud, the chief minister of Sarawak, retired after ruling the state for 33 years. Environmentalists said Sarawak under his rule has lost 90% of its virgin rainforest, mostly due to conversions to lucrative palm oil concessions.
    (Econ, 2/15/14, p.35)

2014        Mar 7, A Malaysian court sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on sodomy charges, overturning a 2012 acquittal and throwing his political career into jeopardy.
    (AP, 3/7/14)(Econ, 3/15/14, p.40)
2014        Mar 7, Malaysia banned an Ultraman comic book because it uses the word "Allah" to describe the Japanese action hero. The Home Ministry said that the Malay-edition of "Ultraman, The Ultra Power" contained elements that can undermine public security and societal morals.
    (AP, 3/7/14)

2014        Mar 8, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 fell off radar screens less than an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. Vietnamese air force planes spotted two large oil slicks close to where the Boeing 777 went missing early today. The aircraft carried 239 people. Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirmed that names of two nationals listed on the manifest matched passports reported stolen in Thailand. The flight was carrying 154 people from China and Taiwan, 38 Malaysians, seven Indonesians and six Australians among the 227 passengers.
    (AP, 3/8/14)(Reuters, 3/8/14)

2014        Mar 13, Malaysian police arrested 62 people who had illegally crossed the porous border between Thailand and Malaysia.
    (Reuters, 3/14/14)

2014        Mar 15, Malaysia’s PM Najib Razak said the missing Malaysian Flight 370 was deliberately diverted and continued flying for more than six hours after severing contact with the ground on March 8.
    (AP, 3/15/14)

2014        Mar 16, Malaysia's government asked for help from nearly a dozen Asian countries that the missing jetliner may have flown over, saying that finding the plane would be very difficult without additional data on its final movements.
    (AP, 3/16/14)

2014        Mar 22, A satellite image released by China offered the latest sign that wreckage from a Malaysia Airlines plane lost on March 8 could be in a remote stretch of the southern Indian Ocean.
    (AP, 3/22/14)

2014        Mar 23, France provided new satellite data showing possible debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, missing since March 8, as searchers continued combing a remote part of the southern Indian Ocean.
    (AP, 3/23/14)

2014        Mar 24, France-based Airbus Defence & Space captured images showing 122 potential objects, possible debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, in a 400-sq-km (155-sq-mile) area in the southern Indian Ocean.
    (AP, 3/26/14)

2014        Mar 28, Australian officials moved the search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, that disappeared March 8,  1,100 km (680 miles) to the northeast following a new analysis of radar data, and planes quickly found multiple objects in the new zone.
    (AP, 3/28/14)
2014        Mar 28, Sweden sentenced a Malaysian couple to prison for beating their four children with sticks and clothes hangers. The abuse occurred from 2010 until December 2013, when Swedish police arrested the couple. The children, aged 7-14, were taken back to their home country following a massive social media campaign calling for their return.
    (AP, 3/28/14)

2014        Apr 2, Suspected Filipino Abu Sayyaf insurgents seized Gao Huayuan (29) a Chinese tourist, and Marcy Dayawan (40), a hotel receptionist, from the Singamata Reef Resort in eastern Malaysia and then fled in a speed boat. The kidnappers soon demanded a ransom of 500 million pesos ($11.3 million). On May 30 Malaysia’s PM Najib Razak said both victims have been freed.
    (AP, 4/3/14)(AFP, 4/5/14)(AP, 4/10/14)(AP, 5/30/14)

2014        Apr 6, The Australian navy ship Ocean Shield picked up two separate signals late last night and early today in seas far off the west Australian coast. Confirmation that the signals belong to Malaysia’s Flight 370's black boxes could take days.
    (AP, 4/7/14)

2014        Apr 7, Film censors in Indonesia and Malaysia banned the biblical epic "Noah," saying that the portrayal of the ark-building prophet by Russell Crowe was against Islamic laws. Depictions of any prophet are shunned in Islam to avoid worship of a person rather than God.
    (AP, 4/7/14)

2014        Apr 9, Malaysia awarded a manufacturing license to a $618 million venture that will assemble fuel-efficient SUVs for China's Great Wall Motor Co. Privately owned Go Automobile Manufacturing will invest 2 billion ringgit ($618 million) over the next four years to expand its manufacturing plant in northern Kedah state.
    (AP, 4/9/14)

