Amy Chew

Amy Chew is a journalist based in Kuala Lumpur who has covered regime change in Asia and parts of the Middle East, giving her a unique insight into the economic, social and political factors that reshapes society.
Amy Chew
Amy Chew is a journalist based in Kuala Lumpur who has covered regime change in Asia and parts of the Middle East, giving her a unique insight into the economic, social and political factors that reshapes society.

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Explained: what has led to the violent riots in Indonesia’s Papua?

In restive Papua, a separatist movement has simmered since the 1960s. While President Joko Widodo has sought to improve outcomes for the region, observers say long-standing racism against Papuans risks undermining his plans.

21 Aug 2019 - 4:29PM

In restive Papua, a separatist movement has simmered since the 1960s. While President Joko Widodo has sought to improve outcomes for the region, observers say long-standing racism against Papuans risks undermining his plans.

Explained: what has led to the violent riots in Indonesia’s Papua?
Disputes aside, Joko Widodo’s visit to Malaysia may be a sign of rosier times

Indonesian president discussed migrant workers, border issues and palm oil cooperation with Mahathir Mohamad during the two-day visit.

10 Aug 2019 - 7:25AM

Indonesian president discussed migrant workers, border issues and palm oil cooperation with Mahathir Mohamad during the two-day visit.

Disputes aside, Joko Widodo’s visit to Malaysia may be a sign of rosier times
Indonesia’s largest Muslim group set for bigger role in Jokowi’s second term

Nahdlatul Ulama has 60 million followers and is a voice for moderate Islam and has thrown its support behind Widodo. But analysts say its growing prominence could disenfranchise conservatives and worsen identity politics.

2 Aug 2019 - 1:20PM

Nahdlatul Ulama has 60 million followers and is a voice for moderate Islam and has thrown its support behind Widodo. But analysts say its growing prominence could disenfranchise conservatives and worsen identity politics.

Indonesia’s largest Muslim group set for bigger role in Jokowi’s second term
Prabowo Subianto will ‘mediate’ if Indonesia bans radical group Islamic Defenders Front

President Joko Widodo has hinted the Islamic Defenders Front could be outlawed in an effort to tackle a growing wave of conservatism, but opposition leader Prabowo cautions against the move.

31 Jul 2019 - 10:44PM

President Joko Widodo has hinted the Islamic Defenders Front could be outlawed in an effort to tackle a growing wave of conservatism, but opposition leader Prabowo cautions against the move.

Prabowo Subianto will ‘mediate’ if Indonesia bans radical group Islamic Defenders Front
Widodo warned to tread carefully with harder line against Indonesia’s Islamists

Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict says government’s efforts to curb hate speech could further inflame religious and political tensions.

23 Jul 2019 - 10:33PM

Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict says government’s efforts to curb hate speech could further inflame religious and political tensions.

Widodo warned to tread carefully with harder line against Indonesia’s Islamists
Militant Rohingya group raises funds in Malaysia by extorting money from Muslim refugees

The funds have been used by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, say counterterrorism police. Malaysia has been vocal about getting justice for the persecuted minority but the realisation that some members could be a security threat has caused disquiet

6 Aug 2019 - 7:44PM

The funds have been used by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, say counterterrorism police. Malaysia has been vocal about getting justice for the persecuted minority but the realisation that some members could be a security threat has caused disquiet

Militant Rohingya group raises funds in Malaysia by extorting money from Muslim refugees
Malaysian police appear to clear Azmin Ali in gay sex scandal, point to ‘evil conspiracy’ behind video

Facial recognition technology has failed to identify the person seen in a leaked clip as the economic affairs minister, but police say the ‘leader of a political party’ paid ‘hundreds of thousands of ringgit’ to produce the video.

18 Jul 2019 - 8:55PM

Facial recognition technology has failed to identify the person seen in a leaked clip as the economic affairs minister, but police say the ‘leader of a political party’ paid ‘hundreds of thousands of ringgit’ to produce the video.

Malaysian police appear to clear Azmin Ali in gay sex scandal, point to ‘evil conspiracy’ behind video
Polygamy in Aceh: what Indonesian women fear about law granting men more wives

Women in Indonesia’s ultraconservative province of Acehare unhappy with efforts to legalise polygamous marriages through a special by-law being debated in the local legislature.

