Australia in shock as Conservatives win

Australia's ruling conservative coalition appeared to secure a shock election win Saturday, with the party predicted to have defied expectations and retained power. National broadcaster ABC called the election for Prime Minister Scott Morrison's coalition, although it was not clear if he would…

UN issues ID cards for Rohingya refugees

The United Nations (UN) said Friday it has registered more than 250,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, providing many with their first ever identification cards and proof of their right to return to Myanmar in the future. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) also said the registration could serve as a…

Taiwan legalises same-sex marriage 

Taiwan's parliament legalised same-sex marriage on Friday in a landmark first for Asia as the government survived a last-minute attempt by conservatives to pass watered-down legislation.   Lawmakers comfortably passed a bill allowing same-sex couples to form "exclusive permanent unions" and…

Hot off the press

These are the top stories making the front pages of major newspapers from across Southeast Asia today.  Get up to speed with what’s happening in the fastest growing region in the world.  Births a boost for tigers in zoos With fewer than 200 Malayan tigers left in the wild, three tiger cubs born…



Myanmar has an energy problem

Ever since Myanmar undertook a series of political, economic and administrative reforms in 2011, the country’s economy has steadily improved. According to data from the Asian…

Indonesia’s dull solar sector 

Indonesia is the largest energy consumer among all ASEAN member states, and with over 260 million people, energy demand in the archipelagic country is growing rapidly and is…

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…



Is Islamic tourism Brunei’s answer?

In 2017, when speaking about the drop in his country’s tourism sector, an unnamed government official suggested that Lao PDR should put more effort into attracting tourists from Muslim countries in…

ASEAN to gain most from trade war

Alarm bells are ringing across the globe as the United States (US)-China trade war continues to brew, and while the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that a full-blown trade war would…

Malaysian Dutch Business Council gets accredited

The Malaysian Dutch Business Council (MDBC) recently became the second Dutch chamber in the world to join the NLinBusiness network and receive worldwide recognition for its efforts to promote Dutch…

Taxing the lucrative e-commerce sector

In December, it was revealed that the government of Thailand had passed a bill that it hoped would ensure more effective tax collection, especially from e-commerce businesses. The new law requires…

Skills shortages may hit Singapore hard

Singapore has attracted high-tech manufacturers with incentives and a well-educated workforce, but growing demand for highly skilled labour, combined with limits on numbers of foreign workers may…



Using tech to modify prisoner behaviour

In January, inmates in Singapore’s correctional facilities were given tablets in hopes that this would work towards their rehabilitation. Under the Digitalisation of…

ASEAN’s paedophiles are tech savvy

Southeast Asia is in the grip of a fresh surge of paedophile activity with predators orchestrating and watching abuse on live-streaming sites and via webcams, and paying…

Are ASEAN’s internet speeds world class?

At the forefront of technology in ASEAN, it is no surprise that Singapore’s fixed broadband speed of 199.62 megabits per second (Mbps) was the fastest in the world in…



Building a sustainable food future

In the last three years, the absolute number of people affected by undernourishment or chronic food deprivation globally has been on an increasing trajectory. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimated that, with the reversal in trends, there were 821 million hungry people in 2017, up from around 804 million people in 2016. In Southeast Asia, the prevalence of a severely food insecure population or people who have experienced entire days without eating due to a lack…

Deadly pigeon racing in the Philippines

It is a brutal 600-kilometre gauntlet during which competitors face searing heat, wild seas, vicious predators, and the threat of kidnapping.  Only one in 10 will finish.   This is the MacArthur competition – the Philippines' longest homing pigeon race. It's a tough challenge for the birds and a tense affair for the owners. "Compared to Europe and the United States (US), we have lots of predators here and a lot of people who shoot these birds," said Jaime Lim, one of the Philippines' best-…

Bangkok is sinking fast

For the more or less 10 million people living in Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok, flooding is a common and recurring phenomenon. This is partly due to the city’s geographic location at the southern end of the Chao Phraya River Basin, as well as its low-lying terrain of around 1.5 metres average elevation above mean sea level. The city normally experiences six months of rainy season every year from May to October. However, conditions are soon expected to worsen for much of Bangkok. This is…

Cambodian surrogates freed but must keep babies

11 women allegedly paid to be surrogate mothers have been released on bail after agreeing to keep their babies, Cambodia's trafficking czar said Wednesday, as the poor Southeast Asian nation seeks to regulate the womb-for-hire trade. The women were charged in November with human trafficking and acting as intermediaries for surrogacy agents after they were discovered in a raid on a house in the capital Phnom Penh.  They have been in custody since the raid, with some giving birth behind bars.…


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