Special Southeast Asia correspondent/ Head of News, Malaysia
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May 6, 2013

Malaysia coalition extends rule despite worst electoral showing

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s governing coalition extended its half-century rule despite its worst-ever performance in a general election, potentially undermining Prime Minister Najib Razak and exposing growing racial polarization in the Southeast Asian nation.

Najib, 59, could come under pressure from conservatives in his ruling party for not delivering a stronger majority in Sunday’s election despite a robust economy and a $2.6 billion deluge of social handouts to poor families.

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      "I cover the politics, economics and people of Southeast Asia from Kuala Lumpur, where I also act as head of editorial for Malaysia and Brunei. I joined Reuters on the Singapore editing desk back in 1997 and have been on the move ever since, from Japan to the Philippines to the U.S.A and then Brazil."
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