Malaysians and Singaporeans constantly squabble over the ownership of particular dishes, comparing street food cultures and making digs. But a closer look at the way hawkers have been managed reveals more about contemporary challenges in each country.
Much of Cambodia experienced water shortages this dry season, but in Sihanoukville, locals and officials say drought, rapid building and population growth have placed new hardships on people’s access to water.
Mount Sinabung volcano has been erupting on and off for years, leaving hundreds of villagers displaced. Now they’re caught between new government accommodation and their old lives in the Red Zone.
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 authorities in Yangon, Myanmar, had meant for the move of the Strand Night Market to ease traffic congestion and improve the regulation of street hawkers, but gaps in planning ended up causing a drop in business.
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.
This week: Filipinos vote in their mid-term elections, the Malaysian government unveils a new economic model, Sabah clamps down on “illegal immigrants” and Indonesia sets up a new “legal aid team”… to help the prosecution.
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.
The Santan River was once the heart of village life, providing communities with food, livelihoods and social space. But mining operations have wrecked the local ecosystem, turning the clear river a muddy brown and pushing hungry crocodiles downstream.
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.