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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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Borneo violence spirals into crisis for Malaysia, Philippines

KUALA LUMPUR, March 5 (Reuters) – When dozens of armed
Filipinos landed by boat on Malaysia’s part of Borneo island
last month claiming to be a “royal army” and pressing an obscure
historic claim, it seemed like a bizarre incident that would
soon be resolved and forgotten.

Three weeks later, 27 people including eight Malaysian
policemen have been killed, sparking a political crisis ahead of
elections for both the Philippine and Malaysian governments and
raising concerns of instability in resource-rich Sabah state.

Feb 28, 2013

Thailand agrees to talks with southern Muslim rebels

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Thailand’s government will hold formal peace talks with a major Muslim rebel group for the first time next month, marking a breakthrough in efforts to end a worsening conflict in the country’s south that has claimed over 5,000 lives since 2004.

Senior Thai officials and members of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) group signed the agreement for the talks in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. However, there was no immediate word whether it would be accompanied by a ceasefire, following an upsurge in violence in southern Thailand, near the border with Malaysia, in recent months.

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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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