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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.

Apr 28, 2012

Malaysian police, protesters clash raising poll doubts

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian police fired tear gas and water cannon in clashes with thousands of protesters demanding electoral reforms on Saturday, raising the risk of a political backlash that could delay national polls which had been expected as early as June.

Riot police reacted after some protesters among the crowd of at least 25,000 tried to break through barriers, in defiance of a court order banning them from entering the city’s historic Merdeka (Independence) Square. They fired dozens of tear gas rounds and chased protesters through nearby streets.

Apr 28, 2012
Apr 28, 2012

Malaysian police fire tear gas, clash with protesters

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian police fired tear gas and water cannon in clashes with thousands of protesters demanding electoral reforms on Saturday, raising the risk of a political backlash that could delay national polls which had been expected within months.

Riot police reacted after some protesters among the crowd of at least 25,000 tried to break through barriers, in defiance of a court order banning them from entering the city’s historic Merdeka Square. They fired several dozen tear gas rounds, sending the protesters scattering through nearby streets.

Apr 26, 2012

Myanmar parliament stand-off a “technical matter:” Suu Kyi

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said on Thursday that her party’s refusal to take up newly won seats in parliament was a “technical matter” that could be resolved soon, responding to mounting criticism of her stance on the issue.

Her National League for Democracy (NLD) says it won’t attend parliament unless the wording of the swearing-in oath is changed – the first sign of major friction with the ruling, army-backed party since the NLD swept historic by-elections on April 1.

Apr 23, 2012

Myanmar ruling party rejects Suu Kyi demand to change oath

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (Reuters) – Myanmar’s ruling, army-backed party on Monday rejected demands by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to change parliament’s oath of office, the first clear sign of friction since the democracy leader’s party swept historic by-elections.

The dispute marred Monday’s opening of parliament, as Suu Kyi and other members of her party refused to take their seats, denting an image of transformation on a day when the European Union is all but certain to become the first Western power to suspend sanctions that isolated Myanmar for two decades.

Apr 23, 2012

Myanmar parliament opens without Suu Kyi

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (Reuters) – Myanmar’s parliament convened on Monday without Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi after her party boycotted the legislature over a disagreement on the wording of the oath of office, just weeks after winning historic by-elections.

The protest by Suu Kyi’s party will dent an image of transformation the government wanted to show off on Monday, when the European Union is all but certain to become the first among Western powers to suspend in earnest sanctions that isolated Myanmar for two decades.

Apr 22, 2012

Myanmar awaits EU sanction easing; Suu Kyi delays debut

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (Reuters) – Myanmar’s reformist rulers are looking forward to an eagerly awaited easing of European Union sanctions on Monday but celebrations will be muted over a political stalemate delaying Aung San Suu Kyi’s historic parliamentary debut.

A protest by Suu Kyi’s party over a swearing-in vow for its would-be parliamentarians will dent an image of transformation the government wanted to show off on Monday, when the European Union is all but certain to become the first among Western powers to suspend in earnest sanctions that isolated Myanmar for two decades.

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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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