Amy Chew

Amy Chew

Amy Chew is a journalist currently based in Kuala Lumpur. She covers politics, terrorism, economics, climate change in Southeast Asia. She was previously based in Indonesia, Hong Kong and Singapore. She has also dabbled in investment banking, working as an analyst for Daiwa Capital Markets Singapore.

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Reformist military men helped Indonesia’s democracy. Why not in Myanmar?

Indonesia’s TNI military gave up a role in politics and never tried to get it back. Myanmar’s Tatmadaw take note: TNI is now Indonesia’s most trusted institution.

26 Feb 2021 - 3:27PM

Indonesia’s TNI military gave up a role in politics and never tried to get it back. Myanmar’s Tatmadaw take note: TNI is now Indonesia’s most trusted institution.

Reformist military men helped Indonesia’s democracy. Why not in Myanmar?
Fled civil war in Myanmar, lost job to coronavirus and died in Malaysia: young mother’s suicide highlights refugees’ plight

The woman’s death came a day before Malaysia, in defiance of a court order, deported more than 1,000 people to Myanmar.

25 Feb 2021 - 4:53PM

The woman’s death came a day before Malaysia, in defiance of a court order, deported more than 1,000 people to Myanmar.

Fled civil war in Myanmar, lost job to coronavirus and died in Malaysia: young mother’s suicide highlights refugees’ plight
Lunar New Year: as coronavirus crashes the party, Southeast Asians find other ways to celebrate

‘There’s no more visiting my aunties and all that, I’ve told them not to expect a visit.’

22 Feb 2021 - 10:33AM

‘There’s no more visiting my aunties and all that, I’ve told them not to expect a visit.’

Lunar New Year: as coronavirus crashes the party, Southeast Asians find other ways to celebrate
Far right vs Islamists: a vicious circle of extremism in Southeast Asia?

Experts are warning of a vicious circle of ‘reciprocal radicalisation’, in which Islamist and far-right groups launch tit-for-tat revenge attacks.

6 Feb 2021 - 1:04PM

Experts are warning of a vicious circle of ‘reciprocal radicalisation’, in which Islamist and far-right groups launch tit-for-tat revenge attacks.

Far right vs Islamists: a vicious circle of extremism in Southeast Asia?
In Malaysia, cancellation of Hindu holiday stokes minorities’ concerns

Decision to cancel one-day Thaipusam holiday in Kedah state over coronavirus concerns comes in for heavy criticism by opposition MPs and former PM Najib Razak.

28 Jan 2021 - 11:18PM

Decision to cancel one-day Thaipusam holiday in Kedah state over coronavirus concerns comes in for heavy criticism by opposition MPs and former PM Najib Razak.

In Malaysia, cancellation of Hindu holiday stokes minorities’ concerns
As India and Indonesia vaccinate millions against Covid-19, fake news and conspiracy theories are gaining ground

Fake news, fear and conspiracy theories about Covid-19 shots are gathering momentum as India and Indonesia embark on mass vaccination drives. In Malaysia, experts are urging the government to gear up to counter misinformation.

26 Jan 2021 - 11:00PM

Fake news, fear and conspiracy theories about Covid-19 shots are gathering momentum as India and Indonesia embark on mass vaccination drives. In Malaysia, experts are urging the government to gear up to counter misinformation.

As India and Indonesia vaccinate millions against Covid-19, fake news and conspiracy theories are gaining ground
Isis support in Indonesia drops, but militants aren’t sitting still, warns IPAC think tank

Dormant militant groups can splinter with extremists finding new allies, the Institute of Policy Analysis of Conflict warned, urging the Indonesian government to prevent recruitment and regeneration of terror networks.

22 Jan 2021 - 10:07PM

Dormant militant groups can splinter with extremists finding new allies, the Institute of Policy Analysis of Conflict warned, urging the Indonesian government to prevent recruitment and regeneration of terror networks.

