Monarch atones for Dutch sins in Indonesia

The recent Dutch royal visit to Indonesia saw King Willem-Alexander make an unreserved apology for the violence committed during the four-year independence struggle after...

Malaysia closes Singapore border after Covid-19 spike

Malaysia has announced a two-week lockdown to slow the coronavirus after cases shot up. Prime Minister Muhyiddini Yassin said religious organisations, schools, businesses and government...

Philippines to gain from global oil price drop: Oxford Economics

Lower global oil prices would partially offset the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Philippine economy, UK-based Oxford Economics said. “Under the current period of...

Cambodian government earmarks up to $2 billion for COVID-19 economic fallout

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday said the government had set aside between $800 million to $2 billion to cushion the economic blows from...

Myanmar unveils huge drugs bust

Large quantities of heroin and methamphetamine have been unveiled to the international media near Myanmar’s border with Thailand inside the so-called golden triangle. The Burmese...

Myanmar businesses call for central bank intervention

Faced with the COVID-19 outbreak and an appreciating currency, the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) has requested the republic’s...

Coronavirus impact continues to spread 

Singapore’s factory activity collapsed last month as the flu-like coronavirus sent sniffles through Asean, disrupting global supply chains. However, the number of coronavirus deaths is...
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Malaysia lowers policy rate by 25bps to 2.50%

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of Bank Negara Malaysia reduced the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) by 25 basis points to 2.50%. The MPC lowered the ceiling...

5.4% economic growth despite COVID-19: Bank Indonesia

Indonesia’s central bank is confident that the country’s economic growth could still rise to 5.4 percent despite the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Recently, Bank Indonesia slashed its economic...

Southeast Asia virus cases rise further

The spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) showed no signs of stopping as new confirmed cases were reported globally. Indonesia on Monday recorded its first...

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How ASEAN’s water scarcity will exacerbate the Covid-19 crisis

While the world’s attention is squarely focused on Europe as the global epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic, Southeast Asia is also well on track...
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Singapore’s corona-tracking measures invite both acclaim and controversy

As the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc around the world, Singapore has garnered praise for flattening the curve of the virus’s spread. The city-state’s...

Pilgrims gather in Indonesia despite coronavirus fears

More than 8,000 Muslim pilgrims have already gathered in Gowa, in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province, despite a formal request to postpone the event from...