ASEAN

Sleepless nights for many political candidates following their defeat in Indonesia’s most recent presidential election

by Andri Sulistyo with Kiki Sirigar JAKARTA, INDONESIA — Political hopeful Yayat Abdurahman bet that he would be a winner among some 245,000 candidates in Indonesia’s huge election last week, but his dreams of public office are fading fast as the votes get tallied. So the stressed-out candidate checked into an Islamic healing centre where a cleric prayed for his …

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Thai anti-junta party leader faces possible disqualification from election due to allegations of illegal shareholding

BANGKOK, THAILAND — The billionaire leader of an upstart anti-junta party which scooped up millions of votes in Thailand’s disputed election last month faced fresh legal woes Tuesday (23 Apr) after authorities accused him of illegally holding shares while running for office. Last month’s poll remains in dispute after a political party backed by the junta that has ruled Thailand …

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Collective effort by citizens and media practitioners outweigh legislation in fighting “fake news” during campaigns preceding Indonesian presidential election

Indonesians across the archipelago took to the polls on Wed (17 Apr) amid heightened Islamic religious conservatism and the proliferation of “fake news” surrounding the Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin and Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno presidential candidate pairings prior to this election. This year’s election – which currently sees incumbent President Joko Widodo being re-elected, as he and his running mate lead the …

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Indonesia presidential race pits heavy metal against the general

AFP – Indonesia’s heavy metal-loving leader Joko Widodo faces off against ex-military general Prabowo Subianto in the race to lead the world’s third-biggest democracy Wednesday, a re-run of the 2014 election contest narrowly won by Widodo. A record 245,000 candidates are running for public office from the presidency down to local legislator positions, including an Olympic gold medallist, a pop …

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Singapore says it has received no communication or information from Malaysia related to development of a ship-to-ship transfer hub in the Straits of Johor

The Government of Singapore stated that it has not received any communication or information from Malaysia related to the development of a ship-to-ship transfer hub in the Straits of Johor by KA Petra Sdn Bhd and Hutchison Port Holdings Ltd. “We are seeking more information from Malaysia on the project, including its precise location, as well as any potential implications …

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Nurul Izzah returns to public accounts committee after Mahathir agrees to appoint new chief from opposition

Malaysia’s Member of Parliament of Permatang Pauh, Nurul Izzah Anwar, has rejoined the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) after resigning the bipartisan panel in protest two weeks ago over the appointment its chief. Beluran MP Ronald Kiandee from opposition party UMNO was appointed as Chairman of the PAC by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government. Appointing an opposition MP as PAC chief …

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Brunei to start punishing adultery and gay sex with death by stoning

Starting next week, adultery and gay sex in Brunei will be punishable by death via stoning. This is one of the many new controversial laws under the stricter Syariah law that was on hold for the past four years. This latest hard-line move from the small nation in Borneo drew immediate reactions of shock and horror among rights groups. Brunei …

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