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Reporting In! 1 October 2019 to 31 March 2020

We believe in openness and transparency. As a matter of principle, we share how we’ve been doing, from the amount of content we’ve published to the state of our finances. Here's our report from the Oct 2019 - Mar 2020 (with accounts from Apr 2019 - Mar 2020).
  • New Naratif
journalism

Highlights

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The Serpent Seekers of North Java

Catching snakes for their skin used to be a lucrative business in North Java. Now, with imports of snakes increasingly banned abroad and the use of buffalo hide as a substitute, snake catchers in Indonesia may soon have to find other sources of income.
  • Iqbal Kusumadirezza
journalism
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Down and Out in Bandung’s Dollar City

In the 1960s, Bandung experienced a textile boom that brought prosperity and jobs to the area. In the present day, locals complain of endemic pollution and health problems linked to unscrupulous factories dumping their waste in the city’s waterways.
  • Adi Renaldi
  • Iqbal Kusumadirezza
journalism

Doth Indonesia Protest Too Much?

Aisyah Llewellyn talks to Damai Pakpahan and Dr. Ian Wilson about the recent protests, the historical background and impact of demonstrations in Indonesia, and what the future may bring with the upcoming regional elections.
  • Aisyah Llewellyn
podcast

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Hikayat Bedak Basah: Warisan yang Diturunkan Melalui Mimpi

Penghuni Desa Kabba di Sulawesi Selatan telah lama mengenal tradisi bedak basah, yang diturunkan dari generasi ke generasi. Kini, berbagai perubahan zaman—dari gentrifikasi hingga pola bertani—mengancam kelestariannya.
  • F Daus AR
journalism
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A Tradition Inherited Through a Dream

Wet talcum powder is known across Indonesia for having a wide variety of health benefits. But changes in the environment and agricultural practices have meant that its production—usually handed down through generations—could soon dry up.
  • F Daus AR
journalism

Meritocracy in Singapore

Last year, Professor Stefano Harney made headlines in Singapore when he gave all 169 business students in his course the same grade. The university called these grades bogus, but Stefano felt the students deserved it and gave them all an A grade. On this week's Political Agenda, PJ Thum speaks to Professor Stefano Harney about this incident and what it reveals about meritocracy in Singapore.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
podcast

Indonesia’s Steady Stream of Medical Waste

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, medical waste was an environmental problem in Indonesia, found in almost all the nation’s landfills. This year, a documented rise in medical refuse in Indonesian waterways threatens both the environment and human health.
  • Adi Renaldi
journalism

Youth Power in Malaysian Politics

In July 2019, the Malaysian Parliament passed a Constitutional Amendment to lower the voting age from 21 to 18. This amendment means that an estimated 8 million eligible voters will be added to the electoral roll. While many have celebrated the move to lower the voting age, critics have said that Malaysian youth are not ready for the responsibility of voting. On this week’s episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, Deborah Augustin speaks to Qyira Yusri from Undi18, and Melinda Anne, a student, about their thoughts on youth political participation in Malaysian politics.
  • Deborah Augustin
podcast
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Krisis Iklim dan Kelentingan Masyarakat

Dampak krisis iklim menghantam seluruh Gorontalo—dari sungai, pegunungan, hingga pesisir. Masyarakat setempat menerapkan cara sendiri untuk bertahan dan mewariskan bumi ke generasi berikut.
  • Zulkifli Mangkau
journalism

Looking Back to the Future

Prof James Warren, author of several groundbreaking subaltern histories of Singapore including "Rickshaw Coolie: A People's History of Singapore 1880-1940", reflects on a long career working on Singapore history in this lecture delivered at the National Library of Singapore in January 2019.
  • New Naratif
podcast

Kempen Kebencian? Berita Palsu dan Retorik Anti-Pelarian di Malaysia

Suara benci yang ditujukan kepada pelarian di Malaysia, yang sering berpunca daripada maklumat palsu, telah tersebar di atas talian ketika negara sedang berhadapan ancaman COVID-19. Retorik yang dikatakan dirancang itu telah menyebabkan sesetengah orang menentang golongan pelarian dan pendatang.
  • Jules Rahman Ong
  • Tina Carmillia
journalism
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Climate Change and Community Persistence

In Sulawesi, the effects of climate change have become increasingly noticeable, but local communities are fighting back with a dose of community persistence.
  • Zulkifli Mangkau
journalism

Activist Burnout: Fostering Sustainable Activism

During these uncertain and tumultuous times, activists have gone above and beyond to help the most vulnerable groups in our communities. But what happens when activists start to feel burnt out due to the stress, threats and trauma they face daily? On this week’s episode of Southeast Asia Dispatches, Membership Engagement Manager, Deborah Augustin speaks to Katrina Jorene Maliamauv from Malaysia and Veronica Iswinahyu in Indonesia about their experiences and the prevalence of burnout in activism spaces. They discuss how it affects an activist’s psycho-social well-being and the role of self-care in creating sustainable activism.
  • Deborah Augustin
  • Kelly Anissa
podcast
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Like a Child With Two Parents

Amrita Malhi traces the historical roots of the 3Rs of Malaysian politics—"race, religion and royalty"—to 19th-century colonial contests between Siam and Britain.
  • Amrita Malhi
research

Perjuangan Awak Ambulans Gawat Darurat Jakarta di Garis Depan Pandemi

Di tengah pandemi, urusan memindahkan pasien untuk mendapat perawatan medis menjadi perkara genting. Para anggota Garda Bencana, satuan yang bertanggung jawab melakukan tugas ini, berjuang keras di tengah keterbatasan sumber daya kesehatan ibukota.
  • Adi Renaldi
  • Muhammad Ishomuddin
journalism

An Interview With Dr Paul Tambyah

On this week's episode, PJ Thum speaks to Dr Paul Tambyah from the Singapore Democratic Party. They discuss his vision for Singapore, healthcare, the role of non-Singaporeans in the country and other pressing issues. This interview was originally recorded live on The Online Citizen Asia's Facebook page.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
podcast

The Citizens' Agenda: The Parties Respond

Nearly a year ago, we embarked on the Citizens’ Agenda: our quest to find out what our Singaporean community thinks are the most important issues facing Singapore, and then to write and commission articles on those subjects. Now, with Singapore’s General Election looming, we complete our journey by telling you how the political parties responded to the issues.
  • Thum Ping Tjin
research

NN Explains: The Singapore General Elections

Singaporeans go to the polls on 10th July. Here's an explainer to get you up to speed on the big picture and what's at stake in the Singapore General Elections.
  • Kirsten Han
  • Shirin Rafie
comic