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Cambodia blocks Asean statement

Disunity rules at Asean. Source: YouTube Asean has failed to agree on maritime disputes in the South China Sea after the Cambodia delegation blocked any mention of this month's international court ruling against Beijing in the bloc's statement. Foreign ministers meeting for the Asean summit in...

Duterte signs FOI order

Rodrigo Duterte is already proving a hands-on head of state. Source: Wikimedia   The new president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has signed a decree ordering freedom of information for the authorities as part of a push for transparency. Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said the...

US rejects Najib’s account

Barack Obama and Najib Razak at a 2012 Asean summit. Source: Wikimedia A US Justice Department charge filed this week directly contradicts repeated assertions by Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak about the use hundreds of millions of dollars that were found in his personal bank accounts. While Najib...

1MDB funded Scorsese movie: US

The Wolf of Wall Street was partly funded by the Malaysian public. Source: YouTube Najib Razak, prime minister of Malaysia, has announced that the republic will "fully co-operate" with any investigation into state fund 1MDB after Washington said it "defrauded" nationals and partly funded the...

Temasek proposes SMRT buyout

SMRT celebrates 50 years of Singapore. Source: Flickr   Singapore public transport operator SMRT is due to be privatised after Temasek Holdings announced an S$1.18 billion (US$0.87 billion) buyout offer at S$1.68 a share. The Singapore state investment firm’s offer values SMRT at around S$2.6 billion, it...

Jakarta unveils tax amnesty

Indonesian Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro. Source: Wikimedia     Jakarta has started to introduce its new tax amnesty programme as it seeks to boost tax revenues and fund ambitious infrastructure projects by encouraging the repatriation of investments. "The tax office has started operations to service those who want...

TV show axed over maritime dispute

A still from the show Shanghai Bund. Source: YouTube A Vietnamese broadcaster has stopped showing a drama series from China after several Chinese actors condemned last week’s UN International Court's decision rejecting Chinese's ambitious claims to the South China Sea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in...

Junta admits ‘drug war’ failure

Thailand’s prison population has exploded since the Thaksin years. Source: Pixabay Thailand’s repressive junta is beginning to admit that the kingdom’s 13-year hard-line narcotics policy has produced a crushing prison population but done little to deter drug use. The admission has regional significance just as in...

China blocks Filipino fishing boats

President Rodrigo Duterte’s meeting with Peter Lim. Source: YouTube The Chinese coastguard is apparently preventing fishing boats from the Philippines reaching the contested Scarborough Shoal, Manila says, suggesting China is ignoring last week's international court ruling dismissing its claims to the South China Sea's reefs. The islands,...

Papua excluded from island group

Baliem Valley in Papua, Indonesia. Source: Wikimedia     The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), a grouping of Pacific island nations, has denied full membership to the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) in Indonesia's eastern province. Melanesian leaders debated the issue but delayed making a decision until...

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