Malaysians craft giant incense sticks by hand for Lunar New Year | AFP

Thousands of giant incense sticks, some mounted with dragon heads, line the walls of a Malaysian workshop where they are being made by hand before the Lunar New Year holidays. In the rural town of Kubang Semang, the workers spend months crafting the sticks — some as tall as two metres (6.5 feet) — before sending them to stores. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITESN°1NZ94P

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The Interceptor, a solution to the world’s plastic crisis? | AFP

Scooping waste from a Malaysian river to stop it reaching the sea, solar-powered barge The Interceptor is the latest weapon in a global battle to rid the world’s waters of plastic.

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Malaysian ex-leader Najib to take stand in 1MDB trial | AFP

Former Malaysian leader Najib Razak arrives at a court in Kuala Lumpur to defend his conduct in the 1MDB scandal, as the first of several trials linked to the multi-billion-dollar fraud enters a crucial stage.

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First 1MDB trial for Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib to proceed | AFP

Malaysian ex-leader Najib Razak’s first trial linked to the 1MDB scandal will proceed after a judge rules that prosecutors have made a sufficient case, boosting efforts to bring him to justice over the mammoth fraud.

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Malaysian court to deliver key ruling in Najib’s 1MDB trial | AFP

Malaysia’s toppled leader Najib Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur court complex where he will learn if his first trial over the 1MDB scandal will proceed, in a key test of efforts to bring him to justice over the multi-billion-dollar fraud. IMAGES

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Property investors turn to SE Asia amid Hong Kong unrest | AFP

From luxury Singapore apartments to Malaysian seafront condos, Hong Kong investors are shifting cash into Southeast Asian property, demoralised by increasingly violent protests as well as the China-US trade war. from Singapore

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Slip slidin’ away: Record-breaking Malaysian water chute unveiled | AFP

One of the world’s longest water slides was unveiled in Malaysia Wednesday, a kilometre-long chute that starts on a hilltop before twisting and turning through dense jungle and splashing into a pool. The blue and yellow chute at the ESCAPE theme park runs for 1,111 metres (3,645 feet) and has been awarded the Guinness World Record for the longest water slide where riders use an inflatable tube.

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Malaysia ex-PM Najib arrives at court for major 1MDB trial | AFP

Malaysian ex-leader Najib Razak’s most significant 1MDB trial begins, centring on allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars linked to the state fund ended up in his bank account. IMAGES

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Starvation likely killed Franco-Irish teen in Malaysia, no sign foul play | AFP

A vulnerable Franco-Irish teen who disappeared from a Malaysian rainforest resort likely starved and died of internal bleeding, with no immediate sign of foul play, police say.

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Body believed to be Franco-Irish teen found in Malaysia jungle | AFP

Malaysian police announces that a naked body believed to that of a Franco-Irish teen who disappeared from a Malaysian resort has been found in a jungle ravine after a 10-day search involving a massive team. SOUNDBITE

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Muslim devotees pray for missing Franco-Irish teenager in Malaysia | AFP

Special prayers are offered by Muslim devotees on Friday as Malaysian rescuers scour the jungle for missing Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin.

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Malaysian divers scour river in hunt for missing Franco-Irish teen | AFP

Malaysian authorities search for missing Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin in jungles nearby the resort where she was last seen, with police saying they still had no information about the whereabouts of the 15-year-old.

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Malaysia’s ‘Phoenix’: hijab-wearing wrestler breaking barriers | AFP

Standing 155cm tall and weighing in at just 43 kilos, hijab-wearing Malaysian wrestler Nor Diana, known as “Phoenix”, cuts an unusual figure in the ring – a female Muslim fighter taking on larger opponents in a male-dominated world.

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Malaysian children in practice run for Muslim hajj | AFP

Thousands of Malaysian children take part in a practice run of the Muslim hajj pilgrimage, marching around a model of the holy Kaaba, Islam’s most sacred site.

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Malaysia busts attempt to smuggle over 5,000 terrapins | AFP

Two suspects are arrested in Kuala Lumpur after thousands of store-popular terrapins are seized by Malaysian government agents. AND SOUNDBITES

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Malaysia busts attempt to smuggle over 5,000 terrapins | AFP

Two suspects are arrested in Kuala Lumpur after thousands of store-popular terrapins are seized by Malaysian government agents. AND SOUNDBITES

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Malaysian village cannons greet Eid with a bang | AFP

Dozens of steel cannons are fired by the villagers of a sleepy Malaysian hamlet several hours into the night, carrying on a decades-old tradition celebrating the beginning of the Muslim holiday of Eid.

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Malaysia fights to save centuries-old creole | AFP

Sara Santa Maria runs weekly classes at her home in Malacca to ensure that the younger generation learn “Papia Kristang”, a centuries-old creole spoken by people of mixed Portuguese and Malaysian ancestry but which is now in danger of dying out.

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Ex-Goldman exec in court in Malaysia fraud case

A former Goldman Sachs executive accused in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of a Malaysian state investment fund made an initial court appearance in the U.S. His attorney says he will fight the charges. (May 6)

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Malaysian climber in ‘miracle’ rescue on Nepal’s Mr. Annapurna

A helicopter transfers Malaysian climber Chin Wui Kin to hospital in Kathmandu. He was stranded in the open for two nights on one of the world’s most treacherous mountains before being rescued. Climbing experts said it was a “miracle” that 48-year-old survived the freezing conditions on Mount Annapurna for so long.

Kim Jong Nam suspect could go free next month

A Vietnamese woman who is the only suspect in custody for the killing of the North Korean leader’s half brother pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in a Malaysian court on Monday. Doan Thi Huong’slawyer says she could be freed next month. (April 1)

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