Hijab under threat in Malaysia

According to the Qur’an chapter 24 verse 31, “And tell the believing women to reduce their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which appears thereof and to wrap (a portion of) their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment…”. The verse…

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.   Regent's resignation request hurts 'people's mandate': Minister Tjahjo Mandailing Natal Regent Dahlan Hasan…

World reacts to Sri Lanka blasts

Religious and world leaders have condemned a series of blasts in Sri Lanka that killed at least 290 people on Sunday, including dozens of foreigners with British, Dutch and American citizens believed to be among them. Japan also confirmed one of its citizens was among those killed by the bombs…

Easter blasts in Sri Lanka kill at least 207

A series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday, killing at least 207 people, including dozens of foreigners. The apparently coordinated attacks were the deadliest to hit the country in the decade since the end of…



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…

ASEAN fast becoming a renewable energy hub

Technological innovations and favourable government policies are among the four trends expected to drive Southeast Asia’s transition to renewable energy in the coming years.  A…

ASEAN’s energy transition on the right track

Yesterday, the World Economic Forum (WEF) launched the fifth edition of their Energy Transition Index (ETI), ranking 115 economies on how well they are able to balance energy…



Food wastage must stop 

The ASEAN Post recently published an article about the fact that while a large portion of people – including children - in Southeast Asia are starving, tonnes of food is wasted every day. The image…

Getting rich the Islamic way

In October last year, Brunei hosted the Brunei Islamic Capital Market (BICAM) Conference 2018, at the Rizqun International Hotel where more than a dozen international experts in Islamic finance met,…

Malaysia, Indonesia rivalry heats up

Malaysia and Indonesia have long been rivals – battling over territorial supremacy, diplomatic issues and even cultural appropriation. From alleged theft of traditions to the superiority of their…

HSBC is helping ASEAN cope with climate change

ASEAN has to do more to attract private investment for key sustainable infrastructure programmes as the region makes the transition to a low carbon economy.  HSBC presented a report to ASEAN Finance…

Is Malaysia’s ringgit under attack?

It was a one-two punch that’s turned the Malaysian ringgit into Asia’s worst performer this month. FTSE Russell said Monday it may drop Malaysian debt from the FTSE World Government Bond Index…



Struggling SMEs should turn to tech

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore have been hailed as the driving force behind the island nation’s economy. The government there has pointed out…

The future of drones in ASEAN

Better regulations and wider acceptance from the general public are key to the growth of commercial drone use across the region.  Drones are playing an increasingly…

Blockchain in Indonesia

When blockchain and cryptocurrency first made headlines, many saw them as disruptors to the current financial order. This is because transactions that involve…



ASEAN’s shrinking biodiversity

As the world celebrates Earth Day today, the theme for this year – protecting threatened and endangered species – remains as important as ever. The world’s largest environmental movement, the annual Earth Day works with more than 75,000 partners in nearly 192 countries to educate the public about environmental issues. Apart from climate change and the fight to end plastic pollution, the protection of endangered species ranks as one of the most pressing environmental concerns of our time.…

Extreme Easter in the Philippines

A man was nailed to a cross with up to 10 more to follow while barefoot men beat themselves with flails on Good Friday, in a blood-soaked display of religious fervour in the Philippines. Frowned upon by the Church, the ritual crucifixions and self-flagellation in the north of the country are extreme affirmations of faith performed every Easter in Asia's Catholic outpost. Wilfredo Salvador stared at the sky and appeared to mumble a prayer after the slight 62-year-old with wild grey hair and a…

Banning palm oil is dangerous

From cooking oil to soap, from sunblock to biofuel, it’s little wonder that Europe imports as much as about 1.9 million tons of palm oil a year. Of late, however, the European Union (EU) has been heavily campaigning against the commodity. The argument is based on the belief that palm oil is not a “green fuel”, meaning it is not environmentally sustainable, and should not be promoted as it causes deforestation. The European Parliament, in fact, has made the push to phase out the use of palm oil…

Fighting illegal fishing

In football, the yellow card is a warning for a player to behave himself as he may get sent off the pitch if he receives a second one – and a subsequent red card. It seems this system works just as well when it comes to combatting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The European Union (EU) is the world's largest import market for fisheries products and it has estimated the global value of IUU fishing to be around US$11- to US$22 billion per year. Between 11- and 26 million…


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