15 Jul 2019 - 11:22AM

Women in Indonesia’s ultraconservative province of Acehare unhappy with efforts to legalise polygamous marriages through a special by-law being debated in the local legislature.

Polygamy in Aceh: what Indonesian women fear about law granting men more wives
‘Anti-Shia’ bomb threats force organisers in Malaysia to cancel seminar about ending Muslim sectarianism

The threat exposes the rising militancy against the Shia Muslim minority in multicultural Malaysia.

12 Jul 2019 - 2:32PM

The threat exposes the rising militancy against the Shia Muslim minority in multicultural Malaysia.

‘Anti-Shia’ bomb threats force organisers in Malaysia to cancel seminar about ending Muslim sectarianism
Why a resurgent Jemaah Islamiah in Indonesia is also bad news for Malaysia and Singapore

Little has been heard of the Southeast Asian offshoot of al-Qaeda for the past five years, but the arrest of JI leader Para Wijayanto reveals it is now self-funded, focusing on recruitment, and posing a renewed threat to the region.

9 Jul 2019 - 12:10PM

Little has been heard of the Southeast Asian offshoot of al-Qaeda for the past five years, but the arrest of JI leader Para Wijayanto reveals it is now self-funded, focusing on recruitment, and posing a renewed threat to the region.

Why a resurgent Jemaah Islamiah in Indonesia is also bad news for Malaysia and Singapore
Jokowi’s foes now want to be his friends. Will playing nice benefit Indonesia?

After a bitterly-fought, divisive election, a broad political coalition could bring much-needed stability so President Joko Widodo can focus on economic reforms. But there are downsides too.

3 Jul 2019 - 8:22PM

After a bitterly-fought, divisive election, a broad political coalition could bring much-needed stability so President Joko Widodo can focus on economic reforms. But there are downsides too.

Jokowi’s foes now want to be his friends. Will playing nice benefit Indonesia?
Indonesia’s arrest of Jemaah Islamiah leader involved in Bali bombings exposes active recruitment to create caliphate

Para Wijayanto – known as the “crown prince of Jemaah Islamiah”, the Southeast Asian wing of al-Qaeda – was involved in a spate of bombings across Indonesia, and evaded capture for so long because he often used a burka to disguise himself.

2 Jul 2019 - 11:48AM

Para Wijayanto – known as the “crown prince of Jemaah Islamiah”, the Southeast Asian wing of al-Qaeda – was involved in a spate of bombings across Indonesia, and evaded capture for so long because he often used a burka to disguise himself.

Indonesia’s arrest of Jemaah Islamiah leader involved in Bali bombings exposes active recruitment to create caliphate
Indonesian ‘cyber-jihadist’ arrested for spreading fake news and hate speech on social media

The suspect, a 32-year-old man, belonged to the Muslim Cyber Army, 14 of whose members were arrested on similar charges in March last year.

29 Jun 2019 - 9:17PM

The suspect, a 32-year-old man, belonged to the Muslim Cyber Army, 14 of whose members were arrested on similar charges in March last year.

Indonesian ‘cyber-jihadist’ arrested for spreading fake news and hate speech on social media
‘Legally groundless’: Indonesian court throws out Prabowo Subianto’s election-rigging claims

‘The plaintiff’s case is legally groundless. We reject [his] demand in its entirety,’ chief justice Anwar Usman said.

27 Jun 2019 - 11:45PM

‘The plaintiff’s case is legally groundless. We reject [his] demand in its entirety,’ chief justice Anwar Usman said.

‘Legally groundless’: Indonesian court throws out Prabowo Subianto’s election-rigging claims
Indonesia ‘a friend to all’ and won’t play favourites with US and China, says former foreign minister Marty Natalegawa

China has been Indonesia’s largest trading partner since 2017, when it leapfrogged the US, but Jakarta is attempting a balancing act between the two.

27 Jun 2019 - 11:48AM

China has been Indonesia’s largest trading partner since 2017, when it leapfrogged the US, but Jakarta is attempting a balancing act between the two.