2014        Apr 11, Australian PM Tony Abbott said search and rescue officials are confident they know the approximate position of the black box recorders from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, missing since March 8.
    (Reuters, 4/11/14)

2014        Apr 13, A Malaysian man (54), who went on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, became the first death in Asia from Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
    (AP, 4/16/14)

2014        Apr 14, Australian search crews sent a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean for the first time to begin scouring the seabed for the missing Malaysian Flight MH370 after no signals from its black boxes were detected for six days. The submarine aborted its first mission after only six hours, surfacing with no new clues when it exceeded its maximum depth along the floor of the Indian Ocean.
    (AP, 4/14/14)(AP, 4/15/14)

2014        Apr 17, An oil tanker sailing from Singapore to Cambodia was boarded by 16 pirates about 26 nautical miles off Aur island on the east coast of the Malaysia peninsula. The pirates damaged the ship's communication equipment, transferred part of the fuel cargo into a smaller unknown tanker and stole the ship and crews' belongings before fleeing.
    (AP, 4/24/14)

2014        Apr 22, Armed pirates raided an oil tanker off the coast of Malaysia and took three crew members with them.
    (Reuters, 4/23/14)

2014        Apr 26, President Barack Obama began the first visit to Malaysia by an American president in nearly half a century. Trade, defense and maritime security were among the issues Obama and PM Najib were expected to discuss during talks in the 2-day visit.
    (AP, 4/26/14)

2014        Apr 27, President Barack Obama pressed the Malaysian government to improve its human rights record and appealed to Southeast Asia's teeming youth population to stand up for the rights of minorities and the rule of law.
    (AP, 4/27/14)

2014        Apr 28, Malaysian police detained nine people during raids in and around the capital Kuala Lumpur and the northern state of Kedah on suspicion of involvement in terrorist acts or forming links with terrorists inside the country and abroad. Two more were soon arrested in an operation to break up Islamic terror groups posing as humanitarian organizations.
    (Reuters, 4/28/14)(AFP, 5/2/14)

2014        May 6, In eastern Malaysia a Chinese fish farm manager in Sabah state was kidnapped by gunmen and believed taken to the southern Philippines, where suspected insurgents are holding another Chinese and a Filipino also seized from Malaysia.
    (AP, 5/6/14)

2014        May 9, In New Zealand Malaysian diplomat Mohammed Rizalman Bin Ismail followed a 21-year-old woman, later identified as Tania Billingsley (21) and assaulted her. New Zealand charged the man with assault and attempt to rape, but Malaysia claimed diplomatic immunity and he returned home on May 22. On July 2 Malaysia's foreign ministry said that Muhammad Rizalman would return to New Zealand "to assist in the investigation for the charges".
    (AP, 6/30/14)(AP, 7/1/14)(AFP, 7/2/14)(AP, 7/9/14)

2014        May 27, In Malaysia Gareth Huntley (34), a UK backpacker disappeared when he went on a trek to a waterfall on Tioman Island. His body was found on June 4 close to where he was living.
    (AP, 6/7/14)

2014        Jun 18, An apparently overloaded boat carrying Indonesian illegal migrants heading home for Ramadan sank overnight in rough seas off western Malaysia. 27 people were missing and 9 were confirmed dead. Nine people were missing after a boat carrying 27 Indonesian workers overturned off Malaysia's west coast in a 2nd similar accident. By the weekend the confirmed death toll from two boat accidents rose to 16 with dozens of others still missing.
    (AFP, 6/18/14)(AP, 6/19/14)(AFP, 6/22/14)

2014        Jun 20, A US State Department blacklist included Thailand and Malaysia for their failure to meet minimum standards in fighting human trafficking.
    (AP, 6/20/14)

2014        Jul 4, Malaysian police said they have arrested four foreign nationals suspected of having links to Sri Lanka's defeated separatist Tamil Tigers, the second such detention aimed at the group's militants in the southeast Asian country.
    (Reuters, 7/4/14)

2014        Jul 10, Malaysia's central bank raised its benchmark interest rate for the first time in three years to curb inflation and household debt as economic growth picked up.
    (AP, 7/10/14)

2014        Jul 12, In Malaysia masked gunmen stormed Mabul Water Bungalow Resort, Sabah state, shot a policeman and kidnapped another then sped away in a boat toward the southern Philippines, where Muslim militants have carried out similar raids in the past.
    (AP, 7/13/14)

