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Seyed Ramin Miraziz Paknejad, an Iranian suspected of running a human trafficking and fake passport syndicate, was arrested along with his wife over the weekend. Paknejad was detained in Thailand last year but jumped bail and fled to Malaysia; he is believed to have ties to terrorist groups, including those who planned bombings in Bangkok.
Foreign Minister Anifah said Myanmar needed to address the problems of its Muslim population, which has suffered persecution and worsening living conditions. At least 28,000 Royhinga Muslims have fled Myanmar for Malaysia in recent years. Anifah said the Organization of the Islamic Conference believes Muslim-majority nations should do more to help.
The ruling National Front coalition won its 13th consecutive election, but by its narrowest margin ever. The opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition, which had pledged to impose a strict version of sharia law if elected, threatened to challenge the results.
Security is being beefed up after an improvised explosive device detonated and another was found at a political rally held by the incumbent Barisan National party in Penang. The opposition Pakatan Rakyat alliance plans to implement a harsh version of sharia law if it wins the general election on May 5. The BN party's lead has slipped in recent years.
Malaysia declared the crisis in eastern Sabah to be "under control." Authorities downgraded the alert level after a month of fighting against an incursion by the "Sulu royal army," which had asserted a claim over Sabah.
A court indicted eight Filipinos over violence in Sabah between Malaysian troops and an armed group from the sultanate of Sulu; 100 others faced similar charges, and 72 were killed in the two weeks of fighting. Skirmishing continued between security forces and remnants of the group.
The Philippine Navy arrested 35 followers of the Sulu Sultanate fleeing Malaysia's security operation in Sabah. The Malaysian military claimed that the leader of the group had fled Malaysia; the Moro National Liberation Front dismissed the claim.
Malaysian security forces stepped up their assault on Filipino Islamists in Sabah state in Borneo. So far 79 have been detained and 61 have died.