Indonesia ‘a friend to all’ and won’t play favourites with US and China, says former foreign minister Marty Natalegawa
62-year-old Singaporean Isis supporter who self-radicalised online is the oldest identified, says expert

The woman is one of three Singaporeans facing travel restrictions over support for the militant group. Her arrest is seen as a sign of Isis’ continued radicalisation efforts and recruitment of ‘influencers’.

26 Jun 2019 - 11:31AM

The woman is one of three Singaporeans facing travel restrictions over support for the militant group. Her arrest is seen as a sign of Isis’ continued radicalisation efforts and recruitment of ‘influencers’.

62-year-old Singaporean Isis supporter  who self-radicalised online is the oldest identified, says expert
Prabowo Subianto suffers setback as constitutional court advised to reject challenge to Joko Widodo’s election win

Prabowo alleged massive and systematic fraud in the April 17 election and claimed he was in fact the rightful winner. The Indonesian Election Commission disagreed.

19 Jun 2019 - 12:13PM

Prabowo alleged massive and systematic fraud in the April 17 election and claimed he was in fact the rightful winner. The Indonesian Election Commission disagreed.

Prabowo Subianto suffers setback as constitutional court advised to reject challenge to Joko Widodo’s election win
Top Malaysian police officer warns of suicide attacks as Isis fighters return home

Returnees from Syria and Iraq, frustrated with the failure to die as martyrs, could attempt to continue their holy mission back home, says Malaysia’s inspector-general of police.

19 Jun 2019 - 7:04PM

Returnees from Syria and Iraq, frustrated with the failure to die as martyrs, could attempt to continue their holy mission back home, says Malaysia’s inspector-general of police.

Top Malaysian police officer warns of suicide attacks as Isis fighters return home
Gay sex tape leak: Malaysian police could complete investigations as early as next week, inspector-general says

Footage involving a young politician and an older man resembling a cabinet minister could be the greatest challenge facing the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition since it took office last year.

18 Jun 2019 - 9:32PM

Footage involving a young politician and an older man resembling a cabinet minister could be the greatest challenge facing the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition since it took office last year.

Gay sex tape leak: Malaysian police could complete investigations as early as next week, inspector-general says
Indonesia’s constitutional court hears Prabowo’s claim that Widodo election win was rigged

The losing presidential candidate has alleged the April 17 polls were marked by ‘massive and systematic’ electoral fraud, and claims he won the election by securing 52 per cent of the vote.

14 Jun 2019 - 11:37PM

The losing presidential candidate has alleged the April 17 polls were marked by ‘massive and systematic’ electoral fraud, and claims he won the election by securing 52 per cent of the vote.

Indonesia’s constitutional court hears Prabowo’s claim that Widodo election win was rigged
In bizarre twist, Prabowo ally Kivlan Zen seeks protection from Indonesian official he is accused of plotting to kill

The retired general has requested legal protection from Security Minister Wiranto, who is among four of President Widodo’s top officials that Kivlan allegedly ordered hitmen to assassinate in a plot linked to the Jakarta riots.

14 Jun 2019 - 7:08AM

The retired general has requested legal protection from Security Minister Wiranto, who is among four of President Widodo’s top officials that Kivlan allegedly ordered hitmen to assassinate in a plot linked to the Jakarta riots.

In bizarre twist, Prabowo ally Kivlan Zen seeks protection from Indonesian official he is accused of plotting to kill
Indonesian police say Prabowo ally Kivlan Zen ordered the assassination of President Widodo’s top security officials

Two suspects arrested after the May 21-22 Jakarta riots told police they received orders from Kivlan. Police remain on high alert for further violence before Friday, when Prabowo’s election-rigging claims will be heard.

12 Jun 2019 - 11:29AM

Two suspects arrested after the May 21-22 Jakarta riots told police they received orders from Kivlan. Police remain on high alert for further violence before Friday, when Prabowo’s election-rigging claims will be heard.

Indonesian police say Prabowo ally Kivlan Zen ordered the assassination of President Widodo’s top security officials
Indonesia on alert for more riots before court hearing on whether April 17 election was rigged

The first hearing on losing presidential challenger Prabowo Subianto’s claims will take place on June 14, with a decision expected by June 28. The defence minister last week warned of ‘bigger riots’ after the May 21-22 Jakarta clashes.

