Hindus mark Thaipusam festival in Malaysia

Malaysian Hindu devotee Kumaraguru Kunalan hauled a wooden pole with metal pots hanging from either side up to a temple carved into a hillside as drumming and incense smoke filled the air. Kumaraguru, who also had a steel skewer pierced through his tongue, was among the huge crowd of ethnic Indians marking Thaipusam at a complex of temples outside Kuala Lumpur.

Christmas sleigh restaurant rides into tropical Malaysia

Jingling amid a Kuala Lumpur skyline, nearly a dozen people sit in a hanging sleigh-like restaurant as it is raised by a crane some 45 metres (147 feet) above the street below. Strapped into rollercoaster-like seats, the Santa in the Sky patrons dine next to prancing reindeer models and a mannequin of jolly St Nicholas far above the city’s busy traffic.

Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib hit with more charges

Malaysian former leader Najib Razak was jointly charged in a Kuala Lumpur court with ex-senior finance ministry official, Mohamad Irwan Serigar Abdullah, with six counts of criminal breach of trust. IMAGES

Malaysia celebrates Hungry Ghost Festival

Ethnic Malaysian-Chinese devotees celebrate the Chinese deity “Da Shi Ye” or the Guardian God of Ghosts to mark the Hungry Ghost Festival in Kuala Lumpur and try to stay safe from hungry, wandering ghosts.

Luxury yacht linked to 1MDB scandal arrives in Malaysia

A luxury yacht allegedly paid for with funds from a multi-billion-dollar scandal that helped topple Malaysia’s government arrived outside Kuala Lumpur Tuesday, with authorities hoping it will help in their prosecution of the country’s disgraced former leader.

Luxury yacht linked to 1MDB scandal arrives in Malaysia

A luxury yacht allegedly paid for with funds from a multi-billion-dollar scandal that helped topple Malaysia’s government arrived outside Kuala Lumpur Tuesday, with authorities hoping it will help in their prosecution of the country’s disgraced former leader. The 300-foot (90-metre) Equanimity, equipped with pool, helicopter landing pad and cinema, belonged to Jho Low, a flamboyant international financier who allegedly played a central role in the 1MDB controversy that has engulfed former prime minister Najib Razak. IMAGES

Panda cub makes first public appearance at Malaysia zoo

Scores of panda lovers visit a zoo in Kuala Lumpur for the first public viewing of a cub, the second born in the Southeast Asian country in less than three years. IMAGES

Lunar New Year: Malaysians usher in the Year of the Dog

Ethnic-Chinese Malaysians pray at Kuala Lumpur’s Thean Hou Temple decorated with red lanterns on the eve of Lunar New Year.

Women plead not guilty to murdering Kim Jong-Nam

Two women pleaded not guilty Monday to murdering the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, at the start of their trial in Malaysia over the Cold War-style assassination that shocked the world. Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong arrived at the heavily guarded court outside the capital Kuala Lumpur for the proceedings in handcuffs and wearing bulletproof vests.