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Oct 7, 2013
Oct 6, 2013

As Obama’s Asia “pivot” falters, China steps into the gap

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 6 (Reuters) – When then U.S. Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton declared two years ago “We are back to
stay” as a power in Asia, the most dramatic symbol of the policy
shift was the planned deployment of 2,500 U.S. Marines in
northern Australia, primed to respond to any regional conflict.

At this point in time, however, there is not a single U.S.
Marine in the tropical northern city of Darwin, according to the
Australian defence ministry. Two hundred Marines just finished
their six-month tour and will not be replaced until next year,
when 1,150 Marines are due to arrive.

Oct 4, 2013
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.

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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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