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On 17 June in Asian history

 

 

 

1967-06-14 China 1st hydrogen bomb

ON 17 JUNE IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on June 17, 2017

850: Death of Tachibana no Kachiko, Japanese empress who founded the Danrin-Ji temple, born in 786
https://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Empress_Danrin

1565: Matsunaga Hisahide assassinates the 13th Ashikaga shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru
http://www.historyanswers.co.uk/history-of-war/day-assassination-ashikaga-yoshiteru/
http://www.biographybase.com/biography/Yoshiteru_Ashikaga.html

1631: Death of Arjumand Banu Begum, for who her husband Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal mausoleum
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumtaz_Mahal
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/june-17-1631-mumtaz-mahal-dies-during-childbirth
http://www.exoticindiaart.com/tajmahal.htm

1756: Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah attacks the British settlement of Calcutta with 50,000 soldiers
http://www.kronoskaf.com/syw/index.php?title=1756_-_Siraj_Ud_Daulah_expedition_against_Calcutta
https://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/southasia/History/British/Siraj.html

1858: In the battle for Gwalior, Rani Lakshmibai, queen of Jhansi (northern India) is killed. One of the leading figures of the Indian rebellion of 1857. Born in 1828
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/rani-laxmibai.html
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/rani-lakshmibai-5512.php

1900: During the Boxer Rebellion, Allied Western and Japanese forces capture the Taku Forts in Tianjin, China
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight-Nation_Alliance
http://wn.com/taku_forts

1918: Birth of Ajahn Chah, Thai Buddhist meditation master who died on January 16, 1992
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajahn_Chah

1920: Birth of Setsuko Hara, Japanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Setsuko_Hara
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0361697/

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dca8Zc1sY3o

1928: Birth of Peter Seiichi Shirayanagi, Japanese cardinal who died on December 30, 2009
http://www.vatican.va/news_services/press/documentazione/documents/cardinali_biografie/cardinali_bio_shirayanagi_ps_en.html

1954: Sino-British agreement to exchange chargés d’affaires

1961: In Zurich, opening of a conference between representatives of the three Laos political movements, till 22

1961: Birth of Koichi Yamadera, Japanese seiyu, actor and tarento
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C5%8Dichi_Yamadera
http://www.flixster.com/actor/koichi-yamadera

1963: A day after South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem announced the Joint Communique to end the Buddhist crisis, a riot involving around 2,000 people breaks out, killing one
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joint_Communique

1965:  Death of Indian actor Motilal, born on December 4, 1910
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motilal
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/A-trip-down-memory-lane-with-actor-Motilal/articleshow/47697131.cms
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0609359/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsTi0OwT4B4

1967: The People’s Republic of China tests its first hydrogen bomb
http://www.thatsmags.com/china/post/10397/china-chronicles-the-prc-develops-the-h-bomb
https://www.ctbto.org/specials/testing-times/17-june-1967-chinas-first-thermonuclear-test

1967-06-14 China 1st hydrogen bomb
 
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/200706/20/eng20070620_385933.html

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrBikzYiZkA

1970: North Vietnamese troops cut the last operating rail line in Cambodia

1971: Agreement between Japan and USA for the return of Ryukyu including Okinawa under Japanese rule in 1972
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1971_Okinawa_Reversion_Agreement
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2002/05/14/national/handover-of-okinawa-to-japan-was-prickly-issue/#.V2MMCBFXrNN

1972: In Japan, prime minister Eisaku Sato resigns (replaced on July 7)
http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/cabinet/61_e.html

1978: Birth of Kumiko Aso, Japanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumiko_Aso
http://eiga.wikia.com/wiki/Kumiko_Aso

1980: Birth of Kimeru, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimeru

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BcitFA8kcA

1983: Birth of Kazunari Ninomiya, Japanese singer and actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazunari_Ninomiya

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9-XhigSuLQ

1989 : In a joint communiqué, India and Pakistan announce that they decide to end the five-year-old confrontation in Siachen Glacier area by withdrawing and redeploying their forces.

1993: Gulbuddin Hekmatyar becomes Afghan premier till June 1994
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2701547.stm

2002: In Indonesia, beginning of the trial of Akbar Tanjung, chairman of Golkar party, accused to have used 4 million USD of state money to support his party in 1999
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/2049227.stm

2002: In Hong Kong, first trial against members of Falun Gong (for hindrance to traffic)
http://www.voanews.com/content/a-13-a-2002-06-17-12-hong-66287657/541091.html
http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2002-06-18/news/0206180059_1_kong-hong-falun-gong   

2011: Fatal floods hit China. The government has described flooding in some areas as the worst since 1955 and has mobilized troops to evacuate some 555,000 people
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13807166

2012: Death of Fauzia Wahab, Pakistani politician, born on November 24, 1956
http://www.pakistanherald.com/Profile/Fauzia-Wahab-Late-486

2015 : Australia and China sign a free trade agreement with Prime Minister Tony Abbott hailing it as « history making » for both countries
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-06-17/australia-and-china-sign-history-making-free-trade-agreement-after-a-decade-of-negotiations/1459480
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2015-06/17/content_15278323.htm

2016: An Indian court jails 11 Hindus for life for the murder of dozens of Muslims during riots in Gujarat in 2002 that shook India at a time Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the state’s chief minister
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36557036

 

Main news on Indonesia

17 JUNE 2017

As religious tensions rise, foreign investment in Indonesia slows

The growth of foreign direct investment in Indonesia is slowing. The latest data shows that it expanded 0.9% on the year in the January-March quarter. What is weighing down the figure? Religious and ethnic tensions
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/As-religious-tensions-rise-foreign-investment-in-Indonesia-slows

22 MAY 2017

Former Jakarta governor Ahok withdraws blasphemy conviction appeal

The family of Jakarta’s jailed Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama unexpectedly withdrew an appeal against his conviction and two-year jail term for blasphemy on Monday (May 22), after it was submitted by his lawyers just hours earlier
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-jakarta-governor-ahok-withdraws-blasphemy-conviction-8872026
http://www.dw.com/en/un-calls-on-indonesia-to-free-christian-governor-jailed-on-blasphemy-charges/a-38940788

9 MAY 2017

Jakarta’s Christian governor Ahok found guilty in Islam blasphemy trial

Jakarta’s Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, is found guilty of blasphemy and sentenced to a two-year jail term, in a tense trial widely seen as a test of religious tolerance in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2093544/jail-jakarta-governor-ahok-over-blasphemy-against-islam
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/09/christian-governor-of-jakarta-imprisoned-for-blasphemy
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170509_27/

8 MAY 2017

Indonesia to disband radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir

The government said on Monday (08/05) it will pursue the disbandment of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia, or HTI, on the basis that the organization’s activities contradict values enshrined in state ideology Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/government-disband-hizbut-tahrir-denouncement-extremist-ideologies/
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/05/indonesia-disband-hardline-group-hizbut-tahrir-170508163145116.html

27 APRIL 2017

Indonesia-Philippines sea border pact ratified

Indonesia’s Parliament on Thursday (April 27) ratified a landmark sea border agreement with the Philippines, which sets the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) boundaries between the two countries in the Mindanao and Celebes seas
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-philippines-sea-border-pact-ratified

21 APRIL 2017

After Jakarta showdown, hardliners say Bandung mayor is ‘the next Ahok

Ridwan Kamil mayor of Indonesia’s second largest city Bandung, says Islamic hardliners have told him “you are the next Ahok”, following the just-concluded Jakarta poll that saw incumbent Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama lose his coveted post as governor
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/jakarta-showdown-hardliners-say-bandung-mayor-next-ahok/

19 APRIL 2017

Jakarta election: Christian governor concedes to Muslim rival

Jakarta’s governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known by his nickname Ahok, has conceded defeat to rival candidate Anies Baswedan in a runoff election after a polarising and fraught campaign that exposed religious and ethnic divisions in Indonesia’s capital
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39636974
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/19/content_15601841.html
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/04/19/anies-beats-ahok-in-runoff-vote-quick-counts.html

11 APRIL 2017

Indonesia delays blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor Ahok until after April 19 election

An Indonesian court on Tuesday (April 11) adjourned the blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor until after the city’s April 19 election, a contest pitting him against a Muslim rival that has divided the city and fanned religious tension
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-delays-blasphemy-trial-of-jakartas-christian-governor-ahok
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-11/blasphemy-trial-of-jakarta-governor-ahok-delayed/8434290?section=w

30 MARCH 2017

Australia West Papua worries

History shows that the province has been a perennial problem for the Australia-Indonesia relationship, writes Olivia Tasevski.
http://www.newmandala.org/west-papua-constant-worry/

22 MARCH 2017

Jakarta governor Ahok’s speech not blasphemous: Expert

A language expert has said that Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama’s speech during his working visit in Thousand Islands regency last September, in which he referred to a Quranic verse, was not blasphemous
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/03/21/ahoks-speech-not-blasphemous-expert.html

18 MARCH 2017

Saudi King learns lessons from Indonesia

The recent visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, invites the question: what does his visit mean?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/03/18/saudi-king-learns-lessons-from-indonesia/

14 MARCH 2017

Indonesia to probe graft allegations implicating dozens of politicians

Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency said it will look into allegations that dozens of politicians siphoned off money causing state losses of up to US$170 million in what could be one of the Southeast Asian country’s biggest graft scandals
http://www.atimes.com/article/corruption-scandal-rocks-indonesias-establishment/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-03/14/content_15585784.html

7 MARCH 2017

Julie Bishop slaps down reports of joint patrols with Indonesia in South China Sea

The prospect that Australia and Indonesia would jointly patrol the South China Sea near Natuna Islands is slapped down by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who denies reports the Indonesian President had ever suggested ithttp://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-03-07/julie-bishop-slaps-down-reports-of-joint-patrols-with-indonesia-in-south-china-sea/1655792
http://jakartaglobe.id/international/australia-says-no-plan-joint-south-china-sea-patrols-indonesia/

2 MARCH 2017

Pacific nations call for UN investigations into alleged Indonesian rights abuses in West Papua

A group of seven Pacific island nations is calling on the United Nations to investigate allegations of widespread human rights abuses in Indonesia’s Papua region, also known as West Papua
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-02/pacific-nations-call-for-un-investigations-into-west-papua/8320194?section=world

1 MARCH 2017

Saudi king visits Indonesia and Southeast countries

Saudi Arabia’s king is visiting Indonesia for the first time in 47 years. And while his official business in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation is receiving a lot of attention, so is the holiday to Bali and the luxury goods going with him
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39099988
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/king-salman-signs-range-of-deals-at-start-of-indonesia-visit/
http://www.dw.com/en/saudi-king-salmans-southeast-asia-trip-affirms-muslim-friendship/a-37768173

26 FEBRUARY 2017

Australia-Indonesia restore full military ties after row over special forces training material

Australia and Indonesia announced the full restoration of military ties Sunday as the countries’ leaders held talks following a brief spat over teaching material deemed offensive to Jakarta
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2074136/australia-indonesia-restore-full-military-ties-after-row-over
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-26/indonesia-and-australia-restore-military-cooperation-after-talks/8304514?section=world

25 FEBRUARY 2017

Indonesian president Joko Widodo arrives in Australia for two-day visit

Indonesian President Joko Widodo makes his first bilateral visit to Australia this weekend — a sign a military spat early this year has been resolved and relations between the two nations are stable
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/25/indonesian-president-joko-widodo-arrives-in-australia-for-two-day-visit
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-25/jokowi-trade-islamic-extremism-talks-to-dominate-widodo-visit/8302854?section=world

13 FEBRUARY 2017

Indonesia is on the brink of disaster’

Indonesia’s upcoming regional elections have been overshadowed by Muslim mass protests against the candidacy of Jakarta’s Christian governor Ahok. The country is on a dangerous course, says Berthold Damshäuser
http://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-is-on-the-brink-of-disaster/a-37528124

15 JANUARY 2017

Indonesia, Japan to deepen defence ties amid China challenge

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate on maritime security and deepen defence ties, as both nations feud with China over sea territory
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2062367/indonesia-japan-deepen-defence-ties-amid-china-challenge?spm=0.0.0.0.ezaHmY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/15/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-jokowi-unite-south-china-sea-disputes-plan-two-plus-two-meeting/#.WHusPIWcE2w
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/japan/indonesia-japan-affirm-deeper-ties-during-abe-s-asian-tour-1.1962403

9 JANUARY 2017

Indonesian military commander sacked for training Islamic hardliners with soldiers

An Indonesian military commander has been replaced after photos emerged of members of the hardline Islamic defenders group training with soldiers
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-09/indonesian-military-commander-sacked-for-training-hardliners/8171268?section=world
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/01/09/pdi-p-questions-military-training-for-fpi-members.html

5 JANUARY 2017

Indonesia backs down on suspension of military cooperation with Australia

Indonesia appears to have backed down over its suspension of all military cooperation with Australia
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-05/indonesia-softens-military-suspension-with-australia/8164440?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2059499/australia-denies-trying-recruit-indonesian-soldiers-after

4 JANUARY 2017

Indonesia halts military cooperation with Australia over ‘insulting’ West Papua posters at training base

« Offensive » material about West Papua displayed at an Australian Special Forces base has prompted Indonesia’s defence chief to cut military cooperation, throwing future joint exercises into doubt
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-04/insulting-training-material-was-in-relation-to-west-papua/8162284?section=world
http://www.news.com.au/national/offensive-training-materials-behind-indonesias-decision-to-suspend-military-cooperation-with-australia/news-story/1c2ae1a5e94c4043dcb9e2a931abfc83
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-says-military-acted-alone-to-suspend-cooperation-with/3413006.html

13 DECEMBER 2016

Trial of Jakarta governor Ahok begins as hundreds of Islamic hardliners protest

The much anticipated blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has opened amid tight security and mobs of Islamic hardliners chanting for his arrest
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/13/trial-of-jakarta-governor-ahok-begins-as-hundreds-of-islamic-hardliners-protest
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161213_24/

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/tearful-jakarta-governor-denies-insulting-quran-in-blasphemy/3363250.html

12 DECEMBER 2016

India, Indonesia to promote maritime security cooperation

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have agreed to strengthen their countries’ maritime security cooperation
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161213_01/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/indonesia-india-pledge-closer-maritime-ties

6 DECEMBER 2016

Institutional challenges in Indonesia’s state-driven development

Jokowi-nomics is ‘state-driven’, especially in the area of infrastructure expansion. The Jokowi government has emphasised that state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are ‘agents of development
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/12/06/institutional-challenges-in-indonesias-state-driven-development/

4 DECEMBER 2016

Indonesians rally for unity after blasphemy protests

Tens of thousands of Indonesians have rallied in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, calling for tolerance and unity after massive protests were held against the city’s Christian governor
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/indonesians-rally-unity-blasphemy-161204042203314.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thousands-rally-in-indonesia-to-celebrate-diversity
http://jakartaglobe.id/eyewitness/indonesia/

2 DECEMBER 2016

Crowd swells to 200,000 as Indonesian Muslims protest against Jakarta’s Christian governor

At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest in a month against its minority Christian governor
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2051058/indonesian-muslims-protest-against-jakartas-christian
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesian-muslims-protest-against-christian-governor
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/daughter-indonesias-first-president-sukarno-arrested-along-7-others-alleged-treason

27 NOVEMBER 2016

Jakarta’s violent identity crisis: behind the vilification of Chinese-Indonesians

Economic success of the group’s small elite has led to repeated bouts of resentment, discrimination and even violent assaults
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2049258/jakartas-violent-identity-crisis-behind-vilification

16 NOVEMBER 2016

Jakarta’s Christian governor to face blasphemy trial over Islam insult claim

Muslim groups claim Basuki Tjahaja Purnama insulted the Koran in a speech in September, when he accused his opponents of using a verse from the holy book to encourage people not to vote for him
http://www.euronews.com/2016/11/16/jakarta-s-christian-governor-faces-blasphemy-probe
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/11/16/ahok-named-suspect-in-blasphemy-case.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/16/jakarta-christian-governor-to-face-blasphemy-trial-over-islam-insult-claim

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Reviving the India-Indonesia Relationship

Ties with Indonesia are an under-appreciated part of India’s “Act East” Policy
http://thediplomat.com/2016/11/reviving-the-india-indonesia-relationship/

4 NOVEMBER 2016

Thousands of Islamists demand the arrest of Jakarta governor

Thousands of Islamists have marched in the heart of Jakarta to demand the arrest of the governor. Religious leaders accuse the minority-Christian administrator of blasphemy over jesting remarks he made about the Koran
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37856476
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/never-intended-commit-blasphemy-sincerely-apologize-muslims-ahok/

1 NOVEMBER 2016

South China Sea: Australian Government considers joint patrols with Indonesian Navy

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed Australia is considering joint patrols with Indonesia in the contested South China Sea
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-01/south-china-sea-bishop-considers-joint-patrols-with-indonesia/7982600?section=world

7 OCTOBER 2016

Indonesia moves closer to ratifying maritime border treaty with Singapore

Indonesian lawmakers are in the final stages of ratifying a treaty demarcating the maritime boundaries in the eastern stretch of the Singapore Strait
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-moves-closer-to-ratifying-maritime-border-treaty-with/3187408.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

Human trafficking: NGO calls for Indonesia, Malaysia ‘modern slavery’ investigation

An Indonesian NGO says 11,000 people have been trafficked from an eastern province since 2009
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-12/calls-for-indonesia-human-trafficking-probe/7785654?section=world

7 SEPTEMBER 2016

Indonesia: A policy without a strategy

With maritime tensions in the region remaining high, and likely to escalate further, Indonesia must reassess its Indo-Pacific strategy, Ristian Atriandi Supriyanto writes
http://www.newmandala.org/policy-without-strategy/

16 AUGUST 2016

Indonesia to defend ‘every inch’ of terrority, ‘actively involved’ in resolving South China Sea disputes: Jokowi

Indonesian President Joko Widodo pledged on Tuesday (Aug 16) to defend « every inch » of Indonesia’s land and maritime territory, following clashes with Chinese vessels around Indonesian islands in the South China Sea.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-actively-involved-in-resolving-south-china-sea-disputes-says-president-joko

2 AUGUST 2016

Indonesia says no dispute with Beijing in South China Sea

At a forum on Tuesday (Aug 2), an Indonesian senior government official denied the country had any dispute with Beijing. Jakarta is also upholding its position as a non-claimant state in the South China Sea
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-says-no-dispute/3007476.html

30 JULY 2016

Angry mob burns down monasteries, temples in North Sumatra

Hundreds of people plundered and burned down several Buddhist temples or vihara in Tanjung Balai, North Sumatra, on Friday evening. No fatalities or injuries occurred in the anarchic acts, which took place until early Saturday
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/07/30/vihara-pagodas-burned-down-plundered-in-n-sumatra.html
http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/105997/situation-in-tanjungbalai-safe-under-control-following-riot-police

27 JULY 2016

Indonesian President Joko Widodo reshuffles Cabinet to position country for strong economic growth

President Joko Widodo on Wednesday (July 27) named a new Cabinet in a bid to tackle Indonesia’s income inequality as well as to position the country for strong economic growth
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesian-president-to-announce-cabinet-reshuffle
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/business/breaking-sri-mulyani-wiranto-return-cabinet-president-eager-establish-solid-team/
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/indonesia/2016/07/28/473609/Indonesia-names.htm

19 JULY 2016

Santoso, Indonesia’s most wanted Islamist militant ‘killed in shootout’

Indonesia’s most wanted Islamist militant was killed in a shootout with security forces, according to a senior government minister who hailed a victory for the government’s counterterrorism campaign against a dwindling band of extremists in the jungles of Sulawesi island
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/19/indonesian-police-most-wanted-islamic-radical-santoso-may-have-died-in-shootout
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesias-most-wanted-terrorist-santoso-dead-minister
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-most-wanted-islamist-militant-killed-police

28 JUNE 2016

A new-age Muslim movement in Indonesia, Gafatar, sparks a government crackdown

The group, which was founded in 2012 and claims about 50,000 followers, is a back-to-the-land movement based on the idea that materialism and cities corrupt spiritual life. It does not call itself a religion
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/a-new-age-muslim-movement-in-indonesia-sparks-a-government-crackdown/2016/06/27/6fe65f82-388e-11e6-af02-1df55f0c77ff_story.html

23 JUNE 2016

Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s trip to South China Sea island of Natuna, a message to Beijing, says minister

Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s trip on a navy warship to the waters off Indonesia’s Natuna islands on Thursday (June 23) is to send a clear signal that Indonesia is serious about defending its sovereignty, Coordinating Political and Security Minister Luhut Pandjaitan has said.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesian-president-sails-to-south-china-sea-islands-in-message-to-beijing
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160623_38/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/06/23/jokowi-off-to-flashpoint-island-to-send-strong-message-to-china.html

17 JUNE 2016

Indonesia accused of arresting more than 1,000 in West Papua

Indonesian police have been accused of arresting more than 1,000 people at rallies in West Papua demanding an independence referendum
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/17/indonesia-accused-of-arresting-more-than-1000-in-west-papua

7 JUNE 2016

Indonesian sect leaders detained for blasphemy, draws condemnation from activists

Three leaders of a banned Indonesian sect have been arrested for blasphemy and treason, police said, drawing condemnation from activists who accuse authorities of persecuting the men for their beliefs.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-07/indonesian-sect-leaders-det

30 MAY 2016

China protests seizure of of fishing boat by Indonesia

Beijing insisted on Monday (May 30) a Chinese boat detained close to Indonesian islands had been fishing legally, in a fresh flare-up of tensions between the countries in the South China Sea.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-protests-seizure-of/2829660.html

26 MAY 2016

Indonesia approves death penalty, chemical castration for child sex offenders

Indonesia’s President approves tough new punishments for child sex offenders, including a maximum penalty of death and chemical castration, after the brutal gang-rape and murder of a schoolgirl
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesia-introduces-death-penalty-chemical-castration-child-rapists
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-05-26/indonesia-approves-death-penalty-chemical-castration-for-child-sex-offenders/1584494
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/26/castration-for-rapists-of-kids.html

5 MAY 2016

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines reach agreement to coordinate maritime security

Following kidnappings of Indonesians at sea, Indonesia has come to an agreement with Malaysia and the Philippines to boost maritime security after a sit-down in Yogyakarta today
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/indonesia-maritime-security/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/05/indonesia-malaysia-philippines-sign-maritime-security-declaration.html

19 APRIL 2016

Indonesia holds dialogue on 1960s communist purge

The killings of at least half a million Indonesians who were accused of being communists is being publicly discussed for the first time in 50 years
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/indonesia-holds-dialogue-1960s-communist-purge-160417095551300.html

18 APRIL 2016

Indonesia’s President Widodo begins landmark European tour

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has arrived in Germany at the start of a week-long visit to Europe, with strengthening trade ties and intelligence-sharing on his agenda
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-s-president/2707544.html

18 APRIL 2016

16 APRIL 2016

Indonesia moves jailed radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir after charges of inhumane treatment

The Indonesian government moved the notorious radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir from a prison island after lawyers demanded an end to his “inhumane” treatment. Bashir is known as the spiritual leader of the 2002 Bali bombers, who killed over 200 in the Indonesian tourist haven.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/04/indonesia-moves-jailed-radical-cleric-bashir-after-charges-of-inhumane-treament/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/04/16/baasyir-moved-to-gunung-sindur-prison.html

5 APRIL 2016

Indonesia sinks 23 foreign fishing boats

Indonesian authorities sank 23 foreign fishing boats on Tuesday (Apr 5), saying they were « operating illegally in the archipelago’s vast waters in continuation efforts for anti-poaching », China’s Xinhua news agency reported.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-sinks-23/2668428.html

21 MARCH 2016

Is Indonesia Ready to Be a Major Player in the South China Sea?

