Amy Chew

Amy Chew

Amy Chew is an independent journalist based in Kuala Lumpur. She covers Southeast Asia and parts of the Middle East. She was previously based in Indonesia, Hong Kong and Singapore. A former correspondent for Channel News Asia and Reuters, she has also worked in investment banking where she was an analyst for Daiwa Capital Markets Singapore.

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Russian military hardware wrecked in Ukraine war could ‘lower demand’ in Southeast Asia

Made-in-Russia equipment, once perceived as cheap but reliable, has taken a hit to its reputation because of poor battlefield performance by the country’s forces in Ukraine.

Made-in-Russia equipment, once perceived as cheap but reliable, has taken a hit to its reputation because of poor battlefield performance by the country’s forces in Ukraine.

13 May 2022 - 8:00AM
Philippine election: what challenges will Bongbong Marcos or Leni Robredo face in the militant hotbed of Mindanao?

Whoever wins the Philippine election will have to deal with the security and political complexities in Mindanao, analysts say, including seeing through a peace process.

Whoever wins the Philippine election will have to deal with the security and political complexities in Mindanao, analysts say, including seeing through a peace process.

4 May 2022 - 12:41PM
Indonesian women stand by their ‘very good’ Ukrainian husbands despite constant Russian attacks

Several Indonesian women living in Ukraine have refused to leave despite narrowly escaping bombings, as they stand by their Ukrainian husbands whom they proudly declared as “very good men”.

Several Indonesian women living in Ukraine have refused to leave despite narrowly escaping bombings, as they stand by their Ukrainian husbands whom they proudly declared as “very good men”.

1 May 2022 - 10:38PM
Indonesian palm oil export ban could ‘lead to unrest’ as food inflation hits Asia, Africa

The ban comes at a time when the export tonnages of all other major oils are globally under pressure, including sunflower oil amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The ban comes at a time when the export tonnages of all other major oils are globally under pressure, including sunflower oil amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

25 Apr 2022 - 10:54PM
Indonesian militant group’s plot to ‘overthrow’ Jokowi may be far-fetched, but officials warn NII could be ‘launching pad’ for terror

Discovery of a plot to overthrow the government by the Islamic State of Indonesia (NII) came during ‘interrogation’ of suspects and seized documents.

Discovery of a plot to overthrow the government by the Islamic State of Indonesia (NII) came during ‘interrogation’ of suspects and seized documents.

24 Apr 2022 - 6:46PM
Ukraine war benefits Malaysian palm oil, but foreign worker shortage curbs production output

Amid a labour shortage, Malaysia is prepared to hire 180,000 foreign workers to harvest palm oil as consumers seek alternatives to sunflower and rapeseed oil no longer available from Ukraine.

Amid a labour shortage, Malaysia is prepared to hire 180,000 foreign workers to harvest palm oil as consumers seek alternatives to sunflower and rapeseed oil no longer available from Ukraine.

15 Apr 2022 - 8:33AM
Malaysian scientist who ran al-Qaeda’s anthrax lab freed from police monitoring, official says

Yazid Sufaat, 58, has been allowed to leave the house and use the internet as a ‘free man’ since being removed from surveillance in November 2021.

Yazid Sufaat, 58, has been allowed to leave the house and use the internet as a ‘free man’ since being removed from surveillance in November 2021.

8 Apr 2022 - 12:25PM
Terror groups may target Asia as global travel reopens: Singapore defence minister

With the US drawdown of troops and Asian fighters returning from the Middle East, the centre of gravity will shift to the region. ‘Our only real viable tool is intelligence’, says Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen

With the US drawdown of troops and Asian fighters returning from the Middle East, the centre of gravity will shift to the region. ‘Our only real viable tool is intelligence’, says Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen

30 Mar 2022 - 11:40PM
Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines praise ‘zero kidnapping’ anti-piracy naval patrols

No kidnappings for ransom last year in once-notorious seas, seen as proof of Trilateral Cooperation Agreement’s success.

No kidnappings for ransom last year in once-notorious seas, seen as proof of Trilateral Cooperation Agreement’s success.

29 Mar 2022 - 8:30AM
As Russia’s war in Ukraine threatens global food supply, Asia needs a rethink of biofuel push

To produce clean energy, Biofuels use crops that could be put to better use for food production.

To produce clean energy, Biofuels use crops that could be put to better use for food production.