2014        Jul 14, An overloaded fishing boat carrying some 70 illegal Indonesian migrants capsized off southern Malaysia, killing at least 2 people with 9 left missing.
    (AFP, 7/15/14)

2014        Jul 17, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 with 298 people on board was shot down over eastern Ukraine. Officials strongly suspected the Boeing 777 was downed by a missile fired by Ukrainian separatists backed by Moscow. More than half of the dead passengers, 189 people, were Dutch. Twenty-nine were Malaysian, 27 Australian, 12 Indonesian, 9 British, 4 German, 4 Belgian, 3 Filipino, one Canadian, one New Zealand and 4 as yet unidentified. All 15 crew were Malaysian.
    (Reuters, 7/18/14)
2014        Jul 17, Ukraine's SBU security agency released recordings of what it claimed were phone talks involving rebels and a Russian military intelligence officer admitting that they had hit a passenger jet after mistaking it for a military aircraft.
    (AFP, 7/20/14)

2014        Jul 18, In eastern Ukraine emergency workers, police officers and even off-duty coal miners searched the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 shot down a day earlier as it flew miles above the country's battlefield. Ukraine's state aviation service closed the airspace over two regions currently gripped by separatist fighting.
    (AP, 7/19/14)

2014        Jul 20, Ukraine accused separatist rebels of hiding evidence that a Russian missile was used to shoot down a Malaysian airliner, while Britain said Moscow faced "pariah" status and the threat of further economic sanctions. Ukraine's Western-backed government said it had "compelling evidence" the Russian SA-11 radar-guided missile battery was not just brought in from Russia but manned by three Russians who had now taken it back over the border.
    (Reuters, 7/20/14)

2014        Jul 27, In Malaysia a car crash involving a faulty air bag killed a pregnant woman. On Nov 14  Ford Motor Co. agreed to recall more 2004 and 2005 Ranger small pickup trucks in response to the crash, because their air bags are similar to the one that caused the woman's death.
    (AP, 11/15/14)

2014        Aug 6, In Malaysia British medical students, Neil Dalton (22) and Aidan Brunger (22), were stabbed to death in Kuching after a quarrel in a pub with four local men. Police arrested three of the suspects and were searching for the fourth. On March 31, 2015, Zulkipli Abdullah (24) was found guilty of the stabbing and sentenced to death.
    (AP, 8/6/14)(AP, 3/31/15)

2014        Aug 8, Malaysia Airlines will be taken over by the country's state investment fund and de-listed, as part of plans announced today for a "complete overhaul" to rescue the company from oblivion after two crippling air disasters.
    (AFP, 8/8/14)

2014        Aug 19, A Malaysian top counter-terrorism official said police have foiled plans for a wave of bombings drawn up by radical Islamic militants inspired by Iraq's extremist jihad group ISIL. 19 suspected militants, arrested from April-June, were said to be formulating plans to bomb pubs, discos and a Malaysian brewery of Danish beer producer Carlsberg.
    (AP, 8/19/14)

2014        Aug 29, Malaysia Airlines said it will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters.
    (AP, 8/29/14)

2014        Sep 25, Malaysia's national carmaker Proton launched its first small car, hoping to bolster its fortunes after ceding ground to foreign and domestic rivals.
    (AP, 9/25/14)

2014        Oct 9, In Malaysia a grenade was tossed outside a night club at a popular tourist belt in Kuala Lumpur, killing one man and wounding 12 others, including foreigners. The pre-dawn explosion in the Bukit Bintang area was believed to be due to a gang fight and was not a terrorist act.
    (AP, 10/9/14)

2014        Oct 15, Malaysian police said they have detained 14 Muslims, including two women and a student, suspected of being linked to the militant Islamic State group. The detentions put the number of people held for suspected militant links to 36 since April.
    (AP, 10/15/14)

2014        Nov 7, Three Malaysian Muslim transgenders won a landmark court ruling against a religious law banning them from cross-dressing in what activists called a victory for human rights.
    (AP, 11/7/14)

2014        Nov 13, Researchers said a dinosaur tooth found in Malaysia is at least 140 million years old and belongs to a new species within the "bird-hipped" Ornithischian order.
    (AFP, 11/13/14)

2014        Nov 21, Malaysia's government said it will completely withdraw fuel subsidies from next month following the plunge in global oil prices.
    (AP, 11/21/14)

