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Malaysia may revise its 2008 budget deficit target of 3.1 percent, Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop said on Monday, days after the government announced plans to increase spending.
Malaysia's de facto opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim took refuge at the Turkish embassy on Sunday due to fears he could be assassinated after fresh accusations of sodomy.
Asia experienced a selloff across the board, led by Shanghai's 5 percent tumble, after shares plunged on Wall Street and oil prices shot above $140 a barrel, fanning investors' fears of high inflation and slowing economic growth. Japan and South Korea finished 2% lower.
Asian markets were mostly flat Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve kept rates steady while the euro hit a record high against the yen on the prospects for a euro zone rate rise.
Malaysia shelved some large building projects on Thursday and pledged to spend $9 billion more to boost rice production and ease poverty, as the government sought to quell growing public anger over rising prices.
Asian markets pared back losses Wednesday, with Tokyo closing just slightly lower. Concerns about the U.S. economy cast a cloud over the session and trade remained cautious as investors awaited the outcome of the Fed's two-day meeting, which is expected to leave interest rates at 2%.
Asian markets drifted to a mixed close Tuesday, with trade kept largely muted as investors stayed cautious ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's rate decision at the its two-day policy meeting starting later today. Japan and Australia closed flat.
Asian markets closed in the red Monday, but were well off their session lows as investors took the opportunity to buy beaten down stocks.
Asian markets were mixed Friday as regional stocks reacted to China's hiking of fuel prices. Trading has been volatile throughout the session with markets, particularly in Shanghai, making radical swings between positive and negative territory.
Asian stocks took a beating Thursday, after Wall Street closed at a three-month low, sparking fears of a pullback in export demand with oil prices remaining high and feeding a rally in safe-haven government bond prices. Japan shed 2.2 percent while Australia gave up 1.4 percent.
Asian markets staged a late rally Wednesday with Japan and South Korea closing in the black, as oil dipped for the fourth straight session, signaling lower costs for firms following a plan by top exporter Saudi Arabia to raise crude output.
Asian markets ended mixed Tuesday with the weaker U.S. dollar pushing exporters such as Canon to a weaker finish. But financial shares moved higher, helping to offsetting losses.
Asian markets rallied Monday after muted U.S. consumer price data and softer oil prices helped ease concerns about inflation and higher interest rates in the world's top economy. Japan closed 2.7% higher.
Malaysia, which raised fuel prices sharply this month, is considering a plan to sell a fixed amount of fuel to motorists each month on subsidised rates, a report said on Monday.
Asian markets came off initial losses Friday in volatile trading, with gains in technology and export-related stocks offsetting weakness in financials and shippers. Japan, Australia and South Korea all closed stronger.
Asian stocks sank deep into the red Thursday, with markets battered down by 2% on average. Japan, Australia and South Korea all closed sharply lower.
Asian markets staged a late rebound as persistent worries about inflation kept investors cautious for most of the morning session. However stocks rallied in the afternoon with Japan climbing over 1 percent.
Shanghai stocks suffered the most severe losses in widespread stock declines in Asia Tuesday, as investors returned after a long weekend to a sea of red. Ongoing credit worries and concerns about the U.S. economy continued to keep investors wary.
Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, trying to assuage anger over the steepest hike in fuel prices in years, said on Monday the administration will announce more measures to ease the burden on consumers.
Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, trying to assuage public anger over a steep hike in fuel prices, said on Monday government ministers would take a 10 percent cut in allowances.