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Oct 2, 2013
Oct 1, 2013

Obama’s bold trade plan faces resistance on Asia trip

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Malaysia’s former prime
minister Mahathir Mohamad and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim
haven’t agreed on much, if anything, in the 15 years since the
latter was ousted from Mahathir’s government and then jailed on
sodomy and corruption charges.

But a U.S.-led trade pact – the most ambitious since the
demise of the Doha round of global talks – has succeeded in
uniting the great rivals in condemnation of what they see as a
U.S. plot to impose its economic model on Asia.

Oct 1, 2013
Sep 30, 2013

Malaysia faces backlash over push for tough new laws

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s bid to bring back detention without trial and toughen a range of other laws has triggered a backlash from civil society groups who call the move politically motivated and a major step back for human rights.

Home Minister Zahid Hamidi was due to debate the proposed changes in parliament on Monday, justifying them as necessary to battle a rise in violent crime, as the government tries to push through the controversial bills this week.

Sep 26, 2013
Sep 26, 2013
Sep 25, 2013

Malaysian government proposes new detention without trial powers

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s government proposed an amendment to crime laws on Wednesday that would give authorities the power to hold suspects for years without trial, in what critics said was a lurch back to draconian security policies that were only recently eased.

The government is justifying the proposed toughening of security laws as necessary to curb a rise in violent crime in recent months, including the murder of a prominent former banker in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, that has alarmed the public.

Sep 11, 2013

Malaysia’s Najib to announce steps to help ethnic Malays

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will announce measures this weekend to boost the economic role of majority ethnic Malays, signalling a reversal of earlier pledges to roll back race-based policies that have stunted the country’s competitiveness.

The announcement, due on Saturday, comes as Najib faces a possible ruling party leadership contest next month. It also follows an election in May in which his coalition, in power since independence from Britain in 1957, was overwhelmingly rejected by minority ethnic Chinese voters.

Sep 11, 2013

Malaysia’s Najib to announce steps to help ethnic Malays: report

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will announce measures this week to boost the economic role of majority ethnic Malays, official media reported on Wednesday, signaling a reversal of earlier pledges to roll back affirmative action policies.

The announcement, due on Saturday, comes as Najib faces a ruling party leadership contest next month. It also follows an election in May in which his coalition, in power since independence from Britain in 1957, was overwhelmingly rejected by minority ethnic Chinese voters.

Aug 20, 2013

Malaysia next in crosshairs as Asian contagion risks grow

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Indebted,
commodity-dependent Malaysia will be in investors’ crosshairs on
Wednesday as heavy selling of Indonesia and India’s currencies
threatens to spread to other Asian economies seen as most
vulnerable to a withdrawal of U.S. monetary stimulus.

After Indonesia, where concerns over a gaping current
account deficit sparked a stock market and currency rout this
week, Malaysia and neighbouring Thailand are seen as the most
vulnerable Southeast Asian markets to contagion effects.

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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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