Isis support in Indonesia drops, but militants aren’t sitting still, warns IPAC think tank
‘Listen here, you idiot’: #SiBodohKauDengarSini trends on Twitter in Malaysia amid coronavirus lockdown frustration

#SiBodohKauDengarSini was triggered by difficulties ordering food, but is now being used to articulate anger over the Muhyiddin administration’s handling of the pandemic.

20 Jan 2021 - 1:00AM

#SiBodohKauDengarSini was triggered by difficulties ordering food, but is now being used to articulate anger over the Muhyiddin administration’s handling of the pandemic.

‘Listen here, you idiot’: #SiBodohKauDengarSini trends on Twitter in Malaysia amid coronavirus lockdown frustration
Malaysia’s coronavirus lockdowns a ‘blessing in disguise’ for reducing Isis threat: counterterrorism chief

Normah Ishak says just seven terror suspects were arrested last year, down from 72 in 2019, after movement restrictions to curb Covid-19 ‘flattened the curve of terrorism’.

15 Jan 2021 - 10:24AM

Normah Ishak says just seven terror suspects were arrested last year, down from 72 in 2019, after movement restrictions to curb Covid-19 ‘flattened the curve of terrorism’.

Malaysia’s coronavirus lockdowns a ‘blessing in disguise’ for reducing Isis threat: counterterrorism chief
Indonesia arms maritime force to deter Chinese, Vietnamese fishing vessels from entering Natuna seas

Civilian patrol vessels have been outfitted with machine guns in move seen as delicate balancing act in relations with Beijing.

10 Jan 2021 - 10:54PM

Civilian patrol vessels have been outfitted with machine guns in move seen as delicate balancing act in relations with Beijing.

Indonesia arms maritime force to deter Chinese, Vietnamese fishing vessels from entering Natuna seas
Radical Indonesian cleric linked to Bali bombings will be told of Islamic State’s ‘faults’, his son says

Abu Bakar Bashir, who co-founded Jemaah Islamiah, pledged allegiance to Islamic State in 2014. His release from jail this week has sparked fears that he will be sought out by militant groups in Indonesia.

6 Jan 2021 - 12:33AM

Abu Bakar Bashir, who co-founded Jemaah Islamiah, pledged allegiance to Islamic State in 2014. His release from jail this week has sparked fears that he will be sought out by militant groups in Indonesia.

Radical Indonesian cleric linked to Bali bombings will be told of Islamic State’s ‘faults’, his son says
Can Indonesia’s more moderate Ulema Council help stem a rise in Islamic extremism?

A more moderate leadership of the top Islamic clerical body has taken charge, fuelling optimism that it can reverse a conservative tide in the country.

2 Jan 2021 - 9:18PM

A more moderate leadership of the top Islamic clerical body has taken charge, fuelling optimism that it can reverse a conservative tide in the country.

Can Indonesia’s more moderate Ulema Council help stem a rise in Islamic extremism?
Indonesian police to interrogate 23 terror suspects over Bali bombings, other attacks

The arrests have revealed the extent of its military commander’s involvement in terror attacks and sectarian violence in Indonesia, police say.

16 Dec 2020 - 8:54PM

The arrests have revealed the extent of its military commander’s involvement in terror attacks and sectarian violence in Indonesia, police say.

Indonesian police to interrogate 23 terror suspects over Bali bombings, other attacks
Protest at China-backed nickel-smelting firm in Indonesia turns violent, with buildings and vehicles torched

The demonstration involved 800 workers looking for a pay rise from PT Virtue Dragon Nickel Industry, which says its acitivities have been ‘paralysed’.

16 Dec 2020 - 1:47AM

The demonstration involved 800 workers looking for a pay rise from PT Virtue Dragon Nickel Industry, which says its acitivities have been ‘paralysed’.