25 Mar 2022 - 4:08PM
Malaysian politics: DAP’s new leader Anthony Loke hopeful voters will reject Najib, ethnic ‘zero-sum game’

Anthony Loke’s DAP is supported by the country’s ethnic Chinese minority, but to broaden its political appeal it must connect with Malay voters, who make-up close to 70 per cent of Malaysia’s population.

Anthony Loke’s DAP is supported by the country’s ethnic Chinese minority, but to broaden its political appeal it must connect with Malay voters, who make-up close to 70 per cent of Malaysia’s population.

22 Mar 2022 - 7:39PM
Russia and Ukraine jostle for support of world’s largest Islamic group, Indonesia’s Nahdlatul Ulama

Envoys from both countries have met Yahya Staquf, the recently elected leader of Nahdlatul Ulama, amid a battle to gain the support of the group’s 90 million members.

Envoys from both countries have met Yahya Staquf, the recently elected leader of Nahdlatul Ulama, amid a battle to gain the support of the group’s 90 million members.

17 Mar 2022 - 2:29PM
Southeast Asia’s SMEs emit more carbon than Cambodia and need state help to change, specialists say

Southeast Asia’s 70 million small and medium-sized enterprises emit more carbon each year than Cambodia and Brunei combined, but even when they have the will to fight climate change, they lack skills and financial resources.

Southeast Asia’s 70 million small and medium-sized enterprises emit more carbon each year than Cambodia and Brunei combined, but even when they have the will to fight climate change, they lack skills and financial resources.

4 Mar 2022 - 1:00PM
‘We may be bleeding but we will never give up’: Ukrainian ambassador to Malaysia urges everyone to stop business with Russia

Olexander Nechytaylo says everything Russia earns will be spent one way or another on the ‘criminal war in Ukraine’ and reiterates nuclear threat; ‘world never been closer to disaster of such global magnitude’.

Olexander Nechytaylo says everything Russia earns will be spent one way or another on the ‘criminal war in Ukraine’ and reiterates nuclear threat; ‘world never been closer to disaster of such global magnitude’.

3 Mar 2022 - 10:17PM
Ukraine crisis: EU urges Malaysia to back UN vote against Russia amid criticism over Asean statement

European envoys say doing so will protect ‘right to make own choices’. The call comes as 15 Asian states have either spoken or are due to speak in the extraordinary UN General Assembly debate.

European envoys say doing so will protect ‘right to make own choices’. The call comes as 15 Asian states have either spoken or are due to speak in the extraordinary UN General Assembly debate.

9 Mar 2022 - 1:14PM
Foreign investors take a shine to Indonesia as Malaysia political woes bite

Slowing inward investment has cast a shadow over Malaysia’s aim to turbocharge the digital economy, as the country remains beset by political feuding.

Slowing inward investment has cast a shadow over Malaysia’s aim to turbocharge the digital economy, as the country remains beset by political feuding.

21 Feb 2022 - 7:42PM
Malaysia must shift from ‘jungle warfare’ to keep eye on Chinese boats in South China Sea, militants, as maritime threats rise

The Southeast Asian country is still too focused on ‘jungle warfare’ despite the rise in incursions into its EEZ in the South China Sea, said its former deputy defence minister Liew Chin Tong.

The Southeast Asian country is still too focused on ‘jungle warfare’ despite the rise in incursions into its EEZ in the South China Sea, said its former deputy defence minister Liew Chin Tong.

24 Jan 2022 - 2:01PM
Malaysia’s track record on labour rights under scrutiny as investors prioritise ESG in supply chains

With more Malaysian firms accused of labour abuse, analysts warn the country’s reputation as a global production base could suffer.

With more Malaysian firms accused of labour abuse, analysts warn the country’s reputation as a global production base could suffer.

20 Jan 2022 - 8:31AM
Terror group Jemaah Islamiah wants to ‘take over’ Indonesia by infiltrating state institutions, with aim of creating caliphate

Wariness towards Chinese workers in Indonesia have also fuelled support for Jemaah Islamiah, which is spreading a ‘massive’ amount of radical propaganda online.

Wariness towards Chinese workers in Indonesia have also fuelled support for Jemaah Islamiah, which is spreading a ‘massive’ amount of radical propaganda online.

10 Jan 2022 - 8:30AM
How Spritzer’s Lim Kok Cheong turned 100 ringgit a month into Malaysia’s largest mineral water firm

In a rare interview with This Week in Asia, the entrepreneur reflects on a journey that began with his grandparents leaving China in the 1920s and has since come full circle.