2014        Nov 27, Malaysia's leader said that a colonial-era law curbing free speech will be retained and strengthened, backpedaling on a pledge two years ago to abolish the 1948 Sedition Act as part of political reforms.
    (AP, 11/27/14)

2014        Dec 11, Malaysia police said they have arrested 20 people in a widening investigation into the murder of at least 18 Myanmar nationals in the state of Penang since January. Police said twelve Myanmar migrants have confessed to their role in nine of the murders.
    (Reuters, 12/11/14)

2014        Dec 30, Officials said Malaysia, parts of the Philippines, and southern Thailand have been battered by heavy rain and flash floods in recent days. At least 21 people were killed in Malaysia, 53 in the Philippines and 15 in Thailand.
    (Reuters, 12/30/14)(AP, 12/30/14)(AP, 12/31/14)

2014        In Malaysia Mamapride trousers went on sale in response to religious scholars concerned about women being exposed to male doctors and interns. They were developed by a team of 19 health care workers, five of them women, from the Malaysian medical charity Papisma.
    (Reuters, 7/10/15)

2015        Jan 26, Hackers defaced the website of Malaysia Airlines and threatened to dump stolen information online after posting a glimpse of customer data obtained in the attack.
    (AP, 1/26/15)

2015        Feb 10, Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim began a 5-year prison sentence after a court rejected his final appeal against a sodomy conviction.
    (AP, 2/10/15)
2015        Feb 10, Malaysia arrested cartoonist Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, aka Zunar, for sedition over a Twitter post that criticized the judiciary for upholding a five-year jail term for opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who accused the courts of "bowing to the dictates of the political masters".
    (Reuters, 2/11/15)

2015        Feb 22, A Syrian man was shown beheaded in a video posted to Facebook. Malaysian authorities later Mohd Faris Anuar (20) and Muhamad Wanndy Muhammad Jedi (25) of Malaysia as the men involved in the beheading by the Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 3/4/15)

2015        Mar 8, The first comprehensive report into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 revealed that the battery of the locator beacon for the plane's data recorder had expired more than a year before the jet vanished on March 8, 2014.
    (AP, 3/8/15)

2015        Mar 16, Malaysian police arrested the eldest daughter of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim for alleged sedition, a move slammed by critics as a clampdown on dissent.
    (AP, 3/16/15)

2015        Mar 30, In Malaysia three editors of the Malaysia Insider news website were arrested on suspicion of violating the country’s Sedition Act and Communications and Multimedia Act. The next day two executives of the Malaysia Insider were arrested.
    (SFC, 4/1/15, p.A6)

2015        Apr 3, Malaysian cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Alhaque, better known as Zunar, was charged with nine counts of sedition over a series of tweets criticizing the country's judiciary. The charges against Zunar, known for lampooning the ruling coalition, came amid a widening government crackdown on opposition politicians and the media slammed by critics as a move to stifle freedom of expression.
    (AP, 4/3/15)

2015        Apr 4, In Malaysia PM Najib Razak's chief of staff and a former ambassador to the United States, who was also a senior member of Najib's party, were among six people killed in a helicopter crash near Kuala Lumpur.
    (Reuters, 4/5/15)

2015        Apr 5, Malaysian police detained 17 suspected militants. Authorities the next day said the militants had planned to attack police stations and army camps to acquire weapons and carry out terrorist attacks in Kuala Lumpur and that two of the militants had just returned from Syria.
    (SFC, 4/7/15, p.A2)

2015        Apr 7, Malaysia revived detention without trial when lawmakers approved the Prevention of Terrorism Act bill, that the government said was needed to fight Islamic militants. Critics assailed it as a giant step backward for human rights in the country.
    (AP, 4/7/15)

2015        Apr 26, Malaysian police said that they have detained 12 men this weekend with suspected links to the Islamic state group who are believed to be plotting attacks on strategic government targets in the country.
    (AP, 4/26/15)

2015        May 1, Malaysian police arrested 30 protesters at a rally of more than 10,000 people in Kuala Lumpur, demonstrating against a new tax. Protesters demanded the government remove a goods and services tax (GST) which came into effect on April 1 at a rate of 6 percent.
    (Reuters, 5/2/15)

2015        May 8, A Pakistan military helicopter carrying diplomats to inspect a tourism project crashed killing 7 people, including the ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines and the wives of the Malaysian and Indonesian ambassadors. 17 people were on board the Mi-17 when it crashed into a school in Gilgit and caught fire. The
Taliban later claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 5/8/15)(AP, 5/10/15)

