Tax break set to spark retail boom 

Malaysian traders are purportedly hoping for growth as consumers will be more willing to spend more now the goods and services tax (GST) has...

HRW: Rohingya men killed in village

Myanmar’s military killed numerous Rohingya civilians as they tried to escape government-organised violence near the Bangladesh border, witnesses have told Human Rights Watch (HRW). The...

‘Penis’ poet jailed for six months

The former president Thein Sein was not mentioned in the poem. Source: Wikimedia A Burmese court has jailed a young poet for six months for allegedly...

Bkk governor suspended amid graft probe

Bangkok’s municipal lights costs more than US$1.1 million last new year’s eve. Source: YouTube The Thai junta has used emergency powers to suspend Bangkok's governor...

Myanmar frees 25,000 prisoners

Myanmar is set to free nearly 25,000 prisoners this year as the country marks its traditional New Year, the president’s office announced on Friday. This...

Malaysia rejects another 1MDB probe

Malaysia's National Audit Department can only investigate 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) if the government gives the green light. “We wait for instructions from the government,...

Indonesia abandons pretence of tolerance

Indonesia’s abandonment of liberal tolerance has been further exposed as the government appears keen to pander to the vocal, conservative Muslim community.  Several ministries are...

Lee hails Sri Lanka trade deal

  Singapore’s free trade agreement (FTA) strategy is not about signing any deal available but rather forging solid trade agreements that benefit employers, according to...

Malaysia vape crackdown sparks confusion

Vapes are becoming a major Malaysian export Malaysia's crackdown on its booming vape trade has caused alarm from Chinese manufacturers who export to the Southeast...

Three arrested in Jakarta

Indonesia’s authorities impressed analysts with their fast response. Source: Wikimedia Indonesian police have arrested three men suspected of having links to the coordinated bomb and...

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