Protest at China-backed nickel-smelting firm in Indonesia turns violent, with buildings and vehicles torched
‘US still the target’: Indonesia’s arrest of Jemaah Islamiah terrorist leader reveals thousands of recruits

Jemaah Islamiah said to be in ‘damage control’ after detention of Ustad Arif but is expected to be operating normally in six months to a year.

12 Dec 2020 - 11:22PM

Jemaah Islamiah said to be in ‘damage control’ after detention of Ustad Arif but is expected to be operating normally in six months to a year.

‘US still the target’: Indonesia’s arrest of Jemaah Islamiah terrorist leader reveals thousands of recruits
Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist leader under arrest in Indonesia, security source says

The leader of Islamic militant group Jemaah Islamiah, Ustad Arif, is in police custody along with the group’s top bomb-maker, Upik Lawanga.

12 Dec 2020 - 11:24PM

The leader of Islamic militant group Jemaah Islamiah, Ustad Arif, is in police custody along with the group’s top bomb-maker, Upik Lawanga.

Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist leader under arrest in Indonesia, security source says
With RISE tech conference, Malaysia aims for place on global digital map

The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, which led the bid for RISE, says hosting conference will help show off country’s digital bona fides.

8 Dec 2020 - 8:15PM

The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, which led the bid for RISE, says hosting conference will help show off country’s digital bona fides.

With RISE tech conference, Malaysia aims for place on global digital map
High-level US-Indonesia defence meeting aims to keep China at bay as Donald Trump ‘tries to solidify his legacy in Asia’

Analysts said the visit by acting US Defence Secretary Christopher Miller was an attempt to garner support for Washington’s China-containment strategy, and tie the hands of the incoming Biden administration.

8 Dec 2020 - 1:17AM

Analysts said the visit by acting US Defence Secretary Christopher Miller was an attempt to garner support for Washington’s China-containment strategy, and tie the hands of the incoming Biden administration.

High-level US-Indonesia defence meeting aims to keep China at bay as Donald Trump ‘tries to solidify his legacy in Asia’
Police attack in Indonesia by firebrand cleric Habib Rizieq Shihab’s supporters sparks sectarian violence fears

Six suspected supporters of Habib Rizieq Shihab were killed in a shoot-out with police and pistols, a samurai sword and sickles were seized from the scene.

7 Dec 2020 - 9:46PM

Six suspected supporters of Habib Rizieq Shihab were killed in a shoot-out with police and pistols, a samurai sword and sickles were seized from the scene.

Police attack in Indonesia by firebrand cleric Habib Rizieq Shihab’s supporters sparks sectarian violence fears
Indonesia on alert after Isis-linked group MIT beheads farmer to ‘sow terror’

The MIT group killed four villagers in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province, including a man whose decapitation was witnessed by his wife.

1 Dec 2020 - 6:33AM

The MIT group killed four villagers in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province, including a man whose decapitation was witnessed by his wife.

Indonesia on alert after Isis-linked group MIT beheads farmer to ‘sow terror’
How Syria’s civil war drew Uygur fighters and shaped the separatist group TIP in China’s crosshairs

The ETIM was delisted as a terror group by the US, but its successor – the Turkistan Islamic Party – has links to al-Qaeda, and a stable of Uygur fighters in Syria.

30 Nov 2020 - 3:05AM

The ETIM was delisted as a terror group by the US, but its successor – the Turkistan Islamic Party – has links to al-Qaeda, and a stable of Uygur fighters in Syria.

How Syria’s civil war drew Uygur fighters and shaped the separatist group TIP in China’s crosshairs
Coronavirus Malaysia: Top Glove on defensive over treatment of foreign workers as infections spread

Human Resources Minister M. Saravanan assails ‘terrible’ living conditions of workers and vows stern action, while the company has dismissed the possibility its gloves could be contaminated.

26 Nov 2020 - 6:50AM

Human Resources Minister M. Saravanan assails ‘terrible’ living conditions of workers and vows stern action, while the company has dismissed the possibility its gloves could be contaminated.

