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.
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.
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.
Malaysia’s super-cool PM Najib tweeted this pic on his meeting with Zuckerberg at “Twitter” HQ. Doh. https://t.co/0W0q6lFJhg
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.
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.