Geopolitics

Geopolitics

COVID-19 and Cambodia’s human rights concerns

In late January, Cambodia's Prime Minister, Hun Sen, made a televised statement about the spread of misinformation regarding the COVID-19 virus outbreak originating from Wuhan, China. He also threatened to “kick out” reporters or officials seen wearing a face mask. He said that the real illness…

World could face food crisis in wake of COVID-19

The heads of three global agencies warned Wednesday of a potential worldwide food shortage if authorities fail to manage the ongoing coronavirus crisis properly. Many governments around the world have put their populations on lockdown to slow the spread of the virus but that has resulted in severe…

WHO troubled by coronavirus rapid escalation

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday it was deeply concerned about the near-exponential escalation of the new coronavirus pandemic, with the number of deaths doubling in a week. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged citizens around the globe to stand together to fight COVID-19,…

Virus sparks food shortage in the Philippines

The Philippines reported 538 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 2,084 as of 31 March 2020 – the highest overnight jump recorded in ASEAN. The country also has a fairly low rate of recovery (49) compared to Malaysia (537) and Thailand (342). In the…

Energy

Energy

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…

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…

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…

Markets

Market

Oil prices at 17-year lows as virus ravages world

Oil prices extended losses in Asian trade Monday and languished at 17-year lows, with the coronavirus crisis escalating around the world and no end in sight to a vicious price war. US benchmark West…

Singapore GDP contracts sharply

Singapore's economy suffered its biggest contraction since the financial crisis during the first quarter as the coronavirus pandemic escalated, data showed Thursday, an ominous sign of the…

Tourism in Thailand and Cambodia take a virus hit

Southeast Asia is facing the possibility of billions of dollars in losses from the sharp drop in Chinese tourists since the COVID-19 outbreak. According to a report by global audit, tax and advisory…

The rise of flexible work arrangements

According to a study by global workspace provider Regus, 73,000 jobs under flexible working arrangements are tipped to be created come 2030. The study looked at flexible working in 16 key markets…

Is ASEAN’s labour market ready for the future?

The increasing incorporation of technology into modern day workplaces has thrown a spanner in the works especially with the looming risks of jobs being lost to automation and artificial intelligence…

Technology

Technology

The rise of digital healthcare

The healthcare industry in Southeast Asia is at an important juncture in its history. Demand for healthcare in the region has never been greater, especially with the…

How AI is used to combat COVID-19

In 10 days, the global number of confirmed COVID-19 cases more than doubled from about 153,000 on 14 March to over 372,000 on 24 March. Even with the combined help and…

Digital nomads in Southeast Asia

A digital nomad is not a job, but a work-travel lifestyle. They are a breed of enterprising individuals who make their living while travelling the world. They are…

Environment

Environment

COVID-19’s voiceless victims

A few weeks ago, a video of a large crowd of monkeys going berserk in a street in Thailand went viral on social media. The footage showed the monkeys scrambling and brawling over food. Thailand, a famous tourist destination in Southeast Asia has seen a drastic drop in the number of tourists since the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. Some animals, like the stray monkeys in the video, have become dependent on tourists for food as they are typically fed by them.  The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly…

Myanmar journalist hit with terrorism charges

A Myanmar journalist faces up to life in prison for publishing an interview with a rebel group operating in the country's restive Rakhine state a week after the insurgents were classified as a terrorist organisation. The western region has long been a tinderbox of conflict between the Myanmar military and Arakan Army (AA), a group demanding greater autonomy for the state's ethnic Rakhine people. Clashes have left scores of civilians killed, hundreds injured and about 150,000 displaced since…

Virus lockdown causing rise in domestic abuse

Ever since the COVID-19 coronavirus emerged in China’s central Hubei province, strict measures have been taken by countries around the world to contain the deadly virus. China was the first country to imposed a drastic strategy of city lockdowns and travel curbs, which was then followed by other nations such as Italy, the Philippines and Malaysia. Although some argued that lockdowns or controlled movements are necessary in breaking the chain of infection, other issues have arisen amid these…

Declining fertility rates in ASEAN

ASEAN countries have collectively achieved remarkable economic growth, however, when it comes to fertility rates, the region has been drifting. The total fertility rate (TFR) of Southeast Asia has dropped from 5.5 in 1970 down to 2.11 in 2017. At the Future of Work Conference in Singapore in April 2019, Singapore’s Minister for Manpower, Josephine Teo stated that more than half of the world’s population live in countries with a TFR that is below the replacement level of 2.1. Based on World Bank…

Events

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Placemaker Week ASEAN

Event Date
11/01/2019
Event Location
Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru
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Corporate Innovation Summit 2019

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Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre, CentralWorld, Bangkok, Thailand
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Reimagining Southeast Asia 2018

Event Date
11/29/2018
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Gandhi Memorial ASEAN Debate Competition 2018

Event Date
10/01/2018
Event Location
Asian International Arbitration Centre, Kuala Lumpur
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