2015        May 11, Indonesian and Malaysian authorities said nearly 2,000 boat people from Myanmar and Bangladesh have been rescued or swum to shore, warning that yet more desperate migrants could be in peril at sea.
    (AFP, 5/11/15)

2015        May 12, Malaysia said it would turn away any more migrant boats packed with Rohingya and Bangladeshis unless they were sinking.
    (AP, 5/12/15)

2015        May 14, Malaysia turned away two crammed migrant boats filled with Rohingya and Bangladeshis abandoned at sea by traffickers. Thailand kept at bay a large vessel with hundreds of hungry people.
    (AP, 5/14/15)

2015        May 16, A boat crammed with migrants was towed out to sea by the Thai navy and then held up by Malaysian vessels, the latest round of "maritime ping-pong" by Asian states determined not to let asylum seekers come ashore.
    (Reuters, 5/16/15)

2015        May 17, Malaysia launched high-level talks with its neighbors 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.
    (AP, 5/17/15)

2015        May 20, Indonesia and Malaysia said they would offer shelter to 7,000 "boat people" adrift at sea in rickety boats but, anxious not to encourage a fresh influx, made clear that their assistance was temporary and they would take no more. Indonesian authorities said they have bombed and sank 41 foreign fishing vessels as a warning against poaching in the country's waters.
    (Reuters, 5/20/15)(AP, 5/20/15)

2015        May 24, Malaysia’s home minister said mass graves and suspected human-trafficking detention camps have been discovered by police in towns and villages bordering Thailand. The mass graves were believed to contain the bodies of hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh.
    (Reuters, 5/24/15)

2015        May 25, Malaysia police said they have found 139 graves, and signs of torture, in more than two dozen squalid human trafficking camps suspected to have been used by gangs smuggling migrants across the border with Thailand.
    (Reuters, 5/25/15)

2015        May 26, Malaysia said 12 police officials have been detained on suspicion of involvement, either directly or as facilitators, to people-smuggling camps.
    (Reuters, 5/27/15)

2015        Jun 1, Malaysian media reported that Muslim Rohingya women who were held at human-trafficking camps in Thailand and Malaysia were subjected to gang rapes by their captors, assaults that left at least two of them pregnant.
    (AFP, 6/2/15)

2015        Jun 2, The Dutch Safety Board made a draft report on last year's crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 available to representatives of Malaysia, Ukraine, the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, Australia and the Netherlands. It did not publicize details of the confidential draft.
    (AP, 7/1/15)

2015        Jun 5, In Malaysia a magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck near Mount Kinabalu. At least 16 people were killed with two missing.
    (AP, 6/5/15)(AFP, 6/6/15)(Reuters, 6/7/15)

2015        Jun 11, The Malaysian tanker MT Orkim Harmony, loaded with 7.5 million liters (2 million gallons) of gasoline belonging to national oil company Petronas, was believed hijacked as it headed to northern Kuantan near Singapore. The crew consisted of 16 Malaysians, five Indonesians and a Myanmar national. 8 pirates, believed to be Indonesians, abandoned the MT Orkim Harmony late June 18 after being pursued by a Malaysian navy ship. The Vietnamese coastguard picked up the alleged hijackers on June 19.
    (AP, 6/15/15)(AP, 6/19/15)(Econ, 6/27/15, p.34)

2015        Jun 12, In Malaysia four Westerners who posed naked on Mount Kinabalu on May 30 were sentenced to three days in jail and fined $1,330 each for obscene behavior in a public place.
    (AP, 6/12/15)

2015        Jul 3, Malaysian PM Najib Razak denied news reports that nearly $700 million were funneled from an indebted state investment fund into his personal accounts.
    (AP, 7/3/15)

2015        Jul 7, Malaysian authorities said they have frozen six bank accounts as part of an investigation into allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were transferred from a state investment fund to the personal accounts of PM Najib Razak.
    (AP, 7/7/15)

2015        Jul 20, Malaysia’s The Edge, which has a daily and a weekly business newspaper, ran extensive reports alleging Malaysian businessman Low Taek Jho and PetroSaudi International had cheated Malaysia of $1.83 billion in cash through an aborted joint venture with 1MDB in 2009. On July 24 The Edge media group said the government will suspend its publishing permits for three months as of July 27, over the reports alleging fraud.
    (AP, 7/24/15)(SSFC, 7/26/15, p.A6)

