Najib Razak http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/30560/all en FACTBOX-Key political risks to watch in Malaysia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/factbox-key-political-risks-watch-malaysia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Siva Sithraputhran and Stuart Grudgings</p> <p>KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak could call national elections anytime between now and April.</p> <p>The ruling coalition, in power since the country became independent from Britain in 1957, is expected to win a tight race but the opposition is well placed to build on its gains in 2008 and undermine Najib's standing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/factbox-key-political-risks-watch-malaysia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Malaysia Malaysian Muslims Najib Razak Politics of Malaysia Social Issues Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 09:30:21 +0000 5747290 at http://www.globalpost.com Support for Malaysia's Najib slips as election looms http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130226/support-malaysias-najib-slips-election-looms <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Voter approval of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his ruling coalition is falling ahead of an election he must call within weeks, according to an opinion poll released on Tuesday, highlighting the tough task he faces despite a robust economy.</p> <p>Support for Najib slipped to 61 percent in February from 63 percent in December and 65 percent in October, according to the poll by the respected Merdeka Center, one of the last surveys before the election that must be called by the end of April.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130226/support-malaysias-najib-slips-election-looms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malaysia Malaysian Muslims Najib Razak Politics of Malaysia Thomson Reuters Tue, 26 Feb 2013 10:30:42 +0000 5766787 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysia's Najib says economy at risk from weak election result http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130327/malaysias-najib-says-economy-at-risk-weak-election-result <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Stuart Grudgings</p> <p>PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Reuters) - Malaysian leader Najib Razak has warned that nascent reforms can't be done "overnight" and that Southeast Asia's third-largest economy risks slipping backwards if he does not win a strong majority in an election he must call within weeks.</p> <p>Prime minister Najib said a reduced parliamentary majority could weaken his drive to curb Malaysia's budget deficit and raise investment, and even cost him his job.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130327/malaysias-najib-says-economy-at-risk-weak-election-result" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Malaysia Malaysian Muslims Najib Razak Politics of Malaysia Social Issues Thomson Reuters Wed, 27 Mar 2013 07:00:44 +0000 5795005 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysian PM dissolves parliament for landmark polls http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130403/malaysian-pm-dissolves-parliament-landmark-polls-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak dissolved parliament Wednesday in preparation for a general election seen as the toughest challenge yet for the ruling coalition after 56 years in power.</p> <p>"This morning I met the king and asked for his consent to dissolve the parliament," he said. "This dissolution will pave the way for the 13th general election."</p> <p>The election commission will meet shortly to decide on a date for the poll, which is likely to take place within the next few weeks.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130403/malaysian-pm-dissolves-parliament-landmark-polls-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Malaysia Malaysian Muslims Najib Razak Politics of Malaysia Social Issues AFP Wed, 03 Apr 2013 05:00:22 +0000 5799954 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysian PM dissolves parliament for landmark polls http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130403/malaysian-pm-dissolves-parliament-landmark-polls-2 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak dissolved parliament Wednesday in preparation for a general election seen as the toughest challenge yet for the ruling coalition after 56 years in power.</p> <p>The vote is tipped to be the closest ever, driven by concerns over corruption, the rising cost of living, and high crime under the Barisan Nasional coalition which has ruled Malaysia since independence in 1957.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130403/malaysian-pm-dissolves-parliament-landmark-polls-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Malaysia Malaysian Muslims Najib Razak Politics of Malaysia Social Issues AFP Wed, 03 Apr 2013 08:15:18 +0000 5800039 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysian PM dissolves parliament for landmark polls http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130403/malaysian-pm-dissolves-parliament-landmark-polls-3 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak dissolved parliament Wednesday in preparation for a general election seen as the toughest challenge yet for the ruling coalition after 56 years in power.</p> <p>The vote is tipped to be the closest ever, driven by concerns over corruption, the rising cost of living and high crime under the Barisan Nasional coalition, which has ruled Malaysia since independence in 1957.</p> <p>The resurgent opposition, led by charismatic former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim, has gained traction by pledging to tackle authoritarianism and graft.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130403/malaysian-pm-dissolves-parliament-landmark-polls-3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Malaysia Malaysian Muslims Najib Razak Politics of Malaysia AFP Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:15:24 +0000 5800089 at http://www.globalpost.com PM Najib vows more cash in Malaysians' pockets http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130406/pm-najib-vows-more-cash-malaysians-pockets <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Malaysia's premier Najib Razak unveiled a manifesto on Saturday pledging bigger cash handouts, millions of new jobs and lower taxes and crime, as he seeks his first mandate in looming national polls.</p> <p>Speaking to tens of thousands in a packed stadium just outside the capital, he talked up Malaysia's economic prosperity over his four years in power, promising to do better should he win an election expected late April convincingly.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130406/pm-najib-vows-more-cash-malaysians-pockets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malaysia Malaysian Muslims Najib Razak Politics of Malaysia AFP Sat, 06 Apr 2013 15:45:10 +0000 5803978 at http://www.globalpost.com PM Najib vows more cash in Malaysians' pockets http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130406/pm-najib-vows-more-cash-malaysians-pockets-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Malaysia's premier Najib Razak unveiled a manifesto on Saturday pledging bigger cash handouts, millions of new jobs and lower taxes and crime, as he seeks his first mandate in looming national polls.