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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.

Apr 7, 2013

State firms loom over Malaysian poll despite pledge to divest

KUALA LUMPUR, April 7 (Reuters) – Wan Abdullah Wan Ibrahim,
managing director of Malaysia’s UEM Land’s thought it
was a “match made in heaven” when his state-linked property firm
bought out Sunrise, a successful property developer owned by
ethnic Chinese, in 2010.

Critics, however, saw it as a sign that Prime Minister Najib
Razak’s promise to roll back the state’s overbearing influence
in business and dismantle polices favouring ethnic Malays was
already ringing hollow less than a year after it was made.

Apr 4, 2013
Apr 3, 2013

Malaysia’s Najib calls election, close race expected

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced he will dissolve parliament on Wednesday, paving the way for a long-anticipated general election late this month that could be the closest his ruling coalition has faced in its 56-year rule.

Najib’s National Front coalition lost its two-thirds parliamentary majority for the first time in 2008 elections and faces a confident three-party opposition alliance led by former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim.

Mar 28, 2013
Mar 27, 2013

Analysis: Southeast Asia ready to build, but will investors come?

KUALA LUMPUR/JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia is seeking European investors for $9 billion worth of water, road, air and seaport projects in what will be a litmus test of Southeast Asian countries’ ability to seize on ripe financial conditions to upgrade decrepit infrastructure.

Easy global liquidity and investors’ eagerness to tap one of the world’s few fast-growing regions should create a sweet spot for the region to fill the $600 billion in infrastructure needs the Asian Development Bank identifies over the next decade.

Mar 27, 2013

Southeast Asia ready to build, but will investors come?

KUALA LUMPUR/JAKARTA, March 28 (Reuters) – Indonesia is
seeking European investors for $9 billion worth of water, road,
air and seaport projects in what will be a litmus test of
Southeast Asian countries’ ability to seize on ripe financial
conditions to upgrade decrepit infrastructure.

Easy global liquidity and investors’ eagerness to tap one of
the world’s few fast-growing regions should create a sweet spot
for the region to fill the $600 billion in infrastructure needs
the Asian Development Bank identifies over the next decade.

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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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