In a rare interview with This Week in Asia, the entrepreneur reflects on a journey that began with his grandparents leaving China in the 1920s and has since come full circle.

11 Jan 2022 - 10:06PM
Najib Razak’s speech at Beijing-backed World Chinese Economic Forum sparks criticism in Malaysia

An-ex diplomat called the presence of Najib, convicted over his role in the plunder of the 1MDB state fund, at the event a ‘calculated insult to our nation’s honour’.

An-ex diplomat called the presence of Najib, convicted over his role in the plunder of the 1MDB state fund, at the event a ‘calculated insult to our nation’s honour’.

31 Dec 2021 - 11:06AM
Sarawak state polls boost Malaysia’s ruling coalition, expose opposition weakness: analysts

Gabungan Parti Sarawak’s landslide victory in Saturday’s state election strengthened Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s ruling federal coalition while exposing the opposition’s weaknesses, analysts said.

Gabungan Parti Sarawak’s landslide victory in Saturday’s state election strengthened Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s ruling federal coalition while exposing the opposition’s weaknesses, analysts said.

19 Dec 2021 - 7:47PM
Secret plot to invade Malaysia’s Sabah with Sulu militia hatched in southern Philippines: security source

Mayors in Sulu Archipelago given target of recruiting 600 men to invade the state on Borneo island and spies told to scope out coastal towns, source tells This Week in Asia.

Mayors in Sulu Archipelago given target of recruiting 600 men to invade the state on Borneo island and spies told to scope out coastal towns, source tells This Week in Asia.

10 Dec 2021 - 8:28PM
Sarawak state polls expected to boost Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob

Gabungan Parti Sarawak is projected to hold the state on December 18, thanks to ‘unlimited resources’ – including helicopters – that can help it reach rural voters.

Gabungan Parti Sarawak is projected to hold the state on December 18, thanks to ‘unlimited resources’ – including helicopters – that can help it reach rural voters.

6 Dec 2021 - 9:50PM
Malaysian MP probed over Sabah, Sarawak comments, highlighting sensitivities over threat by ‘golden geese’ to fly away

Move follows speech in which opposition MP Azis Jamman said perceived discrimination by the federal government was fuelling calls for Sabah to break away.

Move follows speech in which opposition MP Azis Jamman said perceived discrimination by the federal government was fuelling calls for Sabah to break away.

26 Nov 2021 - 10:34PM
Indonesian jumped ship in Somali waters to escape abuse on Chinese fishing vessel: survivor recalls death and violence at sea

Brando Brayend Tewuh made a desperate escape attempt with three others after watching fellow workers die. One of them was never seen again.

Brando Brayend Tewuh made a desperate escape attempt with three others after watching fellow workers die. One of them was never seen again.

3 Nov 2021 - 8:02PM
Explainer | South China Sea: why Malaysia and Indonesia differ in countering Beijing’s maritime claims

Some say Indonesia’s more cautious approach is related to Chinese investment and Covid aid. Some say it’s a rejection of ‘megaphone diplomacy’. Others wonder if it has a set policy at all.

Some say Indonesia’s more cautious approach is related to Chinese investment and Covid aid. Some say it’s a rejection of ‘megaphone diplomacy’. Others wonder if it has a set policy at all.

5 Nov 2021 - 10:36AM
China harasses Malaysian oil and gas vessels on a ‘daily’ basis, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says

Aggressive moves by the Chinese coastguard are said to be focused on the Luconia Shoals, where Malaysia’s Petronas is exploring the Kasawari gas field.

Aggressive moves by the Chinese coastguard are said to be focused on the Luconia Shoals, where Malaysia’s Petronas is exploring the Kasawari gas field.

26 Oct 2021 - 9:35PM
Malaysia expects more Chinese boats in South China Sea as Petronas drills for oil

Drilling in the Kasawari field, which holds an estimated 3 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas resources, has attracted Chinese vessels to Malaysian waters.

Drilling in the Kasawari field, which holds an estimated 3 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas resources, has attracted Chinese vessels to Malaysian waters.

21 Oct 2021 - 12:25AM
Malaysian transgender tycoon Nur Sajat granted asylum

The cosmetics millionaire hints on Instagram that she is now in Australia, adding that she is ‘happy and free’ and planning a new shop.

The cosmetics millionaire hints on Instagram that she is now in Australia, adding that she is ‘happy and free’ and planning a new shop.

19 Oct 2021 - 9:08PM