Accused of defaming Islam, former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama paid the price with a two-year jail sentence. Now free, is Ahok returning to politics reborn or avoiding controversy with a “safe” new career?
This week in Southeast Asia: elections are creeping up on countries around the region, Indonesia grapples with flooding, and Sabah and Sarawak are left hanging waiting for a constitutional amendment in Malaysia.
Over 4,000 people in Pasir Gudang in Johor have been affected by a chemical dumping disaster in the Kim Kim River. A massive clean-up operation is underway, but it’s not yet clear when the culprits behind the pollution will be held to account.
Suaka margasatwa di Indonesia saat ini telah menjadi tempat menarik untuk mengamati spesies yang sedang terancam punah atau sudah di ambang kepunahan. Namun mereka merupakan bukti luasnya perburuan liar dan perdagangan satwa ilegal yang semakin marak terjadi kepulauan Indonesia.
Provinsi di selatan dalam Thailand menyaksikan konflik ganas semenjak 2004. Menjelang pilihanraya yang dinanti-nantikan pada bulan ini, aktivis keamanan dan hak asasi manusia bertanding dengan harapan mencapai keamanan melalui proses demokratik.
The Singapore debut of Swedish black metal band Watain was abruptly cancelled after a petition by Christians gathered over 17,000 signatures. The cancellation highlights issues of stigma against the sub-culture, and religious influence in the city-state.
Provinces in Thailand’s deep south have been the site of ongoing violent conflict since 2004. With a long-waited election approaching in March, peace and human rights activists are running for office and hoping to seek peace through democratic means.
This week in Southeast Asia: the Trump-Kim summit clears out of Vietnam, streaming is set to come to an end in Singapore's schools, Indonesia commemorates International Women's Day, and big issues will be debated in Malaysia's Parliament.
Hundreds of people have sought refuge in the no-man’s land between Mae Sot in Thailand and Myawaddy in Myanmar. Smuggling and trafficking is a common occurrence, but most of the residents are simply struggling to survive in this limbo.
The Criminal Law Reform Bill introduced in Parliament finally removes marital immunity for rape in Singapore… or has it? Three campaigners who have worked for years on the issue are startled to find that marital immunity will continue to exist for child marriages.
Wildlife reserves in Indonesia have become popular attractions to observe endangered species on the brink of extinction. But the very presence of these rescued animals shows how widespread the problem of illegal wildlife poaching and trade has become across the archipelago.
After five years of military rule, Thais will finally get to vote on 24 March. But between the adoption of a 2017 constitution and members of the military forming their own party, questions abound as to the fairness of the polls.
Conservative anti-abortion beliefs are commonplace in Thailand and planted into the minds of Thai women from a young age. The stigma around abortion throws up barriers to access for those who need it, and exacts a psychological toll on those who opt for it.
The sudden passing of a veteran artisan has left a gap in the encaustic cement tile-making industry in Cambodia. His apprentice is now working to build a new workshop and play a role in keeping the craft alive.
This week in Southeast Asia: a political flurry in Thailand, Vietnam preps for the next Trump-Kim Summit, Indonesia agonises over two draft bills, and Singapore awaits the government's statement on safety in National Service.