Malaysia

Malaysia Imposes Law Against Coronavirus ‘Fake News’

An “emergency ordinance” against “wholly or partly false” news content related to the coronavirus pandemic went into effect in Malaysia on Friday, prompting criticism from opposition politicians and international free speech activists. Violators of the ordinance face heavy fines and up to six years in prison.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, unveils his new cabinet members at the Prime Minister's Office in Putrajaya on March 9, 2020. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP) (Photo by MOHD RASFAN/AFP via Getty Images)

U.S. Ramps Up Flyovers near China as Tensions Rise in South China Sea

The U.S. Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) announced on Tuesday that American B-1B Lancer bombers recently “conducted a mission over the South China Sea, just days after training with the U.S. Navy near Hawaii, demonstrating the credibility of U.S. Air Force forces to address a diverse and uncertain security environment.”

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China Brings Fighter Jets to Illegal South China Sea Base

Chinese military aircraft have been spotted at China’s largest illegal military base in the disputed South China Sea, suggesting that the People’s Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF) have started to use the site as a strategic operations base, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on Wednesday, citing military surveillance by defense intelligence source Jane’s.

This picture taken on Septernber 12, 2015 shows the J-11B fighter aircraft from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force performing at the Dafangshen airport in Changchun, China's Jilin province during the bi-annual Changchun airshow. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Malaysia: 94-Year-Old Prime Minister Abruptly Resigns

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who returned to power at the age of 92 in 2018 with a surprising election victory over his former protege Najib Razak, made an equally stunning departure on Monday by resigning his office without warning or explanation. Mahathir has agreed to serve as interim prime minister at the request of Malaysia’s king until a replacement can be sworn in.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad attends the 14th East Asia Summit in Bangkok on November 4, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP) (Photo by MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP via Getty Images)