Indonesia may not be a claimant to the disputed Spratly Islands, but the March 20 incident is the first real test of President Joko Widodo’s ambition of turning the country into a maritime power, a policy that necessarily means asserting sovereignty over its vast sea boundaries.
http://162.242.234.155/blog/the-buzz/indonesia-ready-be-major-player-the-south-china-sea-15556

20 MARCH 2016

Indonesia to summon Chinese envoy after boat confrontation

Indonesia will summon the Chinese envoy in Jakarta after a confrontation between vessels from the two countries in the South China Sea, a minister said Sunday.
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/indonesia-summon-chinese-envoy-boat-confrontation-163804729.html?nhp=1
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/indonesia-summon-chinese-ambassador-standoff-natuna-islands/

11 FEBRUARY 2016

ASEAN Economic Community: Has Indonesia Done Its Homework? – Analysis

ASEAN has entered a new era with the commencement of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). While Indonesian officials regard the AEC with optimism, there are concerns whether Indonesia can meet its obligations under the AEC.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/11022016-asean-economic-community-has-indonesia-done-its-homework-analysis/

4 FEBRUARY 2016

‘Old guard’ blocking human rights reform in Indonesia

One area where it was expected Jokowi would enact change was in civil and political rights. Promised reforms in Nawa Cita, the nine-point priority agenda put forward by Jokowi and his running mate Jusuf Kalla, included combating the narcotics trade as well as ending impunity for those involved in past human rights violations
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/04/old-guard-blocking-human-rights-reform-in-indonesia/

14 JANUARY 2016

Deadly blasts, shootout in Indonesia capital; ISIS claims credit

Attackers struck midday Thursday at a busy commercial hub in Jakarta, killing at least two, wounding 24 and raising alarm about terrorism in the world’s most populous Muslim country
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/14/asia/jakarta-gunfire-explosions/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35312794 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/isil-claims-responsibility-jakarta-attacks-indonesia-160114104322617.html
http://www.euronews.com/2016/01/14/indonesian-president-let-s-not-be-cowed-by-attacks/

13 JANUARY 2016

French journalist banned from Indonesia for documentary on human rights abuses

The documentary, called “The Forgotten War in Papua”, looks into the human rights abuses allegedly carried out by the government over the past 25 years in the country’s conflict-ridden eastern Papuan provinces.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/01/french-journalist-banned-from-indonesia-for-documentary-on-human-rights-abuses/

7 JANUARY 2016

Indonesia, South Korea sign $1.87 billion fighter jet development deal

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) signed two separate contracts with the Indonesian defense ministry and the country’s state-run defense firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) in Jakarta, Thursday, to jointly develop Korea’s indigenous fighter jets
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/01/116_194922.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160107000973

30 DECEMBER 2015

Indonesia opts out of Saudi-led military coalition

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo refrained from openly rejecting the idea of joining the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition of 34 countries to fight terrorism, but his chief security czar announced the government’s decision to distance itself from the anti-terrorist coalition.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/indonesia-opts-out-saudi-led-military-coalition

21 DECEMBER 2015

Indonesia warns other countries to respect its sovereignty over Papua

The Indonesian defence minister has warned other countries to respect his country’s sovereignty over the troubled region of Papua, as meetings with Australian ministers ended in mutual agreement about the strength of the bilateral relationship
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/21/indonesia-warns-other-countries-to-respect-its-sovereignty-over-papua

19 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia releases prominent West Papuan pro-independence leader Filep Karma from jail

High-profile West Papuan separatist leader Filep Karma is released from prison after more than a decade behind bars, in a fresh sign that Indonesia may be easing its tight grip on the restive eastern region
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-11-19/indonesia-releases-prominent-west-papuan-proindependence-leader-filep-karma-from-jail/1516578

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/19/pro-independence-papua-convict-released-after-11-years.html

18 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia against notion to form ASEAN union

Indonesia is persisting in its stand against the idea of other ASEAN members to transform the grouping into a more integrated union within 10 years, citing economic differences as the main reason, according to a government official on Wednesday
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/indonesia-against-idea-forming-asean-union

16 NOVEMBER 2015

Bali bombing spiritual leader Abu Bakar Bashir applies for judicial review of 2011 terror conviction

His lawyers are expected to argue that he was wrongfully arrested over the funding of a terrorist training camp in Aceh
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-11-17/bali-bombing-spiritual-leader-abu-bakar-bashir-applies-for-judicial-review-of-2011-terror-conviction/1515074

12 NOVEMBER 2015

Malcolm Turnbull of Australia and Joko Widodo of Indonesia Seek to Mend Ties

The new Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, made a half-day visit to Indonesia on Thursday to hold talks with President Joko Widodo, a meeting intended to help mend diplomatic relations that plummeted this year over issues including human smuggling, refugee boats and the executions of Australian drug offenders
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/13/world/asia/australia-indonesia-diplomacy-refugees.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/australia-pm-says-indonesia-welcome-tpp-frictions-ease/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/12/jokowi-takes-australian-pm-tanah-abang-display-affection.html

6 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia second biggest marine pollutant, after China

Indonesia produced 3.2 million tons of plastic waste in 2010, with around 1.29 million tons of that ending up in the ocean, according to a study published in the journal Science. The figure places Indonesia second only to China, with its 8.8 million tons of waste, or 27 percent of global plastic waste
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/06/indonesia-second-biggest-marine-pollutant-after-china.html

Indonesia Unemployment Rises Amid Sluggish Economy

The unemployment rate in Indonesia to 6.18 percent in August amid layoffs by businesses hit with a slowdown in consumer demand brought on by the slowest pace of economic growth in six years
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/business/govt-announces-6th-policy-package/

19 OCTOBER 2015

Indonesian authorities demolish churches in Aceh

Several Christian churches are due to be shut down in Indonesia’s Aceh province, local authorities have said, following a mob attack that left a church burned, a person killed, and several others injured
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-aceh-demolishes-churches-after-deadly-unrest
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34570570

16 OCTOBER 2015

Indonesia grants a Chinese-led consortium the right to build the country’s first high-speed railway line, angering Japan which had launched a rival bid.

Senior officials of Chinese and Indonesian consortiums signed an agreement on Friday to launch a joint venture for a railway linking national capital Jakarta with the West Java provincial capital of Bandung
http://www.euronews.com/2015/10/16/china-to-build-indonesia-s-first-high-speed-railway/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2015-10/16/content_15330784.html

30 SEPTEMBER 2015

China in line to build Indonesia high speed rail after Jakarta rejects Japan bid

China and Japan had been competing to construct the high-speed rail system, each offering low-interest loans and other perks as they vied to secure the estimated $5.3 billion high-profile railway contract
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135928/china-in-line-to-build-indonesia-high-speed-rail-line-after-jakarta-rejects-japan-bid/
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/eca4af84-67fa-11e5-97d0-1456a776a4f5.html#axzz3nNsCy9UO

21 SEPTEMBER 2015

Indonesia Defends its Foreign Policy Record under Jokowi

Indonesia’s foreign minister staunchly defended the country’s foreign policy outlook Monday in a key speech in Washington, D.C., rejecting criticism of its narrow nationalism and stressing its important contributions regionally and globally.

http://thediplomat.com/2015/09/indonesia-defends-its-foreign-policy-record-under-jokowi/

9 SEPTEMBER 2015

Indonesia unveils stimulus to bolster economy, currency

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday unveiled a series of stimulus measures to lift slowing growth in Southeast Asia’s top economy and shore up the country’s plunging currency
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/686892/indonesia-unveils-stimulus-to-bolster-economy-currency
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/business/joko-announces-first-policy-package-propel-economy/

27 AUGUST 2015

Indonesia, Timor Leste agree to resolve border problems, boost ties

Indonesia and Timor Leste agreed on Wednesday to begin negotiating unresolved land and maritime border issues and enhance bilateral ties, particularly on trade and investment.The commitment was made during a meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Timor Leste Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araújo at the Merdeka Palace in Central Jakarta on Wednesday 26
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/08/27/ri-timor-leste-agree-resolve-border-problems-boost-ties.html

15 AUGUST 2015

Aceh celebrates 10th anniversary of peace deal

Aceh province on Saturday (Aug 15) kicked off a 3-month long commemoration of the Helsinki Memorandum of Understanding signed 10 years ago ending three decades of conflict in the Indonesian province
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/aceh-celebrates-10th/2052610.html

11 AUGUST 2015

Suharto Family Ordered to Pay Back $324m in Embezzled Funds

The Supreme Court has ordered the family of former president Suharto to pay back to the state Rp. 4.4 trillion ($324 million) in funds misappropriated during the late strongman’s lengthy reign.
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/suharto-family-ordered-pay-back-324m-embezzled-funds/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1848617/ex-indonesian-leader-suhartos-family-ordered-pay-back

6 AUGUST 2015

 Said Agil reelected as NahdlatulUlama chairman

 Said Agil Siradj has been reelected to lead the country’s largest Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), until 2020 http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/08/06/said-agil-reelected-nu-chairman.html#sthash.tlYBJGXu.dpuf

 3 AUGUST 2015

 Indonesian foundation defends awarding Kim Jong-Un peace prize

A daughter of Indonesia’s founding president has defended honouring North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un with an award for statesmanship, dismissing criticisms of his human rights record as « Western propaganda »
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/08/03/indonesian-foundation-defends-awarding-kim-jong-un-peace-prize.html#sthash.lmP7RSnG.dpuf

28 JULY 2015

Indonesia, Singapore to boost security, economic, and people-to-people ties

Singapore and Indonesia today vowed to step up cooperation between both countries in a range of areas. These include building upon already-strong business and economic ties, and will extend to partnerships in e-government, youth and sports development, technical and vocational education as well as tourism
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Indonesia-Spore-to-boost-security-economic-and-peo-78731.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-indonesia/2012424.html

27 JULY 2015

David Cameron: Measures to counter IS agreed with Indonesia

The UK and Indonesia have agreed measures to counter the « shared enemy » of Islamic State (IS) extremism, PM David Cameron has said.
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-33670367
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/regional-news/2015/07/28/441778/Cameron-in.htm

13 JULY 2015

Indonesia Jails 3 Chinese Uighurs for Trying to Join Islamist Militants

An Indonesian court sentenced three men from China’s Uighur Muslim minority on Monday to six years in prison for conspiring with militant Islamists in Indonesia, a police spokesman said
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/indonesia-jails-3-chinese-uighurs-trying-join-islamist-militants/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/07/13/3-chinese-uighurs-get-6-years-over-terrorism-indonesia.html

24 JUNE 2015

House deals severe blow to Indonesia president Joko Widodo

 The ruling coalition of President Joko « Jokowi » Widodo suffered a severe blow on Tuesday after it failed to stop two controversial initiatives in the House of Representatives
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/house-deals-severe-blow-jokowi
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesia-bill-allows-mps-hundreds-millions-setback-war-graft

13 JUNE 2015

The Battle over Indonesia’s first Female Sultan

When Indonesia’s Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, governor of Yogyakarta, made an announcement paving the way for his eldest daughter, Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Pembayun, to succeed him on the throne, he dismantled a 400-year-old gender barrier in the nation’s only kingdom that still retains political power
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/indonesia/2015-06-09/watch-throne?cid=nlc-twofa-20150611&sp_mid=48858218&sp_rid=Z29sZGZpZW1AZ21haWwuY29tS0

10 JUNE 2015

Indonesian president breaks tradition in picking new military chief

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has picked the army chief of staff to lead the military, a presidential palace spokesman said on Wednesday, breaking with a reform-era tradition of rotating the position between the branches of the armed forces
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesian-president-breaks-tradition-picking-new-military-chief

5 JUNE 2015

Book Review: Demokrasi: Indonesia in the 21st Century

Hamish McDonald, a prize-winning former foreign correspondent whose career started in Indonesia with the Far Eastern Economic Review and who is now a Fellow of International Affairs based at the Australian National University in Canberra, has set out to chronicle the events of the 21st century that got the country where it is today
http://www.asiasentinel.com/book-review/demokrasi-indonesia-21st-century/

30 MAY 2015

FIFA suspends Indonesia over long-running row

FIFA’s decision “resulted from the effective ‘take over’ of the activities of PSSI (the Indonesian football association) by the Indonesian authorities,” a spokesman for the world governing body said
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/sports/2015/05/30/fifa-suspends-indonesia-over-long-running-row/

22 MAY 2015

Armed group declares ‘all-out war’ against Indonesians in Papua

Armed separatists in Indonesia’s Papua province have declared open war on the military and non-Papuan civilians, insisting that their decades-long struggle for independence is not over and denouncing as a lie President Joko Widodo’s reassurances that the region is peaceful
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/opm-declares-open-war-security-forces-non-papuan-civilians/

21  MAY 2015

Indonesia sinks 41 illegal fishing boats

Indonesia has sunk 41 foreign boats across the archipelago, reports said Thursday, as part of an ongoing push to stop illegal fishing in its waters.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/568891/indonesia-sinks-41-illegal-fishing-boats
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/world/2015/05/21/beijing-voices-concern-after-indonesia-sinks-chinese-boat/

18 MAY 2015

Court confirms Bakrie as Indonesia’s opposition leader

An Indonesian court on Monday ruled that tycoon Aburizal Bakrie was leader of Golkar, the country’s largest opposition party, dashing rivals’ hopes the party would defect to the ruling coalition under a different leader.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/564979/court-confirms-bakrie-as-indonesia-opposition-leader

15 MAY 2015

700 Migrants rescued from sinking boat off Indonesia’s Aceh but Indonesia says to halt migrant boats at sea to avoid ‘social issues’
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32747616
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesia-says-halt-migrant-boats-sea-avoid-social-issues

12 MAY 2015

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono re-elected Indonesia’s Democratic Party chairman

Former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was unanimously re-elected as chairman of the Democratic Party late on Tuesday (May 12), hours after its three-day congress opened.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/susilo-bambang-yudhoyono/1845318.html
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/05/13/sby-give-direct-command-new-leadership-term.htm

9 MAY 2015

Indonesia President Jokowi signals reconciliation with restive Papua province

President Joko Widodo announced on Saturday he was lifting restrictions on foreign journalists in Papua immediately, after signing off pardons for five political detainees held for over a decade in a prison in the restive eastern province
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Jokowi-signals-reconciliation-with-restive-Papua-p-74910.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32677259
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/10/world/asia/indonesia-president-pardons-prisoners-in-papua-province.html?ref=asia&_r=0

28 APRIL 2015

Eight drug convicts executed by Indonesian firing squad

Indonesia on Wednesday executed seven foreign drug convicts including two Australians by firing squad despite a storm of international anger, reports said, but a Filipina was spared at the 11th hour
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/eight-drug-convicts/1813474.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20150428-indonesia-executes-eight-drug-convicts-filipina-not-among-them

22 APRIL 2015

Indonesia’s Joko Loses the Economic Plot

Against the symbolic backdrop of a week-long international summit marking the 60th anniversary of the 1955 Asia-Africa Conference, one of the landmarks of developing world nationalism, Indonesia has taken a series of measures  that could isolate the country from investors, alienate long-term trading partners and drive growth rates down
http://www.asiasentinel.com/econ-business/indonesia-jokowi-loses-economic-plot/

16 APRIL 2016

Indonesia bans alcohol sales in small shops

Indonesia on Thursday introduced a ban on small retailers selling most alcoholic drinks, the latest move to curb drinking in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, despite opposition from the industry and in tourism hotspots
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/530367/indonesia-bans-booze-sales-at-small-retailers
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32330135

13 APRIL 2015

Many death penalty cases in Indonesia flawed, study shows

The Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) on Sunday released a study on 42 death sentences — in drug and premeditated murder cases — handed down from 2002 to 2013, some of which it said were the result of unfair judicial processes
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Many-death-penalty-cases-in-Indonesia-flawed-study-74055.html

4 APRIL 2015

Hundreds of enslaved fishermen rescued in Indonesia

More than 300 fishermen who were rescued by the Indonesian government from forced labour and slavery in the remote island of Benjina have arrived safely in the port of the neighbouring Tual island
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/04/indonesia-slavery-fishermen-150404074236914.html

19 MARCH 2015

PDI-P named most corrupt political party

A government plan to ease a remission regulation for corruption convicts has been described as a way of protecting members of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI-P) from legal charges, the party having suffered more corruption convictions than any other over the past decade
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/03/19/pdi-p-named-most-corrupt-political-party.html

21 FEBRUARY 2015

Indonesia Recalls Ambassador to Brazil Over Death Penalty Spat

Indonesia has recalled its new ambassador to Brazil after the South American country postponed a ceremony sealing his appointment, Jakarta said on Saturday, amid a row over the execution of a Brazilian national for drugs trafficking.
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/indonesia-recalls-ambassador-brazil-death-penalty-spat/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/02/21/brazil-s-overreaction-puts-diplomatic-ties-risk.html

13 FEBRUARY 2015

Indonesia Falls in Global Press Freedom Ranking

Press freedom in Indonesia fell six places in the latest ranking from Reporters Without Borders, which places Southeast Asia’s largest economy below Afghanistan and Brunei in its 2015 World Press Freedom Index
http://blogs.wsj.com/indonesiarealtime/2015/02/13/indonesia-falls-in-global-press-freedom-ranking/?mod=WSJBlog&mod=WSJ_SEA_Blog

6 FEBRUARY 2015

Malaysia, Indonesia to solve sea spats

The leaders of Malaysia and Indonesia on Friday pledged renewed efforts to resolve stubborn disputes over maritime borders that have long nagged at one of Southeast Asia’s most important bilateral relationships.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/468306/malaysia-indonesia-to-seek-resolution-of-maritime-disputes

24 JANUARY 2015

Joko Widodo’s 100 days as Indonesia President: Tough, decisive and lucky

Today marks Joko Widodo’s 100th day as Indonesian president. Despite criticism that he is an inexperienced lightweight, he has been tougher, more decisive and luckier than anyone expected..He has shown that he is extremely energetic and has done more in the last three months than what the previous administration did in its last three years, » said Jakarta-based political analyst Paul Rowland
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Joko-Widodos-100-days-as-Indonesia-President-Tough-70825.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/26/asia/indonesia-president-joko-widodo-interview/index.html

20 JANUARY 2015

Indonesia reverses local-election ban

Indonesia’s parliament backed direct elections for local leaders on Tuesday, formally reversing an earlier decision to scrap a key reform of the democratic era and giving a boost to President Joko Widodo
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/458455/indonesia-reverses-local-election-ban
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/direct-elections-bring-democracy-back-indonesia/

18 JANUARY 2015

Indonesia executes five foreigners despite protest

In a deepening diplomatic row, Indonesia has gone ahead and executed six prisoners for drug offences, including five foreigners. Brazil and the Netherlands have recalled their ambassadors in protest, as their pleas for clemency were ignored
http://www.euronews.com/2015/01/18/indonesia-goes-ahead-with-executions-of-foreigners-despite-protest/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-30866752
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/457630/fury-as-indonesia-executes-foreigners-by-firing-squad

10 DECEMBER 2014

Thousands of workers protest in Indonesia over minimum wage

Hundreds of thousands of laborers across the country joined street rallies on Wednesday, demanding reviews of minimum wages
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/12/11/thousands-workers-protest-streets-over-minimum-wage.html

Indonesia’s Plans to Triple Defense Budget

The new government’s plan to bolster the country’s defense spending to almost triple its current budget by 2019 has received support from international relations analysts and military experts in Indonesia.
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/analysts-welcome-governments-plans-triple-defense-budget/

5 DECEMBER 2014

Indonesia blows up Vietnamese boats to stop illegal fishing

Indonesia blew up and sank three empty Vietnamese boats Friday, the navy said, as the world’s biggest archipelago nation pushes to stop foreigners from illegally fishing in its waters
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesia-blows-vietnamese-boats-stop-illegal-fishing

1 DECEMBER 2014

Rift in Indonesia’s Golkar party as chairman Bakrie changes congress date

A deep split has emerged in Indonesia’s second-largest party Golkar after its chairman, Aburizal Bakrie who is seeking re-election, decided to bring forward its party congress from January to today. But a key faction backed by Indonesian vice-president Jusuf Kalla, who is Bakrie’s predecessor, not only wants to stick to the original January timing, it also wants a new man in charge
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Rift-in-Indonesias-Golkar-party-as-chairman-Bakrie-68315.html

22 NOVEMBER 2014

Jakarta sets up task force to fight energy mafia

Red tape, graft and malfeasance have pushed up prices. Oil and gas sector comes under closer scrutiny. Despite its huge reserves, Indonesia has to import energy to meet its needs. Transparency and a crackdown against mafia infiltration have become necessary.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Jakarta-sets-up-task-force-to-fight-energy-mafia-32769.html

19 NOVEMBER 2014

First Non-Muslim sworn in as Jakarta governor

Jakarta’s first Christian governor in nearly 50 years, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, was sworn in on Wednesday in the face of protests from religious hardliners opposed to a non-Muslim taking over one of Indonesia’s most powerful political jobs http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/jakarta/breaking-basuki-installed-governor-jakarta/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/non-muslim-sworn-jakarta-governor

26 OCTOBER 2014

Indonesia’s Widodo unveils cabinet including female foreign minister

New Indonesian President Joko Widodo unveiled his cabinet Sunday, which included the country’s first female foreign minister, after a lengthy delay caused by anti-corruption authorities’ concerns about several candidates
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-widodo-unveils-cabinet-including-female-foreign-minister
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/10/26/jokowis-cabinet-announced-here-lineup.html
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/indonesias-new-ministers/

24 OCTOBER 2014

Indonesia to release French journalists detained in Papua

Two French journalists were sentenced to two and a half months in prison Friday for illegally reporting in Indonesia’s Papua province on tourist visas but will be released Monday after having already served time in custody, their lawyer said.
http://www.france24.com/en/20141024-indonesia-release-french-journalists-detained-papua-illegal-reporting/
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20141024-french-journalists-detained-papua-will-go-free

20 OCTOBER 2014

Indonesia’s President Widodo sworn in

Widodo, the first Indonesian president not to come from the ranks of the country’s established political, business and military elite, took the oath of office in a ceremony at the parliament in the capital, Jakarta, attended by regional leaders and US Secretary of State John Kerry.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/new-indonesian-president-widodo-sworn-2014102041655878556.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/indonesia/11173758/Indonesia-new-president-who-is-Joko-Widodo.html

10 OCTOBER 2014

Secretary-general of Indonesian hard-line Islamic group nabbed

The Jakarta Police arrested the hard-line group Islam Defenders Front’s (FPI) secretary-general, Novel Bamu’min, on Thursday. He is suspected of organizing last Friday’s violent protest in front of City Hall in Central Jakarta
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/10/10/novel-nabbed-fpi-stage-rally-again.html

3 OCTOBER 2014

Radicals in violent protest against new Jakarta governor

Indonesian riot police Friday fired tear gas during clashes with hundreds of rock-pelting Islamic hardliners who protested against Jakarta’s incoming Christian Chinese governor
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/435785/radicals-in-violent-protest-against-new-jakarta-governor
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/jakarta/fpi-members-riot-jakarta-city-council-non-muslim-governor/

18 SEPTEMBER 2014

Indonesia’s Democratic Party decides to be opposition

The fourth largest Democratic Party (PD) led by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday made a decision not to propose any of its politician in the new administration and not to join the party coalition led by largest Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), deputy chairman said.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2014-09/18/content_15168064.html

16 SEPTEMBER 2014

Indonesia ratifies Asean haze pact

The Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution, which was signed in 2002, went into effect the following year, and Indonesia is the last country to ratify it.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/432547/indonesia-ratifies-asean-haze-pact
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/indonesia-ratifies-haze-treaty-12-years-stalling/

5 SEPTEMBER 2014

Indonesian energy minister resigns after being named suspect in corruption scandal

Mr Jero Wacik resigned as minister for energy and natural mineral resources after officials accused him of raking in almost 10 billion rupiah (S$1.1 million) for his ministry’s budget through illegal means
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesian-energy-minister-resigns-after-being-named-suspect-corruption-scandal

