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Jul 2, 2012

Exclusive: Philippines wants U.S. spy plane help in China dispute

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino said on Monday he may ask the United States to deploy spy planes over the South China Sea to help monitor the disputed waters, a move that could worsen tensions with its giant neighbor China.

The two countries only recently stepped back from a months-long standoff at the Scarborough Shoal, a horseshoe shaped reef near the Philippines in waters they both claim. The United States has said it is neutral in the long-running maritime dispute and China has warned that “external forces” should not get involved in the dispute.

Jun 26, 2012

Submarine scandal surfaces to trouble Malaysia PM ahead of polls

KUALA LUMPUR, June 26 (Reuters) – Malaysia’s government will
address allegations on Tuesday over its purchase of two French
submarines, responding to a scandal that threatens to tarnish
Prime Minister Najib Razak ahead of elections he is expected to
call later this year.

Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is due to speak in
parliament on allegations that Malaysian navy documents were
sold to French shipbuilding giant DCNS to help its bid for the 1
billion euro ($1.25 billion) contract it won in 2002.

Jun 4, 2012

Insight: Malaysia government losing ethnic Chinese support

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Ethnic Chinese voters, upset over policies that favor majority Malays, have become increasingly alienated from Malaysia’s ruling coalition, raising the risk of racial polarization and a slowdown in the pace of reforms.

Support for Prime Minister Najib Razak among Chinese voters plunged to 37 percent in May from 56 percent in February, a survey by the independent Merdeka Center showed on Friday. It found 56 percent of Chinese were dissatisfied with the government, compared to 30 percent of Indians and 23 percent of Malays.

Jun 4, 2012

Malaysia gov’t losing ethnic Chinese support

KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 (Reuters) – Ethnic Chinese voters,
upset over policies that favour majority Malays, have become
increasingly alienated from Malaysia’s ruling coalition, raising
the risk of racial polarisation and a slowdown in the pace of
reforms.

Support for Prime Minister Najib Razak among Chinese voters
plunged to 37 percent in May from 56 percent in February, a
survey by the independent Merdeka Center showed on Friday. It
found 56 percent of Chinese were dissatisfied with the
government, compared to 30 percent of Indians and 23 percent of
Malays.

Jun 3, 2012
Jun 3, 2012

Insight: Malaysia government losing Chinese support, putting reforms at risk

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Ethnic Chinese voters, upset over policies that favor majority Malays, have become increasingly alienated from Malaysia’s ruling coalition, raising the risk of racial polarization and a slowdown in the pace of reforms.

Support for Prime Minister Najib Razak among Chinese voters plunged to 37 percent in May from 56 percent in February, a survey by the independent Merdeka Center showed on Friday. It found 56 percent of Chinese were dissatisfied with the government, compared to 30 percent of Indians and 23 percent of Malays.

Jun 3, 2012

Malaysia gov’t losing Chinese support, putting reforms at risk

KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 (Reuters) – Ethnic Chinese voters,
upset over policies that favour majority Malays, have become
increasingly alienated from Malaysia’s ruling coalition, raising
the risk of racial polarisation and a slowdown in the pace of
reforms.

Support for Prime Minister Najib Razak among Chinese voters
plunged to 37 percent in May from 56 percent in February, a
survey by the independent Merdeka Center showed on Friday. It
found 56 percent of Chinese were dissatisfied with the
government, compared to 30 percent of Indians and 23 percent of
Malays.

May 31, 2012

Malaysia to launch $3 billion IPO with eye on poll

KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister
Najib Razak will unveil on Thursday the $3 billion listing of
palm oil giant Felda Global, paving the way for Asia’s largest
initial public offering so far this year that could also lift
his chances of winning a national election.

The 58-year-old leader will release the prospectus for the
IPO of Felda Global Ventures Holdings (FGVH) at an event in the
capital Kuala Lumpur that will be as much political theatre as a
financial announcement.

Apr 30, 2012

Malaysia’s Najib weathers protest, announces minimum wage

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the country’s first minimum wage on Monday, moving to regain the political initiative after violence at weekend protests raised doubt about the timing of elections that had been expected by June.

Private sector workers in peninsula Malaysia will receive minimum monthly pay of 900 ringgit ($300) while those in the poorer east Malaysia states of Sabah and Sarawak will get 800 ringgit, Najib said in a television address.

Apr 30, 2012

Malaysia’s Najib weathers protest, may still call early poll

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak appeared on Monday to have weathered the weekend’s violent electoral reform protest and may still call elections as early as June.

Running battles between protesters and police in Kuala Lumpur highlighted growing tensions in the Southeast Asian nation as it prepares for close elections that could threaten the ruling coalition’s 55-year grip on power.

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