Monthly Archives: December 2015

The ASEAN Economic Community kicks off – will it succeed?

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Today, December 31, is the day when the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is officially being inaugurated. The new economic bloc, a free trade area...

Philippines joins Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in the last minute

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The Philippines in a last-minute decision is officially joining the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) before the deadline by the end of this...

Did Malaysia PM use donor money for 2013 election campaign?

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Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said he channeled an anonymous $700 million donation to politicians and projects to help his ruling party win 2013...

Grace Poe kept on Philippine general election list for now

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The Supreme Court of the Philippines on December 28 temporariIy prevented the elections commission from implementing its decision to disqualify Grace Poe, one of the...

Diageo plans local production of alcohol-free Guinness in Indonesia

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British beverage giant Diageo, owner of the iconic Guinness beer brand, is planning a manufacturing site to locally produce its new alcohol-free version of...

Duterte vows to halve crime rate – Poe still hopeful to run in Philippine polls

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Philippine presidential election candidate Rodrigo Duterte and his running mate Alan Peter Cayetano said on Christmas Day that they would halve the crime rate...

Thailand tourism arrivals at record high – capsule hotel to open

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With more than 29 million tourists arriving in Thailand this year - a new all-time high -, news that the first outspoken capsule hotel...

Malay Muslim groups say Brunei’s Christmas ban “against Islamic principles”

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A total of 30 Malaysian civil societies of different faiths, among them a number of Muslim groups, on December 24 called on the Malaysian...

Philippine army receives $1.77-billion upgrade

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The Philippine government is set to spend $1.77 billion for military modernisation projects by 2017 as the country faces a territorial dispute with China. Philippine...

Search for flight MH370 to end in June 2016

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Australia's government said that the underwater search for missing flight Malaysia Airline MH370  will likely end by June 2016. A statement by the Australian Joint...

Government poll finds 99% of Thais happy with government

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A new poll released by the Thai National Statistics Office on December 22 found that 99.3 per cent of Thais are happy with the...

Brunei and the Christmas ban: Theocracy on tranquilisers

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Brunei is in the international headlines again for its extravaganza of banning Christmas festivities because the Sultan and his Imams fear it would erode...

Myanmar told to embark on wind energy

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Myanmar in its quest to increase power production could adapt renewable energies such as wind energy and at the same time enticing investors in...

Bangkok, KL set to become new global “super cities”

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Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur have been put on the watch list of cities to become new global “super cities” in the coming years by...

Malaysia’s latest airline targets Muslim travelers

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A new airline in Malaysia is taking off on December 20 on its maiden flight from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi where it has its...

Indonesia tries issuing ban on taxi & motorbike apps, triggers online furor

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Indonesia’s Ministry of Transportation on December 17 banned ride-hailing taxi and motorbike services that operate online such as Uber, Go-Jek and GrabTaxi, stating that...

Myanmar drafts new five-year plan to boost economy

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Myanmar is drafting its second five-year plan (2016-17 to 2020-2021) aiming to boost economic growth by encouraging investment in the public and private sectors...

German budget carrier launches Thailand flights

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Starting December 21, another low-cost carrier will offer direct flights between Europe and Southeast Asia. Eurowings, the long-haul budget airline of Germany's national carrier...