ASEAN

Indonesia declares disaster alerts for South Sumatra, Riau, West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan.

The threat of forest and land fires continues to increase with the dry weather in some areas of forest and land fires, therefore, four Indonesian provinces have declared disaster alerts, which are South Sumatra, Riau, West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan. The Indonesian government established the emergency alert status of the areas based on the consideration of the establishment of several districts in …

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Old Chang Kee switches to sustainable oil after petition hits 8K signatures

Old Chang Kee, local purveyor of curry puffs and other local snacks, has switched to using a more sustainable palm oil after a petition started by local students accumulated over 8000 signatures. According to the latest petition update, the organisers of the petition received an email from Old Chang Kee at the beginning of February informing them they have switched …

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Thai government starts review of Kra Canal

by Vincent Low The Bangkok Post yesterday (11 Feb) reported that the Thai government has officially started to review the feasibility of the Kra Canal project which would connect the Gulf of Thailand to the Andaman Sea across southern Thailand, significantly short-cutting the marine route between the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. Most importantly, the canal would provide an alternative …

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Malaysia PM to visit Singapore for the eighth Singapore-Malaysia leaders’ retreat

Malaysia Prime Minister is scheduled to visit Singapore from Monday (14 January) to Tuesday to meet Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for the eighth Singapore-Malaysia leaders’ retreat. According to theMinistry of Foreign Affairs, the leaders are scheduled for bilateral discussions and to witness the signing of a bilateral agreement for the Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link between Johor Baru and Singapore. Coordinating …

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DBS Foundation awards S$1.1 million in grants to 14 social enterprises across Asia

DBS Foundation, the first foundation in Singapore dedicated to championing social entrepreneurship, has announced that it has awarded SGD 1.1 million to 14 social enterprises (SEs) in Asia, as part of its 2017 Social Enterprise Grant Programme. DBS Foundation has awarded grants ranging between SGD 50,000 and SGD 160,000 to SEs from DBS’ key markets of Singapore, Hong Kong, China, India, …

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Journalists freed from Myanmar prison after two months detention

Myanmar prison official announced on Friday (29 December) that two foreign journalist and two local employees for Turkish state broadcaster TRT has been freed after completing a two-month jail sentence for flying a drone near Myanmar’s parliament thus violating an aircraft law in the country. They are cameraman Lau Hon Meng from Singapore, reporter Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia, Aung Naing …

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Human Rights Watch: Laws chill free speech and assembly

International human rights organisation, Human Rights Watch call for the end of repressive prosecutions, regulations, and civil suits (Kuala Lumpur, December 13, 2017) – The Singapore government’s use of overly broad criminal laws, oppressive regulations, and civil lawsuits severely curtails freedom of speech and assembly, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. “Singapore promotes itself as a modern nation and a …

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Fake milk powder suspected to be sold in Johor

Johor Domestic Trade and Consumerism Ministry has announced that it has seized 210 boxes of baby milk powder that are suspected to be fake. Khairul Anwar Bachok, the Johor Domestic Trade and Consumerism Ministry’s state director, said that the items were confiscated on Thursday (7 December) from Chinese medical shops and convenience stores in five locations across Johor Baru, which are …

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Cambodia: The End of Democracy

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) deplores the dissolution of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) by the Supreme Court of Cambodia yesterday. The judiciary in Cambodia is closely controlled by the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and has been increasingly used to stifle the fundamental freedoms of the Cambodian people and to silence political opponents. Yesterday’s decision …

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