Indonesia (Again) Vows to Clean World’s Most Polluted River (video)

If everything goes according to plan 2025 is set to be a big year environmentally for Indonesia, which carries the unwanted title as home to one the world’s most polluted rivers, in addition to being the world’s second largest source of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. In February last year Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Indonesia […]

Indonesia Military Shuffling Sees Jokowi’s Man Heading For Top Job

Indonesia Military Shuffling Sees Jokowi’s Man Heading For Top Job

The leadership of the Indonesian military is in flux. In the last three months of 2017, then commander General Gatot Nurmantyo executed two reshuffles of senior officers: one on October 27 and the other on December 4. Four days later on December 8, General Nurmantyo handed over command of the military to Air Chief Marshal […]

Thailand English-language News for January 30 (video)

In Thailand English-language News for January 30, 2018, Newsline presenter Surapan Laotharanarit tells us about: 00:45 | Thais have begun collecting commemorative coins struck to honour the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Treasury offices across the country. Coins can be collected until July 31. 02:43 | Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday denied that the National Council for […]

Indonesia’s Forest Fires: Limited Resources Hamper Fight

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Forest fires sweeping across Sumatra and Kalimantan in recent months prompted six Indonesian provinces to declare a state of emergency. Yet the scale of resources devoted to fighting and preventing forest fires remains far short of what is needed to turn around Indonesia’s rising rates of deforestation and meet Indonesia’s ambitious climate pledge. Fires break out across […]

Indonesia’s Liberal Democratic Reforms’ Slide to a ‘Neo-New Order’

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Indonesia’s Liberal Democratic Reforms’ Slide to a ‘Neo-New Order’

On 16 September, police broke up an academic discussion at the offices of renowned activist NGO the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH). The topic was the killings of alleged leftists in 1965 and 1966 in the wake of the failed coup that brought former president Suharto to power, public discussion of which has often raised the […]

Asean At 50: Firing up or Powering Down?

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Asean At 50: Firing up or Powering Down?

Fifty years ago Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines established the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). This association of primarily non-communist and relatively free-market countries was formed at a time when the Cold War was in full swing, and its end seemed to validate their confidence. The group expanded in the late 1980s […]

Preferring to Neither Sink or Swim Jokowi Pulls the Plug on Jakarta: Asean’s Sinking Cities

Last week the head of Indonesia’s National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), Bambang Brodjonegoro, announced that the government is committed to moving the nation’s capital from Jakarta in Java. While Mr Brodjonegoro did not specify where the new capital will be located, options floated in the past include Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia’s largest island and where former president Sukarno considered setting […]

Freeport’s Fallout For Indonesia Foreign Investors

Freeport’s Fallout For Indonesia Foreign Investors

Freeport-McMoRan (Freeport), the largest mining company operating in Indonesia, may soon be exiting after fifty years of doing business in the country. Hanging in the balance is the fate of Grasberg, a copper and gold project that is the world’s largest gold mine. The catalyst was a January regulation requiring the company’s local subsidiary to […]

Indonesia ‘Death Zoo’: President Widodo Petitioned to Save Starving Sun Bears at Bandung Zoo

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A petition imploring Indonesia President Joko Widodo and Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, to shut down the Bandung Zoo on Change.com has so far garnered more than 704,900 signatures. The petition was started after video of what appear to be emaciated Sun Bears (also known as honey bears) was posted on social media sites, including that of People […]

Indonesian Continues Reforms to Business Process

Indonesian Continues Reforms to Business Process

After moving up 15 places in the World Bank’s annual ease of doing business report for 2017, Indonesian authorities are determined to maintain the momentum, introducing additional reforms to ease the business process in Indonesia. In the latest moves aimed at cutting the red-tape associated with business registration and operation the Indonesia Ministry of Trade […]

Singapore Is World’s Top Talent Magnet, Cambodia Region’s Worst

When it comes to a country’s ability to attract, nurture, and retain people with the necessary skills and talent to meet increasing technological changes and challenges it is hard to overlook the city-state of Singapore. For the second year in a row Singapore sits at the  top of world rankings as a magnet for attracting […]

Indonesia’s Economy Threatened by Fiscal Sustainability

Indonesia’s Economy Threatened by Fiscal Sustainability

Despite major domestic and external challenges Indonesia’s economy is expected to grow at around 5 per cent again this year — much like last year — and only slightly below the official estimate of 5.3 per cent. However, it will come in much lower than the 7 per cent the new government had targeted. Compared […]

TPP’s Demise Sends Malaysia in Search of a New Trade Agenda

TPP’s Demise Sends Malaysia in Search of a New Trade Agenda

Malaysia’s trade with the United States has been in decline. But with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement dead in the water, what’s next for Malaysia’s trade agenda? If there is a flicker of hope for the TPP it comes from the talks that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had with President-elect Donald Trump during the […]

Indonesia Tax Amnesty Generates Megabucks For Infrastructure Programme

Indonesia Tax Amnesty Generates Megabucks For Infrastructure Programme

Indonesia President Joko Widodo is well on his way to finding the funds necessary for his ambitious infrastructure development plans with the Indonesia tax amnesty programme delivering results far better than expected. Just three months into the programme it has been hailed as the most successful ever tax amnesty programme run by any government in […]

Philippines & Indonesia Combine to Cause Nickel Industry Concern

Philippines & Indonesia Combine to Cause Nickel Industry Concern

Uncertainty is beginning to descend on the global nickel industry with the world’s largest nickel mining country, the Philippines, suspending 20 mines for failing an environmental audit. At the same time former world’s leading nickel exporter Indonesia looks set to again change its nickel ore export policy. Last year the Philippines produced 530,000 tons of […]