ASEAN’s democracy is low quality

Indonesia pulled off a complex yet peaceful election across its vast – and ethnically diverse – island territory this week, cementing its place as a democratic beacon in a sea of authoritarian governments, analysts say.

But the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation still faces a spike in militant Islam and myriad other challenges.

19 April 2019

Big fight in Jakarta

Tomorrow, Indonesian’s will go to the ballot box. For the first time in the country's history, the president, vice president, and members of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), will be elected on the same day with over 190 million eligible voters. 16 parties will be participating in the elections nationally, with four participating for the first time.

16 April 2019

Islam and Indonesia’s election

Indonesia’s election has its heavy-metal-fan president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo – widely perceived as a moderate Muslim – in one corner and Prabowo Subianto, a former lieutenant general, in the other. This is the second time they will go head to head since 2014 when Prabowo held the support of the conservative Muslims in the country.

But something integral has changed this time around.

16 April 2019

Zakir Naik: Peaceful preacher?

Zakir Naik is a controversial Muslim preacher that is currently under investigation by the Indian government for alleged acts of hate speech and money laundering. For years, the 53-year old had given talks through his channel, Peace TV.

15 April 2019

Minorities matter in Indonesia’s election

By now, most of the world already knows that Indonesia is home to the largest Muslim demographic in the world, housing approximately 229 million Muslims. This, however, is especially pertinent considering the fact that Indonesia is about to face its largest election in a week from today on 17 April.

10 April 2019

Indonesia’s youth want more Islam

Indonesia’s elections are right around the corner and many observers are looking to the country’s youth. Comprising a significant portion of the population, whether or not the youth are voters, votes will go towards determining their future. Indonesia, unlike some other ASEAN-member countries, belongs to its youth. 

7 April 2019

Facts about Sharia law around the world

Brunei today introduces harsh new sharia laws – including death by stoning for adultery and gay sex – despite a storm of global criticism from rights groups. 

Although most Muslim nations incorporate elements of sharia law in their legal systems, very few carry out the harsher punishments – known as hudud – which even Muslim scholars disagree on.

3 April 2019

ICERD non-ratification tarnishes Malaysia’s image

On 8 December 2018, downtown Kuala Lumpur was engulfed in a sea of white by those celebrating the government’s decision not to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination or ICERD.

18 December 2018

Muslims rally to defend privileges in Malaysia

Tens of thousands of banner-waving Muslims rallied in the Malaysian capital Saturday to defend their long-cherished privileges, at a time of growing racial tensions in the multi-ethnic country.

9 December 2018

Mobile app to spy on thy neighbour?

Indonesia’s National Commission on Human Rights recently voiced concerns regarding the launch of a mobile application by the Jakarta Prosecutor’s Office, which allows members of the public to report religious beliefs they consider “misguided”.

30 November 2018