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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

13 Apr 2018

Malaysia's election on a Wednesday favours PM, opposition says

KUALA LUMPUR/SINGAPORE Malaysia's decision to hold a midweek general election will discourage millions of citizens living abroad from voting, which could favour Prime Minister Najib Razak in a close contest, civil rights groups and opposition lawmakers said on Friday.

13 Mar 2018

Malaysia's Mahathir says he can win a fair election but expects it to be "terribly dirty"

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday said his opposition alliance could easily win a general election that must be held by August, so long as it was free and fair, but that he expected it to be "terribly dirty".

09 Mar 2018

Attack on Chinese billionaire exposes growing racial divide in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR A volley of insults hurled by ruling party officials in Malaysia at 94-year-old ethnic-Chinese tycoon, Robert Kuok, has exposed a racial and religious divide ahead of elections due by August.

07 Mar 2018

Malaysia's central bank holds key rate at 3.25 percent as inflation eases

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia's central bank left its key interest rate unchanged on Wednesday, after hiking it for the first time in over three years in January, as easing inflationary pressures and solid growth gave it room to hold off further tightening for now.

05 Mar 2018

As Western banks leave, China adds Brunei to new silk road

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN On a tiny island off Brunei's northern tip on the South China Sea, thousands of Chinese workers are building a refinery and petrochemical complex, along with a bridge connecting it to the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan.

16 Feb 2018

Months away from Malaysian election, EU's move stirs discontent in palm groves

KUALA LUMPUR An EU decision to curb palm oil imports was the last thing Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak needed ahead of a coming election, with rural voters already aggrieved over financial scandals at state-owned palm oil agency Felda.

13 Feb 2018

BAE proposes UK government financing to Malaysia for Typhoon jet deal

KUALA LUMPUR BAE Systems will provide Malaysia a UK government-backed financing deal if it decides to replace its fleet of combat jets with the Eurofighter Typhoon, senior company officials said.

15 Jan 2018

Malaysia-Singapore ties tested by high-speed rail contract

KUALA LUMPUR/SINGAPORE The leaders of Malaysia and Singapore are expected to discuss plans for a high-speed rail project linking their countries during summit talks on Tuesday, as a deadline to award the multi-billion dollar project nears.

08 Dec 2017

Malaysia's ruling party unites behind Najib as election looms

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia's ruling party united behind scandal-tainted Prime Minister Najib Razak as he prepares for a general election due by August by deciding on Friday that he could stand unopposed in a party leadership contest due some time next year.

29 Sep 2017

Promoters of pop concerts, other events may ditch Malaysia as hard-line Islam gets a grip

KUALA LUMPUR Organisers of pop concerts and some other big events are increasingly wary of including Malaysia on their itineraries, as the cancellation of a beer festival due to take place next month highlighted growing intolerance towards activities regarded as insulting to Islam by some Muslim groups.

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