The Dayak indigenous group in Kalimantan has a long history of traditional tattooing and elongating of the ear lobes as a sign of beauty and nobility. In recent years, however, modern stigma has put an end to this centuries-old practice.
The implementation of a syariah penal code specifying brutal punishments has thrust Brunei into the international spotlight. With Hollywood celebrities boycotting hotels and condemnation from multiple fronts, it is worth paying attention not only to those who are speaking out, but those who are not.
Myanmar has transitioned from a military junta to a civilian government, but Aung San Suu Kyi’s party has largely defended the military’s legacy. For a handful of activists in the country, protesting the military’s power continues to be a risky endeavour.
Stories to watch this week: both sides are claiming victory in the Indonesian election (as predicted), major drugs busts are going down in Vietnam, and public hearings begin in an inquiry into human trafficking on the Malaysia-Thailand border.
This week in Southeast Asia: the Malaysian Parliament narrowly misses the threshold needed to amend the Federal Constitution, Cambodians head home to celebrate the Khmer New Year, and Indonesia enters its "quiet period" ahead of the vote on 17 April.
Jokowi telah gagal memenuhi janjinya untuk Masyarakat Adat pada pilpres 2014. Kini, mereka bingung harus memilih paslon mana karena kubu Prabowo Subianto bahkan tidak membawa program untuk kelompok tersebut.
Indonesian presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto is hoping to sweep to victory when Indonesia goes to the polls in April 2019. But he faces strong competition across the archipelago, and not least of all in his hometown in Sulawesi.