The latest commotion over Sabah shows that Malaysia’s claim to northern Borneo is still disputed by the Philippines. The confrontation is unlikely to bring meaningful change without intervention from ASEAN and other international institutions.
A new report by a Kachin women’s group shows how the Myanmar military profits from the country’s deadly jade mining industry, driving the country’s civil wars and taking wealth away from local ethnic communities.
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As schools and universities have turned to remote learning to ensure students do not miss out despite the coronavirus pandemic, a survey revealed that in Singapore, universities are handling the switch significantly better than primary and secondary schools.
Malaysia’s national education system has become a source of Islamic indoctrination and racial bias. Regressive teaching methods and segregation are producing an angry and radical generation of young Malays, threatening the country’s national unity and stability.
Last month, ministers from the UK and ASEAN held their first joint Economic Dialogue. It produced commitments to boost trade, create new digital partnerships and focus on building sustainable infrastructure.
After Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached a landmark agreement to normalize relations, it remains unlikely that Malaysia will accept Israel as a state any time soon. But there are promising signs that attitudes are shifting, albeit slowly.
A narrative of ethnic Burman state-building and junta rule has left Myanmar with structural flaws in its new democracy, several limiting the possibilities for November’s election.
While India has stepped up its engagements with ASEAN in the past few years, there remains a clear disparity between its links with different countries. It could address this by boosting its ties with Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
Many governments in Southeast Asia have made strides towards becoming stable democracies. However, for as long as semi-authoritarian regimes remain in power, the struggle of pro-democracy forces is far from over.