A Hindu devotee’s tongue is pierced before making his way towards the Hill Top Murugan temple during the colourful annual Thaipusam festival, one of the world’s most extreme displays of religious devotion, in Georgetown on the Malaysian island of Penang.
A schoolboy walks past a street mural depicting a school bus and students in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia begins the first day of the new school year of 2014. Read more
A worker cleans a pool inside the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin mosque in Putrajay, Malaysia.
A man opens a bus door within a poster showing the Malaysia ethnic communities with traditional dress in Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian government’s new measures to benefit the Malay majority are angering the multi-ethnic nation. Read more
Harley Davidson’s riders prepare to join the bike parade in the heart of the city on Monday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia hosts Asia Harley Days, a first of its kind event in Southeast Asia to engage with not only its consumers, but also with their fans in the region Read more
A Muslim trader attends to her customer at a market ahead of Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Kota Bharu, a town in northeastern Malaysia.
Royal Malay Regiment guards of honour stands to attention before the arrival on Thursday of Shinzo Abe, Japanese prime minister. at the prime minister’s office in Malaysia’s administrative capital in Putrajaya. Abe arrived for a visit to hold talks with the Malaysian leadership on bilateral and international issues. Read more
A woman walks through haze as a forest fire burns bushes in Siak Regency, Riau Province, Indonesia on Thursday. The fires in Sumatra have caused record smog in Malaysia and Singapore. Sumatra has stepped up efforts to fight the fires to relieve the conditions. Eight farmers have been arrested for starting the fires. Read more
A teacher helps her student put on a face mask at a school in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur, on Wednesday. The Malaysian capital remains shrouded in haze, as the environmental crisis continues after a week of thick hazardous smog covered the country and its neighbour Singapore
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A motoristcyclist wearing a face mask rides across a bridge covered by light haze in Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Tuesday. Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono apologised on Monday to Singapore and Malaysia for record-setting pollution caused by forest fires in his country.