Author: Muhamad Anindita

On the first anniversary of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan’s deadliest border war, marked in September, irascible Kyrgyz national-security chief Kamchybek Tashiev aired his frustrations at the slow progress in talks aimed at demarcating the disputed frontier. Tajikistan, said Tashiev, was making “territorial claims” against Kyrgyzstan in the talks. “But our answer is that there should be no such claims,” Tashiev fumed, noting ominously that Kyrgyzstan had found “new documents” related to the border. “Based on those, we know that many parts of Kyrgyzstan had been given to Tajikistan,” he claimed. “If [Tajikistan] does not renounce its territorial claims against Kyrgyzstan then…

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The 1975 caused quite a stir during their set at the Good Vibes Festival in Malaysian over the summer when singer Matty Healy kissed bassist Ross McDonald on stage to protest the country’s anti-LGBTQ laws. The rest of the three-day festival got cancelled with organizers citing “non-compliance with local performance guidelines” as the reason, and the band was banned from performing in the country. But that’s not all: the Malaysian government actually changed laws because of the stunt. As New Strait Times reports, concerts must now have a “kill switch” to cut off performances that don’t abide by the country’s guidelines. They were also considering…

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Standing at 56 storeys, the five towers of the M Vertica flats in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, are colloquially known as “ Hong Kong”, alluding to the dense high-rise housing that is conjured up in the mind of the Malaysian public when they think of the East Asian city. In the shadow of this housing complex, however, stood a different one that drew parallels to another infamous feature of Hong Kong: coffin houses. Located in nearby Maluri, a dense neighbourhood criss-crossed by several major train stations, 78 coffin-sized “rooms” were packed inside a two-storey shop lot and advertised as “capsules” and “mini rooms”,…

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Brussels (4/11 – 25) It’s an old story, a broken record: war crimes in the Middle East, encouraged and stoked by outsiders with their own agenda. Israel, offended and humiliated by the 7 October attacks for which they had repeatedly been warned by Egypt. Hamas, encouraged and bankrolled by Israel initially, in its effort to undercut the appeal of Al-Fatah, has turned into Frankenstein’s Monster, breaching a border that was trumpeted as the most invincible in the world, with 24/7 surveillance, sensors to detect tunnels, full camera coverage and on and on – yet several thousand Hamas warriors parachuted in…

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Through the EU-GIZ and IUCN “Rethinking Plastic” partnership project, significant strides have been made in enhancing the circular economy model at the local level and improving municipal waste management practices and policies. The video below provides a summary of the efforts made by local people, the private sector, civil society, and local authorities in the Koh Libong Sub-district, Kantang District, Trang Province, Thailand. It highlights the project’s achievements, lessons learned, and the areas impacted in the eight targeted island-based communities since the project’s inception in February 2021 through October 2022. The achievements include: From November 2021 to September 2022, small…

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Council president Ted Osius also says Malaysia’s Bumiputera equity ownership requirement is a barrier to foreign investment. Osius, a former US ambassador to Vietnam, also said Malaysia was equipped with an entrepreneurial ecosystem conducive to fruitful investment. “US companies have generally succeeded in diversifying their supply sources and expanding their market reach through investment in Malaysia, particularly in the petrochemical and electronic sectors. “However, barriers to investment fruition remain in the form of inconsistent government approval of FDI activities and in equity ownership limitations,” he said. Osius said a “streamlined bureaucratic approval process” for FDIs would enhance Malaysia’s efforts to…

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JAKARTA — The wild populations that sustain a significant Indonesian fishery are more depleted than the government had estimated, as highlighted by a recent scientific study. The authors have called for a reevaluation of the method used to assess fish stocks to address the overexploitation of these populations. The stocks of eight economically valuable fish species living close to the seafloor in Indonesia in 2020 were unhealthy, with most of them showing a decline in measurements of their spawning capacity, indicating unsustainable fishing rates of those deep-slope demersal populations, according to the paper published in the journal Fisheries Research. The findings were 1.4-2.4…

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31, 2023 – (ACN Newswire) – CT Asia is honoured to host the ASEAN OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE & BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION SUMMIT 2023, the biggest ever premier event for Transformation & Operational Leaders. Taking place on the 28th & 29th November 2023 at the Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur, this summit brings together global Operational leaders from diversified mega industries to discuss and explore solutions to the diverse challenges faced by the overall operations management process. Optimizing operations is essential for organizations to reach their goals, and operation management plays a critical role in ensuring this success by assessing all aspects…

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Renowned scholars and government officials from both Korea and ASEAN member states gathered at the 2023 ASEAN-Korea Forum, Tuesday, to discuss key issues surrounding the region and to mark the 35th anniversary of the ASEAN-Korea Dialogue Partnership. Under the theme “Elevating ASEAN-Korea Strategic Partnership in a Changing Global Landscape,” the forum was held at Sogang University, co-organized by the ASEAN-Korea Centre and the Institute for East Asian Studies of Sogang University (SIEAS). Kim Hae-yong, secretary general of the ASEAN-Korea Centre, emphasized the significance of Korea’s relations with ASEAN nations and the importance of the Korea-ASEAN Solidarity Initiative. “Today, the growing…

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ASEAN’s growing supply chain connectivity is attracting many international companies to invest. However, worker skills, inflation and currency volatility remain areas of concern for improvement. JAKARTA, KOMPAS — Southeast Asia has become a magnet for foreign investors. Even though the domestic market is large, they view this region more in terms of supply chain connectivity. HSBC Global Connection research reveals that international companies view the Southeast Asia region, especially ASEAN, in terms of supply chain connectivity compared to consumer markets. As the region with the fastest economic growth, ASEAN provides promising trade opportunities. Macroeconomic and financial market researcher at the…

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