11 Jun 2019 - 9:51PM

The first hearing on losing presidential challenger Prabowo Subianto’s claims will take place on June 14, with a decision expected by June 28. The defence minister last week warned of ‘bigger riots’ after the May 21-22 Jakarta clashes.

Indonesia on alert for more riots before court hearing on whether April 17 election was rigged
Indonesia riots: Islamic teachers linked to defeated candidate Prabowo Subianto told teens to take part, human rights chief says

Initial investigations by the country’s National Commission on Human Rights found religious teachers with links to defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto were involved.

6 Jun 2019 - 6:17PM

Initial investigations by the country’s National Commission on Human Rights found religious teachers with links to defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto were involved.

Indonesia riots: Islamic teachers linked to defeated candidate Prabowo Subianto told teens to take part, human rights chief says
Indonesian suicide bomber in failed attack on Kartasura police likely influenced by Islamic State

The 22-year-old man was severely injured after trying to blow himself up in Kartasura, Central Java. Police continue to be targets as the country grapples with post-election instability.

4 Jun 2019 - 10:15PM

The 22-year-old man was severely injured after trying to blow himself up in Kartasura, Central Java. Police continue to be targets as the country grapples with post-election instability.

Indonesian suicide bomber in failed attack on Kartasura police likely influenced by Islamic State
Aceh independence call triggers fears of renewed conflict in Indonesia’s restive province

Powerful political figure Mualem issued a call for a referendum in the once war-torn region, saying the country is no longer clear on the question of democracy.

1 Jun 2019 - 11:09PM

Powerful political figure Mualem issued a call for a referendum in the once war-torn region, saying the country is no longer clear on the question of democracy.

Aceh independence call triggers fears of renewed conflict in Indonesia’s restive province
Prabowo ally Kivlan Zen linked to suspect in plot to kill Jokowi’s four top security officials and trigger deadly riot: police

The retired two-star general allegedly ordered the assassination bid’s field operator to provoke the Jakarta riots on May 21-22.

31 May 2019 - 5:27AM

The retired two-star general allegedly ordered the assassination bid’s field operator to provoke the Jakarta riots on May 21-22.

Prabowo ally Kivlan Zen linked to suspect in plot to kill Jokowi’s four top security officials and trigger deadly riot: police
Malaysia arrests three Islamic State terror suspects

The suspects, which include a Malaysian citizen who believes Muslims taking part in democratic elections should be killed, were detained in a swoop operation, police said.

30 May 2019 - 8:09PM

The suspects, which include a Malaysian citizen who believes Muslims taking part in democratic elections should be killed, were detained in a swoop operation, police said.

Malaysia arrests three Islamic State terror suspects
Indonesia’s challenger Prabowo Subianto a politician of ‘many contradictions’, but may still disrupt President Joko Widodo’s reign

His anti-foreigner rhetoric faced questions when he flew out of Jakarta this week on a private jet with two Russian parliamentary officials. And his rejection of the election results only seems to go so far, analysts say.

30 May 2019 - 10:51PM

His anti-foreigner rhetoric faced questions when he flew out of Jakarta this week on a private jet with two Russian parliamentary officials. And his rejection of the election results only seems to go so far, analysts say.

Indonesia’s challenger Prabowo Subianto a politician of ‘many contradictions’, but may still disrupt President Joko Widodo’s reign
Indonesia riots: Jerry Duane Gray, ex-US serviceman arrested for YouTube rant against Jokowi, wrote 9/11 conspiracy book ‘Allah loves me’

Jerry Duane Gray, who served in the US Air Force, converted to Islam and took Indonesian citizenship in 2010. His rant claimed communist forces were taking over as deadly riots rocked the capital of Jakarta.

30 May 2019 - 2:18PM

Jerry Duane Gray, who served in the US Air Force, converted to Islam and took Indonesian citizenship in 2010. His rant claimed communist forces were taking over as deadly riots rocked the capital of Jakarta.

Indonesia riots: Jerry Duane Gray, ex-US serviceman arrested for YouTube rant against Jokowi, wrote 9/11 conspiracy book ‘Allah loves me’