</p> <p>Speaking to tens of thousands in a packed stadium just outside the capital, he talked up Malaysia's economic prosperity over his four years in power, promising to do better should he win convincingly in an election expected late April.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130406/pm-najib-vows-more-cash-malaysians-pockets-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malaysia Malaysian Muslims Najib Razak Politics of Malaysia AFP Sat, 06 Apr 2013 16:45:24 +0000 5804156 at http://www.globalpost.com Hotly awaited Malaysia election set for May 5 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/hotly-awaited-malaysia-election-set-may-5-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Malaysia on Wednesday announced a general election for May 5, setting a long-awaited date for polls tipped to be its closest ever as the long-ruling government seeks to hold off a surging opposition.</p> <p>Speaking a week after Prime Minister Najib Razak dissolved parliament, Election Commission chairman Aziz Yusof said the two-week official campaign period would kick off on April 20.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/hotly-awaited-malaysia-election-set-may-5-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malaysia Malaysian Muslims Najib Razak Politics of Malaysia Social Issues Technology AFP Wed, 10 Apr 2013 07:15:04 +0000 5808687 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysia's election a balancing act for Najib http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130430/malaysias-election-balancing-act-najib <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Prime Minister Najib Razak has walked a tightrope between voters demanding change and hardliners resisting reform in Malaysia's decades-old regime, a balancing act that will be tested in elections Sunday.</p> <p>The UK-educated economist with a patrician air took office after the ruling party dumped his predecessor over a 2008 parliamentary election performance that was the government's worst in its now-56 years in power.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130430/malaysias-election-balancing-act-najib" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Law Malaysia Malaysian Muslims Najib Razak Politics of Malaysia Social Issues AFP Tue, 30 Apr 2013 05:00:19 +0000 5828242 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysia's election a balancing act for Najib http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130504/malaysias-election-balancing-act-najib <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Prime Minister Najib Razak has walked a tightrope between voters demanding change and hardliners resisting reform in Malaysia's decades-old regime, a balancing act that will be tested in elections Sunday.</p> <p>The UK-educated economist with a patrician air took office after the ruling party dumped his predecessor over a 2008 parliamentary election performance that was the government's worst in its now-56 years in power.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130504/malaysias-election-balancing-act-najib" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Law Malaysia Malaysian Muslims Najib Razak Politics of Malaysia Social Issues AFP Sun, 05 May 2013 03:15:12 +0000 5831174 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysians vote with power at stake for first time http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130505/malaysians-vote-power-at-stake-first-time-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Malaysians voted on Sunday with one of the world's longest-serving governments seeking to stave off a first-ever defeat against an upstart opposition that pledges sweeping reform.</p> <p>Lines of up to one kilometre (0.6 miles) long were reported as voting got under way at more than 8,000 polling sites nationwide in an apparent heavy turnout, which analysts have said may boost the opposition.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130505/malaysians-vote-power-at-stake-first-time-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malaysia Malaysian Muslims Najib Razak Politics of Malaysia Technology AFP Sun, 05 May 2013 06:00:04 +0000 5831209 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysians vote with power at stake for first time http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130505/malaysians-vote-power-at-stake-first-time-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Millions of Malaysians voted on Sunday with one of the world's longest-serving governments under serious threat from an upstart opposition that pledges sweeping reform.</p> <p>Eager voters queued at polling stations across the multi-ethnic country, but the process was marred by controversy from the start.</p> <p>Voters took to the Internet in droves to accuse Prime Minister Najib Razak's government of trying to steal the election, as indelible ink that he touted as a guarantee against voter fraud was found to easily wash off.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130505/malaysians-vote-power-at-stake-first-time-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Malaysia Malaysian Muslims Najib Razak Politics of Malaysia Technology AFP Sun, 05 May 2013 11:00:46 +0000 5831266 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysian regime wins polls, opposition alleges fraud http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130505/malaysian-regime-wins-polls-opposition-alleges-fraud <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Malaysia's powerful regime retained its 56-year hold on power in hard-fought elections Sunday, but a bitter opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said the victory was tainted, and refused to concede.</p> <p>The ruling Barisan Nasional (National Front) coalition led by Prime Minister Najib Razak got well past the threshold of 112 seats for a simple majority in parliament, standing on 132 as final returns continued to trickle in.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130505/malaysian-regime-wins-polls-opposition-alleges-fraud" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Anwar Ibrahim Malaysia Malaysian Muslims Najib Razak Politics Politics of Malaysia Technology AFP Sun, 05 May 2013 20:15:50 +0000 5831490 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysian regime wins polls, Anwar alleges fraud http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130505/malaysian-regime-wins-polls-anwar-alleges-fraud <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Malaysia's ruling coalition retained its 56-year hold on power in hard-fought elections Sunday, but a bitter opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said the polls were tainted by fraud and refused to concede.</p> <p>The ruling Barisan Nasional (National Front) coalition led by Prime Minister Najib Razak ceded just two seats in the election to end at 133, maintaining a firm majority of the 222-member parliament.</p> <p>But he became the first leader of the regime, which has controlled Malaysia since independence in 1957, to win with a minority of the popular vote.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130505/malaysian-regime-wins-polls-anwar-alleges-fraud" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Anwar Ibrahim Malaysia Malaysian Muslims Najib Razak Politics Politics of Malaysia Social Issues Technology AFP Sun, 05 May 2013 22:01:34 +0000 5831550 at http://www.globalpost.com