Human Trafficking Persisting In A Pandemic

The COVID-19 crisis has prompted governments to adopt strict measures to contain the virus which include enforced quarantines, citywide lockdowns, curfews, limitations on economic activities and public life.

29 June 2020

Sihanoukville has become a dangerous playground

Another news report has surfaced highlighting the dangerous town that Sihanoukville – once a sleepy, coastal tourist destination in Cambodia – has become.On Sunday, it was reported that a boy had picked up a pistol and six bullets when out playing with friends on a plot of land in Village 2, Sangkat 1, Sihanoukville off Otres Road. Authorities have also confirmed that the gun was real.

1 June 2020

Pandemic: Fate Of ASEAN’s Prisoners In The Balance

To date, over 190,000 people have perished due to the deadly new coronavirus. The COVID-19 pandemic has also severely affected the livelihoods of people around the world. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), overcrowding, poor ventilation, deficient health and poor sanitation conditions “favours the spread of infectious diseases”.

24 April 2020

Southeast Asia’s baby dumping problem

Earlier this year, a new-born baby boy was found in a blood-stained, tied-up plastic bag in Singapore. He was still alive in the rubbish bin when authorities made the shocking discovery. Local police are still searching for the parents of the abandoned baby and they could face up to seven years imprisonment or a fine, or both for the crime. This is not the first case of baby dumping in Southeast Asia.

5 March 2020

Drunk driving on the rise in Malaysia

Just last week, a 39-year-old man was killed and his wife was seriously injured after their motorcycle was hit by a car driven by a man believed to be intoxicated. He was a father to five young children, while the driver was left unharmed in the accident. And three days ago, another horrendous accident was reported where a suspected drunk driver rammed into a car and three other motorcycles. Four people were injured and one person died at the scene of the unfortunate event.

19 February 2020

The soldier behind Thailand's mass shooting

The "pings" from the metal targets at a gun range ring out as a baby-faced shooter smiles for the camera - a chilling prelude to the mall massacre by a Thai soldier who shared his prowess as a marksman on social media. But more than a day after he was shot dead following a near 17-hour shooting spree that killed 29 people and left dozens more wounded, the killer - Jakrapanth Thomma - remains something of an enigma.The Thai army, powerful yet reliant on conscripts and the pr

11 February 2020

Taking male rape seriously

Just a few months ago, the world was horrified from the news of Reynhard Sinaga – said to be the most prolific rapist in British history, with 159 counts of sexual offences against 48 men and an estimated 70 victims who have yet to be identified. Reports said that the Indonesian student who lived in Manchester, United Kingdom would wait for intoxicated men outside nightclubs and bars, lure victims into his apartment, then drug them until they passed out before raping them.

6 February 2020

Indonesia's Aceh unveils female flogging squad

The masked woman nervously approaches her target, shuffles into position and then unleashes a flurry of lashes - proving herself as the newest member of the first female flogging squad in Indonesia's Aceh province.The new recruit initially needed some coaxing to punish the offender - an unmarried woman caught in a hotel room with a man.Such behaviour constitutes a morality crime in Aceh, the only region in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation that imposes Islamic law - known a

29 January 2020

Is crime on the rise in Thailand?

A recent survey in Thailand showed that Thais are more concerned about their safety than ever before and most say the economic slump the country is going through is the cause for this.The survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll, was conducted from 15 to 18, January on 1,365 people throughout the country following a spate of serious crime news – including rapes, robberies and drug dealing – culminating in a gold shop heist in Lop Buri province.On 9 January, a man shot and

21 January 2020

Treason trial opens for Cambodia opposition leader

The treason trial of Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha opened Wednesday, more than two years after his arrest in a case decried by his family as a "farce" and widely pilloried as politically motivated.The 66-year-old co-founded the now-banned Cambodia National Rescue Party, once considered the sole viable opponent to the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) led by strongman premier Hun Sen - who has ruled the country with an iron fist for 35 years.Sokha was arrested in 201

16 January 2020

Malaysia's ex-PM sought royal's help over scandal

Malaysia's disgraced ex-leader Najib Razak allegedly sought help from Abu Dhabi's crown prince to conceal wrongdoing linked to a multi-billion-dollar graft scandal, recordings released Wednesday by investigators showed.Huge sums were looted from Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB and used to buy items ranging from a super-yacht to artwork, in a fraud allegedly involving Najib and his inner circle.The allegations contributed to ex-prime minister Najib's shock 2018 election los

9 January 2020

Vietnamese tanker captain jailed over oil theft

A Vietnamese tanker captain has been jailed in Singapore for his part in a scheme that saw about US$150 million worth of oil stolen from energy giant Shell's largest refinery, authorities said Friday.The theft took place over several years from a huge industrial site in the city-state, described by the Anglo-Dutch firm as one of its most important production centres in the world.Police put an end to the scheme, which saw oil siphoned from the refinery and sold below market rates, in 2018

24 December 2019