'Endemic Racial Discrimination' Exposed In US

The coronavirus pandemic's disproportionate impact on ethnic minorities, and protests triggered by George Floyd's death, have laid bare "endemic inequalities" in the United States, the UN rights chief said Tuesday, urging action. Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, warned that the COVID-19 crisis has had a worse impact on racial and ethnic minorities in the United States and a range of other countries. "This virus is exposing endemic inequalities that have too long been ignored," she said in a statement. Similar inequalities were also fuelling the widespread

Philippine Exit From Key US Military Pact 'Suspended'

The Philippines has told the United States (US) it is suspending its bid to break off a key military pact, the two allies said Tuesday in a sharp turnaround of President Rodrigo Duterte's foreign policy. Duterte in February gave notice to Washington he was axing the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) after accusing the US of interference in his internationally condemned narcotics crackdown. That began a 180-day countdown to ending the deal central to hundreds of joint military exercises with the US per year and a major component of their nearly 70-year-old alliance. Philippine Foreign

Malaysia’s Immigration Depots: COVID-19 Hotspots?

Just yesterday, Malaysian media reported that a Rohingya man escaped from a quarantine centre at the Ministry of Health Malaysia’s Training Institute in Tanjung Rambutan, a small town in the west coast state of Perak. Local police are now on the hunt for the migrant. It was reported that the 27-year-old man, Rohim Mohd Zokoria was initially placed at the quarantine centre on Saturday after being detained. “However, a screening done at the Slim River Hospital found that the suspect was negative for COVID-19, and he was sent back to the quarantine centre to be quarantined for 14 days,” said

Hun Sen Calls For Foreign Military Drills, Aid

Cambodia's prime minister invited foreign powers Monday to conduct military drills in the country as he called for overseas funding to build a pier and relocate an army training centre. But the strongman premier insisted that the country would not allow a foreign "military base on its territory". The Wall Street Journal reported last year on a draft deal allowing China to dock warships and store weapons at the Ream naval base near the coastal city of Sihanoukville. Hun Sen - a staunch ally to Beijing - has previously denied the claims, pointing to Cambodia's constitution which forbids any


Tackling Myanmar’s climate crisis with solar

The ASEAN Post recently published an article on extreme climate in Myanmar and its threat to the locals, agriculture, ecosystems and more. It is said that Myanmar is one of the most vulnerable countries at risk of climate crisis. Extreme droughts and flooding in recent years and cyclones such as Nargis have affected millions of locals and cost thousands their lives. Natural disasters are one of the major impacts of climate change. According to a report by Myanmar’s Ministry of Planning and…

Revamping geothermal in the Philippines

Today, there are over seven billion people living on the planet. As this number continues to grow, the need for water, food, land, and energy will also rise. The climate is one of the Earth’s fundamental life support systems which determines if the planet is habitable or not. Rapid development in many countries, deforestation for agriculture, ever-growing cities, mining and industries have all contributed to a drastic change in the earth’s climate. According to media reports, densely populated…

Rising temperatures surge energy demand in ASEAN

Southeast Asia is well on the way to achieving universal access to electricity by 2030. Millions of new consumers have gained access to electricity since 2000, yet some 45 million people in the region are still without it today and many more continue to rely on solid biomass as a cooking fuel. Demand for electricity in ASEAN has an average growth rate of six percent annually. It is among the fastest in the world, while renewable energy only meets 15 percent of its demand. The energy market in…

Revolutionary hydropower for ASEAN

Hydropower technology is considered a clean renewable energy source. It is generated by converting kinetic and potential energy from falling water into rotating shaft power, which can be used to drive an electricity generator.  However, several studies including one in the Journal of Fisheries Managements and Ecology has recorded extreme harm caused to downstream moving fish that often enter the hydropower structure. Risks to the fish include injuries, scale loss, fin damage, haemorrhages,…


Coronavirus Slams Global Airlines

Numerous industries around the world have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic – some more than others. The aviation industry was one of the first sectors to feel the pinch from the deadly virus outbreak. Nationwide lockdowns, controlled borders and travel restrictions imposed by governments as preventative measures to contain the disease have resulted in significant reductions in passenger numbers. Fuelled by virus fears while urged to stay home – most people are avoiding any kind of…

Going Cashless In A Pandemic World

The coronavirus crisis has disrupted businesses everywhere. From large corporations to start-ups and small vendors – industries are feeling the pinch from the pandemic. Sectors such as tourism and aviation have been hit especially hard. Nevertheless, there are several industries that are thriving amid the crisis, this include tech giants and also the global payments industry.  According to Accenture, a professional services company – the global payments industry has proved to be resilient amid…

