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Newsline: Malaysia and Indonesia sink Australia’s Embassy move to Jerusalem

Forget about Australia moving its Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Veiled Malaysian suggestions of terrorist attacks on Australian targets if the Embassy is moved coupled with Indonesian threats to not sign a free trade agreement with Australia – will suffice to burst Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s thought-bubble. Australia gave Indonesia $360 million in aid in 2016 and was the world’s 16th largest donor in giving $15 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). Indonesia gave UNRWA $5000 in 2016 – whilst Malaysia gave nothing. Indonesia and Malaysia – two Islamic states – flex their muscles on Islamic claims to Jerusalem – yet pathetically fail to financially support their Islamic brethren.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/23068

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Newsline: Australia, Malaysia in war of words over Israel embassy shift

Australia’s treasurer on Friday said Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had a history of anti-Jewish statements in an escalating war of words over the possibility Australia might move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison first proposed the move during a local election campaign last month, sparking concern from Indonesia and Malaysia. Mahathir, 93, raised the potential relocation in a meeting with Morrison in Singapore on Thursday, later telling reporters he feared it could increase the threat of attacks. “I pointed out that in dealing with terrorism, one has to know the causes,” Mahathir said. “Adding to the cause for terrorism is not going to be helpful.” Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg responded saying Canberra would make its own decisions, and pointing out the Malaysian leader’s past comments about Jewish people. “He has called Jews ‘hooked-nosed people’. He has questioned the number of people that have been killed in the Holocaust. He banned Schindler’s List as a movie being shown,” Frydenberg, the son of a Holocaust survivor, told reporters in Melbourne.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/australia-malaysia-war-words-israel-embassy-shift-181116060551480.html

Newsline: Malaysia to reopen embassy in North Korea

Malaysia will reopen its embassy in Pyongyang, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said, suggesting an end to the diplomatic row over the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother in Kuala Lumpur last year. “Yes, we will reopen the embassy,” Mahathir said in an interview with the Nikkei Asian Review published on Monday during his trip to Japan. Malaysia’s once-close ties with North Korea were severely downgraded after Kim Jong Nam was killed at a Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017 when two women smeared his face with VX nerve agent, which the United Nations lists as a weapon of mass destruction. The United States and South Korea have said the murder was orchestrated by Pyongyang. After Kim Jong Nam’s death, North Korea’s ambassador to Malaysia questioned the credibility of the police probe and insisted he was an ordinary citizen who died of a heart attack. Malaysia then recalled its ambassador to North Korea, banned its citizens from traveling to the North and canceled visa-free entry for North Koreans. North Korea retaliated with a travel ban on all Malaysians in Pyongyang, trapping three diplomats and six family members. They were able to fly out only after Malaysia agreed to hand over Kim Jong Nam’s corpse and send three North Koreans wanted for questioning back to North Korea.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-malaysia/malaysia-to-reopen-embassy-in-north-korea-mahathir-idUSKBN1J80O2

Newsline: Palestinian embassy denies involvement in scholar’s assassination

The Palestinian embassy in Malaysia denies allegations of the involvement of members of its intelligence service in the assassination of Palestinian scholar Fadi al-Batsh in Kuala Lumpur last month. Al-Batsh, 35, was shot by two attackers as he was heading to a mosque for dawn prayers in the Setapak district of the capital, police said.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/palestinian-embassy-denies-involvement-scholar-assassination-180507102253923.html

Newsline: Vietnamese woman kills herself at embassy in Kuala Lumpur

A Vietnamese woman died after she stabbed herself at the Vietnam Embassy here. Tran Thi Mai, 37, was believed to have gone to the embassy to enquire about her travel documents before the incident, which occurred at around 11.30am Monday (April 2). Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Shaharuddin Abdullah said the police received a report from an embassy staff about the incident. “Our investigations revealed that the woman had gone to the embassy to settle matters on her travel documents,” he said when contacted. He said she was in discussion with the staff there when she lost her cool. “She got enraged and started shouting at the staff before she pulled out a knife from one of her pockets. “She stabbed herself in the chest and was rushed to Hospital Kuala Lumpur by one of her countrymen who was at the embassy at the time,” he said, adding that the woman succumbed to her injuries while receiving medical treatment.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/04/02/vietnamese-woman-kills-herself-at-embassy/

Newsline: China embassy to probe claims of Chinese tour guides operating in Malaysia

The Chinese embassy in Malaysia will investigate allegations of Chinese national tour guides operating in the country, especially in Langkawi and Penang, Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian said, Bernama reported. Commenting on media reports quoting local tour guides that more and more Chinese tour guides were operating in Langkawi and Penang, thus affecting their income, Mr Bai said: “I just learned of this. I will direct the Chinese Consulate in Penang to investigate the allegation.” “In principle, we reject actions that affect the local tourism industry,” he told reporters after paying a courtesy call on Plantation and Commodity Industries Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong.

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/china-embassy-to-probe-claims-of-chinese-tour-guides-operating-in-malaysia

Newsline: Malaysian arrested in Cambodia over embassy row

A 49-year-old Malaysian was arrested by municipal immigration police after he caused a disturbance at the Malaysian embassy in Phnom Penh. Noun Boreth, a municipal immigration police officer, identified the man arrested as Felix Melvile Emmund, a Malaysian tourist. He said that yesterday morning at about 7am, Mr Emmund went to the Malaysian embassy, where he informed officials that he had lost his passport. While seeking help, Mr Emmund became upset because embassy officials were not being cooperative, claiming that it was the second time he had lost his passport. “He was angry at the officials at the embassy for not solving his problem,” said Mr Boreth. “He then made trouble at the embassy, disturbing their work. “The officials at the embassy reported him to the chief of municipal police for intervention,” he added. “He was later arrested by our police.” He added that after his arrest, the suspect was sent to the immigration department at the Ministry of Interior for questioning, where he remains.

http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50105185/malaysian-arrested-over-embassy-row/