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Oct 24, 2011
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Malaysian Muslims denounce alleged Christian conversion efforts

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Malaysian Muslims protest against what they say were attempts to evangelise Muslims, in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur October 22, 2011/Stringer

About 2,000 slogan-shouting Malaysian Muslims gathered near the capital on Saturday to denounce alleged Christian attempts to convert Muslims, widening a religious rift that could cost Prime Minister Najib Razak minority votes in upcoming polls. The rally led by non-governmental bodies comes amid an escalating row over accusations of covert conversions among Muslims and a raid on a Methodist church, which has divided Muslims and angered ethnic minorities.

Oct 7, 2011

Malaysia hands out goodies in 2012 budget, polls in view

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Malaysia said on Friday it
planned to boost infrastructure and consumer spending to cushion
the impact of the global economic downturn and bolster
confidence in the run-up to an expected general election in
early 2012.

Prime Minister Najib Razak also handed out cash payments to
the poor, raised civil servants’ pay and opened up 17 service
subsectors to foreign investors, with domestic demand targeted
to be the key driver of the economy as a possible global
recession clouds the outlook.

Sep 29, 2011

Malaysia economic indicators – Sep 30

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 (Reuters) – GDP (pct,y/y)
Q2 ’11 Q1 ’11 Q4’10 Q3 ’10 Q2 ’10 Q1 ’10 Q4 ’09 Q3 ’09 Q2 ’09
4.0 4.9 4.8 5.3 8.9 10.1 4.4 -1.2 -3.9

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION (pct, y/y)
JUL JUN MAY APR MAR FEB JAN DEC NOV OCT SEP AUG JUL JUN
-0.6 1.3 -5.6 -1.7 2.9 5.0 1.0 4.2 5.1 3.1 5.6 4.0 3.2 9.4

Sep 27, 2011

Insight: Malaysian PM seen in poll gamble as economy weakens

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will likely press ahead with snap polls by early 2012, banking on government handouts and moderating inflation to soothe worries about the economy but a possible global recession could jeopardize his chances.

Europe’s debt crisis and an anemic U.S. economy have reined in price pressures, the biggest worry among Malaysian voters, but also triggered fears about job security and the general outlook for the trade-reliant economy.

Sep 27, 2011

Malaysian PM Najib seen in poll gamble as economy weakens

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister
Najib Razak will likely press ahead with snap polls by early
2012, banking on government handouts and moderating inflation to
soothe worries about the economy but a possible global recession
could jeopardise his chances.

Europe’s debt crisis and an anaemic U.S. economy have reined
in price pressures, the biggest worry among Malaysian voters,
but also triggered fears about job security and the general
outlook for the trade-reliant economy.

Sep 20, 2011

Malaysia economic indicators – Sep 21

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 (Reuters) – GDP (pct,y/y)
Q2 ’11 Q1 ’11 Q4’10 Q3 ’10 Q2 ’10 Q1 ’10 Q4 ’09 Q3 ’09 Q2 ’09
4.0 4.9 4.8 5.3 8.9 10.1 4.4 -1.2 -3.9

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION (pct, y/y)
JUL JUN MAY APR MAR FEB JAN DEC NOV OCT SEP AUG JUL JUN
-0.6 1.3 -5.6 -1.7 2.9 5.0 1.0 4.2 5.1 3.1 5.6 4.0 3.2 9.4

Sep 16, 2011

Analysis – Malaysia PM risks political future with civil liberty

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s pledge to speed up civil liberty reforms to attract middle-class voters could hurt his chances in general elections expected early next year by alienating conservatives.

Najib said in a televised address on Thursday an Internal Security Act (ISA), enacted in 1960, and Emergency Ordinance, both of which allow for indefinite detention without trial, would be repealed and replaced by two news laws for use mainly against suspected militants.

Sep 16, 2011

Analysis: Malaysia PM risks political future

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s pledge to speed up civil liberty reforms to attract middle-class voters could hurt his chances in general elections expected early next year by alienating conservatives.

Najib said in a televised address on Thursday an Internal Security Act (ISA), enacted in 1960, and Emergency Ordinance, both of which allow for indefinite detention without trial, would be repealed and replaced by two news laws for use mainly against suspected militants.

Sep 15, 2011

Malaysia PM scraps security laws, announces freer

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak repealed two controversial security laws and lifted licensing curbs on the media on Thursday, as he sought to bolster his flagging popularity ahead of likely snap polls early next year.

The changes are part of long-promised political reforms and come amid growing public anger at what is viewed as the authorities’ reluctance to make good on pledges to overhaul economic and government policy.

Sep 15, 2011

Is a general election looming in Malaysia?

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A recent slew of populist measures has strengthened expectations that Malaysian Prime Minister Najib could call a snap election within the next 6 months, as he seeks a mandate to execute economic reforms and strengthen his grip on power.

Bonus payments for civil servants, a cash payout for farmers and affordable housing for low-income earners are among the steps the government has taken to cushion the impact of higher prices and address a major gripe among voters.