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May 5, 2013
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May 4, 2013

Ruling coalition faces fight of its life in Malaysian vote

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysians vote on Sunday in an election that could weaken or even end the rule of one of the world’s longest-lived coalitions, which faces a stiff challenge from an opposition pledging to clean up politics and end race-based policies.

Led by former finance minister Anwar Ibrahim, the opposition is aiming to build on startling electoral gains in 2008, when the Barisan Nasional (BN), or National Front, ruling coalition lost its customary two-thirds parliamentary majority.

May 1, 2013

Caution may be the undoing of Najib, Malaysia’s hesitant reformer

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Like his father four decades ago, Prime Minister Najib Razak has been handed the perilous task of ushering Malaysia into a new political era at a time of dramatic social change.

Abdul Razak, Malaysia’s second prime minister, responded to traumatic race riots in 1969 by setting up a system of race-based policies favoring majority ethnic Malays that has defined the country’s politics ever since.

Apr 25, 2013

Southeast Asia’s 2015 unity dream collides with reality

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei, April 26 (Reuters) – Southeast
Asian nations have quietly begun to row back on a deadline of
forming an “economic community” by 2015, confirming what many
economists and diplomats have suspected for years as the diverse
group hits tough obstacles to closer union.

Rather than referring to the end of 2015 as a firm goal,
officials at this year’s first summit of leaders of the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), whose 10 members
range from glitzy Singapore to impoverished Myanmar, prefer to
call it a “milestone” to be built on in years ahead.

Apr 25, 2013

Southeast Asia to reach out to China on sea disputes

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei, April 25 (Reuters) – Southeast
Asian nations stepped up efforts on Thursday to engage China in
talks to resolve maritime tensions, agreeing to meet to try to
reach common ground on disputed areas of the South China Sea
ahead of planned discussions in Beijing later this year.

Efforts by ASEAN to craft a code of conduct to manage South
China Sea tensions all but collapsed last year at a summit
chaired by Cambodia, a close economic ally of China, when the
group failed to issue a closing statement for the first time.

Apr 25, 2013

ASEAN to reach out to China on maritime disputes

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (Reuters) – Southeast Asian nations stepped up efforts on Thursday to engage China in talks to resolve maritime tensions, with Thailand calling on foreign ministers to agree a common stance on the South China Sea ahead of discussions in Beijing later this year.

The initiative by Thailand came as the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) tried to patch up differences that shook the group last year, but struggled to make progress on long-held plans to agree on a dispute-management mechanism.

Apr 21, 2013

Insight: Malaysia opposition sees state model guiding path to power

GEORGETOWN, Malaysia (Reuters) – Lim Guan Eng, the hyperactive chief minister of Malaysia’s Penang state, is not the type to miss a good photo-opportunity, so there were plenty of witnesses when he handed over the keys to his government Mercedes ahead of a May 5 general election.

Integrity is a central battle cry for Malaysia’s disparate three-party opposition as it pursues its best chance of ending 56 years of rule by the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

Apr 21, 2013

Malaysia opposition sees state model guiding path to power

GEORGETOWN, Malaysia, April 22 (Reuters) – Lim Guan Eng, the
hyperactive chief minister of Malaysia’s Penang state, is not
the type to miss a good photo-opportunity, so there were plenty
of witnesses when he handed over the keys to his government
Mercedes ahead of a May 5 general election.

Integrity is a central battle cry for Malaysia’s disparate
three-party opposition as it pursues its best chance of ending
56 years of rule by the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

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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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