Singapore braced for tough year

Singapore is better placed than most of its Asean neighbours to withstand a downturn. Source: Flickr Few countries have been so consistently forced to live...

Malaysian parties fail to inspire

Malaysians go to the polls next year as the complacent Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition eyes another five-year term. But voters are understandably uninspired as they...

Duterte: pro-medical pot, anti-ghost

President Ferdinand Marcos hosts a meeting of Seato (Southeast Asia Treaty Organisation) during the Vietnam war in 1966 at the allegedly haunted Malacanang Palace in Manila. Former...

Myanmar’s false dawn

Buddhism is increasingly politicised in Myanmar. Picture credit: Asean Economist Foreigners dominate Myanmar's westernmost state of Rakhine, exploiting its natural resources and derailing its ethnic...

Asean economic hopes high after mixed 2015

The muddy docks in Yangon. Myanmar is tipped to see the fastest growth in Asean this year. Photo: the author Southeast Asia greets the new year...

Nimble island needs to adapt again

The Jurong Industrial Estate was developed in the 1960s to industrialise the economy. Source: Wikimedia Singapore's financial troubles are raising questions about the trade hub's...

Clown king nears crisis point 

A close aide of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn was this month named head of the agency which manages the monarchy's vast holdings after legal...

Mahathir: immaturing with age

Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. Source: Flickr Malaysia's turbulent political scene took a peculiar twist last week, even by the federation's standards, when the former...

Thailand addresses tourist hangover

One of Thailand’s Similan islands. Source: Wikimedia The closure of Thailand’s Koh Tachai indefinitely from October due to fears that tourism is trashing the island's...

Economic titan, political worm 

As the year ends, Asean has not managed to change its status as a rising economic powerhouse and a political worm.  As Asean takes tentative steps...

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Maoists face terror label

The Philippine judiciary has moved to formally label the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army, as terrorist...

Singapore tax targets main polluters 

Singapore says it is imposing a carbon tax from next year to cut its greenhouse-gas emissions and give its firms a competitive advantage as...

Singapore property hit by tax hike

Singapore property stocks declined after the budget raised taxes on home purchases of more than S$1 million (US$761,600), just as the housing market was...