2 SEPTEMBER 2014

Singapore, Indonesia agree on borders

Singapore and Indonesia have agreed on their maritime boundaries in the eastern part of the Strait of Singapore and will sign a treaty during president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s three-day state visit to Singapore, which starts today
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Spore-Indonesia-agree-on-borders-64050.html

1 SEPTEMBER 2014

Indonesian female governor jailed for corruption

Indonesia’s first female provincial leader, and head of one of the country’s most powerful political dynasties, was jailed for four years Monday for bribing a top judge over an election dispute.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/429957/indonesian-female-governor-jailed-for-corruption
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/09/01/disgraced.html

21 AUGUST 2014

Indonesia’s highest court upholds Widodo’s presidential win

Indonesia’s highest court on Thursday unanimously upheld last month’s presidential election result, paving the way for Joko Widodo to take over as leader of the world’s third largest democracy
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-highest-court-upholds-widodos-presidential-win
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/08/indonesia-upholds-presidential-poll-result-201482114431312552.html
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/08/21/election-finally-ends-prabowo.html

13 AUGUST 2014

Indonesia prepares for Isis backlash from returning jihadis

Indonesia is intensifying its counter-terrorism efforts to combat a possible backlash from Indonesians and other southeast Asians who have joined violent jihadi groups in Syria and Iraq
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/e2dc2b12-22c3-11e4-9dc4-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz3AIhKvu4s

11 AUGUST 2014

Muslim groups in Indonesia condemn ISIS

Concern over the violent approach of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and declarations of support for the group in parts of Indonesia appears to have seen a new-found urgency among Muslim groups to work with the authorities to counter the threat
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/muslim-groups-indonesia-condemn-isis

07 AUGUST 2014

Two French journalists arrested in Indonesia’s Papua

Two French journalists have been detained since August 6 by Indonesian authorities after reporting on the separatist movement in the eastern region of Papua without a proper journalist visa.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140812-indonesia-detains-two-french-journalists-reporting-papua-dandois-bourrat/
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20140808-french-journalists-detained-indonesia

3 AUGUST 2014

Jakarta welcomes first ethnic Chinese governor

As Indonesia celebrates reformist Jakarta governor Joko Widodo winning the presidential election, it also marks the rise of his deputy governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who takes over from him
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Jakarta-welcomes-first-ethnic-Chinese-governor-63015.html

WikiLeaks bribery claims: Yudhoyono asks Australia to clear the air

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has defended himself against a claim in WikiLeaks that he was among leaders in Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam investigated in a bribery scandal, where currency printing contracts were secured by a company linked to the Reserve Bank of Australia
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/wikileaks-bribery-claims-yudhoyono-asks-australia-clear-air

22 JULY 2014

Joko Widodo wins Indonesia presidential election

The election commission said Mr Widodo – widely known as Jokowi – won 53.15% of the vote with his rival, ex-general Prabowo Subianto, on 46.85%.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28415536
http://www.france24.com/en/20140722-indonesia-presidential-election-widodo-prabowo/
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Prabowo-quits-Indonesia-presidential-race-62652.html

15 JULY 2014

Cracks in Golkar – call for party chief’s removal

CRACKS within Indonesia’s Golkar party over its support for presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto are showing, with members calling for party chairman Aburizal Bakrie to be removed before his term ends next year
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/cracks-golkar-%E2%80%93-call-party-chief%E2%80%99s-removal

9 JULY 2014

Jakarta mayor Joko Widodo winning Indonesian presidential election

Rival candidates lodged competing claims of victory as counting got underway in Indonesia’s presidential election with early samples showing that the mayor of Jakarta would win
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/indonesia/10955765/Jakarta-mayor-Joko-Widodo-winning-Indonesian-presidential-election.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/07/rivals-camps-claim-victory-indonesia-poll-20147984839806141.html

30 JUNE 2014

Indonesia jails ex-top judge for life for corruption

The former top judge of Indonesia’s constitutional court was jailed for life Monday for accepting more than $5 million in bribes to influence rulings, in the country’s latest high-profile corruption case.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418273/indonesia-jails-ex-top-judge-for-life-for-corruption

28 JUNE 2014

Chinese community in Indonesia still seeking justice

The Indonesian Chinese Association (INTI) has urged presidential candidate Joko « Jokowi » Widodo, should he win the upcoming election, to resolve past human rights abuse cases
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinese-community-indonesia-still-seeking-justice

4 JUNE 2014

Campaigning kicks off for Indonesian presidential election

Campaigning for Indonesia’s July presidential election officially kicked off Wednesday, with favourite Joko Widodo facing a tough challenge from a Suharto-era former general with a chequered human rights record
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/413542/campaigning-kicks-off-for-indonesian-presidential-election

1 JUNE 2014

Residents, Muslim groups attack Yogyakarta church

On the anniversary of the introduction of the state ideology Pancasila on June 1, an act of intolerance occurred in Yogyakarta as residents and members of Ormas (mass organisations) attacked a Pentecostal church in Pangukan, Sleman regency, on Sunday.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/residents-muslim-groups-attack-yogyakarta-church

23 MAY 2014

Indonesian military’s role in economy ‘set to be phased out’

The role of the powerful Indonesian military (TNI) in the country’s economy has shrunk by 80 per cent since reforms were taken to unshackle its grip – and expectations are that it will be phased out eventually, Indonesian Finance Minister Muhamad Chatib Basri said at the World Economic Forum yesterday

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesian-militarys-role-economy-set-be-phased-out

Indonesian government minister targeted in graft inquiry

Suryadharma Ali, Indonesia’s religious affairs minister and the PPP party leader, has been named as a suspect in a graft case centred on funding for the hajj pilgrimage

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/23/indonesian-government-minister-targeted-in-graft-inquiry

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/411338/indonesia-religion-minister-suspect-in-pilgrimage-graft-case

19 MAY 2014

Battle lines drawn for Indonesia’s presidential election

Voters will face a stark choice in July between Joko Widodo, the softly spoken Jakarta governor, and Prabowo Subianto, a former general and self-styled strongman

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/golkar-drops-support-widodo-back-former-general

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f3598d90-df5c-11e3-86a4-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz32BOodWk0

10 MAY 2014

Indonesia’s most popular Islamic party backs Jokowi for president

The National Awakening Party (PKB), which is aligned with Indonesia’s largest Muslim organisation, is the latest party to join an alliance led by Jokowi’s Indonesian Democratic-Party of Struggle (PDI-P).

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-most-popular-islamic-party-backs-jokowi-president

9 MAY 2014

Final results confirm Indonesia opposition topped polls

Indonesia’s main opposition won most votes at last month’s legislative elections but did worse than expected, final results confirmed on Friday, as negotiations to build coalitions heat up ahead of July’s presidential polls
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/final-results-confirm/1101028.html

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/04/09/pdi-p-victorious-csis-quick-count.html

3 MAY 2014

Australia PM drops Indonesia trip amid asylum boat reports

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has abruptly cancelled a planned visit to Indonesia, sparking criticism from opposition politicians
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27266428

30 APRIL 2014

Indonesia protests Czech mosque raid

The Indonesian government has filed a diplomatic complaint with the Czech government over a recent raid at a mosque in Prague in which dozens of people, including several Indonesian diplomats, were apprehended by local police

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/04/30/indonesia-protests-czech-mosque-raid.html

29 APRIL 2014

Indonesia jails former top energy regulator Rudi Rubiandini for bribery

An Indonesian court jailed the former chief energy regulator for seven years Tuesday for accepting more than $1.5 million in bribes, in a case that increased concerns about the country’s business climate
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407275/indonesia-jails-former-top-energy-regulator-for-bribery
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/04/29/rudi-rubiandini-gets-seven-years-bribery.html

28 APRIL 2014

Indonesian renowned violinist Idris Sardi dies at 75

Indonesian virtuoso violinist Idris Sardi died on Monday, leaving a legacy of important compositions and notable protégés. He was 75
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/04/29/obituary-renowned-violinist-idris-sardi-dies-75.html

21 APRIL 2014

Organised persecution of Shiites launched

More than 1,000 people attended an anti-Shia declaration on Sunday at the Al Fajr mosque in the West Java capital of Bandung, in what appeared to be the first organised attempt to persecute Shiites in Indonesia

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Organised-persecution-of-Shiites-launched-59483.html

14 APRIL 2014

Indonesian lawmaker jailed in Alstom-Marubeni bribe case

Izedrik Emir Moeis was found guilty of accepting $357,000 (S$445,743) from the companies to help them secure a $118 million joint contract in 2004 to supply and install boilers at a power plant on the island of Sumatra

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesian-lawmaker-jailed-alstom-marubeni-bribe-case

11 APRIL 2014

Infighting could ruin Jokowi’s bid

Internal rifts within the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) in the wake of the party’s poorer-than-expected results in Wednesday’s legislative election could jeopardize Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s chances in the July 9 presidential election.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/04/11/infighting-could-ruin-jokowi-s-bid.html

9 APRIL 2014

Indonesians Vote in Parliamentary Polls

http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/09/polls-open-in-indonesian-elections/
http://www.voanews.com/content/indonesias-pdi-p-leads-in-elections-but-less-than-expected/1889417.html

21 MARCH 2014

The Meaning of Jokowi for Indonesian Politics

The Jakarta governor’s nomination for president of Indonesia has outflanked a corrupt political system. Can he deliver?http://www.asiasentinel.com/opinion/meaning-jokowi-indonesian-politics/

14 MARCH 2014

Jakarta governor Widodo to run for Indonesia presidency

The political party of former Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri has nominated the capital’s governor as its presidential candidate.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/120594/jakarta-governor-widodo-to-run-for-indonesia-presidency/

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Jakarta-governor-to-run-for-president-30566.html

10 MARCH 2014

Indonesia ex-minister faces graft charge

Indonesian court charged Monday Andi Mallarangeng a former sports and youth minister in a multimillion-dollar graft case, one of several which hit the president’s party ahead of upcoming elections next month.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/399191/indonesia-ex-minister-faces-graft-charges

8 MARCH 2014

Violence against women on the rise

The National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) called on the government to better protect women, arguing that gender-based violence had become all too prevalent

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/03/08/violence-against-women-rise.html

3 MARCH 2014

Why Indonesia needs to lead in economic integration

As the biggest country in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is a natural leader of ASEAN. For decades since the association was established in 1967, Indonesia has played an important role maintaining geopolitical stability in the region. This leadership has recently become more demanding due to border disputes within ASEAN and China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/03/03/why-indonesia-needs-to-lead-in-economic-integration/

25 FEBRUARY 2014

Major Indonesian party taking hardline tack

As Its popularity dips in recent months, Indonesia’s largest Islamic party, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), has adopted a more strident tone in a bid to shore up its base.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/major-indonesian-party-taking-hardline-tack

20 FEBRUARY 2014

Jakarta Governor’s Cleanup Campaign

What Jakarta’s governor, Joko Widodo, is doing to clean up the sprawling, vice-ridden city he inherited from a luckless ally of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono demonstrates an intriguing contrast to the cleanup efforts of the country’s highly praised Corruption Eradication Commission.

http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/jakarta-governor-cleanup-campaign/

15 FEBRUARY 2014

Singapore and Indonesia: An Uneasy Coexistence?

It is time for the two neighbors to move beyond historical grievances.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/02/singapore-and-indonesia-an-uneasy-coexistence/

10 FEBRUARY 2014

Indonesia, Singapore row worsens

Tension between Indonesia and Singapore over the naming of an Indonesian Navy ship has risen, with officials from the Defence Ministry cancelling a planned visit to the city-state to attend the Singapore Airshow. The Defence Ministry made the move following the Singaporean government’s sudden decision to cancel a scheduled bilateral meeting on the two countries’ defence cooperation http://www.asianewsnet.net/Indonesia-Singapore-row-worsens–56944.html http://www.asianewsnet.net/Spore-move-signals-strong-displeasure-to-Indonesia-56908.html

8 FEBRUARY 2014

Sharia should not apply for non-Muslims: Aceh ulema

Imposing sharia on non-Muslims is inappropriate as Islamic law only regulates matters relevant to Islam and to do so tarnishes the image of the faith and thus harms it, says an Acehnese cleric

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/02/08/sharia-should-not-apply-non-muslims-aceh-ulema.html

4 FEBRUARY 2014

Indonesia’s foreign relations: policy shaped by the ideal of ‘dynamic equilibrium’

Indonesia’s foreign policy priorities would be based on geographic proximity, with the inner circle encompassing ASEAN (seen as the cornerstone of Indonesian foreign policy), the second circle comprising major neighbouring countries in East Asia, the third circle the wider Asia Pacific region, with the outer perimeters being of diminishing importance

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/02/04/indonesias-foreign-relations-policy-shaped-by-the-ideal-of-dynamic-equilibrium/

28 JANUARY 2014

Indonesia’s reform priorities: Change of pace ahead after the SBY stasis

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s presidency will come to an end in 2014. Lauded internationally as a reformer and moderniser, at home SBY (as he is popularly known) is largely viewed as a disappointment

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/28/indonesias-reform-priorities-change-of-pace-ahead-after-the-sby-stasis/

22 JANUARY 2014

Probe finds Indonesian chief judge owned 33 cars

An investigation of an Indonesian chief justice who was arrested on suspicion of receiving a $250,000 bribe has found that he has more than $16 million in assets, including 33 cars and 31 motorcycles, the graft commission said Wednesday

http://asiancorrespondent.com/118716/probe-finds-indonesian-chief-judge-owned-33-cars/

18 JANUARY 2014

Indonesian president says he felt betrayed by Tony Abbott over spying

The Indonesian president has lamented Tony Abbott’s handling of last year’s spying row, revealing in a new book he felt betrayed by the Australian prime minister, whom he had considered a good friend

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/18/indonesian-president-betrayed-tony-abbott-spying

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/01/18/sby-resents-abbott-his-new-controversial-book.html

10 JANUARY 2014

Indonesia’s anti-graft agency arrests ex-chairman of ruling party

The Corruption Eradication Commission – known locally as the KPK – arrested Anas Urbaningrum, former chairman of Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party, on bribery charges in a US$205 million (S$260 million) graft scandal surrounding the construction of a sports stadium in Hambalang in West Java province.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-anti-graft-agency-arrests-ex-chairman-ruling-party

8 JANUARY 2014

Indonesian militants being drawn to Syrian civil war

The recent uncovering of plots to destroy Buddhist temples to avenge violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has also cast a spotlight on Indonesians going to fight in Syria’s civil war.
http://asianewsnet.net/Indonesian-militants-being-drawn-to-Syrian-civil-w-55843.html

24 DECEMBER 2013

Yudhoyono term ends with a whimper, survey shows

A public opinion survey has shown that the public deemed the second term of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono a failure, with more than 85 per cent of the respondents saying that they were dissatisfied with the current situation

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Yudhoyono-term-ends-with-a-whimper-survey-shows-55355.html

15 DECEMBER 2013

Australia PM says Jakarta actions ‘unhelpful’

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has criticised Indonesia for suspending cooperation to solve the people-smuggling problem between both nations over a phone-tapping spat.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/australia-pm-says-jakarta-actions-unhelpful-2013121572156701709.html

13 DECEMBER 2013

Many Indonesians think vote-buying ‘acceptable’: Poll

More than 40 percent of Indonesian voters consider politicians seeking to buy support at elections acceptable, a survey showed Friday, months before national polls in the graft-ridden country.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/many-indonesians-think-vote-buying-acceptable-poll

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/384677/many-indonesians-think-vote-buying-acceptable-poll-finds

22 NOVEMBER 2013

Jakarta protesters attack Australian embassy over spying revelations

Protests against the Australian embassy in Jakarta have intensified as scores descended on the mission building calling for diplomats to be expelled following allegations that Australia’s spies attempted to bug the phone of the Indonesian president.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/22/jakarta-protesters-attack-australian-embassy-spying

18 NOVEMBER 2013

Indonesia recalls ambassador to Australia over spy claims

Secret documents published jointly by Guardian Australia and the ABC, have revealed that Australian intelligence services have attempted to listen in on personal phone calls of the Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and have targeted the mobile phones of his wife, senior ministers and confidants
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/18/australia-indonesia-spying-revelations-live
http://asiancorrespondent.com/116003/indonesia-recalls-ambassador-from-australia/

4 NOVEMBER 2013

View from above in Indonesia

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-041113.html

31 OCTOBER 2013

Three million Indonesian workers strike for higher wages

Inflation, caused on purpose to enhance exports to strengthen the local economy is destroying the lives of workers. Who ask why, after contributing to the growth of the common welfare, they are forced to live in sewers.

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1344425/indonesian-workers-stage-nationwide-strike-over-pay

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Three-million-Indonesian-workers-strike-for-higher-wages-29421.html

28 OCTOBER 2013

Indonesian women peace activists receive 2013 N-Peace Awards

Two Indonesian women peace activists have won the 2013 N-Peace Awards for their efforts to promote women’s equality and protection of women against discrimination.
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/10/28/ri-s-women-peace-activists-receive-2013-n-peace-awards.html

The Mindanao Peace Process: Can Indonesia Advance It?

The recent violence in Zamboanga has prompted Indonesia to offer assistance in brokering peace in the southern Philippines, citing its role in the OIC and its experience with mediating peace. In view of the conflict’s complexity, are those credentials enough?

http://www.eurasiareview.com/28102013-mindanao-peace-process-can-indonesia-advance-analysis/

25 OCTOBER 2013

Indonesia: Child prostitution rampant in tourist destinations

Child-sex tourism has become more rampant in Bali and several areas in Indonesia, with practices involving tourist-related businesses, as well as the families of the exploited children.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/child-prostitution-rampant-tourist-destinations

24 OCTOBER 2013

Indonesia’s forests still dwindle despite reforms

At home and abroad, Indonesia is highlighting its progress in curbing the environmental destruction that has depleted forests and made the Southeast Asian nation a leading source of greenhouse gases. But environmentalists are unconvinced.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/114859/indonesias-forests-still-dwindle-despite-reforms/

17 OCTOBER 2013

Indonesia’s anti-graft agency detains former minister

Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency arrested a former sports and youth minister Thursday in a multimillion-dollar graft case, one of several to rock the president’s party ahead of polls next year.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-anti-graft-agency-detains-former-minister

12 OCTOBER 2013

S. Korea inks deals worth $10b with Indonesia

Looking to capitalize on Indonesia’s rising number of middle class consumers, South Korea signed seven memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on investments worth over US$10 billion The sectors involved comprised transportation, infrastructure, manufacturing, information technology, automotive, energy, agriculture and the creative economy
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/10/12/s-korea-inks-deals-worth-10b.html
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/10/116_144242.html

11 OCTOBER 2103

S. Korea’s Park pushes for free trade with Indonesia

Indonesia and Korea have agreed to more than treble trade from US$29.6 billion (S$36.9 billion) in 2012, and both governments have expressed hope of finalising a free-trade agreement by year-end.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/business/s-koreas-park-pushes-free-trade-indonesia

Indian PM on first state visit to Indonesia to boost ties

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was on his first state visit to Indonesia on Friday aimed at expanding strategic relations and bilateral trade between Asia’s two largest democracies.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indian-pm-on-first-state/844696.html

8 OCTOBER 2013

Indonesia economy stable until 2018: OECD

A recent report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says Indonesia’s economic will grow on average 6 percent annually during 2014-2018, making it the country with the highest economic growth.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/10/08/ri-economy-stable-until-2018-oecd.html

3 OCTOBER 2013

Indonesia’s Constitutional Court Chief Arrested for Graft

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has announced the arrest of Constitutional Court (MK) Chief Justice Akil Mochtar, a Golkar Party politician named Chairunissa, Gunung Mas Regent Hambit Bintih and two businessmen identified as CN and DH over bribery charges on Wednesday night in a sting operation.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/10/03/mk-chief-justice-golkar-lawmaker-arrested-bribery-charges.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24344995

http://www.voanews.com/content/indonesias-constitution-court-chief-arrested-for-shocking-graft/1762054.html

China president makes historic speech in Indonesia

Chinese President Xi Jinping made history in Indonesia on Thursday by becoming the first foreign leader to address the democratic country’s Parliament, using the platform to call for greater cooperation with Southeast Asia’s biggest economy and the region as a whole. http://asiancorrespondent.com/114022/china-president-makes-historic-speech-in-indonesia/

30 SEPTEMBER 2013

Australian PM says ‘united’ with Indonesia on migrants

Australia’s new Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is in Indonesia on his first official foreign visit, has said the two countries are « united » on the issue of asylum seekers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24327112

25 SEPTEMBER 2013

Indonesian police open fire on civilians in West Papua

One person is said to have been killed and at least two others injured on Monday when Indonesian riot police opened fire on civilians in Waghete, West Papua.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/25/indonesian-police-civilians-west-papua

20 SEPTEMBER 2013

US govt puts two Indonesians on latest terrorist list

The US Treasury Department has designated two Indonesians, Said Ahmad Sungkar and Afif Abdul Majid, as individuals linked to what it considers Indonesia-based terrorist organisationse also said that the counterterrorism operation was merely a way for the US to continue its grasp over Indonesia’s natural resources and wealth.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/US-govt-puts-two-Indonesians-on-latest-terrorist-l-51916.html

7 SEPTEMBER 2013

Indonesia moves Miss World final to Bali after protests

Indonesia said on Saturday the final of the Miss World pageant later this month would take place on the Hindu-majority holiday island of Bali instead of near the capital, after days of Muslim hardline protests.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/368534/indonesia-moves-miss-world-final-to-bali-after-protests

6 SEPTEMBER 2013

Indonesian Corruption Trial Sniffs at SBY’s Door

Beef scandal figure claims a presidential « friend » is connected to bribery

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5692&Itemid=175

5 SEPTEMBER 2013

Indonesian Soldiers Sentenced for Prison Murders

An Indonesian court has sentenced eight special forces soldiers for breaking into a jail and executing four prisoners in a revenge killing.The military court in Yogyakarta handed down sentences of six to 11 years for the three who led the attack.  ive others were given sentences of 21 months in jail.

http://www.voanews.com/content/indonesian-soldiers-sentenced-for-prison-murders/1743988.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

Can Indonesia play a leadership role in the Asian century?

