Special Southeast Asia correspondent/ Head of News, Malaysia
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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.

Mar 27, 2013

Malaysia’s Najib says economy at risk from weak election result

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Reuters) – Malaysian leader Najib Razak has warned that nascent reforms can’t be done “overnight” and that Southeast Asia’s third-largest economy risks slipping backwards if he does not win a strong majority in an election he must call within weeks.

Prime minister Najib said a reduced parliamentary majority could weaken his drive to curb Malaysia’s budget deficit and raise investment, and even cost him his job.

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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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