Singapore Warns Of Worst Economic Contraction

Singapore's virus-hit economy could shrink by as much as seven percent this year - the worst reading since independence - the government said on Tuesday, as it unveiled a fresh multi-billion-dollar stimulus package. The city-state is seen as a bellwether of the global economy, and the forecast historic contraction highlights the extreme pain being wrought on countries by the killer disease. The warning came as Singapore's deputy prime minister unveiled a fresh support package worth SG$33…

Cambodia Bourse Sees First Bank Listing

Cambodia's largest commercial bank listed on the country's stock market Monday, the first lender to trade on the fledgling exchange, despite uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. ACLEDA Bank became the sixth firm to join the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX), which opened in 2011, joining a garment factory, two state-owned ports, and a special economic zone (SEZ).  But initial fanfare for the kingdom's trading future has dimmed, with the country's lack of financial literacy and a…


Stepping Up Cybersecurity During The Pandemic

While ASEAN is increasingly coordinating its efforts to reinforce regional cybersecurity, more needs to be done to address the constantly evolving threats. According to a recent World Economic Forum (WEF) report, one of the biggest concerns in regards to the current COVID-19 crisis is the increase in cyberattacks and data fraud. The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of a digital culture worldwide. This means that cyberattacks and data fraud are likely to happen on a more regular basis. …

Pandemic: New Momentum To Digital Voice Technology

In a world suddenly fearful of touch, voice technology is getting a fresh look. Voice-activated systems such as Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple's Siri have seen strong growth in recent years, and the virus pandemic could accelerate that, analysts say. Voice assistants are not only answering queries and shopping, but also being used for smart home control and for a range of business and medical applications which could see increased interest as people seek to limit personal contact…

The New Generation Of Social Media

Social media has evolved from a platform to connect people into one where people can engage with their favourite companies, access new career tools and stay current with global events. A 2019 World Economic Forum (WEF) article, citing a report by Global Web Index on ‘Social media use by generation’, revealed that Gen Z spends more time on social media than Millennials, at two hours 55 minutes per day. Gen Z are also called digital natives because they grew up shaped by technology, and the…

The gaming explosion in Southeast Asia

 One of the biggest beneficiaries of the growing digital economy in Southeast Asia is the gaming industry. Sea – formerly Garena – became the first Southeast Asian tech company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 2017. Sea is a gaming company but has also ventured into e-commerce and e-payments recently. A trend that has also been fuelling the games market in the region is the rise of eSports. eSports is essentially a competition using video games. Recently, eSports has taken the…


Walls Close In On Poorest As Virus Shrivels Economy

Shuffling around their tiny slum home which is too small to stand up in, Thanapat Noidee and his wife Papassorn share donated noodles with their sons and worry about bills, as the coronavirus pushes Thailand's poor deeper into penury. The wood and breeze-block hut which is their home stands in the heart of a Bangkok commercial district festooned with five-star hotels and upmarket restaurants. They share the small space in the shadow of the nearby high-rise developments with their children…

Rising Gender-Based Violence In A Pandemic

Violence against women and children is the most prevalent human rights violation. Unfortunately, cases of gender-based violence – especially against women – is nothing new in Southeast Asia. Based on a report by the United Nations University - International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) in Malaysia, intimate partner violence (IPV) is the most common form of gender-based violence, with 28 percent of women in the region having to deal with it.   IPV is defined as physical violence,…

Malaysian Launches Test Case Against Gay Sex Law

A Malaysian man has launched the country's first legal challenge against Islamic laws banning gay sex, a test case supporters said Wednesday could help combat growing persecution of the LGBT community. He was charged last year for allegedly attempting to have "intercourse against the order of nature", and several others in the same case have already pleaded guilty and were caned as a punishment. Critics say the climate is worsening for the gay community in Muslim-majority Malaysia, with…

Eid Shopping Rush Across Asia Despite Virus Risk

Muslims across Asia packed out markets as they prepared for the annual Eid ul-Fitr holiday, ignoring coronavirus guidelines even as infections rise.  The celebration, the most important in the Muslim calendar marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, is preceded by a rush to buy new clothes, gifts and sweet treats for loved ones. It is expected to begin over the weekend in most countries, and Sunday or Monday in Pakistan, depending on when the new moon is sighted. Despite the…


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