Indonesia has become an unlikely star of the international economy, with its resilient growth in the midst of the US sub-prime mortgage and European sovereign and banking crises. But political, social and environmental conditions at home are not commensurate with the quality of Indonesia’s relatively outstanding growth.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/09/03/can-indonesia-play-a-leadership-role-in-the-asian-century/

Indonesia jails police general for corruption

Insp Gen Djoko Susilo was found guilty of taking $13m (£8.4m) in bribes from a firm that supplied driving simulators when he led the traffic division.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23945608
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/top-indonesia-policeman-guilty-graft-could-pave-way-more-arrests

23 AUGUST 2013

Indonesian Muslim clerics lash out at Miss World

Indonesia’s top Islamic authority lashed out Friday at the country’s decision to host the Miss World beauty pageant next month, saying that women exposing their bodies went against Muslim teaching.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/366090/indonesian-muslim-clerics-lash-out-at-miss-world

21 AUGUST 2013

Female students in Indonesia may be forced to undergo ‘virginity tests’

A plan to make female high school students undergo mandatory virginity tests has been met with outrage from activists, who argue that it discriminates against women and violates their human rights.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/aug/21/virginity-tests-female-students-indonesia

http://asiancorrespondent.com/112221/virginity-test-proposed-for-indonesian-students/

20 AUGUST 2013

Controversy over the opening of Papua separatist bureau in the Netherlands

After Oxford, the OPM opens a bureau in the Netherlands. A former Dutch colony, the western half of the island of Papua has pitted Jakarta against separatists for decades, partly because of its mineral resources.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Controversy-over-the-opening-of-Papua-separatist-bureau-in-the-Netherlands-28782.html

19 AUGUST 2013

As Jakarta celebrates independence, the energy sector is still colonial in nature

Parties, celebrations and environmental initiatives characterised the 68th anniversary of independence. In his address to the nation, Yudhoyono stressed economic progress and integration, but sectarian intolerance and the loss of « energy sovereignty » threaten them.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/As-Jakarta-celebrates-independence,-the-energy-sector-is-still-colonial-in-nature-28776.html

18 AUGUST 2013

Indonesia’s Democrats deny links to graft scandal

Democratic Party officials have denied allegations of underhanded dealings with the head of Indonesia’s oil-and-gas regulatory agency, Rudi Rubiandini, who was arrested on Tuesday night for allegedly taking bribes from an oil trading firm in a case that has dominated headlines.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-democrats-deny-links-graft-scandal

16 AUGUST 2013

Indonesians shocked by oil corruption scandal

A new corruption scandal has hit a high ranking political, institutional and financial Indonesian official: Rudi Rubiandini, head of the special commission of control over the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Company, better known as SKK Migas. The Department Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) – caught him on the night of 13 August, while pocketing a substantial bribe (U.S. and Singapore dollars for a sum of not less than one million) from a representative of a foreign oil company

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Indonesians-shocked-by-oil-corruption-scandal-28753.html

15 AUGUST 2013

Call for Probe of Indonesian Rights Violations

A new report by Indonesia’s National Commission on Human Rights on « gross human rights violations » during the 30-year campaign by Indonesia’s military to suppress the separatist Free Aceh movement is likely to be ignored as its predecessor, about the appalling violence that took place against Communists in 1965, was a year ago

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5639&Itemid=202

The Growing Problem of Land Conflicts in Indonesia

Land and resource conflicts are an increasing source of violence in Indonesia, and a looming showdown in Sumatra shows why. The dispute in Mesuji, Lampung province is over an industrial tree plantation, but it could just as easily be a mine or a palm oil estate. Whatever the cause of the initial dispute—in this case a land-grab that goes back decades—the conflict has become infinitely more complex over the last two years as political and economic stakes have increased.

http://cogitasia.com/the-growing-problem-of-land-conflicts-in-indonesia/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_266504416#%21

4 AUGUST 2013

Indonesian Temple Bombing Linked to Burma Violence

Officials say a bomb went off late Sunday at the entrance of a temple in Jakarta, injuring one person and causing minor damage. A message attached to the device said, « We hear the screams of the Rohingyas. »
http://www.voanews.com/content/indonesia-temple-bombed-in-response-to-burma-violence/1723855.html

2 AUGUST 2013

Military operation in Aceh was ‘gross human rights violation’

The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) declared that the military operation in Aceh, which lasted from 1989 until a peace deal was signed in 2005, could be categorized as a gross human rights violation and that the Indonesian Military (TNI) was responsible for the atrocities.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/08/02/military-operation-aceh-was-gross-human-rights-violation.html

29 JULY 2013

In spite of challenges, Indonesia is booming

Things are going pretty well for Indonesia. Since surfacing virtually unscathed from the 2008 financial storm, the country has proceeded to join the G20 large economies (2009), won its first investment-grade credit ratings for over a decade (2011 and 2012), and grown GDP at a rate of 6% through 2010-2012.

http://globalriskinsights.com/2013/07/29/in-spite-of-challenges-indonesia-is-booming/

27 JULY 2013

Govt to disburse Rp 40 billion to provide legal aid for the poor

With the poor often victimized by the graft-mired judicial system, the government decided to disburse Rp 40.8 billion (US$3.9 million) to legal aid institutes. The government has verified 310 legal aid organizations that will receive the funds. They signed a contract with the government during a national meeting on legal aid and access to justice in Jakarta that was opened by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday 26

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/07/27/govt-disburse-rp-40-billion-provide-legal-aid-poor.html

11 JULY 2013

Indonesia Losing Corruption Fight

Indonesia, which fought its way painfully up from near the bottom of the ranks of the world’s most corrupt countries, appears to be falling back again, raising concerns for international investors as well as its own citizens. Transparency International, the NGO that monitors global corruption patterns, released its « Global Corruption Barometer » report this week, leaving Indonesia at 118th of 176 countries in the world after rising to 96th in 2010.                                                                                                                                                           http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5558&Itemid=175

9 JULY 2013

Disappointing politics: Australia’s Indonesia relationship

There are two deep disappointments about the recent visit by Australia’s new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to Indonesia and one deep source of satisfaction. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/07/09/disappointing-politics-australias-indonesia-relationship/

5 JULY 2013

Islamisation gets a boost in Jakarta, as Supreme Court suspends the sale of alcoholic beverages

The leaders of the Islamic Defender Front has been fighting for a ban on alcohol, especially during Ramadan. With its ruling, the Supreme Court suspends a 1997 presidential decree that authorised the sale of alcohol, stressing that « it is not apt » to maintain order. Fundamentalists are overjoyed. For them, « rapes and adultery are alcohol-related. »                                                                                           http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Islamisation-gets-a-boost-in-Jakarta,-as-Supreme-Court-suspends-the-sale-of-alcoholic-beverages-28390.html

2 JULY 2013

Indonesia Assembly Bill Raises Fears of Crackdown on Freedoms

Indonesia’s parliament passed a bill on Tuesday curbing freedom to organize and assemble, prompting street protests and raising concerns among religious groups and labor unions that it will allow the government to silence opposition                                                           http://www.voanews.com/content/indonesia-assembly-bill-freedoms/1693874.html

1 JULY 2013

As Conservative Islam Rises in Indonesia, Polygamy Flourishes

http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/38922?goback=%2Egde_134242_member_254340956

27 JUNE 2013

Indonesia jails Islamic terror leader for 10 years

Badri Hartono led an extremist group called Al-Qaeda Indonesia and was found guilty of sending recruits to a militant camp on a jungle-clad island known as a terror hotbed.  http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/357242/indonesia-jails-islamic-terror-leader-for-10-years

21 JUNE 2013

Indonesia: the need for peaceful dialogue in West Papua

The Free Papua Movement (Organisasi Papua Merdeka or OPM) has opened an office in the city of Oxford in the United Kingdom.                                                                                          http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/06/21/indonesia-the-need-for-peaceful-dialogue-in-west-papua/

15 JUNE 2013

Indonesian anti-corruption authority detains Riau governor

Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) finally detained Riau Governor Rusli Zainal on Friday after questioning him for the third time for his alleged involvement in two separate graft cases. After being questioned for more than seven hours, Rusli, who is also a member of the Golkar Party’s central executive board, exited KPK headquarters in Kuningan, South Jakarta, wearing a KPK detainee’s jacket.                                                        http://www.asianewsnet.net/Indonesian-anti-corruption-authority-detains-Riau–47979.html

12 JUNE 2013

Next generation radicals in Indonesia

Driven by strong exports and buoyant domestic markets, Indonesia is projected to be among the world’s top 10 economies by 2025. While the future looks bright for Southeast Asia’s largest economy, a growing tide of religious intolerance threatens to undermine those gains. Where officials have in the past attributed religious violence and terrorism to foreign influenced groups, now the threats to stability are more clearly homegrown.                      http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-120613.html

31 MAY 2013

Indonesia’s next parliament: celebrities, incumbents and dynastic members?

Among the candidates are 10 current Cabinet Ministers,15 relatives of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the wives of two ministers, and 51 celebrities, including models, singers and TV-personalities. The lists strengthen the impression that Indonesia’s politics is dominated by political dynasties, fame and money, rather than capability, experience and merit. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/31/indonesias-next-parliament-celebrities-incumbents-and-dynastic-members/

23 MAY 2013

Religious Award Sparks Indonesia Protest

Leading religious figures in Indonesia have come out against a U.S.-based interfaith group’s plan to award President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s support for religious freedom. They said it sends the wrong message about a country where religious minorities face increasing violence and persecution                                                               http://www.voanews.com/content/religious-award-sparks-protest-in-indonesia/1666855.html

21 MAY 2013

Fifteen Years After Suharto, Indonesia Has Made Great Steps Forward

Fifteen years ago the riots and the fall of President Suharto took place, disrupting the daily lives of many Indonesians. Today, we have returned to the peace that prevailed before those events, with the gifts of a vigorous democracy, a healthy economy and growing prowess in the arts and sciences. But what of the tumult in between — what exactly did we overcome and how did we restore our lives back to normal?                                                                                                               http://cogitasia.com/fifteen-years-after-suharto-indonesia-has-made-great-steps-forward/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_243235181

8 APRIL 2013

Child protection a low priority in Indonesia

Efforts to protect children in Indonesia from abuse are obstructed by barriers to crime reporting, which may worsen with the threatened closure of police-run units that handle crimes against women and children                                                                                                http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97800/Child-protection-a-low-priority-in-Indonesia

1 APRIL 2013

Indonesia row: Aceh crowds support disputed flag

Thousands rallied in Aceh’s capital in support of the flag. Indonesia’s government has given provincial authorities seven days to change it.                                                                                                                                                                         http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21993299

15 MARCH 2013

Indonesia carries out first execution since 2008

Officials confirmed that Adami Wilson, a Malawi national convicted of drugs smuggling, was executed by firing squad north of Jakarta on Thursday night.                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21805413

23 FEBRUARY 2013

Head of Indonesia’s ruling party steps down

Anas Urbaningrum, who was elected in 2010 as general chairman of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party, announced his resignation on Saturday in a news conference at the party’s headquarters.                                                                       http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/201322314592522318.html

22 FEBRUARY 2013

Indonesia names ruling party chairman as graft suspect

Indonesia’s anti-graft body said Friday it has named the chairman of President Susilo Bambang yudhoyono’s party as a suspect in connection with corruption allegations.                                                                                                                                                                   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21551310                                                                                                       http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130222-403996.html

7 FEBRUARY 2013

Can Prayer Save Indonesia’s SBY From Scandal?

With his ruling political party in a shambles due to the continuing impact of several scandals, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appealed to a higher power this week, sending a text message from Mecca asking party leaders to pray for Allah’s guidance. http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5169&Itemid=175

31 JANUARY 2013

Indonesia detains Islamic party chief over graft

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) chairman Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq allegedly accepted a sum of one billion rupiah (S$125,000) from meat importer PT Indoguna Utama to secure a government contract. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130131-399270.html

17 JANUARY 2013

Indonesia in 2012: reform and the people

Indonesia’s economy had a good year overall in 2012.                                                                       http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/01/17/indonesia-in-2012-reform-and-the-people/

Indonesian capital Jakarta hit by deadly flooding

Some 20,000 people have abandoned their homes, as officials warn that the rain could worsen in the next few  days.                                                                                       http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21054769

15 JANUARY 2013

Indonesian supreme court hopeful’s rape remarks spark outrage

An Indonesian supreme court candidate has sparked public outrage after suggesting that women may enjoy being raped.                                                  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/16/indonesian-supreme-court-hopeful-rape             http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-rape-indonesia-supreme-court-20130116,0,4913905.story?track=rss

12 JANUARY 2013

Further implementation of Sharia in Aceh to cause greater social tensions

Many fear a split between fundamentalist and moderate Muslims. Political expediency and poor governance are the driving force behind the province’s islamisation. Critics slam the province’s morality police for its crackdown on deviant behaviour. In 2012, 50 cases of Sharia-related violence were recorded.                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Further-implementation-of-Sharia-in-Aceh-to-cause-greater-social-tensions-26851.html

2 JANUARY 2013

Reaching Indonesia’s poor and vulnerable

The rate of poverty reduction continues to slow in Indonesia, despite sustained economic growth. With the exception of the 2006 increase in poverty due to the international food price crisis, the decrease in the official poverty rate from 12.5 per cent of all Indonesians in 2011 to 12 per cent in 2012 was the smallest since 2003.                                                                                                http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/01/02/reaching-indonesias-poor-and-vulnerable/

29 DECEMBER 2012

Attacks Against the Press Still a Problem in Indonesia: AJI Report

Instances of violence against journalists dropped in 2012 despite several high-profile abuse allegations levied against the Indonesian Military (TNI) and government officials this year, according to an Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) report. http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/attacks-against-the-press-still-a-problem-in-indonesia-aji-report/563957?goback=%2Egde_1972950_member_195667021%2Egmr_1972950%2Egde_1972950_member_199773461

28 DECEMBER 2012

Two Indonesian authors received Hellman/Hammet awards

Two Indonesian authors achieved international awards from the Human Rights Watch (HRW). They are included on the list of forty-one authors around the world who also received such award. Those two authors are Putu Oka Sukanta from Bali and Dominikus Sorabut from Papua who received Hellman/Hammett Award. This appreciation is specially rendered to the authors who used to become the torture target for political background or human rights abuse in the past and need financial aid.                                                                  http://projectingindonesia.com/people/two-indonesian-authors-received-hellmanhammet-award/?fb_source=pubv1&goback=%2Egde_1972950_member_195667021%2Egmr_1972950%2Egde_1972950_member_199773461

26 DECEMBER 2012

Indonesia’s strong growth and stable outlook

Indonesia’s GDP, while slowing down slightly, still grew by 6.2 per cent year-on-year (yoy) during the third quarter of 2012, which was slightly lower than during the second quarter, due to the continuing slower growth of exports.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/12/26/indonesias-economic-development-in-2012/

7 DECEMBER 2012

Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister resigns

As minister resigns in Jakarta over corruption inquiry storm hits Yudhoyono and Democrats Sports and Youth Minister Andi Malaranggeng quits after his family finds itself in middle of scandals over tender in the case of a sports centre. President and his party end up in the middle of a scandal and shady dealings
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/As-minister-resigns-in-Jakarta-over-corruption-inquiry-storm-hits-Yudhoyono-and-Democrats-26566.html http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/12/07/sports-and-youth-minister-resigns.html

22 NOVEMBER 2012

Tens of thousands protest in Indonesia

Tens of thousands of workers have gathered outside the presidential palace in Jakarta in Indonesia, demanding higher wages, better working conditions and that more economic growth trickle down to the working class. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/11/2012112253436646925.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/92400/thousands-of-indonesian-workers-rally-for-benefits/

16 NOVEMBER 2012

Improving the quality of Indonesia’s education spending

Indonesia has made an extraordinary commitment to education in the past decade. Since 2002 the government has had a constitutional mandate to allocate at least 20 per cent of its budget to education, a figure it achieved in 2009.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/11/16/improving-the-quality-of-indonesias-education-spending/

31 OCTOBER 2012

Indonesia Makes Huge Jump in Annual Global Prosperity Index

Indonesia has been ranked 63rd in the latest prosperity index, published by think-tank Legatum Institute on Tuesday, which showed an improvement that put it in line with its growing economic position
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/indonesia-makes-huge-jump-in-annual-global-prosperity-index/553361?goback=%2Egde_1972950_member_180635841

23 OCTOBER 2012

Indonesia’s Aceh shuts Christian, Buddhist places of worship

Authorities in Indonesia’s only province that uses Islamic sharia laws said Tuesday they had closed some Christian places of worship and Buddhist temples following pressure from certain Muslim groups
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1232987/1/.html

20 OCTOBER 2012

Political battle in Jakarta over death penalty moratorium

President and the Supreme Court commute the death penalty against drug traffickers. According to the critics this will jeopardize the fight against drugs. Foreign Minister in favor of moratorium. Asia home to almost all executions.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Political-battle-in-Jakarta-over-death-penalty-moratorium-26143.html

3 OCTOBER 2012

Indonesia factory workers on strike for more pay

Tens of thousands of Indonesian factory workers have gone on a one-day strike to demand higher wages and better working conditions
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19816462

20 AUGUST 2012

US selling eight Apache helicopters to Indonesia

The United States is to sell eight Apache helicopters to Indonesia in a sign of strengthening ties aimed at boosting regional security, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1227194/1/.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2012

Indonesians clash with police outside US Embassy

Indonesians enraged over an anti-Islam film clashed with police outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta on Monday, hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails and setting tires ablaze. At least one police officer was seen bleeding from the head while being carried to safety by fellow officers http://asiancorrespondent.com/89473/indonesians-clash-with-police-outside-us-embassy/ http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Violent-protests-in-Jakarta-over-Muhammad-blasphemy-movie-25841.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2012

The 2013 Indonesian state budget draft

Indonesia’s 2013 state budget was initially expected to help boost economic growth by stimulating domestic consumption, investment and foreign trade but a review of the draft budget suggests that it is highly unlikely that this will be the cas
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/09/15/the-2013-indonesian-state-budget-draft/

31 AUGUST 2012

Indonesia short of naval muscle

Now, Indonesia is emerging again as a crucial player as US foreign policy « pivots » towards Asia, a geostrategic shift aimed at counterbalancing China’s rising power in the region. The geographical location of the sprawling archipelago, through which the majority of the world’s trade flows, includes a strategic chokepoint at the Malacca Strait for China’s energy imports
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NH31Ae01.html

25 AUGUST 2012

Indonesia may sell weapons, supplies to Iraq, Uganda

Indonesia may soon sell weapons and military supplies to Iraq and Uganda, in what a top defense official said would be a first for an ASEAN member nation
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/08/25/indonesia-may-sell-weapons-supplies-iraq-uganda.html

24 AUGUST 2012

Golkar Tells Indonesia’s 1965 Massacre Survivors Forget it

In July, after a four-year investigation, the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) labeled as a serious human rights violation and a crime against humanity the orgy of violence that shook the country in 1965 following a failed coup attempt blamed on the communists. It is thought that up to 500,000 people died in the purge targeting the left, sparked by an attempt to overthrow the country’s founding President Sukarno
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4759&Itemid=202

6 AUGUST 2012

Interpol drops ‘red notice’ for dissident Benny Wenda; case was mainly ‘political’

Global policing body Interpol has dropped a wanted notice for an Indonesian dissident after authorities ruled the case against him was “predominantly political in nature.” http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/06/13144025-interpol-drops-red-notice-for-dissident-benny-wenda-case-was-mainly-political?lite&__utma=238145375.1358836827.1333475157.1344185328.1344273891.119&__utmb=238145375.1.10.1344273891&__utmc=238145375&__utmx=-&__utmz=238145375.1343667468.113.5.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&__utmv=238145375.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc%7Cworld%20news%7Casia-pacific=1^12=Landing%20Content=Mixed=1^13=Landing%20Hostname=www.msnbc.msn.com=1^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Earned%20to%20Mixed=1&__utmk=260850382

19 JULY 2012

It’s official: Fauzi, Jokowi face showdown in September runoff

Election officials have confirmed that Surakarta Mayor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and incumbent Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo were top finishers in the Jakarta gubernatorial election on July 11 and will face each other in a runoff election on Sept. 20.  In announcing the final vote tabulations on Thursday, the Jakarta General Elections Commission (KPU Jakarta) said none of the six candidates running for governor had achieved the 50 percent of the vote required to win the election on the first ballot.
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/07/20/it-s-official-fauzi-jokowi-face-showdown-september-runoff.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1214712/1/.html

18 JULY 2012

Officials Turn Blind Eye as Religious Tensions Rise in Indonesia

The problems began shortly after Tajul Muluk, a Shiite cleric, opened a boarding school in 2004. The school, in a predominantly Sunni Muslim part of East Java, raised local tensions, and in 2006 it was attacked by thousands of villagers. When a mob set fire to the school and several homes last December, many Shiites saw it as just the latest episode in a simmering sectarian conflict
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/19/world/asia/indonesia-turns-blind-eye-as-religious-tensions-rise.html?_r=1&ref=asia

Indonesia steps in to mediate South China sea dispute

Appealing for calm over the South China Sea disputes, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has dispatched his foreign minister to several Asean capitals to search for a consensus on the way forward to deal with the issue, particularly with China.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=33587&sec=1

11 JULY 2012

Runaway radicals in Indonesia

Indonesia’s Islamic Defenders’ Front (FPI) pressure group has this year in turns assaulted Ahmadiya and Christian places of worship, attacked journalists who reported critically on its activities, forced through intimidation the cancellation of Lady Gaga’s scheduled concert, and ambushed various government police stations and courts.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NG12Ae02.html

6 JULY 2012

Islamic scholar Moeslim Abdurrahman passes away

Islamic scholar long known for his audacity in fighting against religious conservatism and promoting interreligious dialogue in Indonesia Moeslim Abdurrahman died on evening at Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital in Central Jakarta at the age of 64.
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/07/07/islamic-scholar-moeslim-abdurrahman-passes-away.html

21 JUNE 2012

Indonesian court sentences Bali bomber to 20 years in jail

An Indonesia court has sentenced Umar Patek, dubbed the « Demolition Man », to 20 years in jail, finding him guilty on all six charges related to his role in the 2002 Bali bombings.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/21/world/asia/patek-bali-bombing-verdict/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/06/201262113311341476.html

20 JUNE 2012

Islamists attack Health minister over condoms

New Health Minister Nafsiah Mboy, a pediatrician, wants to generalise the use of condom to stop the spread of AIDS. Ulema Council calls the proposal « immoral, » an encouragement to extramarital and premarital sex
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Islamists-attack-Health-minister-over-condoms-25082.html

14 JUNE 2012

Indonesian jailed over Facebook comment

Alexander Aan, 30, was found guilty on Thursday in a West Sumatra court of “spreading information inciting religious hatred” after declaring his atheism online and posting links to explicit cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/8092c9c2-b6d5-11e1-8c96-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1xt9dooZx
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/06/15/prison-minang-atheist.html

Indonesian police kill Papua separatist Mako Tabuni

Police in the restive Indonesian province of Papua have shot dead a senior separatist leader, Mako Tabuni, sparking violent protests by locals. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-18442620

27 MAY 2012

Lady Gaga calls off Indonesia concert

A show by pop diva Lady Gaga in Indonesia has been cancelled after religious conservatives threatened « chaos » if she entered the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/05/201252744957169990.html
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/05/27/gagas-romance-with-indonesian-little-monsters-ends-badly.html
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/05/27/gaga-cancellation-reflects-weak-govt-setara.html

5 MAY 2012

Indonesian Muslims rethink sex in new book

The Indonesian Family Planning Association (PKBI) has taken an unusual step to promote population control by releasing a book exploring the Koran’s position on sexual issues
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=30257&sec=1

9 APRIL 2012

Indonesians vote to elect new Aceh governor

People in Indonesia’s western-most province of Aceh have voted for a new governor, testing the strength of a peace deal signed by separatist fighters and the government in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/20124993311249877.html

30 MARCH 2012

Indonesia parliament votes against fuel price hike

Indonesia’s parliament rejected Saturday 31 a plan to hike the heavily subsidised fuel price by a third, instead voting in a law that would allow future hikes if global oil prices rise furthe http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1192305/1/.html

8 MARCH 2012

Women’s rights still denied in Indonesia

With this year’s International Women’s Day around the corner, women in Indonesia continue to struggle in a male-dominated world and efforts to protect their rights have been met with opposition from conservative groups. Data from the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) said that 119,107 cases of violence against women took place in 2011, up 13 percent from 105,103 in 2010
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=28470&sec=1

6 MARCH 2012

Indonesia to ban female MPs from wearing miniskirts

Women’s groups expressed outrage Tuesday after Indonesia’s parliament said it would draft rules banning female lawmakers from wearing « provocative » clothing such as miniskirts to work and claimed such dress invited rape http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120306-331966.html

27 FEBRUARY 2012

Indonesia court orders militant Bashir to serve 15 years

Indonesia’s top court on Monday 27 upheld a 15-year jail term against Islamist militant Abu Bakar Bashir for terrorist acts, reversing an earlier decision to slash the sentence to nine years http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120227-330486.html http://news.monstersandcritics.com/asiapacific/news/article_1693041.php/Indonesian-court-reinstates-15-year-jail-term-for-radical-cleric

13 FEBRUARY 2012

Indonesian firms invest heavily abroad

Direct investments made by Indonesian companies abroad almost tripled in value last year, central bank data reveals. Although the latest development is considered positive, many business players argue that it reflects deteriorating investment conditions domestically
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=27606&sec=1

