Amy Chew

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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Malaysia appoints first female counterterrorism chief, Normah Ishak

Among the first jobs for Normah Ishak will be what to do about the 65 Isis militants due to return to Malaysia from Syria.

14 Feb 2020 - 11:06PM

Among the first jobs for Normah Ishak will be what to do about the 65 Isis militants due to return to Malaysia from Syria.

Malaysia appoints first female counterterrorism chief, Normah Ishak
Indonesia’s decision not to repatriate ex-Isis members welcomed by former militants

Jakarta will not allow 689 Indonesians who had joined the Isis movement in Syria and Iraq to return to their home country, with experts saying they carry ‘the virus of a dangerous ideology’.

12 Feb 2020 - 4:07AM

Jakarta will not allow 689 Indonesians who had joined the Isis movement in Syria and Iraq to return to their home country, with experts saying they carry ‘the virus of a dangerous ideology’.

Indonesia’s decision not to repatriate ex-Isis members welcomed by former militants
Coronavirus: still in the mood for bat? At Indonesia’s ‘Tomohon Extreme Market’ it’s on the menu

Animals from cats to bats to snakes and monkeys are bludgeoned, torched and served to tourists at Indonesia’s ‘Tomohon Extreme Market’. Experts say in the wake of the coronavirus, it’s a hazard waiting to happen.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:00PM

Animals from cats to bats to snakes and monkeys are bludgeoned, torched and served to tourists at Indonesia’s ‘Tomohon Extreme Market’. Experts say in the wake of the coronavirus, it’s a hazard waiting to happen.

Coronavirus: still in the mood for bat? At Indonesia’s ‘Tomohon Extreme Market’ it’s on the menu
China coronavirus: Singapore, US and Japan carry out evacuations but other countries forced to wait

Hundreds of citizens have been extracted from Chinese city of Wuhan but countries must now also address the challenge of screening and quarantine.

15 Feb 2020 - 7:04PM

Hundreds of citizens have been extracted from Chinese city of Wuhan but countries must now also address the challenge of screening and quarantine.

China coronavirus: Singapore, US and Japan carry out evacuations but other countries forced to wait
Wuhan coronavirus: Indonesia ‘re-evaluating’ visa-free policy for Chinese tourists

Jakarta is under pressure to step up defences against the virus, but an abrupt change could damage diplomatic relations, minister warns.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:01PM

Jakarta is under pressure to step up defences against the virus, but an abrupt change could damage diplomatic relations, minister warns.

Wuhan coronavirus: Indonesia ‘re-evaluating’ visa-free policy for Chinese tourists
Will the ‘Najib recordings’ fray ties between Mahathir’s Malaysia and the Gulf states?

Analysts say Najib’s alleged request of Abu Dhabi’s crown prince to help cover up the 1MDB scandal is expected to complicate bilateral relations.

18 Jan 2020 - 9:54PM

Analysts say Najib’s alleged request of Abu Dhabi’s crown prince to help cover up the 1MDB scandal is expected to complicate bilateral relations.

Will the ‘Najib recordings’ fray ties between Mahathir’s Malaysia and the Gulf states?
Malaysia’s biggest threat for 2020 is ‘political and terrorist radicalisation’, experts warn

Politics in the country is currently polarising and creating ‘extreme views’, says Ahmad El-Muhammady of International Islamic University Malaysia.

17 Jan 2020 - 8:57PM

Politics in the country is currently polarising and creating ‘extreme views’, says Ahmad El-Muhammady of International Islamic University Malaysia.

Malaysia’s biggest threat for 2020 is ‘political and terrorist radicalisation’, experts warn
A MeToo moment, Malaysia? Defamation charge against South China Morning Post reporter Tashny Sukumaran withdrawn

Malaysia’s attorney general has withdrawn a criminal defamation charge against journalist Tashny Sukumaran, who had tweeted about inappropriate physical contact during a medical exam.

15 Jan 2020 - 12:49AM

Malaysia’s attorney general has withdrawn a criminal defamation charge against journalist Tashny Sukumaran, who had tweeted about inappropriate physical contact during a medical exam.

A MeToo moment, Malaysia? Defamation charge against South China Morning Post reporter Tashny Sukumaran withdrawn
Can Indonesia’s reform of Isis militants overturn their desire to die as martyrs?

A significant number of Isis members are scheduled to be released from prison this month, underlining the situation’s critical nature.

21 Dec 2019 - 10:23AM

A significant number of Isis members are scheduled to be released from prison this month, underlining the situation’s critical nature.

