China Apps Ban May Create New Internet 'Firewall'

A ban by President Donald Trump's administration on Chinese mobile apps such as TikTok and WeChat risks fragmenting an already fragile global internet and creating an American version of China's "Great Firewall." Fears about the global internet ecosystem intensified this week with Trump's executive orders banning the popular video app TikTok and Chinese social network WeChat, following a United States (US) government directive to prohibit the use of other "untrusted" applications and services from China. The restrictions announced on the basis of what Trump called national security threats

Hundreds Protest In Bangkok After Activist Arrests

A flash mob of hundreds took to Bangkok's streets Saturday to protest against the arrest of two pro-democracy activists – the latest outburst of anger in a movement increasingly vocal in its demand for reforms in Thailand. The kingdom has seen near-daily rallies in recent weeks with mainly young protesters denouncing the government of former military leader Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Two protest leaders were arrested Friday evening on eight charges, including sedition and breaking coronavirus rules about gatherings at a rally held at Bangkok's Democracy Monument on 18 July. Human

Malaysia’s Ex-Finance Minister Charged

Malaysia's ex-finance minister, now a key opposition figure, was charged with corruption Friday over a US$1.5 billion construction project, the latest government critic to be targeted since a scandal-plagued party returned to power. Lim Guan Eng is the highest-profile figure yet to face a criminal probe in a sweeping crackdown on dissent launched by the new administration, and says the case against him is politically motivated. A crowd of journalists and supporters, including fellow MPs, were waiting for him as he arrived at a Kuala Lumpur court Friday morning, following his arrest by anti-

TikTok & WeChat Dogged By Security Fears

The United States (US) has fired a new salvo in its rivalry with China, ordering sweeping restrictions against Chinese-owned social media stars TikTok and WeChat. Here are some key facts about the platforms: What Is WeChat? WeChat, known as "weixin" or micro-message in Chinese, belongs to tech giant Tencent and has grown to become ubiquitous in daily life across China since its 2011 launch. It has more than a billion monthly users and is a "super app" used for everything from messaging to ride-hailing and mobile payments, while also serving as a social media platform. Tencent surpassed


The Rising Demand For Air Conditioners

Around the world, scorching heat waves are breaking records, with France reaching a sweltering 45.9 degrees Celsius and Australia hitting 49.5 degrees in 2019. This year, it was reported that Siberia experienced a…

Renewables Not Enough To Meet Climate Targets

The world added 12 percent more clean power capacity in 2019 than the year before, but new renewable energy planned over the next decade falls far short of what is needed to forestall dangerous global warming, the…

Philippines considering nuclear energy

Nuclear energy might be coming to the Philippines soon after an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts concluded an eight-day mission in December to review the country's infrastructure development for…

Vietnam’s growing demand for energy

With a rapidly growing economy, Vietnam is facing an increase in energy demand which is forecasted to grow 10 percent annually. The Vietnam Energy Outlook Report 2017 released by the Vietnamese government in…


Indonesia's Economy Shrinks After Over 20 Years

Indonesia's coronavirus-hit economy contracted in the second quarter for the first time in more than two decades, with warnings that its recovery could be among the weakest in Southeast Asia. Output in the region's…

The Future Of Electric Vehicles In ASEAN

Southeast Asia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world filled with historical sites and beautiful beaches across the region. Nevertheless, Southeast Asian cities are also known for their congested…

Is Tech Threatening Women’s Jobs?

Technological advancements and artificial intelligence (AI) are revolutionising manufacturing for industries around the world.  The International Federation of Robotics estimates that the global stock of operational…

Singapore Airlines Suffers US$800M Q1 Loss

Singapore Airlines (SIA) reported a first-quarter net loss of more than US$800 million Wednesday, the latest carrier to take a massive hit as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Passenger traffic was reduced to…


Chatbots Reshaping E-commerce In ASEAN?

E-commerce is big business in Southeast Asia. Digital consumers in ASEAN will be spending three times as much in 2025 according to a 2019 study from Facebook and Bain & Company. The report found that while consumers…

Electronic Wristbands To Help In COVID-19 Fight?

Last month, a photo of a woman donning a COVID-19 quarantine wristband at a restaurant went viral on social media in Malaysia. It was reported that local authorities are investigating the woman who may have violated her…

Myanmar To Launch Its Own Satellites

Myanmar is preparing to launch its first-ever satellite, joining an unlikely coalition of nascent space nations aiming to protect millions from environmental disasters. The future "super constellation" of micro-…

The Rise Of Telehealth In A Pandemic

Modern technology has truly changed our lives for the better. It has transformed communication and how people stay in touch with one another. Information and news updates are readily available at our fingertips. In the…


A Dangerous Place For Indonesian Women

Many Southeast Asian cities are home to various types of public transportation. Citizens choose to travel via buses and trains because it is more affordable and reliable for daily use. However, observers say that they…

Victim-Blaming Culture In Cambodia

Cambodian women are posting images of themselves in swimwear and skimpy outfits on social media in a move to condemn a proposed law governing the way people should dress in public. The draft legislation, said to take…

What We Know So Far About COVID-19 And Children

President Donald Trump has been censored on Facebook and Twitter after saying children are "almost immune" from COVID-19. What do the facts say? We know for sure children are less likely to fall seriously ill from the…

Philippine Pangolins In Trouble

The COVID-19 coronavirus is said to have been passed to humans from a wild animal. Since the initial outbreak in Wuhan, China last December, a number of animals have been suspected to be responsible for the COVID-19…


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10 Fun & Exciting Places in Singapore to Take Your Kids to

As a parent, thinking of a holiday in Singapore with your children will be equal parts fun and stressful. It’ll be fun because you get to project your own childhood dreams of visiting or experiencing a certain activity (wink wink) and also get to spend time with your little buddies.  However, it can also get...