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Malaysia History Timeline

2000s continued
  • (2009) 10,000 copies of the Bible were seized in Sarawak as they contained the world "Allah", a translation banned in Malaysia
  • (2010) A court decision to allow non-Muslims to use Allah to refer to God sparked religious tensions, churches were attacked with firebombs
  • (2010) Three Muslim women were caned for having extramarital sex - first women in the country to receive the punishment under Islamic laws
  • (2010) Islamic Shariah courts appoint first female judges
  • (2010) Anwar Ibrahim, three allies, suspended from parliament for six months
  • (2011) More than 20,000 demonstrators gathered in Kuala Lumpur demanding electoral reforms, police fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse the crowds, detained over 1,600
  • (2011) Parliament enacted ban on street protests
  • (2011) Landslides caused by heavy rains buried orphanage, 16 killed, many injured
  • (2012) Anwar Ibrahim acquitted of sodomy charges
  • (2012) Police used tear gas, chemical-laced water at over 80,000 demonstrators demanding fair rules for national elections in Kuala Lumpur
  • (2012) Minimum wage was introduced to help increase incomes amid rising living costs
  • (2012) Customs officials made a $18.4 million drug bust of nearly three million party drug pills
  • (2013) Members of a Muslim royal clan from southern Philippines arrived in Lahad Datu, Sabah state, claimed the territory as their own, cited ownership papers from the 1800s
  • (2013) 14 people were killed in a shootout as authorities and 200 members of a Filipino clan occupying a village in Sabah state, tried to end a three-week standoff
  • (2013) Prime Minister Razak dissolved Parliament and called for general elections
  • (2013) Prime Minister Razak's National Front Coalition won election over Anwar Ibrahim's alliance
  • (2013) Appeal court ruled non-Muslims could not use the word Allah to refer to God, reversed the 2009 lower court ruling
  • (2013) Increased police presence followed reports of unacceptably high crime rates
  • (2014) Appeals court sentences Anwar Ibrahim to five years in prison on sodomy charges
  • (2014) Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, teams from around the world involved in search

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