Entries in Malaysia (4)


Cruise Ship That Caught Fire Repaired, Heading to Malaysia

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A cruise ship that caught on fire after leaving the Phillipines with over 1,000 people on board has been repaired and is on its way to Malaysia, the BBC reports.

A fire erupted on the Azamara Quest one day after it left Manila for Malaysia on Friday night. Five crew members suffered smoke inhalation - one of them severely - and no passengers were injured. A coastguard spokesman said the ship was carrying 590 passengers and 411 crew.

One passenger said that an engineer ran through the dining room covered in oil just as dinner was about to be served. Everyone was then reportedly evacuated and given life jackets as smoke filled the dining room. The blaze reportedly started in one of the ship's engine rooms, and was immediately extinguished, according to Azamara Club Cruises.

The ship is now traveling at a nautical speed of three to six knots and is expected to arrive in Sandakan, Malaysia, in two days.

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More Than 1,600 Arrested in Malaysian Electoral Reform Protests

Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images(KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia) -- Some 1,667 demonstrators were arrested in Malaysia Saturday after clashing with riot police in a march to the capital city Kuala Lumpur in demand of electoral reforms, authorities said.

The Royal Malaysia Police fired tear gas as several thousand people gathered near a sports stadium where the demonstrators organized to rally.

The protest, headed by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, was organized by a loose coalition of opposition groups known as Bersih 2.0, an organization declared illegal by the government.

Ibrahim was among hundreds of protesters who gathered at the Hilton hotel in Kuala Lumpur before heading toward the Sentral Station.

The protesters then breached police lines and marched through the rail station, before being met by riot police with tear gas on the other side.

Opposition groups have been seeking to put pressure on Prime Minister Najib Razak's government, which has been in power for decades, before next year’s elections.

Local media reported a strong police presence around the city and many roads closed.

A similar demonstration headed by the Bersih coalition in 2007 was broken up by police using water cannon and tear gas, local reports indicated.

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Landslides at Malaysian Orphanage Leave at Least 16 Dead

Ryan McVay/Digital Vision(KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia) -- At least 16 people were dead after landslides hit an orphanage in Malaysia on Saturday.

Officials say heavy rainfall is likely the cause of the landslides which occurred on Saturday afternoon at the orphanage located in the district of Hulu Langat. Twenty-four people were buried after the land gave way, however, only nine of them managed to make it out alive, according to published reports. Of those killed, the majority are said to be children.

The survivors were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment; however, the extent of their injuries is unknown.

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Air Travel Disrupted as Volcano Continues to Spew Ash

Photo Courtesy - CLARA PRIMA/AFP/Getty Images(JAKARTA, Indonesia) --  Singapore and Malaysia airlines have temporarily canceled flights into Jakarta, Indonesia because of the continuing eruptions of the Mount Merapi volcano.

At least 118 people have been killed by the eruptions, which have been on-again, off-again for more than a week.

Tens of thousands who fled their homes are crowded in shelters.

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