In Stage 1 of The Citizens’ Agenda, New Naratif asked Singaporeans readers what they think are the most important issues facing Singapore, and what they’d like political candidates to talk about in the next general election. Here’s what our readers said (and didn’t say).
The Wa are seeking methods of engaging with international partners and their Burmese and Chinese counterparts. Attempts to open up and demystify what has long been perceived as a secretive and isolated region must coming alongside local engagement.
Fake pharmaceuticals have plagued Southeast Asia for years, yet governments have been accused of underestimating the scale of the problem. A controversial new study suggests the illegal trade of fraudulent medicines is still thriving in the region.
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.
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: Maria Ressa and Rappler continue to #HoldTheLine, Vietnam worries over huge drug busts, and Singapore is set to introduce an anti-fake news bill on April Fools’ Day.
This week: Vietnam’s abuzz over the Trump-Kim summit, and Indonesia is caught in election fever, while Singaporeans are left wondering if we’re going to have elections this year.
This week in Southeast Asia: Singapore mourns yet another military training death, a bomb blast in the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia struggle with floods, and Vietnam clamps down on drug abuse among its truck and bus drivers.
Among this week’s round-up of stories to watch in Southeast Asia: Formula 1 racing heads to Hanoi, a nun accused of being “anti-Duterte” is kicked out of the Philippines, Indonesia continues to search for victims of the Lion Air crash, and Malaysia struggles to balance the books.
This week, Adam Bemma speaks to the wife of a community worker disappeared in Laos six years ago, Mark Tilly talks to architects about the development and urbanisation of the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, Calum Stuart interviews Edmund Bon on the likelihood of Malaysia legalising medical marijuana and Aisyah Llewellyn looks at why it’s so difficult to sort out Indonesia’s violent football culture.