Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Malaysia has spoken. And she did not mince her words when it came to UMNO. Once part of a ruling coalition that had never failed to obtain two-thirds majority in Parliament, the party is now reduced to being the largest...
Malaysia will go to its 14th General Election (GE14) on the 9th May 2018 in what caretaker prime minister Najib Razak has dubbed as “the Mother of All Elections”. This election and its subplots have certainly captured the public’s eye, rendering it...
In a nod towards Beijing, city-state puts free trade rather than South China Sea disputes at center of regional bloc's 2018 agenda. Singapore’s anticipated chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) opened on the weekend with a summit...
The group of Southeast Asian nations has managed to stay engaged with the Hermit Kingdom, Richard Javad Heydarian reports from Pyongyang. Weeks ahead of the much-anticipated summit between North Korean leader Kim Jung-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, there...
Emil, the 33-year-old regent of Trenggalek, is running for a deputy governor post in East Java after making his way up the ranks off the beaten path of Jakarta. The Malaysian polls aren’t the only electoral “game” in Southeast Asia....
Proposed joint development agreement for contested area's oil and gas underscores diplomatic warming trend but faces legal hurdles and political risks. China and the Philippines are now considering a series of resource-sharing agreements in the South China Sea, the latest...
Political researchers commonly recognise “Pax Britannica” as the defining label for the 19th century and the “American Century” for the 20th; most recently, the term “Chinese Century” has emerged to describe the 21stcentury. China’s impressive economic ascent has invariably brought...
A Thai monk reflects on separatist violence in the country’s restive south. Before he was Phra Visuddho, he was Pisut Aungsupalee. In Thai “Pisut” means “purity”. When his master, Phra Upaseno ordained him as a monk, he took the Pali...
First ever Australia-Asean summit reaffirmed Canberra's role as an independent regional power-broker. Shared fears over regional geopolitical uncertainties has driven Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) into each other’s embrace. As middle powers, both sides are deeply...
In the absence of the United States, China is now flexing their muscles to show what they are capable of in Southeast Asia. Can ASEAN afford to trust them? Not by any stretch of the imagination, based on the Philippine-wide...
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