Bali bomb suspect goes on trial in Indonesia

Umar Patek faces multiple charges, including premeditated murder, for deadly attacks that killed more than 200 people
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/02/201221335321846839.html

28 JANUARY 2012

Arms-wrestling in Indonesia

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is in danger of being caught in the crossfire between a newly emboldened parliament and the Indonesian military over a controversial US$600 million plan to buy 100 surplus Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks (MBT) from the Netherlands
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NA28Ae01.html

30 DECEMBER 2011

Shiite property burned down

A property compound belonging to the Shiite community in Sampang, Madura, was allegedly burned down by Sunni followers, the majority Islamic group in the country. The incident serves as a caution for the nation’s inter-religious relations
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/12/30/shiite-property-burned-down.html

23 DECEMBER 2011

Yudhoyono’s Annus Horribilis

As 2011 draws to a close, it would be hard to imagine a worse year for Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his Democratic Party. The president’s image as a reformer has been irreparably damaged, along with his party’s hopes to maintain control of Indonesian politics into the future
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4083&Itemid=175

22 DECEMBER 2011

Korean-made submarine to be built on Indonesian soil

South Korea clinched a $1.1 billion  deal to supply three submarines to Indonesia, beating tenders from France, Germany and Russia, because its offer included technology transfer, authorities said
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20111222-317755.html

9 DECEMBER 2011

Netherlands apologises for Indonesia massacre

The Dutch government has formally apologised to the families of victims of a 1947 massacre on Indonesia’s Java island which left at least 150 people dead
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/12/201112964254240828.html
http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/09/9319481-six-decades-later-dutch-state-apologizes-for-indonesia-massacre
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1679846.php/LEAD-Netherlands-apologizes-for-1947-massacre-in-Indonesia

19  NOVEMBER 2011

Unrest in Indonesia’s Papua under scrutiny

Human rights organisations have called on Barack Obama, the United States president, to address abuses in West Papua during the his visit to Indonesia.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/11/201111194134492932.html17 NOVEMBER 2011

17 NOVEMBER 2011

S. Korea, Indonesia to deepen defense industry cooperation

Indonesia — South Korea and Indonesia agreed Thursday to strengthen defense industry cooperation and work closely together to carry out Indonesia’s major economic development blueprint, South Korea’s presidential office said.
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20111117000893

8 NOVEMBER 2011

Ex-Citibank Indonesia manager goes on trial in fraud case

A former manager at Citibank in Indonesia went on trial Tuesday for allegedly embezzling 5 million dollars from the accounts of rich customers that she managed.
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1673829.php/Ex-Citibank-Indonesia-manager-goes-on-trial-in-fraud-case

7 NOVEMBER 2011

Indonesia’s economy grows driven by high consumption

Gross domestic product rose 6.5% in the three months to September, compared to a year earlier, the Central Bureau of Statistics said.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15615577

Indonesia to increase military spending

The Indonesian government has said it will increase its defence budget by 35 per cent next year, in a step which is seen as helping to balance China’s growing military strength in the region.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/11/201111752946225190.html

27 OCTOBER 2011

Indonesian court reduces Bashir’s sentence

A prominent Indonesian Muslim religious figure accused of setting up a « terror » training camp, has had his prison sentence reduced from 15
years to nine years by an appeals court. The court reduced Abu Bakar Bashir’s prison sentence on Wednesday, though no reason was given for the decision.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/10/201110275509579785.html

7 OCTOBER 2011

Indonesia’s Electorate Smells Graft

Indonesia’s citizens are growing increasingly fed up with the crookedry of their politicians. As an indication of the failure of the ostensible commitment of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to reformasi, only 12 percent believe the current crop are doing a better job than those who were running the country under the former strongman Suharto
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3834&Itemid=175

14 SEPTEMBER 2011

Dutch state liable over Indonesia massacre

A Dutch court has ordered the government to compensate the widows of seven villagers who were summarily executed and a man shot and
wounded in a notorious massacre during Indonesia’s bloody battle for independence from colonial rule.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/09/2011914132145205737.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2011

Indonesia’s second-largest political party Golkar on Monday picked tycoon and power-broker Aburizal Bakrie as its presidential candidate for elections in 2014

Bakrie and his entrepreneurial family are collectively worth billions and run businesses in Indonesia selling everything from telecommunications to coal to education. But the Bakries and their companies are mired in allegations of corruption and tax fraud. A Bakrie family spokesman has denied any wrongdoing, saying such allegations are « baseless and untrue »
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1152685/1/.html

26 JULY 2011

Indonesia’s SBY in Trouble

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is said by political analysts in Jakarta to be a major crisis, with his governing Democrat Party’s fugitive former treasurer leveling charges of widespread corruption against top party members
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3342&Itemid=175

15 JULY 2011

Indonesia’s Pols Spend Little Time Behind Bars

Indonesian lawmakers, who have been appearing in droves before the country’s anti-corruption court to confess to long strings of wrongdoing, appear to regard jail as a relatively minor annoying prospect. They seem to spend little time behind bars
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3318&Itemid=202

16 JUNE 2011

Abu Bakar Bashir, the controversial Indonesian cleric, has been jailed for 15 years on charges he helped plan and fund a camp of fighters in the western Aceh province which aimed to kill the country’s president.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/06/201161643518233306.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13781199http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3256&Itemid=202

30 MAY 2011

Fleeing politician tarnishes Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is faced with a simmering scandal at the heart of the Democratic Party that he heads,
threatening its unity just as jockeying is underway ahead of national elections due in 2014.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3225&Itemid=175

27 MAY 2011

Indonesia ex-treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin ‘flees’

The ex-treasurer of the governing Democratic party, Muhammed Nazaruddin, is accused of accepting bribes worth almost $3m (£1.8m).
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13571046

25 MAY 2011

Tommy Suharto’s Brazen Libel Verdict

You can get away with it but only in Indonesia and when you’re Suharto’s son

Indonesia’s court system, ranked one of the most corrupt in Asia, has awarded the convicted murderer son of the late strongman Suharto Rp12.5 billion (USUS$1.46 million) from a magazine that called him a convicted murderer.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3215&Itemid=202

16 APRIL 2011

Eyes on spies in Indonesia

New legislation before Indonesia’s parliament aims to give special powers to intelligence agencies charged with fighting terrorism. While advocates of the bill argue tougher laws are needed to pre-empt attacks, if passed as proposed the legislation will erode civil liberties and represent a significant setback for the country’s fledgling democracy. The bill proposes to grant the main state intelligence agency, known as BIN, the power to arrest  errorists before they attack. It also allows for the pre-emptive
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/MD16Ae02.html

9 APRIL 2011

Boom in births worries Jakarta

Last year, the number of children born in Indonesia equalled almost the entire population of Singapore, or about 4.5 million. That brought the total population of the world’s fourth-most populous country to nearly 240 million.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=18376&sec=1

22 MARCH 2011

Indonesia’s Yudhoyono in the Cross Hairs

Al Jazeera says SBY’s former Army buddies are using Islamist attacks to oust him from power

It has seemed a mystery in recent weeks — why is the Ahmadiyah sect such a big issue all of a sudden in Indonesia?

On Tuesday, Al Jazeera English attempted to answer that question by airing long-whispered reports that « senior retired generals » are supporting Islamic hardliners to incite religious violence and overthrow Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

« The generals are using the groups in their efforts to topple President Yudhoyono because they feel he is too weak and too reformist, » Al Jazeera correspondent Step Vassen said in the report.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3080&Itemid=175

 

18 FEBRUARY 2011

Indonesian hardliners rally to disband Muslim sect

Hundreds of hardline Islamists rally in the Indonesian capital to demand President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono disband a minority Muslim
sect or resign. The white-clad members of the Islamic Defenders Front, carried banners calling for Yudhoyono’s resignation unless the Ahmadiyah sect is outlawed
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110218-264278.html

8 FEBRUARY 2011

A Muslim mob burned churches and clashed with police in Indonesia on Tuesday as they demanded the death penalty for a Christian man
convicted of blaspheming against Islam, police said.
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110208-262445.html
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20110208-mob-attacks-churches-central-java
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12393075

9 NOVEMBER 2010

US President Barack Obama has praised Indonesia’s successful transition to democracy and sealed a « comprehensive partnership » agreement with his Indonesian counterpart on the first day of a long-delayed visit to his childhood country.
http://www.france24.com/en/20101109-barack-obama-pledges-close-partnership-trip-indonesia-jakarta

16 OCTOBER 2010

Suharto’s law prohibiting freedom of expression abolished

The Constitutional Court rules depriving the Attorney General the power to ban books and printed materials. The law of 1963 was used during the regime of President Suharto as a tool of repression of all forms of political dissent.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Suharto’s-law-prohibiting-freedom-of-expression-abolished-19740.html

5 OCTOBER 2010

Indonesian President Postpones Netherlands Trip

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono delayed a state visit to the Netherlands on October 5, 2010 on fears he could be arrested over
accusations of human rights abuses
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/06/world/asia/06indo.html?ref=asia

Dutch court dismisses Indonesian president arrest call
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11483401

24 AUGUST 2010

Indonesia’s Aceh Province and Shariah

Eroding Indonesia’s Secular Freedoms

Despite Indonesia having a secular Constitution, devoutly Muslim Aceh was allowed to adopt parts of Shariah law, presumably to prevent the Acehnese from joining the rebellious Free Aceh Movement (GAM). In 1999, then-President BJ Habibie signed a special law on Aceh that, among other things, granted the province a special status and the right to partly implement shariah. However, the law did not stipulate how Islamic law would be implemented. Two years later, President Megawati Sukarnoputri signed into law an autonomy package that included comprehensive regulations on establishing Shariah courts and Shariah bylaws. Based on these two pieces of legislation — that were drafted, discussed, and approved in Jakarta, Aceh established its first shariah court in 2003, and publicly caned its first violator in 2005.
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2650&Itemid=175

9 AUGUST 2010

Abu Bakar Bashir, the Indonesian Muslim cleric once imprisoned for his links to the group behind the Bali bombings, has been
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/08/20108954020564174.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-1091031http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1576673.php/Police-Arrested-cleric-is-leader-of-al-Qaeda-Indonesia

24 JULY 2010

US, Indonesia retie a controversial knot

Thursday’s (July 22) announcement in Jakarta that Washington will resume training for the Indonesian military’s controversial special forces unit Kopassus has been denounced by human-rights groups and two key lawmakers here
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/LG24Ae01.html

29 MARCH 2010

Siradj, new president of Nahdlatul Ulama, a Muslim organisation friendly towards Christians

Elected as the new leader of the organization, Sais Agil Siradj wants to promote basic education and social and economic assistance for everyone. He reiterates his organization’s commitment to the fight against terrorism and to openness towards minorities and other religions Sais Agil Siradj, the new leader of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), said that he was close to the founding principles that gave rise to the Muslim organization, which will remain above the political fray. In his inaugural address as NU chief, he laid out his plans for the organization and indicated that his real concern was to guarantee a basic education to everyone and provide social and economic assistance to Muslims throughout Indonesia.
Known for its moderate views, NU has in the past defended Christians, both Protestants and Catholics, from the violence of Muslim extremists

Siradj will follow the line of former NU leader and former President Abdurrahman Wahid, also known as Gus Dur, who insisted that the organization should not become a political party, a task that belongs to the National Awakening Party (PKB). NU members should thus keep politics and religion apart.

Finally, the NU’s new president reminded his audience, “None of the students staying at one of the organization’s 14,000 boarding schools is tied to terrorism” and that he would fight to preserve the “pluralist spirit” that characterizes the movement.

In directly addressing the issue of terrorism, the new leader responded to an appeal made by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang
Yudhoyono, who during the five-day meeting of the organization, called for a “joint effort” in the struggle against religious extremism and terrorism.

Siradj, who is a graduate of a Saudi university, will be joined by Kiai Hajj Sahal Mahfudz as his second in command at the helm of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization with some 60 million members.

Founded in 1926, the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), is a Sunni Muslim organisation known for its tolerance towards other Muslim groups and
religious minorities.

Former President Abdurrahman Wahid was one of its most charismatic leaders. He played a key role in repealing laws that discriminated
against the country’s Chinese minority
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Siradj,-new-president-of-Nahdlatul-Ulama,-a-Muslim-organisation-friendly-towards-Christians-18007.html

18 MARCH 2010

39 Indonesian Lawmakers Named in Bribery Case

Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission formally named 39 former and sitting members of the House of Representatives Thursday of
taking billions of rupiah in bribes to secure the appointment of Miranda Goeltom as senior deputy governor of Bank Indonesia, the country’s central bank
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2351&Itemid=175

30 December 2009

Former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid passes away at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Central Jakarta.
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2009/12/30/former-ri-president-abdurrahman-wahid-passes-away.html
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2009/12/30/president-lead-gus-dur039s-funeral.html

2 DECEMBER 2009

Indonesia ‘bans’ film on journalists’ deaths in East Timor

Indonesia has banned the film Balibo, which depicts the deaths of six foreign journalists in East Timor, the head of the foreign correspondents club said. The journalists died as Indonesian troops invaded East Timor in 1975
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8390075.stm
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2173&Itemid=202
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/12/200912824629737228.html

13 MARCH 2009

Papua’s struggle for independence

Papua became part of Indonesia in 1969 after a controversial and very limited vote. Ever since there have been calls from some Papuans for independence and for decades a low-level armed resistance has been rumbling on, largely unnoticed by the outside.

Here is a rare video of Papua’s freedom fighters filmed by a British activist
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7942026.stm

21 May 2008

Ten years ago, it was the fall of General suharto, the 32 years long dictator of Indonesia
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7412198.stm

 

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17 JUNE 2017

Jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim withdraws as PM candidate

Jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said on Saturday he would not be a candidate for prime minister in elections due by mid-2018
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/jailed-malaysian-opposition-leader-anwar-ibrahim-withdraws-as-pm-8955268

11 MAY 2017

Malaysia Islamist party PAS to sever ties with Anwar Ibrahim’s PKR

Malaysia’s main Islamist party Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) announced on Thursday (May 11) it would sever ties with former opposition ally PKR, the party led by jailed leader Anwar Ibrahim
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-islamist-party-pas-to-sever-ties-with-anwar-ibrahims-pkr
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/pas-officially-cuts-off-pkr
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-s-pas-splits-with-opposition-partner-pkr-8838280#cxrecs_s

24 APRIL 2017

At coronation, Malaysia’s newly-installed monarch calls for greater national unity

Malaysia’s newly-installed King, Sultan Muhammad V, on Monday made a call for national unity amid a backdrop of divisive politics brewing from racial tensions in the multi-ethnic country
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/coronation-malaysias-newly-installed-monarch-calls-greater-national-unity/#xlsEmWJ7gkZhV4BO.97

5 APRIL 2017

Malaysia passes child sex crimes law, but does not ban child marriage

Only 140 of the 12,987 cases of child sexual abuse reported to police between 2012 and July 2016 resulted in convictions. « The law is more stringent now… but not enough, » Ms Teo Nie Ching, the opposition MP who proposed the ban on child marriages
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-decides-not-to-criminalise-child-marriage
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/womens-group-a-life-of-rape-for-victims-who-marry-rapists
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2017/04/05/rapists-need-prisons-not-marriage/

28 MARCH 2017

Malaysia: PM Najib tells France no decision yet on buying Rafale jets

Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Tuesday he discussed the possible purchase of Dassault Aviation SA’s Rafale fighter jets with French President Francois Hollande but remained undecided
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/03/malaysia-pm-najib-tells-france-itnot-ready-to-decide-on-buying-rafale-jets/#3dWFUDt09DpsDMSM.97
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/3988-malaysia-mulls-buying-french-made-rafale-fighter-jets.html
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/najib-tells-france-not-ready-to-decide-on-buying-rafale-jets

9 MARCH 2017

Malaysia and North Korea – a friendship on ice

North Korea and Malaysia have taken the extraordinary step of banning each other’s citizens from leaving their countries in the fallout over the killing of Kim Jong-nam. Security expert Hoo Chiew-ping traces the history of this unusual Relationship
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39139035

7 MARCH 2017

Korea bans Malaysians from leaving in row over Kim Jong Nam Killing

Pyongyang has temporarily barred all Malaysian citizens from exiting North Korea in a row over the assassination of the brother of Kim Jong Un. In turn, Malaysia banned Pyongyang’s diplomatic staff from leaving
http://www.dw.com/en/n-korea-bans-malaysians-from-leaving-in-row-over-kim-jong-nam-killing/a-37833503

4 MARCH 2017

Kim Jong-nam assassination: Malaysia expels North Korean ambassador Kang Chol

Malaysia has expelled the North Korean ambassador to the country, asking him to leave within 48 hours and declaring him « persona non grata » after he said Malaysia’s investigation into the murder of Kim Jong-nam could not be trusted
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-05/malaysia-orders-nth-korean-ambassador-to-leave/8325412?section=world
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/03/04/malaysia-expels-north-korean-ambassador/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/kim-jong-nam-death-malaysia-expels-north-korean-ambassador/3568308.html

1 MARCH 2017

Legendary Malaysian actor Jins Shamsuddin dies at 81

Legendary Malaysian actor Jins Shamsuddin, who starred in Malay films such as Pancha Delima and Sarjan Hassan, died on Wednesday evening (Mar 1). He was 81
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/legendary-malaysian-actor-jins-shamsuddin-dies-at-81/3560086.html
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/03/01/legendary-actor-jins-shamsudin-dies/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jins_Shamsuddin

18 FEBRUARY 2017

Thousands rally in Malaysia to support PAS bill to strengthen Shariah Court

Thousands of Malaysians have gathered at the heart of Kuala Lumpur to support a controversial bill that will strengthen the powers of the Shariah Court
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thousands-rally-in-malaysia-to-support-pas-bill-to-strengthen/3530078.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2072074/tens-thousands-rally-support-islamic-penal-code-bill

9 FEBRUARY 2017

Revealed: Malaysia’s ‘new evidence’ in island row against Singapore

Malaysia’s “new evidence” that it has sovereignty – and not its southern neighbour Singapore – over the rocky outcrop called Pedra Branca comprise a letter by Singapore’s top colonial official in 1958, a naval incident report the same year, and a map of the Lion City in 1966, This Week in Asia has learnt
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2069588/malaysia-provides-fresh-evidence-island-row-against-singapore

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Malaysia reopens Pedra Branca island row with Singapore after a decade

Malaysia on Friday reopened a decades-old dispute with Singapore calling on the UN’s top court to overturn a 2008 ruling granting its neighbour sovereignty over a tiny but strategic island
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2068096/malaysia-reopens-pedra-branca-island-row-singapore-after
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/malaysia-refers-to-declassified-british-files-in-seeking-revision-of-icj-ruling-on-pedra
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-to-study-new-documents-submitted-by-malaysia-to-icj-on/3492880.html

20 JANUARY 2017

Malaysia’s economy in 2016

2016 has been rather eventful for the Malaysian economy. The growth rate — the one big indicator of macroeconomic health — has crumbled. From a past average of 5 per cent in real GDP growth, 2016 is likely to see something like 4.2 per cent
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/01/20/malaysias-economy-that-was/#more-54110

18 JANUARY 2017

Malaysian court revives clemency option for jailed leader Anwar Ibrahim

Malaysia’s jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim scored a minor legal victory on Wednesday, as a court ruled that he can proceed with his bid to challenge the rejection of his petition for a royal pardon
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2063232/malaysian-court-revives-clemency-option-jailed-leader-anwar
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/01/18/court-says-anwar-can-challenge-pardons-boards-decision/

14 JANUARY 2017

Mahathir launches new party; promises to abolish GST if opposition wins

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad officially launched the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (PPBM), pledging to unite the opposition to overthrow Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government ahead of the 14th General Election (GE14)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/mahathir-launches-new-party-promises-to-abolish-gst-if/3438820.html

14 DECEMBER 2016

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar loses final bid for freedom

Jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Wednesday lost his final bid for freedom when a federal court rejected his appeal to set aside his sodomy conviction and five-year jail term
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysian-opposition-leader-anwar-loses-final-bid-for-freedom/3365834.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/14/jailed-former-malaysian-opposition-leader-anwar-ibrahim-loses-last-appeal

29 NOVEMBER 2016

Malaysian PM Najib Razak voices support for Islamic laws as he seeks to bolster support

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak has expressed support for strict Islamic laws as he seeks to consolidate support of ethnic Malay Muslims at a party meeting this week, as frustration over graft and the economy cloud his prospects for the next election
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-29/malaysian-pm-najib-razak-voices-support-for-islamic-laws-as-he-/8076766?section=world
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/zahid-be-loyal-as-najib-was-chosen-by-allah-to-be-umno-president

26 NOVEMBER 2016

Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar arrested under sedition law for allegedly insulting PM Najib Razak

Malaysian political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, or Zunar as he is popularly known, has been arrested under the Sedition Act for cartoons that allegedly insulted Prime Minister Najib Razak
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-27/malaysian-political-cartoonist-zunar-arrested-under-sedition-law/8060932?section=world
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/again-cartoonist-zunar-taken-in-for-sedition

19 NOVEMBER 2016

March for ‘reform’: Thousands protest against scandal-plagued Malaysia PM Najib Razak

More than 10,000 yellow-clad Malaysians flooded the capital on Saturday to demand Prime Minister Najib Razak resign over a corruption scandal, as feared clashes with pro-government rightists failed to materialise
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2047558/march-reform-thousands-protest-against-scandal-plagued
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2016/nov/19/thousands-march-malaysia-demanding-prime-minister-resigns-video
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-11/19/content_15528605.html

18 NOVEMBER 2016

Malaysian police arrest Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah, ahead of the rally

Maria Chin Abdullah, who is Bersih 2.0 chairman and Mandeep Singh, the group’s secretariat manager, were rounded up Friday after police raided their office in Petaling Jaya, a suburb outside Kuala Lumpur
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/249508299
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/11/malaysian-authorities-arrest-bersih-leaders-rally-proceed/

14 NOVEMBER 2016

Malaysian opposition politician Rafizi jailed 18 months for possession, leaking of 1MDB report

Rafizi Ramli, vice-president of the People’s Justice Party, was found guilty by the court of violating the Official Secrets Act by possessing and disclosing part of a government audit report on the indebted 1MDB fund, founded by Prime Minister Najib Razak
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-opposition-politician-rafizi-jailed-18-months-for-possession-leaking-of-1mdb
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-14/malaysian-opposition-lawmaker-jailed-for-exposing-1mdb-audit/8024812?section=world

1 NOVEMBER 2016

Malaysia and China sign deals on navy vessels

Malaysia has agreed to buy four Chinese naval vessels and pledged with Beijing to handle South China Sea disputes bilaterally, a Chinese official said on Tuesday, in what could be China’s latest counter to US influence in the region
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2016/11/01/malaysia-and-china-sign-deals-on-navy-vessels/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-and-malaysia-sign-agreement-on-navy-vessels-after-najib-li-meeting
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/malaysian-chinese-companies-make-history-with-signing-of-14-agreements-wort

31 OCTOBER 2016

Washington’s untapped influence in Myanmar

Despite China’s power and proximity, the US has more influence than it recognises in Myanmar, writes Hunter Marston
http://www.newmandala.org/washingtons-untapped-influence-myanmar/

Defence high on the agenda for Malaysian PM’s China visit

Military and economic cooperation will be high on the agenda during Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s week-long visit to China, which starts on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2041421/defence-high-agenda-malaysian-pms-china-visit

14 OCTOBER 2016

Sultan of Kelantan named new Malaysian king

Malaysia practises a rotating monarchy system among the nine states which have hereditary royal rulers known as Sultan. Yang di-Pertuan Agong acts as the country’s head of state, and is elected from among the Sultans that form the Conference of Rulers
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/kelantan-sultan-will-be-new-malaysia-king
http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2003410

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Malaysia admits armed forces under probe for IS links

 Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein admitted today that about 1 percent of those being monitored for possible links to the Islamic State (IS) terror network are from the armed forces
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/09/malaysia-admits-armed-forces-probe-links/

19 SEPTEMBER 2016

Malaysia: ‘Frenemies’ Mahathir and Anwar unite against new security law

Once each other’s fiercest enemy, Malaysia’s ex-premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his now-jailed former deputy Anwar Ibrahim joint hands Monday to issue a statement condemning the National Security Council (NSC) Act, a law recently approved by Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/09/malaysia-frenemies-mahathir-anwar-unite-new-security-law/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/mahathir-anwar-issue-joint-statement-opposing-security-law

9 SEPTEMBER 2016

Malaysia’s former PM Mahathir Mohamad unites with enemy Anwar Ibrahim in bid to oust Najib Razak

Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has met face-to-face with his one-time sworn enemy Anwar Ibrahim for the first time in 18 years, as the two unite behind a push to oust embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-09/mahathir-mohamad-meets-with-enemy-anwar-ibrahim-in-malaysia/7827558?section=world

27 AUGUST 2016

Malaysian protesters call for PM’s arrest

Demonstrators have marched in the streets of the Malaysian capital to protest against alleged government corruption, calling for the arrest of an unnamed high-ranking official after million of dollars went missing from a state-owned investment fund
http://www.euronews.com/2016/08/27/malaysian-protesters-call-for-pm-s-arrest
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/hundreds-malaysian-protesters-call-1mdb-arrest-160827175620860.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160827_26/

9 AUGUST 2016

Former Malaysia DPM Muhyiddin registers ‘progressive’ Umno splinter party Bersatu with Mahathir as chairman

Former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin registered a new political party on Tuesday (Aug 9) that he promises to be more open and progressive than Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s pro-Malay ruling Umno
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/former-malaysia-dpm-muhyiddin-to-register-umno-splinter-party-bersatu-on-tuesday
http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/08/164293/muhyiddin-submits-application-new-party-bersatu

1st AUGUST 2016

Malaysia’s controversial National Security Council Act kicks in

New legislation came into force on Monday (Aug 1) that grants sweeping powers to Malaysia’s National Security Council, which is chaired by the prime minister
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-s-controversial/3003680.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-08/01/content_15471356.html

29 JULY 2016

UN rights body raps Malaysian govt over security law

The U.N.’s human rights body said Friday it was « gravely concerned » by a new Malaysian security law coming into force next week that grants the government extraordinary emergency powers
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2016/Jul-29/364575-un-rights-body-raps-malaysian-govt-over-security-law.ashx
http://international.thenewslens.com/article/45430

18 JULY 2016

Singapore, Malaysia to mark ‘significant milestone’ with high-speed rail MoU

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Prime Minister Najib Razak will witness the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project on Tuesday (July 19) in Putrajaya, Malaysia
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-malaysia-to/2964098.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/kl-spore-high-speed-rail-will-enhance-people-to-people-ties-improve-business-linkages

16 JULY 2016

Sacked Malaysian DPM Muhyiddin backs Dr Mahathir’s new party

Sacked former Malaysian deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Saturday (Jul 16) threw his weight behind former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s proposal to set up a new political party to galvanise the opposition and present a credible challenge to Prime Minister Najib Razak’s ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sacked-malaysian-dpm/2962502.html

15 JULY 2016

Opposition hopes for better days with Mahathir’s new party

Having failed to unseat Prime Minister Najib Razak after more than a year of stinging attacks, former premier Mahathir Mohamad’s unprecedented move to force a change of leadership from outside Umno is a tacit admission that he no longer has clout within the ruling party
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/opposition-hopes-for-better-days-with-mahathirs-new-party

30 JUNE 2016

Influential Malaysian opposition politician Lim Guan Eng charged on graft charges

 Malaysia’s opposition leader Lim Guan Eng, who is also the chief minister of the prosperous northern island of Penang, was arrested on Wednesday by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for alleged graft
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1983252/influential-malaysian-opposition-politician-arrested-graft
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/06/malaysia-top-opposition-leader-lim-guan-eng-charged-with-graft/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/penang-chief-minister/2917474

27 JUNE 2016

Malaysian PM reshuffles cabinet amid speculation of snap poll

Scandal-hit Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Monday announced a cabinet reshuffle, including promoting a trusted ally to manage the economy, in what analysts said could be preparation for a snap election
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1982222/malaysian-pm-reshuffles-cabinet-amid-speculation-snap-poll
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-s-pm-naji

24 JUNE 2016

Malaysia’s embattled PM sacks Mahathir’s son and former deputy

Najib’s ruling United Malays National Organisation (Umno) unanimously decided to expel former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Mukhriz Mahathir, the son of ex-premier Mahathir Mohamad
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1980862/malaysias-embattled-pm-sacks-mahathirs-son-and-former
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-pm-sacks-former/2901970.html

21 JUNE 2016

Malaysia opposition PKR politician shot dead in Sarawak

A senior member of the opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s (PKR) branch in Sarawak was gunned down at a traffic junction in the eastern Malaysian state on Tuesday 21
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/opposition-pkr-politician-shot-dead-in-sarawak
http://atimes.com/2016/06/malaysian-politician-and-land-rights-activist-shot-dead/

18 JUNE 2016

Embattled PM’s coalition wins by-elections in Malaysia

Malaysia’s ruling party won two parliamentary by-elections Saturday that were closely watched for indications of whether graft allegations hounding Prime Minister Najib Razak were affecting his governing coalition’s support
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/embattled-pms-coalition-wins-elections-malaysia-182217804.html?nhp=1
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-by-elections-bn/2883980.html

31 MAY 2016

Malaysia Warns Philippines’ Duterte Against ‘Reigniting’ Sabah Dispute

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak rebuked Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s suggestion that he may reignite the Sabah dispute between the two nations, urging Manila on Monday to instead focus on resolving its own decades-old insurgency in the country’s South
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/malaysia-warns-duterte-against-reigniting

27 MAY 2016

‘Talibanization’ for Malaysia?

After being dormant for more than a year, the issue of hudud – harsh seventh-century Islamic law prescribing the amputation of limbs for theft and stoning of adulterers – has suddenly come alive in Malaysia again
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/talibanization-malaysia/

16 MAY 2016

Malaysian activist Hishamuddin Rais escapes prison sentence for sedition

Proponents of freedom of speech and the abolition of the Sedition Act are celebrating the successful appeal of veteran social activist Hishamuddin Rais today against a nine month prison sentence for sedition.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/malaysian-activist-hishamuddin-rais-escapes-prison-sentence-for-sedition/

12 MAY 2016

Malaysia PM stresses unity at UMNO 70th anniversary célébrations

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Thursday (May 12) marked 70 years of his party UMNO with a speech emphasising party unity and loyalty, peppered with subtle jabs at his vocal critic, former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-pm-stresses/2780252.html

5 MAY 2016

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines reach agreement to coordinate maritime security

Following kidnappings of Indonesians at sea, Indonesia has come to an agreement with Malaysia and the Philippines to boost maritime security after a sit-down in Yogyakarta today
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/indonesia-maritime-security/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/05/indonesia-malaysia-philippines-sign-maritime-security-declaration.html

4 MAY 2016

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar awarded Cartooning for Peace Prize

Though he faces sanctions in his home country, Malaysian satirical cartoonist Zunar was recognized for his work when the Cartooning for Peace Swiss Foundation awarded him the 2016 International Editorial Cartoons Prize on Tuesday
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/malaysia-zunar-cartoon-peace-prize/

29 APRIL 2016

Malaysia plans to force blogs, news sites to register

The Malaysian government is seeking a law change that would require the country’s « political » blogs and news websites to register with authorities. The move has reignited allegations that it is trying to silence dissent
http://www.dw.com/en/malaysia-plans-to-force-blogs-news-sites-to-register/a-19224747

15 APRIL 2016

The Malaysian government’s love-hate relationship with the media

As it stands, Malaysia is currently ranked at #147 out of 180 countries in the 2015 World Press Freedom Index, an annual report released by Reporters Without Borders which highlights worldwide standings in freedom of information. The country has seen an overall decline in press freedom over the years – it is at its lowest position since 2002, with its highest ranking in 2006, at #92.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/04/malaysia-government-love-hate-relationship-media/

23 MARCH 2016

Malaysian ex-premier Mahathir sues PM Najib over 1MDB scandal

Malaysian former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad today filed a lawsuit against the current Prime Minister Najib Razak over the 1MDB financial scandal, prompting critics to call it a “political gimmick.”
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/03/malaysian-ex-prime-minister-mahathir-sues-current-pm-najib-over-1mdb-scandal/
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-03-23/former-malaysian-leader-mahathir-mohamad-sues-pm-najib-razak/1562042

4 MARCH 2016

Malaysia: Political allies and rivals sign declaration for Najib’s removal

Leaders from across Malaysia’s political spectrum joined Friday to call for a national movement to remove scandal-hit premier Najib Razak, in a dramatic escalation of a festering corruption crisis.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/03/malaysia-political-allies-and-rivals-bsign-declaration-for-najibs-removal
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35724079
http://atimes.com/2016/03/malaysia-cross-party-alliance-demands-removal-of-pm/

29 FEBRUARY 2016

Former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohammad quits UMNO, again

Former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad announced on Monday he was quitting the ruling party, saying it had degenerated into an organisation whose sole purpose was to protect scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Razak.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/former-malaysian-pm-mahathir-mohammad-quits-umno-again
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1918603/malaysias-former-pm-mahathir-quits-ruling-umno-party
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/02/29/dr-mahathir-calls-for-formation-of-core-group-to-remove-najib/

3 FEBRUARY 2016

Malaysia PM tightens grip on ruling party after critic toppled

Najib Razak, Malaysia’s prime minister, tightened his grip on the country’s ruling party on Wednesday after the son of his predecessor, was toppled for what he claimed was criticism of the premier’s involvement in a financial scandal.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f9658988-ca73-11e5-84df-70594b99fc47.html#axzz3z8t4AZPF
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35485622

30 JANUARY 2016

Swiss prosecutor asks Malaysia to help investigate 1MDB fund irregularities

Switzerland’s prosecutor has formally asked Malaysia for help with an investigation into the possible misappropriation of $4 billion by state-owned fund 1MDB. Malaysia’s PM has been cleared of corruption in Kuala Lumpur
http://www.dw.com/en/swiss-prosecutor-asks-malaysia-to-help-investigate-1mdb-fund-irregularities/a-19012891
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/swiss-seek-malaysian-help-probing-us4-bln-financial-scandal
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/1mdb-says-would-co-operate-with-swiss-probe

26 JANUARY 2016

Malaysian PM cleared of wrongdoing in $700 million scandal

Malaysia’s top prosecutor found that the money funneled into Najib’s private accounts was a gift from the Saudi royal family. He said no criminal offence was committed, easing pressure on the prime minister to resign.
http://www.dw.com/en/malaysian-pm-cleared-of-wrongdoing-in-700-million-scandal/a-19004123
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pm-najib-cleared-after/2458506.html?cx_tag=undefined&cid=tg:recos:undefined:standard#cxrecs_s
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/time-to-move-on-pm-tells-critics-after-absolved-by-ag

23 JANUARY 2016

Malaysian rally denounces TPP

Thousands of protesters gathered in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday to denounce the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade alliance, demanding the government reject the accord in a parliamentary debate next week.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/836608/thousands-denounce-tpp-in-kl
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/were-against-tpp-because-our-party-said-so-pas-protesters-say
http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/live-updates-anti-tppa-protesters-in-last-bid-to-stop-putrajaya-from-signin

14 JANUARY 2016

 Is Malaysia a world leader in the deradicalisation of Islamist miltants?

In the wake of November’s terrorist attacks in Paris, the threat of Islamic State (Isis)-inspired attacks in the region has hardly left the headlines, not least in Malaysia
http://sea-globe.com/malaysia-islamist-deradicalistion/

9 JANUARY 2016

Can Malaysia revive its economy in 2016?

It has been a rather challenging year for the Malaysian economy. Political disruptions and economic shocks have rocked the nation
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/09/can-malaysia-revive-its-economy-in-2016/

12 DECEMBER 2015

Malaysian PM emerges with firm grip on party

Despite earlier concerns that some party rebels were planning to disrupt the proceedings, there were no surprise attacks from those unhappy with his answers to the twin funding scandals that have rocked the party
http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/malaysian-pm-emerges-firm-grip-party
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2015/12/13/pm-chooses-to-take-the-high-road-detractors-offered-hand-of-reconciliation-in-line-with-islamic-teac/
http://www.theborneopost.com/2015/12/13/najib-im-magnanimous-for-reconciliation/

5 DECEMBER 2015

Malaysia’s anti-corruption agency questions PM Najib Razak over $838 million deposits

Malaysian anti-corruption officials have questioned the country’s prime minister in an investigation into deposits of funds totalling 2.6 billion ringgit ($838 million) into his bank accounts that have prompted calls for his resignation
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-05/1mdb-malaysias-anticorruption-agency-questions-pm-najib-razak-over-838-million-deposits/1522616
http://www.dw.com/en/malaysian-premier-questioned-over-unexplained-millions-in-deposits/a-18896500

4 DECEMBER 2015

Malaysia enacts security law amid protests

Malaysia’s Parliament has approved a security law that will give sweeping security powers to a council led by the prime minister, in a move slammed by rights groups and critics as a step toward a dictatorship.
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151204_32.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/malaysia/2015/12/05/452695/Malaysia-security.htm

3 DECEMBER 2015

Rights group condemns proposed Malaysia security bill

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has condemned a national security bill proposed this week by lawmakers in Malaysia, calling it « a tool for repression ».
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34992022
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2015/12/rights-group-warns-of-dictatorship-with-malaysias-new-law/

18 NOVEMBER 2015

Can China Rebuild Its ‘Special Relationship’ With Malaysia?

China’s outreach to ASEAN member states continues. In addition to visits by President Xi Jinping to Vietnam, Singapore, and now the Philippines, Premier Li Keqiang is preparing to head to Malaysia. Li will be attending the various ASEAN-related meetings, including the East Asia Summit, in Kuala Lumpur, in addition to having his first official visit to Malaysia.
http://thediplomat.com/2015/11/can-china-rebuild-its-special-relationship-with-malaysia/

2 NOVEMBER 2015

UN body calls Anwar’s jailing ‘illegal’, demands release

A UN body has determined that former Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been jailed illegally and called for his immediate release, according to a copy of the opinion released Monday by his family
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-11-02/united-nations-determines-detention-of-malaysias-anwar-ibrahim-arbitrary-and-political/1510278
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/751836/un-body-calls-anwar-jailing-illegal-demands-releas

16 OCTOBER 2015

Malaysia arrests hacker for supplying US targets to Islamic State

At the request of the United States, Malaysia has arrested a man on charges of hacking personal data of more than a thousand U.S. officials and handing it to Islamic State militants in Syria so they could target the individuals
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/540991/news/world/malaysia-arrests-hacker-for-supplying-us-targets-to-islamic-state

5 OCTOBER 2015

Myanmar president sued in US over Rohingya abuse

A coalition of Muslim groups has filed suit in New York against Myanmar President Thein Sein and other government officials for alleged crimes against the Rohingya minority, which they say amount to genocide
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/myanmar-president-sued-rohingya-abuse-151005181805344.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/718996/muslims-sue-myanmar-president-in-us-court-over-rohingya-genocide

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

China and Malaysia’s first ever joint military exercice is an important strategic move

Malaysia’s Armed Forces and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducted a five-day exercise on Managing Non-Traditional Threats and Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) from September 17 to 22. Codenamed “Peace and Friendship 2015″
http://www.intellasia.net/china-and-malaysias-first-ever-joint-military-exercise-is-an-important-strategic-move-471169

22 SEPTEMBER 2015

Malaysian opposition forms new alliance

A new Opposition coalition called Pakatan Harapan (Hope Alliance) has been formed comprising People’s Justice Party (PKR), Democratic Action Party (DAP) and National Trust Party (Amanah). http://www.asianewsnet.net/Msian-opposition-forms-new-alliance-80956.html
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/opposition-parties-form-pakatan-harapan-opens-door-to-pas
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-09/22/content_15320242.html

16 SEPTEMBER 2015

Malaysian police fire water cannons at pro-government protesters

Hundreds of protesters pelted riot police with plastic bottles Wednesday and tried to push their way into Chinatown, which was barricaded, prompting riot police to fire chemical-laced water to disperse the crowd
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135612/malaysian-police-fire-water-cannons-at-pro-government-protesters/
http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/09/17/Protesters-breach-police-lines-Rallygoers-force-way-through-barricade-to-enter-Bukit-Bintang/

30 AUGUST 2015

Malaysia protests: Former leader Mahathir Mohamad joins protesters’ call for PM Najib Razak to resign on second day of rallies

Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad, 90, has urged anti-government protesters to step up their ‘people power’ movement to remove the country’s current prime minister, who is embroiled in a financial scandal
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34100659
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/malaysia-pm-protest-organisers-haram-150830134644732.html

27 AUGUST 2015

Malaysia to block websites promoting anti-government rally this weekend

Malaysia will block websites attempting to spread information about a two-day rally due to be staged in three cities this weekend by a pro-democracy group demanding Prime Minister Najib Razak’s resignation
http://atimes.com/2015/08/malaysia-to-block-websites-promoting-anti-government-rally-this-weekend/

4 AUGUST 2015

Questions persist in Malaysia donations case

Malaysia’s anti-corruption commission says nearly $700m deposited into the prime minister’s personal bank accounts are donations, and are not related to a brewing scandal. But questions continue to be asked as to how Najib Razak came by the funds and who put them in his account
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/questions-persist-malaysia-donations-case-150804195007648.html
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Veteran-journalist-questions-Najibs-failure-to-exp-79003.html

28 JULY 2015

1MDB scandal: Malaysia PM Najib Razak sacks deputy, attorney-general as corruption allegations mount

Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak sacks his deputy, attorney-general and four other ministers in a cabinet reshuffle widely seen as an attempt to strengthen his hold on power as he battles corruption allegations
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-07-29/1mdb-scandal-malaysia-pm-najib-razak-sacks-deputy-attorneygeneral-as-corruption-allegations-mount/1475092
http://asiancorrespondent.com/134404/malaysian-pm-axes-deputy-attorney-general-in-fund-scandal-purge/
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/530210/news/world/malaysian-pm-reshuffles-cabinet-dumps-deputy-after-1mdb-criticism
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Malaysias-new-Cabinet-Whos-in-whos-out-78782.html

24 JULY 2015

Malaysia suspends newspaper over ‘prejudicial’ 1MDB reports

Malaysia’s government suspended the publishing permit of the Edge newspaper group, judging that its coverage of debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) threatens public order and national security, the media company said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/633664/malaysia-suspends-newspaper-over-prejudicial-1mdb-reports
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/highlight/2015/07/25/throttling-the-publics-right-to-know/

5 JULY 2015

Task force to probe alleged Malaysia PM money trail

 A task force is investigating allegations that a probe into a Malaysian state-controlled investment fund found hundreds of millions of dollars were transferred to the prime minister’s personal bank accounts, the attorney general has said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/613132/task-force-to-probe-alleged-malaysia-pm-money-trail
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-s-opposition-dem/1962352.html

16 JUNE 2015

Historic Malaysian opposition alliance falls apart

The Malaysian opposition political alliance that had threatened to unseat the country’s long-ruling regime is no more, one of its three component parties declared Tuesday, following bitter disputes over policy
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/594248/historic-malaysian-opposition-alliance-falls-apart
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/world/2015/06/16/msia-opposition-collapses-in-boon-for-beleaguered-government/

10 JUNE 2015

Malaysia goverment maintains marital rape not criminal

A parliamentary committee decided a decade ago after a study that it is permissible for a husband to « rape » his wife. This position was again taken by the six-member bi-partisan speacial committee set up to review marital rape laws
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Msia-govt-maintains-marital-rape-not-criminal-76384.html

1 JUNE 2015

Malaysia Airlines CEO says carrier is ‘technically bankrupt’

The newly appointed chief executive of loss-making Malaysia Airlines said on Monday that the carrier is « technically bankrupt », as he announced plans for a restructuring that will cut the company’s workforce by a third.
http://www.cnbc.com/id/102720938
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-06-01/malaysia-airlines-confirms-6000-job-losses-in-restructure-ceo-says-carrier-technically-bankrupt/1454028

23 MAY 2015

Myanmar signs off controversial pregnancy law

Myanmar’s president has signed a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by the United States and rights activists, who say it could be used not only to repress women, but also religious and ethnic minorities
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/myanmar-signs-controversial-pregnancy-law-150523125320725.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1807783/myanmar-president-signs-controversial-population-law

18 MAY 2015

 Anwar’s wife Wan Azizah takes helm of Malaysian opposition

Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was sworn into Malaysia’s parliament as opposition leader on Monday after winning the seat vacated by her husband Anwar Ibrahim when he was jailed on a sodomy conviction
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/564879/anwar-wife-wan-azizah-takes-helm-of-malaysian-opposition

7 MAY 2015

Anwar’s wife replaces him once again in Malaysian parliament

The wife of jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim won her husband’s parliamentary seat Thursday in a by-election seen as a test of support for the three-party alliance he headed, local media reported
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/554571/anwar-wife-replaces-him-once-again-in-malaysian-parliament
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/anwar-s-wife-wins/1832186.html

3 MAY 2015

UN urges Myanmar to ensure press freedom during élections

The United Nations Sunday urged Myanmar to ensure that journalists can report « without fear » during crucial general elections later this year as the former junta-ruled nation marked World Press Freedom Day in Yangon
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/un-urges-myanmar-ensure-press-freedom-during-elections

21 APRIL 2015

Malaysia urged to punish Muslims for forcing church to remove cross

Malaysia’s government faced calls on Tuesday to take action against Muslim protesters who pressured a church to remove its cross, the latest example of rising Islamic intolerance that is fuelling religious tensions in the multi-faith country
http://www.japantoday.com/category/world/view/malaysia-urged-to-punish-muslims-for-forcing-church-to-remove-cross
http://www.ucanews.com/news/church-protest-a-sign-of-extremism-setting-in-malaysian-lawyers/73421

19 APRIL 2015

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing a possible 43 years in prison defiant ‘to the last drop of my ink’

Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar faces a possible 43 years in prison for sedition, but the defiant artist says that looming threat won’t stop his hard-hitting caricatures lampooning the ruling establishment
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysian-cartoonist/1793414.html

7 APRIL 2015

Malaysia passes controversial anti-terror Bill

The Malaysian government has pushed through controversial anti-terror legislation in the lower house, after parliamentarians hotly debated the Bill till well after 2am on Tuesday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-passes/1769488.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20150407-malaysia-anti-terror-law-human-rights/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32194636

31 MARCH 2015

Malaysia holds journalists under sedition law

Malaysian police detained a prominent publisher and a website editor on sedition charges Tuesday, the latest targets in a mounting tally of arrests that a senior opposition politician compared to an infamous 1987 political crackdown
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/malaysia-holds-journalists-under-sedition-law
http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/3-tmi-editors-released-2-more-in-jail
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/what-you-think/article/on-the-arrest-of-tmi-5-foreign-correspondents-club-of-malaysia
http://www.ucanews.com/news/malaysia-arrests-five-journalists-under-sedition-act/73289

30 MARCH 2015

Malaysia unveils anti-terror bill aimed at Islamic State supporters

Malaysia’s government on Monday unveiled a new anti-terrorism bill that allows lengthy detentions without trial, as worries grow in the Muslim-majority country over the appeal of the extremist Islamic State (IS) group
http://www.ucanews.com/news/malaysia-unveils-anti-terror-bill-aimed-at-islamic-state-supporters/73282
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-s-opposition/1757474.html

16 MARCH 2015

Anwar Ibrahim’s daughter Nurul Izzah arrested for sedition in Malaysia

The eldest daughter of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been arrested for sedition after reading out in parliament parts of a speech by her father criticising his recent jailing.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-16/anwar-ibrahim-daughter-nurul-izzah-arrested-for-sedition/6324050
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/malaysian-police-arrest-anwar-daughter-150316081657370.html

7 MARCH 2017

Thousands of Malaysia demonstrators demand opposition leader’s release

Chanting « Free Anwar! » and « Reformasi » (Reform), the demonstrators, led by members of Anwar’s family, staged a short march from a busy shopping district toward the capital’s Petronas Towers skyscrapers.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-demonstrators/1701274.html
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/sea-of-men-at-giant-rally-proves-anwar-not-forgotten-says-pkr-chief-video

22 FEBRUARY 2015

Malaysia : PKR’s Nik Nazmi arrested over pro-Anwar rally

Police arrested PKR Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad late this evening for joining a rally yesterday in support of jailed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that saw two activists detained
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/pkrs-nik-nazmi-arrested-at-home
http://www.nst.com.my/node/73652

12 FEBRUARY 2015

The spiritual leader of Malaysia’s opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat has died at age 84.

