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A Child of the Slum Rises as President of Indonesia

Joko Widodo, the governor of Jakarta whose common touch has made him a political phenomenon, was declared the winner of Indonesia’s presidential election, completing an improbable ascent from child of the slums to leader of the world’s fourth-most populous nation. But the announcement, while widely expected, did not end a simmering controversy. His opponent, Prabowo […]

September 23rd, 2014 Current IssuesPolitic

Presidential Election in Indonesia. Brutal ?

Perhaps this is the most dramatic presidential election in the history of Indonesia. Some people called the most banal. I may call. This is the most brutal. There is a sense of fear when Prabowo can be lost with the popularity of Joko Widodo. So the choice to use black campaign, or slander. Though we […]

July 18th, 2014 Current IssuesPolitic

How the Sultan of Brunei Violated His Sharia Law With Me

As a teenager, I was the mistress of his brother—who ‘gave’ me as a gift to the sultan. And in just one night, we committed at least two offenses under his newly implemented penal code. On Tuesday, I was greeted by a familiar face when I read through the morning’s news: the sultan of Brunei. […]

May 7th, 2014 Current Issues

Free Dao !

Vietnam’s court to punish blogger for 15 years since he wrote blog posting contains criticism of the country’s communist government. In the trial for 2 hours , the judge decided the blogger Pham Viet Dao ( 61 years ) guilty. Dao upload dozens of articles in his blog. A court in Hanoi sentenced him under […]

March 23rd, 2014 Current Issues

Bangkok Braces for Disruptive Protest

The Thai capital braced for a protest Monday by antigovernment demonstrators who gathered to block intersections in their latest bid to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office and scuttle elections scheduled for Feb. 2. Government opponents from areas outside the capital trickled into Bangkok on Sunday to reinforce crowds mustering at the sprawling city’s […]

January 13th, 2014 Current Issues

Heat feels the heat over Najib, Rosmah article?

It seems that publishing articles on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s expenditure and his wife Rosmah Mansor’s jet-setting ways can land news organisations in trouble. Malaysiakini learnt that the Home Ministry has issued a show-cause letter to The Heat newsweekly over a front page article titled “All eyes on big spending Najib” in its November […]

January 5th, 2014 Current Issues

Man charged in court for unauthorised modification of website

Entrepreneur and IT consultant Delson Moo, 42, was charged in court today (29 Nov) for unauthorised modification of the Istana website under Section 5(1) of the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act, Chapter 50A. The act carries a maximum fine of $10,000 or imprisonment of up to 3 years.Moo is alleged to have modified the “contents […]

December 2nd, 2013 Current Issues

ASEAN – for real?

I am an ASEAN skeptic. Not because I do not see merit and commonalities in the grouping but because ASEAN has for many years been hijacked by bureaucrats with a flair for making anything look dull. So when the curator of this blog, Iman, asked if I’d post something, I thought why not start a […]

November 7th, 2013 Current Issues

ASEAN Community ? Why Not

If you see a flashback of the ASEAN declaration on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, describing the attitude for Southeast Asian countries to work together rather than their own interests, such as the Indonesian confrontation with Malaysia. Besides the Philippines have also clashed for claims over Sabah Malaysia. A series of diplomatic activities of the […]

August 19th, 2013 Current Issues

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