Journalism

Hathairat Phaholtap

Thousands of refugees have fled to Thai cities such as Bangkok in the hopes of temporary sanctuary while waiting to be resettled elsewhere. But a crackdown on overstayers has led to hundreds of detentions, with refugees having to deal with new worries about their future.

Michael Beltran

The Duterte administration’s “Build Build Build” programme is meant to bring infrastructure development to the Philippines. But critics warn against falling into a “debt trap”, and that the true cost of the scheme might be paid by the country’s poorest citizens.

Adam Bemma

The March 2019 election in Thailand means that the country will transition from the military junta to a civilian government. But activists say that this change isn’t going to be enough if oppressive charges filed by the regime against critics aren’t rolled back.

Sheena Gurbakhash, Novia Shin

Sheena Gurbakhash was just a child when the Chinese and Malays clashed in Kuala Lumpur in May 1969. The May 13 riots highlighted the fragility of race relations at the time, and continue to raise questions about issues of privilege and place in the country.

Richaldo Hariandja

Indonesia sudah lama memiliki masalah terkait Tempat Pemrosesan Akhir (TPA) yang tidak berwawasan lingkungan. Saat ini, kebingungan terkait bagaimana mengelola TPA secara tepat semakin membuat kalang-kabut Pemerintah Daerah sebagai garda terdepan negara dalam menanggulangi sampah.

Richaldo Hariandja, Aisyah Llewellyn

Indonesia has long had an issue with problematic landfills. Now, confusion about how to manage these properly is only adding to the frustration felt by local authorities at the forefront of the country’s war on waste.

Ganesha Yudhistira

Suku asli Dayak di Kalimantan memiliki tradisi panjang dalam bertato serta memanjangkan daun telinga mereka sebagai wujud keindahan dan keagungan. Namun hadirnya stigma modern mulai menggerus warisan tradisi yang sudah ada sejak berabad-abad yang lalu ini.

Aisyah Llewellyn

The Indonesian election on 17 April was one of the most complex single day ballots in global history. Since then, reports of the deaths of over 300 workers have sparked questions about the logistics of a mammoth election process.

Aisyah Llewellyn

In August 2018 a Chinese-Indonesian Buddhist was sentenced to 18 months in prison for blasphemy. Now that her final appeal has been rejected by Indonesia’s Supreme Court, Meliana is speaking out against her conviction.

Jacob Goldberg, Nay Paing

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.

Ganesha Yudhistira

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.

Noor Ibrahim

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.

Aisyah Llewellyn, Nita Roshita, Ian Morse

It's 17 April and Indonesians across the country are heading to the polls. New Naratif's editors in Indonesia are on the ground bringing us the sights and sounds of the 2019 election.

Finneke Wolajan

Calon Presiden Indonesia Prabowo Subianto berharap memenangkan Pemilu pada April 2019. Namun ia menghadapi persaingan keras di seluruh Indonesia—termasuk di Sulawesi Utara, kampung halaman ibunya.