A Bornean Clouded Leopard, found only on Borneo and Indonesia's Sumatra, is seen in the Deramakot Forest Reserve in Malaysia's Sabah state, November 6, 2017. Photo by Reuters/Michael Gordon The fine of MYR1.56 million is the highest fine ever levied for poaching in Malaysian history, the U.K.-based wildlife conservation organization TRAFFIC reported. The court also sentenced Hoang Van Viet, 29, and Nguyen Van Thiet, 26, to jail for two years for "illegal use of snares, illegal possession of totally protected species as well as protected species." The duo would have to spend an additional 16 years in jail if they failed to pay the fines, the court ruled. The two men were discovered with 141 wildlife animal parts and 22 snares on April 15 by Malaysia’s Wildlife and National Parks Department on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Media reports said the department believed the individual parts belonged to at least two leopards, three sun bears, and 12 wild boars. The case … [Read more...] about Malaysia slaps highest ever poaching fine on two Vietnamese men
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KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia's former leader Najib Razak will go on trial Wednesday over a multi-billion-dollar financial scandal that contributed to his long-ruling coalition's downfall last year and sent shockwaves around the world. The 65-year-old will face the first of several trials over his alleged involvement in the looting of sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, a state investment vehicle established to develop the economy of the Southeast Asian nation. The former premier and his cronies are accused of plundering billions of dollars from the fund and spending it on everything from high-end real estate to artworks in a fraud that stretched around the world. He had been tipped to win another term in office easily last year and extend his coalition's six-decade stranglehold on power, only to be soundly defeated by his former boss, Mahathir Mohamad, who rode a wave of public anger to the premiership. In the months that followed, once-dormant investigations into 1MDB were relaunched and … [Read more...] about Malaysia ex-PM Najib to go on trial for corruption
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN) — Once you let the meaning of the word simmer in your mind for a while, you'll realize Indian restaurant Nadodi could have no better name. A word that translates to "nomad" in a couple of South Indian languages, it harks to the journey the people of that region took to faraway lands, such as Malaysia, where this eatery is located. It's also laden with history; forced migrations of laborers by British overlords, opportunities sought by intrepid traders or movements of civil servants seeking new pastures. It's still happening today. In place of the white dhotis and bare backs of estate workers, you now see the checkered shirts and starched khakis or business suits of the modern-day nomads who make good as professionals in foreign countries. Nadodi is also a story of how food itself travels -- how generations of migrants and travelers bring their culture and cuisine to alien lands, contributing to the melting pots of the nations they … [Read more...] about Is the world’s next great Indian restaurant in Malaysia?
Updated 7:21 pm PST, Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Former 1Malaysia Development Berhad CEO, Arul Kanda Kandasamy arrives at Kuala Lumpur High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Arul and former Malaysia's Prime Minister, Najib Razak, face fresh charges for tempering 1MDB audit report. less Former 1Malaysia Development Berhad CEO, Arul Kanda Kandasamy arrives at Kuala Lumpur High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Arul and former Malaysia's Prime Minister, Najib Razak, face ... more Photo: Yam G-Jun, AP Photo: Yam G-Jun, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 Former 1Malaysia Development Berhad CEO, Arul Kanda Kandasamy arrives at Kuala Lumpur High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Arul and former … [Read more...] about Malaysian ex-PM slapped with new charge over 1MDB scandal
KUALA LUMPUR: A FIFA Ethics Committee judge was arrested on suspicion of corruption in his native Malaysia and has resigned as director of a legal arbitration centre, his lawyer and reports said on Wednesday (Nov 21). Sundra Rajoo was appointed last year as one of two deputy chairmen of the FIFA Ethics Committee's adjudicatory chamber. (Photo: AFP/Fabrice Coffrini) Sundra Rajoo was detained in Malaysia late Tuesday by anti-graft investigators after flying in from Zurich, where FIFA has its headquarters, to assist authorities in a corruption probe. He was held overnight, but released after a court accepted his representatives' arguments that he effectively has diplomatic immunity due to his high-profile legal roles, lawyer Cheow Wee told AFP. As well as sitting on FIFA's Ethics Committee, Rajoo was the director of the Malaysia-based Asian International Arbitration Centre. A series of such centres have sprung up in recent years providing dispute resolution services for … [Read more...] about FIFA Ethics Committee judge held in Malaysia for graft