Thai king takes control of vast fund 

The Thai government agency that managed the vast wealth of the royal family for the past 80 years has formally handed control of its...

EU palm-oil ban hits Asean 

Since coming to office, Malaysia’s new prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has been impressively active, regardless of the fact that he is the world’s oldest...

More 1MDB scandals to come: Lim 

Malaysia intends to recover all stolen assets from the scandal-ridden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) sovereign wealth fund, according to the new finance minister, who...

Mahathir demands TPP review 

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has questioned the Trans-Pacific Partnership, claiming that smaller participants are at a disadvantage. The 92-year-old said the trade pact, which...

Warrant issued for 1MDB suspect

Scandal-ridden Malaysian financier Jho Taek Low has instructed his lawyers to contact the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (Macc), which is seeking his input into the...

Tax break set to spark retail boom 

Malaysian traders are purportedly hoping for growth as consumers will be more willing to spend more now the goods and services tax (GST) has...

Lim warns of tighter KL budget 

Malaysian has announced belt-tightening measures to cut liabilities over RM1 trillion (US$250 billion) that exploded under former prime minister Najib Razak.  The new finance minister,...

KL axes rocky legal claims

The new Malaysian government has dropped two cases by the previous administration against Singapore, challenging the International Court of Justice’s 2008 ruling on the...

Indonesia minority fears violence 

Two decades since the fall of Indonesia’s dictator Muhammad Suharto, the treatment of the affluent ethnic-Chinese community remains a sensitive issue.  Suharto’s bans on Chinese...

Ex-PM faces ridicule amid probe

Malaysia’s scandal-ridden former prime minister Najib Razak is facing investigators for a second time in a week over the scandal involving the state-owned 1MDB...

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Rare good news for Asean media

Malaysia has repealed the controversial anti-fake news law, which has been widely condemned for stifling free speech since its introduction by the previous government...

Jokowi boosts budget ahead of vote

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo's draft state budget for next year promises handouts as he seeks a second term in the 2019 presidential election. The draft...

Vietnam hero turned dissident dies, 90

A Vietnamese war hero who later fled the country to become of one of its most vocal critics, demanding multiparty democracy, died this week...