Coronavirus Malaysia: Top Glove on defensive over treatment of foreign workers as infections spread
Indonesian soap star Nikita takes on firebrand cleric Rizieq over Covid-19 rule flouting

Islamic Defenders Front head comes in for harsh criticism by popular soap opera star over his mass rallies, which flout Covid-19 rules.

21 Nov 2020 - 3:07PM

Islamic Defenders Front head comes in for harsh criticism by popular soap opera star over his mass rallies, which flout Covid-19 rules.

Indonesian soap star Nikita takes on firebrand cleric Rizieq over Covid-19 rule flouting
Malaysia stands firm on not deporting Uygurs, risking Beijing’s anger

Malaysia’s position could result in some Uygurs in Southeast Asia seeking refuge in the Muslim-majority country.

15 Nov 2020 - 9:37PM

Malaysia’s position could result in some Uygurs in Southeast Asia seeking refuge in the Muslim-majority country.

Malaysia stands firm on not deporting Uygurs, risking Beijing’s anger
Hardline Indonesian cleric returns from Saudi exile to call for ‘moral revolution’

Islamic Defenders Front leader Habib Rizieq Shihab was greeted by thousands of followers upon his arrival, one of whom reportedly fainted and died.

11 Nov 2020 - 4:39AM

Islamic Defenders Front leader Habib Rizieq Shihab was greeted by thousands of followers upon his arrival, one of whom reportedly fainted and died.

Hardline Indonesian cleric returns from Saudi exile to call for ‘moral revolution’
European schools, hospitals are next terror targets unless France’s Macron says sorry to Muslims: experts

‘Lone wolf’ terrorists are likely to strike in next few months, analysts warn, as a former al-Qaeda member says Macron’s words may awaken ‘sleeper cells’.

9 Nov 2020 - 9:51PM

‘Lone wolf’ terrorists are likely to strike in next few months, analysts warn, as a former al-Qaeda member says Macron’s words may awaken ‘sleeper cells’.

European schools, hospitals are next terror targets unless France’s Macron says sorry to Muslims: experts
‘Prabowo US version’: Trump’s early victory call gives Indonesians sense of déjà vu

Declaring victory in a presidential election before all the votes are counted? That’s a move straight out of Prabowo Subianto’s playbook, said Indonesians on Twitter.

5 Nov 2020 - 4:01PM

Declaring victory in a presidential election before all the votes are counted? That’s a move straight out of Prabowo Subianto’s playbook, said Indonesians on Twitter.

‘Prabowo US version’: Trump’s early victory call gives Indonesians sense of déjà vu
Ex al-Qaeda leader warns of militant attacks on French citizens as Malaysia, Indonesia tighten security

Terror attacks continue to haunt Europe although authorities in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur say they have not uncovered any plots

4 Nov 2020 - 8:28PM

Terror attacks continue to haunt Europe although authorities in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur say they have not uncovered any plots

Ex al-Qaeda leader warns of militant attacks on French citizens as Malaysia, Indonesia tighten security
Indonesia deported three Uygurs to China before Pompeo visit, security source says

The action came before US secretary of state urged Muslim youth group not to ‘look away’ from the suffering of Muslim Uygurs in Xinjiang.

31 Oct 2020 - 7:00PM

The action came before US secretary of state urged Muslim youth group not to ‘look away’ from the suffering of Muslim Uygurs in Xinjiang.

Indonesia deported three Uygurs to China before Pompeo visit, security source says
Indonesian Muslim group calls for calm amid Islamic world’s fury at France’s Macron

The head of Nahdlatul Ulama said ‘responding to the insult to the Prophet by killing the perpetrator is a savage act that has the potential to trigger widespread instability’.

29 Oct 2020 - 1:18AM

The head of Nahdlatul Ulama said ‘responding to the insult to the Prophet by killing the perpetrator is a savage act that has the potential to trigger widespread instability’.

Indonesian Muslim group calls for calm amid Islamic world’s fury at France’s Macron