2015        Jul 27, The US State Department took Malaysia and Cuba off its “tier 3" list of countries failing to combat modern-day slavery, leaving the US open to criticism that politics is swaying the often-contentious rankings in its annual human trafficking report. Burundi, Belize, Belarus, Comoros and South Sudan were downgraded to Tier 3, where Thailand remained for a second year.
    (AP, 7/27/15)(Reuters, 7/27/15)

2015        Jul 28, Malaysian premier Najib Razak sacked his deputy premier and attorney general in a cabinet reshuffle widely seen as an attempt to strengthen his hold on power as he battles corruption allegations.
    (AFP, 7/28/15)

2015        Jul 29, Plane debris was found washed up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean and was believed to be part of a Boeing 777, potentially the biggest breakthrough in the search for Flight MH370, missing since March 8, 2014.
    (Reuters, 7/31/15)

2015        Aug 3, Malaysia's anti-corruption agency said that $700 million in PM Najib Razak's personal bank accounts came from donations, not from a debt-ridden state investment fund. Critics urged the agency to reveal the donors.
    (AP, 8/3/15)

2015        Aug 6, Malaysia said paint color and maintenance-record matches proved that a piece of wing found on the shore of an Indian Ocean island was part of the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which vanished without trace on March 8, 2014.
    (Reuters, 8/6/15)

2015        Aug 12, A Malaysian opposition party filed a civil lawsuit against PM Najib Razak for alleged election offenses involving $700 million in his bank accounts.
    (AP, 8/12/15)

2015        Aug 20, Malaysian police said they had arrested and were investigating 10 Malaysians suspected of links to Islamic State, among them six members of the country's security forces.
    (Reuters, 8/20/15)

2015        Aug 23, Malaysian police said that they have found 24 more bodies of suspected human trafficking victims this week in jungles bordering Thailand. 106 bodies had been found earlier.
    (AP, 8/23/15)

2015        Aug 29, In Malaysia tens of thousands wearing yellow T-shirts and blowing horns defiantly held a major rally in the capital to demand the resignation of embattled PM Najib Razak.
    (AP, 8/29/15)

2015        Aug 30, In Malaysia big crowds of protesters returned to the streets of Kuala Lumpur demand the resignation of PM Najib Razak over a financial scandal.
    (AP, 8/30/15)   

2015        Sep 3, An overloaded wooden boat believed to be carrying about 70 Indonesian illegal immigrants sank off the coast of Malaysia, killing at least 14 people, among them 13 women. The number of survivors stood at 19.
    (Reuters, 9/3/15)

2015        Sep 14, Malaysian PM Najib Razak said the government will pump 20 billion ringgit ($4.6 billion) into an equity fund to support the stock market and ruled out capital controls despite the ringgit's plunge.
    (AP, 9/14/15)

2015        Oct 4, Malaysian authorities ordered most of the country's schools shut for two days because of possible health risks posed by the thick haze from Indonesian forest fires.
    (AFP, 10/4/15)

2015        Oct 5, Twelve Pacific rim countries sealed the deal on creating the world's largest free trade area, delivering President Barack Obama a major policy triumph. They included Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the US and Vietnam.
    (AFP, 10/5/15)

2015        Oct 9, Malaysia's central bank said a debt-laden state investment fund violated foreign exchange rules and must repatriate $1.83 billion it used abroad.
    (AP, 10/9/15)

2015        Oct 13, The Dutch Safety Board concluded that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine by a Russian-made Buk missile in its final report on the crash on July 17, 2014, that killed all 298 people on board, most of them Dutch.
    (Reuters, 10/13/15)

2015        Oct 15, US authorities reported that Malaysia authorities have arrested Ardit Ferizi, a Kosovo citizen, for providing sensitive information on more than a thousand US service members to the Islamic State group.
    (http://tinyurl.com/pe3kygq)

2015        Oct 28, Hamid Ismail, suspected of involvement in the Sep 28 attempted assassination of Maldives President Abdulla Yameen, was arrested in Kuala Lumpur with four other Maldives residents.
    (Reuters, 10/30/15)

2015        Singapore’s population stood at about 5.5 million. Every day some 50,000 Malaysians commuted to work across a causeway from Johor Bahru, the capital of Malaysia’s Johor state.
    (Econ, 7/18/15, SR p.5)

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