Nik Aziz, a revered leader in PAS, had served as Kelantan chief minister for more than two décades.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pas-spiritual-leader-nik/1654910.html
http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/nik-aziz-an-obituary

10 FEBRUARY 2015

Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysian opposition leader loses final appeal to sodomy conviction, sentenced to five years’ jail

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has lost his final appeal against a conviction and been sentenced to five years in jail for sodomy.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-02-10/anwar-ibrahim-malaysian-opposition-leader-loses-final-appeal-to-sodomy-conviction-sentenced-to-five-/1413903
http://www.euronews.com/2015/02/10/malaysia-overwhelming-evidence-sees-anwar-ibrahim-s-sodomy-conviction-upheld/
http://www.nst.com.my/node/72443

6 FEBRUARY 2015

Malaysia, Indonesia to solve sea spats

The leaders of Malaysia and Indonesia on Friday pledged renewed efforts to resolve stubborn disputes over maritime borders that have long nagged at one of Southeast Asia’s most important bilateral relationships.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/468306/malaysia-indonesia-to-seek-resolution-of-maritime-disputes

9 JANUARY 2015

Death of Former Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Yaakub, born on January 3, 1928

The 88 year old, held office as the fourth head of state between April 2, 1981 and April 2, 1985
http://www.nst.com.my/node/69087

27 DECEMBER 2014

At least 160,000 evacuated in Malaysia due to flooding

Footage shot from helicopters shows the widespread flooding across Malaysia after heavy rain caused water levels to rise, submerging houses and causing widespread devastation.The number of people evacuated due to the floods jumped to more than 160,000 on Saturday. Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak has come under criticism for his absence during the crisis
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/dec/27/160000-evacuated-malaysia-due-flooding-video
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/12/severe-flooding-hits-southeast-asia-201412275647819859.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30609549

23 DECEMBER 2014

Malaysia and China hold first-ever joint military exercise

The Malaysian Armed Forces and China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) began their first-ever bilateral military exercise yesterday to mark 40 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Malaysia-and-China-hold-first-ever-joint-military–69370.html

21 DECEMBER 2014

Malaysia to charge S$7.60 entry fee for foreign vehicles from Singapore

Motorists with foreign-registered vehicles entering Johor Bahru from Singapore will have to pay a Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee of RM20 (S$7.55) from the middle of next year
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-to-charge-s-7-60/1541870.html

19 DECEMBER 2014

Malaysia’s Defense Budget: A Push to the East

Malaysia’s national security focus is shifting to its eastern state of Sabah, evidenced by the money, personnel, and equipment allocated to the state in the 2015 defense budget. This shift comes in response to incidents along Sabah’s long and porous maritime border with the insecure islands of the southern Philippines. It also belies the deep distrust between the two neighbors over border issues. Malaysia’s interests in the South China Sea also come into play given that the realignment of men and materiel will allow greater force projection into the area.
http://cogitasia.com/malaysias-defense-budget-a-push-to-the-east/

15 DECEMBER 2014

UMNO Revolt against Malaysia PM

Mahathir attempt to overthrow Najib may be gaining traction
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/malaysia-pm-attacked-party-member/

14 DECEMBER 2014

A new era in China-Malaysia relations

Cementing four decades of diplomatic relations with a commitment to address regional security issues, the home ministry has made great strides forward in fostering strong collaborations with China
http://www.asianewsnet.net/A-new-era-in-China-Msia-relations-69016.html

11 DECEMBER 2014

26,000 millionaires in Malaysia

Malaysia has over 26,000 high net worth individuals (HNWI’s) or millionaires according to WealthInsight.
http://www.nst.com.my/node/61465

2 DECEMBER 2014

The Thai government recognises Malaysia’s role as the facilitator for peace efforts in southern Thailand, said Najib Razak
http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/12/02/Thai-PM-gives-assurance/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/446530/thailand-malaysia-set-peace-talks-conditions

27 NOVEMBER 2014

Malaysia leader Najib Razak reverses pledge to scrap sedition law

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says a colonial-era law curbing free speech will be retained and strengthened, backpedaling on a pledge two years ago to abolish the law as part of political reforms.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30222711
http://asiancorrespondent.com/128586/malaysia-leader-najib-razak-reverses-pledge-to-scrap-sedition-law/

19 OCTOBER 2014

Malaysia’s Sedition Act crackdown ‘chilling’ free speech

The crackdown, accelerating in recent weeks, is widely seen as an attempt by Malaysia’s longtime regime to reverse years of increasingly boisterous speech that has coincided with tremendous electoral gains by the opposition.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/438419/malaysia-sedition-act-crackdown-chilling-free-speech

17 OCTOBER 2014

Malaysia wins Security Council seat

Malaysia, which will represent the Asia-Pacific region, will use its two-year term to focus on advocating for peace, promoting mediation and enhancing peacekeeping operations, Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said after the vote was cast.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/438090/malaysia-among-5-nonpermanent-members-elected-to-un-security-council
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Malaysia’s-stand-in-moderation-helped-country-cl-66032.html

6 Myanmar journalists jailed over report: Press group

Six Myanmar journalists have been jailed by a Yangon court for « state defamation », the country’s interim press council said Friday, amid mounting concern over a roll back of press freedom in the former junta-run state
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/fresh-clashes-hong-kong-pro-democracy-activists-regroup

7 OCTOBER 2014

Two million M’sian families surviving on less than US$919.44 a month

Malaysia’s average household income may have risen by some 10 per cent in the last five years but there are still two million families living on less than 3,000 ringgit (US$919.44) a month, minister in the prime minister’s department Abdul Wahid Omar told Parliament Tuesday.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Two-million-Msian-families-surviving-on-less-than–65521.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

Malaysian law lecturer arrested for sedition

Azmi Sharom becomes the ninth person arrested this year for what many observers say are politically-related reasons.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/09/malaysian-law-lecturer-arrested-sedition-20149351946377570.html

19 AUGUST 2014

Lawyer for Malaysian Opposition Leader Is Charged With Sedition

A lawyer for the Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was charged with sedition on Tuesday, a move that Mr. Anwar denounced as part of a conspiracy to weaken his appeal of a sodomy conviction and orchestrate his return to prison
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/20/world/asia/attorney-for-malaysian-opposition-leader-is-charged-with-sedition.html?ref=asia&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AMorning%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_MorningBrief%2008%2019%2014%20TAKE%20TWO&_r=0

17 JULY 2014

Malaysian jet ‘shot down’ over Ukraine

A Malaysia Airlines passenger jet which crashed as it flew over eastern Ukraine with 295 people on board was reportedly shot down.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2014/07/report-malaysian-jet-crashes-near-ukraine-2014717151147473508.html

23 JUNE 2014

Christians lose divisive bid to use ‘Allah’ in Malaysia

Malaysia’s highest court on Monday dismissed a bid by Christians for the right to use the word « Allah », ending a years-long legal battle that has escalated religious tensions in the Muslim-majority country
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/malaysia/2014/06/23/410793/Christians-lose.htm
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/23/malaysia-highest-court-allah-bible-ban

12 JUNE 2014

The confusion about ‘Constitutional Monarchy’ in Malaysia

Recent developments in Johor have once more suddenly impelled the notion of “constitutional monarchy” to the centre of Malaysian national politics
http://asiancorrespondent.com/123737/the-confusion-about-constitutional-monarchy-in-malaysia/

22 MAY 2014

Malaysia stresses China ties despite Asian rows

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has distanced himself from growing territorial conflicts in Asia, telling a Japanese newspaper they should not jeopardise the « strategic importance » of his country’s ties with Beijing

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/411203/malaysia-stresses-china-ties-despite-asian-rows

9 MAY 2014

Malaysia: Muslim scholars speak out against harsh Islamic laws

This June, leading Islamic opposition Parti Islam se-Malaysia (PAS) will seek parliamentary support for hudud to be passed in Malaysia. Yet, many Malaysian Muslims do not want the Islamic penal code to define their identity

http://asiancorrespondent.com/122539/malaysia-muslim-scholars-speak-out-against-harsh-islamic-law/

27 APRIL 2014

Obama raises rights concerns with Malaysia PM

Barack Obama, the US president, has said that he raised the issue of human rights with Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak during his visit to the country
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/04/obama-raises-rights-concerns-with-malaysia-pm-20144277146586467.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27176944

26 APRIL 2014

Obama Makes Landmark Visit to Malaysia

President Barack Obama has become the first U.S. president to visit Malaysia in nearly half a century. Obama on Saturday arrived in Kuala Lumpur, the third stop on an Asian tour aimed at reassuring allies in the region. President Barack Obama is the first American leader to set foot in Malaysia since President Lyndon Johnson came here in 1966
http://www.voanews.com/content/obama-in-malaysia-on-third-leg-of-asian-tour/1901699.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/26/barack-obama-visits-malaysia-us-economy-security

18 MARCH 2014

Malaysia’s Anwar ‘disgusted’ by missing plane speculation

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim condemned on Tuesday speculation that the captain of a missing Malaysian airliner — a member of his party and a distant relative — may have had political motives to sabotage the plane

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/400513/malaysia-anwar-disgusted-by-missing-plane-speculation

11 MARCH 2014

Malaysia opposition MP fined for sedition

Veteran politician Karpal Singh fined $1,219 under law opposition says is increasingly used to silence critics.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/malaysia-opposition-mp-fined-sediition-201431195534160825.html

10 MARCH 2014

Malaysia Judiciary Criticized Over Anwar Ibrahim Verdict

Legal advocates said an appeals court decision against opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and a separate high court verdict involving his lawyer, Karpal Singh, mark a further setback to the independence of Malaysia judiciary’s
http://www.voanews.com/content/malaysia-judiciary-criticized-for-anwar-ibrahim-verdict-/1867850.html

7 MARCH 2014

Malaysian court jails opposition leader for sodomy

A Malaysian court sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on Friday after finding the former deputy prime minister guilty of sodomising his aide in 2008
http://www.france24.com/en/20140307-malaysian-court-jails-opposition-leader-anwar-sodomy/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/398705/malaysia-anwar-decries-sodomy-ruling-as-travesty

http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/anwar-guilty-malaysia/

24 FEBRUARY 2014

Rising Islamic conservatism in Malaysia

With religion fast becoming the most contentious source of disputes in Malaysia, this perception has given rise to a host of conservative Islamic groups becoming more vocal.

http://asianewsnet.net/Rising-Islamic-conservatism-in-Malaysia-57403.html

21 FEBRUARY 2014

Malaysian opposition lawmaker found guilty of sedition

A Malaysian court found a veteran opposition leader guilty of sedition Friday in the latest use of a law the government had pledged to abolish in the run-up to elections last year. Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Karpal Singh slammed the Sedition Act as a « relic », and called the case against him unfair

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/396366/malaysian-opposition-lawmaker-found-guilty-of-sedition

3 FEBRUARY 2014

Malaysian court jails man who raped, then married minor

A Malaysian court on Monday sentenced a man to 12 years in jail for raping a 12-year-old whom he later married, as an activist urged the Muslim-majority nation to ban all child marriages.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/392999/malaysian-court-jails-man-who-raped-then-married-minor

27 JANUARY 2014

Religious tensions rise after bomb attack on Malaysia church

Religious tensions are on the rise in Malaysia after two home-made bombs were hurled at a church in the northern state of Penang
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/religious-tensions-rise/969728.html

24 JANUARY 2014

Malaysia: Is time running out for Najib Razak?

Forces aligned with former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad appear to be attempting push embattled Malaysian Premier Najib Tun Razak into giving a time frame for his eventual departure from office and naming a successor, sources in Kuala Lumpur say.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/118809/malaysia-is-time-running-out-for-najib-razak/

22 JANUARY 2014

Malaysia’s PAS and UMNO: Growing Convergence Over Islamic Governance?

The Islamic factor is increasingly rising to the forefront again in Malaysia as the two Muslim-based parties, UMNO and PAS, probe each other for meeting points, even as they compete for support of the majority Malay-Muslim community

http://www.eurasiareview.com/22012014-malaysias-pas-umno-growing-convergence-islamic-governance-analysis/

20 JANUARY 2014

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim denied entry into Japan

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said Monday he was « puzzled and shocked » over being barred entry to Japan, as his party questioned whether Malaysia’s ruling coalition was behind the move
http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/01/20/Anwar-denied-entry-into-Japan-Previous-conviction-cited-as-reason/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/390496/malaysia-anwar-hocked-after-japan-bars-entry

19 JANUARY 2014

Malaysian king backs court ban on non-Muslims using Allah

Malaysia’s king gave his backing on Sunday to a court ruling barring non-Muslims from using the word Allah to refer to God, weighing in for the first time on an issue that has fanned religious tensions in the multi-cultural country.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/malaysian-king-backs-court-ban-non-muslims-using-allah

13 JANUARY 2014

Malaysia’s Najib Faces Party, Public Protest

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak enters 2014 beset by growing hostility from both the public and within his own political party, the United Malays National Organization, characterized by a deluge of New Year messages across cyberspace celebrating the “year of barang naik,” Malay language for rising prices of items.

http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/malaysias-najib-faces-party-public-protest/

11 JANURY 2014

Malaysia will not revive ISA, says home minister

Home Minister has dismissed recent calls to revive the Internal Security Act (ISA), but says the government will look to amend other laws or draw up new ones to contain security threats.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/malaysia-will-not-revive-isa-says-home-minister

10 JANUARY 2014

Malaysia court throws out charge against opposition’s Anwar

A Malaysian court on Friday threw out illegal-assembly charges against opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim over his part in a 2012 rally that could have barred him from standing for election, his lawyer said.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/388985/malaysia-court-throws-out-charge-against-opposition-anwar

2 JANUARY 2014

More than 300 Bibles are confiscated in Malaysia

Islamic authorities in Malaysia have seized more than 300 Bibles from the Bible Society because they use the word Allah to refer to God, officials say.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25578348

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/387650/malaysian-authorities-seize-bibles-in-allah-row

25 DECEMBER 2013

UMNO divides Malaysia

The grim reality of elusive unity, plagued by ethnocentric and ethno-religious divisions, is underlined by the continual existence of fault lines that anthropologist Shamsul A. B. calls ‘axes of contradictions’. The stubborn presence of such social cleavages, after half a century of nationhood, raises the issue of the efficacy of integrative policies pursued by successive Barisan Nasional (BN: National Front) governments.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/12/25/umno-divides-malaysia/

12 NOVEMBER 2013

Minister reiterates ‘Allah’ only for Muslims

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom has reiterated that the use of the word Allah is exclusive to Muslims.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/11/12/Minister-reiterates-Allah-only-for-Muslims.aspx

30 OCTOBER 2013

Malaysia court rules critical news portal can go to print

A popular Malaysian news portal that is often heavily critical of the long-ruling government has the right to issue a print edition, a court ruled on Wednesday, dismissing an appeal by the home ministry.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/malaysia-court-rules-critical-news-portal-can-go-print

25 OCTOBER 2013

Ex-Malaysian minister acquitted in port scandal

A former Malaysian transport minister was acquitted Friday of cheating the government in a billion-dollar port deal that sparked a major financial scandal. The High Court said that prosecutors had not proven their case against Ling Liong Sik, who was transport minister between 1986 and 2003.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/114904/ex-malaysian-minister-acquitted-in-port-scandal/

21 OCTOBER 2013

Malaysia’s Najib entrenches power as reform drive fades

Internal voting for top posts in Malaysia’s ruling coalition at the weekend have proved Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to be a canny survivor – five months after a poor showing at national elections – but at a cost to his reform agenda.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/malaysia%E2%80%99s-najib-entrenches-power-reform-drive-fades-0?page=0%2C0

19 OCTOBER 2013

Malaysian leader strengthens hand in party polls

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak strengthened his hand in ruling-party elections, but analysts said questions remain over his stop-start plans for reforms amid resistance from conservatives.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/375486/malaysian-leader-strengthens-hand-in-party-polls

17 OCTOBER 2013

Mahathir son in UMNO bid

Mukhriz Mahathir, the 48-year-old son of Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister, will on Saturday contest the vice presidency of the country’s biggest political party, staking his claim as a potential future national leader.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/375194/dynasties-reinforced-as-mahathir-son-in-umno-bid

14 OCTOBER 2013

Malaysian court: ‘Allah’ is Muslim-only word

Court says the Catholic Herald newspaper is banned from using Islamic term, in ruling that affects other publications.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/malaysian-court-allah-muslim-only-word-2013101434515414336.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Malaysia-,-Christians-banned-from-using-Allah-.-Catholics-announce-appeal-29266.html

3 OCTOBER 2013

Malaysia detention law passes key test

A controversial Malaysian government move to give authorities the power to hold people for years without charge was headed for parliamentary approval after it was passed at the lower house.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/malaysia-move-over-detention-passes-key-test-201310385711699596.html

25 SEPTEMBER 2013

In Kuala Lumpur as in Beijing, people are set go to prison without going to court

The government asks parliament to amend criminal laws to set up a three-member board to rule on two-year detention without trial, which could be renewed indefinitely. The opposition is set to fight the bill.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/In-Kuala-Lumpur-as-in-Beijing,-people-are-set-go-to-prison-without-going-to-court-29108.html

21 SEPTEMBER 2013

Malaysian PM gets party nod to stay in power

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak faced down a threat to his leadership after nominations closed without anybody contesting his presidency of the ruling party, officials said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/370866/malaysian-pm-gets-party-nod-to-stay-in-power
http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/umno-party-polls-najib-muhyiddin-retain-posts-uncontested

16 SEPTEMBER 2013

Malaysia’s PM Capitulates to the Hardliners

The 14 September announcement of an array of new economic benefits for ethnic Malays by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak represents the premier’s final post-election capitulation to radical Malay nationalists in the United Malays National Organization

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5713&Itemid=229

Aung San Suu Kyi meets Dalai Lama

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has risked prompting Chinese anger after it was confirmed she had a private meeting with the Dalai Lama on the sidelines of a Prague rights conference, its spokesman said Monday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/370012/suu-kyi-meets-dalai-lama-risking-china-ire

Former Malayan communist chief Chin Peng dies

Chin Peng, former secretary-general of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP), died at a hospital in Bangkok on Monday morning. He was 90 years old.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/former-malayan-communist-chief-chin-peng-dies

http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/chin-peng-freedom-fighter-or-foe

14 SEPTEMBER 2013

Malaysia extends controversial affirmative action

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Saturday announced fresh measures to benefit the country’s ethnic Malay majority despite an earlier pledge to reform the controversial affirmative action policy.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-extends/813240.html

24 AUGUST 2013

Altantuya murder case: Court overturns guilty verdict

The Court of Appeal has discharged and acquitted two policemen from the charge of murdering Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu seven years ago.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/08/24/Court-overturns-guilty-verdict-Cops-freed-after-panel-deems-conviction-and-sentence-unsafe.aspx

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23806897

12 AUGUST 2013

Najib’s Peace Overtures

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, beset on his right flank by an implacable former Premier Mahathir Mohamad critical of his performance in the May 5 general election, has been making quiet overtures to opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to explore the outlines of a unity government.

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5632&Itemid=178

2 AUGUST 2013

DAP, Malaysia’s Biggest Opposition Party Under Threat

Government agency invalidates party elections, threatens deregistration

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5611&Itemid=178

9 JULY 2013

Politicians laud withdrawal of controversial conversion Bill

The withdrawal of the controversial Bill which contained a clause that allows a parent or guardian to unilaterally convert minors, has received the thumbs up from politicians from both sides of the divide.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/07/09/Politicians-laud-withdrawal-of-controversial-Bill.aspx

6 JULY 2013

Malaysia withdraws controversial one-parent conversion law

Malaysia has withdrawn an Islamic law which allows one parent to give consent for the religious conversion of a child, reports said Saturday, after an outcry that it discriminated against minorities.                                                                      http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-withdraws/736028.html

25 JUNE 2013

Malaysia’s king urges the people to accept GE13 results

The King of Malaysia has reiterated his call for all parties to accept and respect the results of the 13th general election

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Msias-king-urges-the-people-to-accept-GE13-results-48403.html

22 JUNE 2013

Thousands rally in Malaysia for polls reform

About 20,000 Malaysian opposition supporters gathered in the capital Saturday demanding the resignation of the country’s Election Commission in the wake of contentious polls.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/356483/thousands-rally-in-malaysia-for-polls-reform

1 JUNE 2013

Malaysia PM reaches out to opposition with electoral reform

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Saturday the political opposition would be given an oversight role over the country’s Election Commission, a move aimed at healing divisions following a disputed May 5 election.                                               http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20130601-426738.html

29 MAY 2013

Mosque, orphanage burned in new Burma violence

A police officer and a monk in the remote Burma city of Lashio have confirmed that a mob burned down a mosque, a Muslim orphanage and shops in the northeastern town after rumors spread that a Muslim man had set fire to a Buddhist woman.                                                                                                                                           http://asiancorrespondent.com/108313/mosque-orphanage-burned-in-new-burma-violence/

http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130529-426006.html

28 MAY 2013

Malaysian police re-arrest three for sedition: lawyer

Malaysian police on Tuesday re-arrested an activist and two opposition politicians under the Sedition Act, their lawyer said, in the latest move to spark tensions following divisive polls early this month. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysian-police-re-arrest-three-for-sed/690368.html

25 MAY 2013

Malaysians rally against ‘electoral fraud’

Tens of thousands of people held a rally near Malaysia’s capital against alleged electoral fraud, further raising the political temperature after divisive recent polls.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/2013525163148127523.html

23 MAY 2013

Malaysia’s Home Ministry seizes tabloids published by opposition

The Home Ministry has seized copies of tabloids published by the opposition parties as they were allegedly circulated to non-members.

http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20130523-424762.html

Malaysia arrests top opposition figures for sedition

Malaysian police have arrested three prominent opposition figures, including Keadilan party vice-President Tian Chua, under the Sedition Act.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22635078

17 MAY 2013

Malaysia’s Rigged Electoral System

A win for the opposition is nearly impossible                                                                                                                               http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5425&Itemid=178

15 MAY 2013

Malaysian PM Najib unveils ‘reconciliation’ cabinet

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak on Wednesday unveiled a cabinet line-up which he said would help national reconciliation. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysian-pm-najib-unveils-reconciliatio/676152.html

http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20130515-422903.html

6 MAY 2013

Malaysia PM sworn in amid opposition protests

Malaysia has sworn in Najib Razak for a second term as prime minister after the coalition which has ruled for 56 years held on to power in elections branded as fraudulent by a bitter opposition.                                                                                                          http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201356142723845697.html                                                 http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/5/6/nation/13073604&sec=nation

2013-05-06 résultats officiels

5 MAY 2013

Malaysia election: PM Najib Razak’s Barisan Nasional keeps power

The ruling National Front coalition has won a simple majority in Malaysia’s election, extending its 56-year rule, with two-thirds of seats confirmed.                                                                                                                                                                                               http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22422172                               http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10038362/Malaysian-ruling-party-triumphs-as-turnout-hits-record.html                                                                                                                                                                                       http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201355171316257180.html

