Economic Policy

AP Interview: Anwar wants Malaysia to scrap race policies

May 17, 2018

Pardoned Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim says decades-old affirmative action policies for the country's Malay majority must be discarded in favor of a new program to help the poor regardless of race

China, Indonesia discuss ways to boost trade relations

May 7, 2018

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is hosting China's premier and the two have overseen the signing of several memorandums aimed at boosting trade between the nations

Malaysia opposition pledges to axe tax, investigate scandal

Mar 9, 2018

Malaysia's opposition coalition has pledged to axe an unpopular good and services tax and reopen investigations into a multibillion-dollar financial scandal linked to the prime minister if it wins the next elections

Malaysia raises interest rate for first time in 4 years

Jan 25, 2018

Malaysia's central bank has raised its key interest rate for the first time in four years ahead of general elections due by August

Qatar's leader urges end to trade embargo, calls for talks

Oct 18, 2017

Qatar's emir has urged neighboring states to lift an "unfair" 4-month-old trade embargo and said he's ready to open talks to end the diplomatic crisis

Indonesia barters coffee, palm oil for Russian fighter jets

Aug 7, 2017

Indonesia says it will barter coffee, palm oil and other commodities for 11 Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets

Nervous about China, Southeast Asia gets Trump's attention

Apr 21, 2017

Southeast Asia, a focus of past U.S. presidents, has been a blip thus far for the Trump administration, but Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Indonesia is a sign of change and the president will follow him to the region later this year

Saudi Aramco inks $7 billion deal for Malaysian oil venture

Feb 28, 2017

Oil major Saudi Aramco signed a $7 billion deal to take a 50 percent stake in a mega Malaysian oil refinery project in a pact expected to help Saudi Arabia increase trade in Southeast Asia

Saudi king visits Malaysia as he begins Asia tour

Feb 26, 2017

Saudi King Salman has arrived in Malaysia to kick off a multi-nation tour aimed at boosting economic ties with Asia

Police: Indonesia IS suspect a well-educated former official

Jan 27, 2017

Authorities say an Indonesian man arrested in Bali this week for suspected links to the Islamic State group after traveling to Turkey was an Australian-educated former Finance Ministry official