Tourism in Southeast Asia: Potential and Problems

Southeast Asia is becoming an increasingly popular destination. However, there are serious environmental, sociocultural and economic issues with tourism in developing nations that must be solved as travel numbers continue to go up.

Why India matters

With a USD 49.9 trillion economy, it is ASEAN's fourth largest trading partner. The upcoming elections will determine its outlook and ties with our region.

Thailand's General Election 2019

Thailand's general election will be held on 24 March 2019. This will be the first election since the 2014 military coup.

Singapore's 2019 Budget: Precursor to polls?

Singapore’s Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat delivered the budget in Parliament on 18 February 2019.The budget seeks to “build a strong and united Singapore”.

Indonesia's 2nd Presidential Debate: Infrastructure, Food and Unicorns

Indonesia’s second presidential debate was held on 17 February 2019. Incumbent Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and challenger Prabowo Subianto debated infrastructure, energy, food, natural resources and the environment.

Semenyih: Crunch time for Bersatu, PH

There will be a bye-election for the Semenyih state seat in Selangor on 2 March 2019. BERSATU-PH won the seat in 2018 with a majority of 8,964 votes.

India goes to the polls

Elections in India are expected by April - May. India’s 875 million voters will vote for its 545-seat Lok Sabha, or lower house of Parliament. Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janarta Party (BJP) will be facing an intense re-election battle.

New Malaysia's New Economic Action Council

The latest incarnation of the Economic Action Council (EAC) set up by the Malaysian Government highlights Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) awareness that its legitimacy now rests on improving the national economy.

2019 Philippines Senatorial Election: The Road Ahead

The election for 12 seats in the Senate of the Philippines scheduled for 13 May 2019 will be a test to Rodrigo Duterte’s popularity in the midpoint of his six-year tenure as President.

Getting around: Jakarta

Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital: with a population of more than 10 million (and counting) has become synonymous with traffic jams, or “macet”, which are discussed endlessly and inevitably.