3 APRIL 2013

Malaysia PM dissolves parliament

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has dissolved parliament ahead of a general election

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/20134343738431861.html

20 MARCH 2013

107 to be charged over Sabah incursion

Over 100 people arrested in connection to the Feb 12 Sulu armed intrusion at Kg Tanduo about 135km from here are likely to face charges in court very soon                                                                                                                                                                           http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/3/20/nation/12860560&sec=nation

19 MARCH 2013

Video expose implicates Sarawak CM, kin in alleged land graft

An international activist organisation provided today video proof of shady land deals in Sarawak that implicates the state’s Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and his family, with parts of the clip aired on the Al-Jazeera news channel at 10am. http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/video-expose-implicates-sarawak-cm-kin-in-alleged-land-graft/?goback=%2Egde_2343547_member_224784774

17 MARCH 2013

Warming ties between Malaysia and Singapore

Suffice it to say that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong have continuously demonstrated their commitment to building good neighbourly ties between the nations that they are leading. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Business/Story/A1Story20130317-409239.html

15 MARCH 2013

Malaysian novelist wins Man Asian Literary Prize

Malaysian author Tan Tweng Eng has won this year’s Man Asian Literary Prize for « The Garden of Evening Mists, » set in the aftermath of the Japanese occupation of Malaysia.                                                                                                                       http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/14/world/asia/man-asian-literary-prize/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

8 MARCH 2013

Saiful’s father says Sodomy II an ‘evil conspiracy’, apologises to Anwar

The father of Saiful Bukhari Azlan publicly admitted today that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s second sodomy charge was an “evil political conspiracy” involving his son.                                                                                                         http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/saifuls-father-says-sodomy-ii-an-evil-conspiracy-apologises-to-anwar/?goback=%2Egde_2343547_member_220860241

5 MARCH 2013

Malaysia bombs armed Filipino group in Sabah

Malaysian troops backed by fighter jets have attacked an armed Filipino group, trying to end a standoff on Borneo island after violence that killed at least 27 people and sparked fears of broader insecurity in the resource-rich region.                                       http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013355257319682.html              http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/05/malaysian-forces-attack-armed-filipino-group

3 MARCH 2013

Five Malaysian cops killed in firefight with Filipinos in Sabah standoff

Five members of the Malaysian security forces have been killed in a firefight in Sabah with an armed group believed to be among the Filipino followers of the Sulu Sultanate Saturday night                                                                http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/297457/news/nation/five-malaysian-cops-killed-in-firefight-with-pinoys-in-sabah-standoff-reports?ref=bannerh1                                                                                                                                                                                 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013336814161699.html                                       http://globalnation.inquirer.net/66539/fighting-in-sabah-rages

1 MARCH 2013

Malaysia raids Sabah village to end deadlock

Twelve followers of a self-described Philippine Sultan died in a shootout with Malaysian security forces Friday, police said, as tensions ratcheted up in their 17-day standoff                                                                                                                                                    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/20133141728737880.html                                            http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130301-405701.html

22 FEBRUARY 2013

Malaysian polls reflect US-China competition

In a bid to garner public support and win back several economically dynamic states lost to the opposition in 2008, Malaysia’s ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition has introduced a series of populist measures to appeal to voters. But while the upcoming election will be decided mostly on domestic issues, the polls will also reflect rising US-China competition for influence in the country. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-02-220213.html

17 FEBRUARY 2013

Sulu sultan won’t budge

Undaunted amidst mounting pressure from both the Philippine and Malaysian governments, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, the acknowledged leader of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo insisted that his royal decree that authorised the presence of his younger brother, crown prince Rajah Mudah Agbimuddin Kiram and the combined civilian and armed followers in Lahad Datu, Sabah.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Sulu-sultan-won’t-budge-42844.html

4 FEBRUARY 2013

Malaysia Hit for Deporting Uyghurs

This is the second time the country has repatriated Uyghurs to China despite concerns their human rights are at risk. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/deport-02042013020002.html

25 JANUARY 2013

No easy choice for Malaysia

Animosity between Malaysia’s two leading political coalitions – the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) and opposition Pakatan Rakyat – has run high following the opposition-led Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat mass rally held earlier this month in the capital’s iconic Merdeka Stadium http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/OA26Ae01.html

16 JANUARY 2013

Will it be business as usual for Malaysia in 2013?

In 2012, the Malaysian economy and its politics went in different directions — the economy out-performed many countries, but there were uncertainties and tensions in politics.                                                                                                                   http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/01/17/will-it-be-business-as-usual-for-malaysia-in-2013/

12 JANUARY 2013

Malaysia opposition holds mass election rally

At least 45,000 people have joined a massive opposition rally in Malaysia’s largest city in a show of force ahead of key general elections due in months.                                                                                                                                                                                     http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/2013112105947732781.html

3 JANUARY 2013

Malaysian Businessman Continues Attacks on Premier

Disaffected Malaysian businessman Deepak Jaikishan is continuing to rain accusations of bribery, political favoritism, murder cover-up and other scandals against Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, his wife, family and top UMNO figures despite apparent attempts to shut him up by arranging for a quasi-government agency to buy his company                                                                                            http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5079&Itemid=178

1 JANUARY 2013

Malaysia’s strong economy and new politics

Surprisingly, the Malaysian economy could grow at a creditable pace in 2012, despite dismal export performance associated with the slow expansion of the US economy and recession and stagnation in Europe.                                                        http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/01/01/the-malaysian-economy-developments-and-challenges/

14 DECEMBER 2012

Torrent of Revelations Against Malaysian PM Continues

A controversial businessman and onetime family friend of Malaysia’s prime minister appears to be doing what the country’s political opposition has been unable to accomplish for years: publicly tie the top UMNO leader to serious and politically damaging crimes
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5047&Itemid=178

28 NOVEMBER 2012

UMNO Youth chief calls for political transformation to be accelerated

UMNO Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin has called for an acceleration in the political transformation and reforms initiated by the government so as to be in line with the changing political landscape in Malaysia. Speaking at the UMNO Youth General Assembly, he said that the party should take the lead instead of abdicating the responsibility to the opposition.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southeastasia/view/1239917/1/.html

5 NOVEMBER 2012

Malaysian law reform: a stocktake

In his Malaysia Day speech on 16 September 2011, Prime Minister Najib Tun Abdul Razak undertook to repeal or substantially amend the draconian laws that the Barisan Nasional government has long used to stifle political opposition and social movements, so that Malaysia could become a ‘more open and dynamic democracy’.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/11/05/malaysian-law-reform-a-stocktake/

5 OCTOBER 2012

Graft probe after 130,000 attend Malaysia wedding

Malaysia’s anti-graft body is investigating the wedding of a top official’s son – attended by around 130,000 people – after opposition politicians questioned the celebration’s funding.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20121005-375860.html

2 OCTOBER 2012

Malaysian Court Rules That Publishing a Newspaper Is a Basic Right

Obtaining permission to publish a newspaper in Malaysia, where the print media are dominated by government-linked publications, is likely to become easier after a court ruled that the right to freedom of expression includes the right to publish and is a fundamental liberty
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/03/world/asia/malaysian-court-rules-that-publishing-a-newspaper-is-a-basic-right.html?ref=asia

13 SEPTEMBER 2012

Iran ‘trying to evade sanctions on oil exports’ with night transfers near Malaysia

Iran is trying evade US sanctions by secretly storing oil bound for Asia at a little-known port in Malaysia.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9541248/Iran-trying-to-evade-sanctions-on-oil-exports-with-night-transfers-near-Malaysia.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2012

Malaysians lose British court battle over 1948 ‘massacre’

Relatives of 24 Malaysian rubber plantation workers killed by British troops in 1948 on Tuesday lost their High Court battle for a full inquiry by the British government. (for a full story go to On 12 December in Asian history)http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20120904-369574.html

19 JULY 2012

Malaysian PM warns against liberalism, pluralism

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak hit back at reform proponents, saying greater liberalism was a threat to the Muslim-majority country as it faces pivotal upcoming elections.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20120719-360127.html

12 JUNE 2012

Dr Mahathir: Democracy has its limits

Democracy can only work when people understand its limitations, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/6/12/nation/11457649&sec=nation
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20120617-353391.html

22 MAY 2012

Malaysian court charges opposition leader Anwar over street protest

A Malaysian court charged opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in relation to his role in a street protest calling for electoral reform last month at which the police fired tear gas at demonstrators
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/05/20125225924544479.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/22/world/asia/malaysia-anwar-charges/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

7 MAY 2012

Malaysian clerics issue fatwa against demos

Malaysian clerics have issued a fatwa against demonstrations, days after Prime Minister Najib Razak said a quashed election reform rally was being used to topple the government ahead of polls http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1199702/1/.html

28 APRIL 2012

Police violence marks Malaysia reform rally

Malaysian riot police have fired tear gas and used water cannon on a crowd of protesters who had converged on the centre of the capital, Kuala Lumpur. Thousands of protesters marched on a central square in the city calling for changes to the electoral system
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17878603 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/20124286221449574.html

16 APRIL 2012

Malaysian PM pledges further civil liberties reforms

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Monday pledged to review the country’s tough sedition law that critics say has been used to silence dissent as part of reforms to claw back votes. Parliament was also expected to pass a new law to replace the controversial Internal Security Act (ISA) that allowed for indefinite detention without trial of terror suspects and dissidents
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1195533/1/.html

15 MARCH 2012

Najib eyes election, vote doubts rise

Is Malaysia headed for an orderly or tumultuous political transition? Despite widespread popular concerns about the potential for electoral fraud and irregularities, political analysts believe Prime Minister Najib Razak is poised to call snap polls in the coming months while his approval ratings are high
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NC15Ae01.html

9 MARCH 2012

Support for Najib jumps ahead of election

Malaysians’ approval of Prime Minister Najib Razak jumped in recent months, an opinion poll released on Friday showed, putting him on a firm footing ahead of national elections that are expected to be called within months
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20120309-332611.html

8 MARCH 2012

Malaysia’s PM Najib to face test in upcoming election

The upcoming Malaysian general election will be a big test for Prime Minister Najib Razak. Since the ruling Barisan Nasional was deprived of its prized two-thirds majority in parliament following the March 2008 election, Mr Najib has introduced gradual reforms to change the deeply entrenched race-based system in the country
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southeastasia/view/1187833/1/.html

26 FEBRUARY 2012

3,000 Malaysians protest against rare earth plant

Some 3,000 Malaysians staged a protest Sunday against a rare earth refinery being built by Australian miner Lynas over fears of radioactive contamination.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46528980/ns/world_news-world_environment/
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20120227-330336.html

9 JANUARY 2012

Anwar Ibrahim acquitted of sodomy in Malaysia

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been acquitted in a surprise end to a politically charged sodomy trial http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16463989
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/01/201219295952572.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16465164

27 DECEMBER 2011

Malaysia: Concern over effective implementation of Domestic Violence Act

Women’s groups say that much more has to be done before the Domestic Violence Act approved by Parliament recently can be effectively implemented. They believe that related laws such as the Evidence Act and the Criminal Procedure and Penal Codes have to be amended to accommodate the numerous changes
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/12/27/nation/10160395&sec=nation

13 DECEMBER 2011

New Malaysian king urges national unity

Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, 84, who was king previously in the 1970s, became the first person to hold the position twice and was crowned in a ceremony steeped in centuries-old Malay royal traditions
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20111213-316041.html

28 NOVEMBER 2011

Malaysian PM defends new protest law

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Monday defended a law regulating public gatherings, responding to a growing public outcry that it will limit freedom of assembly
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20111128-313199.html

15 OCTOBER 2011

Kedah Sultan to be King again

The Sultan of Kedah, Sultan  Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, will serve as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong for  five years from Dec 13, becoming the only ruler to serve as the King of  Malaysia for a second time
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/10/15/nation/9704676&sec=nation

10 JULY 2011

Crackdown lowered rally numbers but made Malaysian government look bad

Although Prime Minister  Najib Tun Razak appears to have won the battle by closing down Kuala Lumpur on  Saturday and arresting 1,667 mostly peaceful marchers and would-be marchers,  the consensus seems to be that Malaysia has suffered a blow to its  reputation as a moderate, democratic country
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3307&Itemid=251
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/MG12Ae01.html

17 APRIL 2011

New Malaysian metropolis taking shape near Singapore

A new metropolis three  times the size of neighbouring Singapore is taking shape in the foothills of  southern Malaysia, where officials and investors have equally huge ambitions  for the city. Dust billows across the horizon as sun-scorched construction  crews lay roads, drainage canals, street lamps, power stations and other key  installations for a development known as Iskandar Malaysia
http://business.asiaone.com/Business/News/Story/A1Story20110417-274090.html

08 MARCH 2011

Malaysia Makes a Big Bet on  Crucial Metals

A colossal construction  project here could help determine whether the world can break China’s chokehold  on the strategic metals crucial to products as diverse as Apple’s iPhone,  Toyota’s Prius and Boeing’s smart bombs
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/09/business/energy-environment/09rare.html?ref=asia

7 JANUARY 2011

Free Press Comments Put Malaysian Reporter in Hot Water

UMNO-owned mouthpiece seeks  to muzzle truth-teller Utusan Malaysia, the  flagship Malay-language newspaper of the United Malays National Organisation is  seeking to fire Hata Wahari, one of its leading journalists, for defending the  independence of the press and calling for moderation in reporting on Malaysia’s  tense race relations.

Hata, a 16-year veteran  reporter with Utusan who was elected president of the country’s National Union  of Journalistsin September, is expected to face a disciplinary hearing on Jan.  17 into charges that he tarnished the newspaper’s image with statements he made  calling for press freedom that he issued to independent media between Sept. 21  and Oct. 14 of last year.

The country’s political  parties own all of Malaysia’s major dailies and television stations, in Malay,  English, Chinese or Hindi. Opposition parties also own their own publications.  The Internet largely supplies the country’s only independent journalism, a fact  that appears to account for fast-growing online readership.

« I just issued a press  statement asking the editors to please go back to our real function, to submit  unbiased information to the public, » Hata said in a telephone interview.  “At the moment, Utusan is doing propaganda for the government. They have raised  up racial issues, so that is why they are losing the trust of most of the  community in Malaysia. Everybody, even the common public, feels the same way.

« We have to go back to  our original mission, not act as a propaganda tool for the government, » he  told Asia Sentinel. “That is why I issued that statement. I feel I have the  support of all of my friends, from the political parties and from other  NGOs. »

He said he would defend  himself vigorously in the disciplinary hearing, partly because if he were to  lose he would also lose his right to be the National Union of Journalists  president. He is also president of the Confederation of Asean Journalists. “We  willfight to the end, » he added.

V. Anbalagan, general  secretary ofthe National Union of Journalists, called Utusan’s claim that Hata   tarnished the organization’s image with his public statements  « ludicrous »
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8165746.stm

9 MAY 2009

Democracy by force in Malaysia

The battle of Malaysia’s  ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition to regain control of the second-largest  state on the Malaysian Peninsula may have come at a heavy price to its  long-term credibility and raises questions about new Prime Minister Razak  Najib’s emerging brand of leadership. Any semblance of democratic norms rapidly  vanished this week when police entered the Perak state assembly hall and
physically dragged away the opposition People’s Alliance House speaker, in full  ceremonial regalia, so that a candidate from the BN could take over the  position
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/KE09Ae01.html

3 April 2009

On 3 April 2009, the 6th prime minister have been sworn in. Here is…

The profile of Najib Abdul Razak

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/03/200932045713581513.html
21 MAY 2008

The fight between Dr  Mahathir and his successor Mohammad BadawyAbdullah Badawi uses a royal
commission report to try to neutralize former prime minster Mahathir Mohamad
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1207&Itemid=31

On 19 May, Mahathir quits  UMNO

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/2D222036-EB65-4FF6-B921-1287D5073FD7.htm

 

Analyse of Jed Yoong in  Asia Sentinel

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1208&Itemid=31

 

8 March  2008

HUGE GAIN FOR MALAYSIA OPPOSITION

Malaysia’s ruling coalition  has suffered its biggest electoral defeat ever, losing its two-third majority,  several states and a number of senior leaders
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/8BC382A0-FDA8-4C2C-A8A0-BF1261507E99.htm

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 17 June in Asian history

1967-06-14 China 1st hydrogen bomb

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 17 JUNE IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on June 17, 2017

1565: Matsunaga Hisahide assassinates the 13th Ashikaga shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru
http://www.economicexpert.com/a/Matsunaga:Hisahide.htm
http://www.biographybase.com/biography/Yoshiteru_Ashikaga.html

1756: Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah attacks the British settlement of Calcutta with 50,000 soldiers
http://www.kronoskaf.com/syw/index.php?title=1756_-_Siraj_Ud_Daulah_expedition_against_Calcutta
https://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/southasia/History/British/Siraj.html

1858: In the battle for Gwalior, Rani Lakshmibai, queen of Jhansi (northern India) is killed. One of the leading figures of the Indian rebellion of 1857. Born in 1828
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/rani-lakshmibai-5512.php
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/rani-laxmibai.html

1900: During the Boxer Rebellion, Allied Western and Japanese forces capture the Taku Forts in Tianjin, China
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight-Nation_Alliance
http://wn.com/taku_forts

1954: Sino-British agreement to exchange chargés d’affaires

1961: In Zurich, opening of a conference between representatives of the three Laos political movements, till 22

1967: The People’s Republic of China tests its first hydrogen bomb
http://www.thatsmags.com/china/post/10397/china-chronicles-the-prc-develops-the-h-bomb
https://www.ctbto.org/specials/testing-times/17-june-1967-chinas-first-thermonuclear-test

1967-06-14 China 1st hydrogen bomb
 
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/200706/20/eng20070620_385933.html

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrBikzYiZkA

 

1970: North Vietnamese troops cut the last operating rail line in Cambodia

1971: Agreement between Japan and USA for the return of Ryukyu including Okinawa under Japanese rule in 1972
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1971_Okinawa_Reversion_Agreement
http://www.cfr.org/japan/okinawa-reversion-agreement-1972/p30266http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2002/05/14/national/handover-of-okinawa-to-japan-was-prickly-issue/#.V2MMCBFXrNN

1989 : In a joint communiqué, India and Pakistan announce that they decide to end the five-year-old confrontation in Siachen Glacier area by withdrawing and redeploying their forces.

On 17 June in South Asian history

ON 17 JUNE IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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1631: Death of Arjumand Banu Begum, for who her husband Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal mausoleum
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumtaz_Mahal
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/june-17-1631-mumtaz-mahal-dies-during-childbirth
http://www.exoticindiaart.com/tajmahal.htm

1756: Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah attacks the British settlement of Calcutta with 50,000 soldiers
http://www.kronoskaf.com/syw/index.php?title=1756_-_Siraj_Ud_Daulah_expedition_against_Calcutta
https://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/southasia/History/British/Siraj.html

1858: In the battle for Gwalior, Rani Lakshmibai, queen of Jhansi (northern India) is killed. One of the leading figures of the Indian rebellion of 1857. Born in 1828
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/rani-lakshmibai-5512.php
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/rani-laxmibai.html

1965:  Death of Indian actor Motilal, born on December 4, 1910
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motilal
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/A-trip-down-memory-lane-with-actor-Motilal/articleshow/47697131.cms
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0609359/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsTi0OwT4B4

1989 : In a joint communiqué, India and Pakistan announce that they decide to end the five-year-old confrontation in Siachen Glacier area by withdrawing and redeploying their forces.

1993: Gulbuddin Hekmatyar becomes Afghan premier till June 1994
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2701547.stm

2012: Death of Fauzia Wahab, Pakistani politician, born on November 24, 1956
http://www.pakistanherald.com/Profile/Fauzia-Wahab-Late-486

2016: An Indian court jails 11 Hindus for life for the murder of dozens of Muslims during riots in Gujarat in 2002 that shook India at a time Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the state’s chief minister
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36557036

 

On 17 June in Southeast Asian history

ON 17 JUNE IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1918: Birth of Ajahn Chah, Thai Buddhist meditation master who died on January 16, 1992
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajahn_Chah 

1961: In Zurich, opening of a conference between representatives of the three Laos political movements, till 22

1963: A day after South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem announced the Joint Communique to end the Buddhist crisis, a riot involving around 2,000 people breaks out, killing one
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joint_Communique

1970: North Vietnamese troops cut the last operating rail line in Cambodia

2002: In Indonesia, beginning of the trial of Akbar Tanjung, chairman of Golkar party, accused to have used 4 million USD of state money to support his party in 1999
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/2049227.stm

 

On 17 June in Japan’s history

ON 17 JUNE IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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850: Death of Tachibana no Kachiko, Japanese empress who founded the Danrin-Ji temple, born in 786
https://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Empress_Danrin

1565: Matsunaga Hisahide assassinates the 13th Ashikaga shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru
http://www.historyanswers.co.uk/history-of-war/day-assassination-ashikaga-yoshiteru/
http://www.biographybase.com/biography/Yoshiteru_Ashikaga.html

1920: Birth of Setsuko Hara, Japanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Setsuko_Hara
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0361697/

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dca8Zc1sY3o

1928: Birth of Peter Seiichi Shirayanagi, Japanese cardinal who died on December 30, 2009
http://www.vatican.va/news_services/press/documentazione/documents/cardinali_biografie/cardinali_bio_shirayanagi_ps_en.html

1961: Birth of Koichi Yamadera, Japanese seiyu, actor and tarento
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C5%8Dichi_Yamadera
http://www.flixster.com/actor/koichi-yamadera

1971: Agreement between Japan and USA for the return of Ryukyu including Okinawa under Japanese rule in 1972
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1971_Okinawa_Reversion_Agreement
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2002/05/14/national/handover-of-okinawa-to-japan-was-prickly-issue/#.V2MMCBFXrNN

1972: In Japan, prime minister Eisaku Sato resigns (replaced on July 7)
http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/cabinet/61_e.html

1978: Birth of Kumiko Aso, Japanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumiko_Aso
http://eiga.wikia.com/wiki/Kumiko_Aso

1980: Birth of Kimeru, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimeru

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BcitFA8kcA

1983: Birth of Kazunari Ninomiya, Japanese singer and actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazunari_Ninomiya

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9-XhigSuLQ

2015 : Japan passes a legislation to lower the voting age to 18 from 20, allowing teenagers into polling booths for the first time
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/06/17/national/politics-diplomacy/diet-enacts-law-lowering-voting-age-18-20/#.V2MSLRFXrNN

 

On 17 June in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 17 JUNE IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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1900: During the Boxer Rebellion, Allied Western and Japanese forces capture the Taku Forts in Tianjin, China
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight-Nation_Alliance
http://wn.com/taku_forts

1954: Sino-British agreement to exchange chargés d’affaires

1967: The People’s Republic of China tests its first hydrogen bomb
http://www.thatsmags.com/china/post/10397/china-chronicles-the-prc-develops-the-h-bomb
https://www.ctbto.org/specials/testing-times/17-june-1967-chinas-first-thermonuclear-test

1967-06-14 China 1st hydrogen bomb
 
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/200706/20/eng20070620_385933.html

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrBikzYiZkA

2002: In Hong Kong, first trial against members of Falun Gong (for hindrance to traffic)
http://www.voanews.com/content/a-13-a-2002-06-17-12-hong-66287657/541091.html
http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2002-06-18/news/0206180059_1_kong-hong-falun-gong

2011: Fatal floods hit China. The government has described flooding in some areas as the worst since 1955 and has mobilized troops to evacuate some 555,000 people
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13807166

2015 : Australia and China sign a free trade agreement with Prime Minister Tony Abbott hailing it as « history making » for both countries
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-06-17/australia-and-china-sign-history-making-free-trade-agreement-after-a-decade-of-negotiations/1459480
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2015-06/17/content_15278323.html