Despite the existence of government regulations and legislation, child marriage in Indonesia remains a serious issue. While it is normally framed as religious or cultural, a key driving factor is poverty, including a lack of access to education and information and the parents’ desperation to escape the cycle of destitution.
Frustrated by Vietnam’s suppression of their language, history and faith, Khmer Krom monks are forced to migrate to Cambodia to pursue an unrestricted education. Some who return face hostile authorities who fear monks will stir up deep-seated ethnic divisions.
Nur Friday talks to PJ and Sean about the ongoing controversy over Muslim women in frontline public sector roles not being allowed to wear the tudung, and in particular about the lack of female Muslim representation in policy making.
Despite the drastic rise of global inequality, left-wing parties continue to struggle to build class solidarity which transcends ethnic nationalism. Audi Ali looks at the historic and local factors in Malaysia that make class solidarity difficult to achieve.
Saza Faradilla and Sya Taha unpack the top three misconceptions about female genital cutting (FGC) in Singapore, which falls under Types 1 and 4 of the World Health Organization’s definition of female genital mutilation.
In Sulawesi, two islands are home to the Mappanre Tasi ritual—a celebration of the sea which takes place at Islamic New Year. In recent times, the ritual has become increasingly under threat as conflicting fishing practices and religious fervour begin to endanger its spiritual premise.
While many of Brunei’s social media influencers may have felt compelled to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, some Bruneians have accused them of hypocrisy for not having spoken out against deep-rooted racism in the country.
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.
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.
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.