DISCLAIMER: This article contains sensitive content about racism and xenophobia. Reader’s discretion is advised. ‘I can’t breathe’. Pinned to the ground and gasping for air on a curbside in Minneapolis, these were George Floyd’s last words before he took his final breath. As COVID-19, a deadly virus that corrupts the…Continue Reading
Malaysia In conjunction with the surge in COVID-19 cases after the 5th March, the Malaysian government announced a national Movement Control Order (MCO) starting from the 18th March, with only essential services operating. The measures taken to combat this pandemic are reflected from the Ministry of Health’s initiative to facilitate…Continue Reading
DISCLAIMERS: Views expressed in this article are solely my opinion and may not necessarily represent the entity affiliated. This article contains sensitive content about rape and sexual abuse. Reader’s discretion is advised. A recurring nightmare of mine unfolds where I was living in this unparalleled utopia, dancing among the daisies…Continue Reading
In an age of technological disruption, competition ensues. Some race ahead with the latest knowhow, while others lag behind. As technology diffuses into more and more aspects of daily life, gradually replacing traditional tools of imparting knowledge to our young, Denise Tan gives her take on its benefits, its drawbacks and what the region should concentrate on to maximise its accessibility and effectiveness.Continue Reading
ASEAN’s economic boom in the last few decades belies an ever-worsening crisis of drug misuse. Individual governments have tried means and ways to tackle the crux of the problem, yet are their approaches effective? Ting Fang Chu examines the intricacies of the fight against drugs, and argues that regardless of the path taken, a coordinated and united response from ASEAN is exigent.Continue Reading
With water scarcity set to become one of the most contentious issues in international relations, Southeast Asia is no exception. Looking at the Mekong river basin, Braedie Atkins looks at how rising water tensions can be subdued by ASEAN, creating a water management system and facilitating technological innovation to ensure water supplies. Yet, China’s unwillingness to cooperate will continue to be a barrier in quenching the thirst for conflict within the region.Continue Reading
Despite Singapore’s high levels of economic development, certain aspects of social development have not fully caught up. Benedict Choong shares his experience participating in an island-wide research study about homelessness conducted in July 2019. Read more to discover what he found, along with some recent efforts by agencies in Singapore to help the homeless in Singapore get back on their feet and off the streets.Continue Reading
Paid domestic work is a common feature of many middle-class households in Southeast Asia. Despite their contributions, the women in this line of work are still treated like second-class citizens. Why is this the case?
Alicia Lukman explores how gender dynamics play out in domestic workers’ lives.
Braedie Atkins discusses the importance of coral reefs for Southeast Asia while also looking into how their overexploitation, as well as increasing global temperatures due to climate change, is making the region more vulnerable. ASEAN must play the quintessential role of filling any adaption or mitigation gaps left from mass coral bleaching.Continue Reading
Post-Brexit, the UK will have to begin negotiating trade terms with Southeast Asia without the EU’s backing. Considering the challenges associated with both bilateralism and multilateralism, how should the UK approach ASEAN?Continue Reading