Poverty kills in the land of smiles

It is always a cause to mourn when a 13-year-old needlessly dies. Unfortunately, that was the painful fact Thailand has to deal with just recently when Anucha Tasako, who had been a Muay Thai fighter since the age of eight and had competed in 170 bouts, died of a brain haemorrhage at a charity…

Lao PDR’s battle against corruption

Following Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s surprise victory in Malaysia’s 14th general election on 9 May, which was widely seen as a step forward for democracy, analysts and heads of government worldwide are now turning their eyes to the rest of the region in anticipation of similar political…

Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty

Two top leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime were found guilty of genocide on Friday, in a landmark ruling almost 40 years after the fall of a brutal regime that presided over the deaths of a quarter of the population.The Khmer Rouge's former head of state Khieu Samphan, 87, and "Brother Number…

US and China in APEC cruise ship clash

China and the United States (US) crossed swords Saturday ahead of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, duelling over protectionism, trade tariffs and "chequebook diplomacy" as they laid out sharply contrasting visions for the Pacific Rim region.In combative back-to-back speeches at a…



Clean coal clean enough?

Southeast Asia’s energy demands are expected to increase by 60 percent in 2040 according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), with increasing electricity consumption driving…

IRENA and ASEAN to scale-up renewables

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have forged a new partnership which aims to scale up renewable energy…

Thailand paves the way for renewables

Similar to many other growing Southeast Asian countries, Thailand is facing an increase in energy demand. According to the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE), energy demand in…



Going green with infrastructure investments

As a growing number of people become acutely aware of the need to protect the environment, the demand for goods and services that are sensitive to such inclinations will undoubtedly increase. Green…

Modern slavery’s invisible whip

On 9 November, Cambodia celebrated its Independence Day. But while most Cambodians were celebrating their freedom from the control of the French Protectorate of Cambodia, thousands of other…

China steps up drone race with stealth aircraft

China is unleashing stealth drones and pilotless aircraft fitted with AK-47 rifles onto world markets, racing to catch up to United States (US) technology and adding to a fleet that has already seen…

Escaping poverty through microfinancing

Much has been written about the importance of financial inclusion for rural communities in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam. The benefits are obvious even to armchair economists. An Asian…

How the trade war affects the ICT industry

As China and the United States (US) engage in a trade war, the ripples of the battle is felt throughout the world. Both the countries are the two largest economies in the world with a combined gross…



eSIM to revolutionise telco sector?

It’s a familiar arrival routine at the airport. Clear customs, pick up your luggage, then scour available telco booths for the best available data deals. Upon selecting…

The potential of 5G in Southeast Asia

Over the past two decades, Southeast Asia has shed its image of an agrarian backwater and transformed into a world leader in developing the latest technologies such as…

ASEAN’s poor mobile internet connectivity

Industry 4.0, also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, is not only inevitable but is already upon us. While internet connectivity plays a major role in the…



Criminalised victims of sexual harassment

The last few times her superior at a school in Mataram, on the Indonesian island of Lombok, called her on the telephone, the conversation turned uncomfortable after it veered to include the vulgar detail of his sexual exploits and an invitation to sexual encounters in hotels. While she wanted to report him for sexual harassment, the fear of being fired stopped her as she didn’t have proof. The next time his unwelcomed call came, she was ready and recorded their conversation. True to fashion,…

What’s at stake for the Mekong’s fishery

Originating in the Tibetan highlands and running through China, Myanmar, Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia, and Vietnam, the Mekong and its tributaries provide water, food and income for 60 million people. The longest river in Southeast Asia is home to the world’s largest inland fishery. It is estimated that 25 percent of the global freshwater catch is harvested from this river. Damming of the Mekong started in China in the early 1990s. However, most of the river remained undammed due largely to the…

South Sudan receives Water for Life

In efforts to restore its petroleum sector after years of conflict-driven disruption, the government of South Sudan has extended the Exploration Production Sharing Agreement (EPSA) and Transitional Agreement Extension for three blocks in September this year. This involves oil concessions in Blocks 1, 2 and 4 being awarded to Malaysia's Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), South Sudan's state-run Nile Petroleum Company (Nilepet), and India's Oil and…

Superbugs to 'kill millions' by 2050

Millions of people in Europe, North America and Australia will die from superbug infections unless countries prioritise fighting the growing threat posed by bacteria immune to most known drugs, experts predicted Wednesday. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warned of "disastrous consequences" for public healthcare and spending unless basic hospital hygiene is boosted and unnecessary antibiotic use slashed. Drug-resistant bacteria killed more than 33,000 people in…

Real Estate

Real Estate

Singapore sticks a pin before property bubble forms

The Monetary Authority of Singapore has introduced strong measures to dampen “euphoria” in the property market.

Singapore tightens property curbs

The property stocks index dropped 1.4 percent and is set for the lowest close in 15 months.

Ho Chi Minh City: Property paradise for ASEAN

Ho Chi Minh City’s real estate landscape showcases a real estate market in near-perfect balance.

Singapore sustains comeback in home sales with gains in December

Singapore sustained a comeback in home sales in December.

Property tax reforms in Myanmar could kickstart infrastructure development

Myanmar has a notoriously low residential property taxes rate, accounting for just 7.5% of GDP, compared to the 13-14% its neighbours, Laos and…


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Reimagining Southeast Asia 2018

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Gandhi Memorial ASEAN Debate Competition 2018

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Asian International Arbitration Centre, Kuala Lumpur

World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2018

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Hanoi, Vietnam

32nd ASEAN Summit

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Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore