The Higher Education Minister of Malaysia has praised the country's leading university, Universiti Malaya (UM) for getting into the top 150 of the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. He also noted that UM and other Malaysian universities had done well in the QS subject rankings.
The problem with relying on QS or Times Higher Education (THE) is that they are prone to volatility because of reliance on reputation surveys that can be unstable outside the top dozen or so universities. Things have been made worse this year by methodological changes. In the case of QS one change was to give more credit to citations in the humanities and social sciences thereby helping universities that publish mainly or entirely in English.
A more consistent view of university performance might be found in the Shanghai or US News rankings.