Can Indonesia’s reform of Isis militants overturn their desire to die as martyrs?
In Malaysia, China’s PR blitz on Uygurs in Xinjiang sparks anger

In op-eds carried by several media outlets, China’s ambassador Bai Tian has denounced ‘Western’ reports of abuses in Xinjiang – causing outrage online and among leading intellectuals.

21 Dec 2019 - 2:01PM

In op-eds carried by several media outlets, China’s ambassador Bai Tian has denounced ‘Western’ reports of abuses in Xinjiang – causing outrage online and among leading intellectuals.

In Malaysia, China’s PR blitz on Uygurs in Xinjiang sparks anger
Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan: Islamism’s new hope for Indonesian presidency?

Anies Baswedan fuels speculation he plans tilt at the presidency by speaking at a rally by the 212 Islamist group that helped orchestrate the fall of his Christian predecessor Ahok.

7 Dec 2019 - 7:44AM

Anies Baswedan fuels speculation he plans tilt at the presidency by speaking at a rally by the 212 Islamist group that helped orchestrate the fall of his Christian predecessor Ahok.

Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan: Islamism’s new hope for Indonesian presidency?
Indonesia’s Widodo stands by direct presidential elections but power brokers have other ideas

Proposed constitutional changes would empower upper house of parliament to elect the country’s leader, echoing the system of the Suharto era.

6 Dec 2019 - 1:46PM

Proposed constitutional changes would empower upper house of parliament to elect the country’s leader, echoing the system of the Suharto era.

Indonesia’s Widodo stands by direct presidential elections but power brokers have other ideas
Indonesia’s Ma’ruf Amin to fight radicalisation that has spread from ‘play groups to government’

Ma’ruf Amin, a senior Muslim cleric, is seen as a figure who has the Islamic credentials to take on the country’s hardliners.

6 Dec 2019 - 1:48PM

Ma’ruf Amin, a senior Muslim cleric, is seen as a figure who has the Islamic credentials to take on the country’s hardliners.

Indonesia’s Ma’ruf Amin to fight radicalisation that has spread from ‘play groups to government’
Malaysia warns Isis may shift base to Southeast Asia, as militants seek fake passports

Malaysia’s home affairs minister says Islamic State may move operations after the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with foreign fighters seeking forged or stolen passports to return home.

28 Nov 2019 - 10:21PM

Malaysia’s home affairs minister says Islamic State may move operations after the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with foreign fighters seeking forged or stolen passports to return home.

Malaysia warns Isis may shift base to Southeast Asia, as militants seek fake passports
Chinese ‘fake cop’ scams fleeing Beijing’s crackdown are setting up in Southeast Asia: Indonesian police

Indonesian police have arrested 85 Chinese on suspicion of running a ‘fake cop’ scam in the latest of a string of cases in the region.

27 Nov 2019 - 12:38PM

Indonesian police have arrested 85 Chinese on suspicion of running a ‘fake cop’ scam in the latest of a string of cases in the region.

Chinese ‘fake cop’ scams fleeing Beijing’s crackdown are setting up in Southeast Asia: Indonesian police
Isis terror tactics being exported to Southeast Asia, US official says

The US has seen a rise of Isis-inspired plans, including suicide blasts, in the region, says the US State Department’s top counterterrorism official.

23 Nov 2019 - 9:52PM

The US has seen a rise of Isis-inspired plans, including suicide blasts, in the region, says the US State Department’s top counterterrorism official.

Isis terror tactics being exported to Southeast Asia, US official says
680 Chinese held in Malaysia over online scam targeting WeChat Pay users

Sophisticated operation in Cyberjaya duped victims in China offering fast returns on investments made via WeChat Pay or Chinese banks.

21 Nov 2019 - 7:39PM

Sophisticated operation in Cyberjaya duped victims in China offering fast returns on investments made via WeChat Pay or Chinese banks.

680 Chinese held in Malaysia over online scam targeting WeChat Pay users
Osama bin Laden’s anthrax scientist freed by Malaysia

The United States will be ‘very concerned’ at the release of Yazid Sufaat, who served a string of jail sentences for work with both Islamic State and al-Qaeda, expert says.

21 Nov 2019 - 10:01AM

The United States will be ‘very concerned’ at the release of Yazid Sufaat, who served a string of jail sentences for work with both Islamic State and al-Qaeda, expert says.

Osama bin Laden’s anthrax scientist freed by Malaysia
Indonesian maid who worked in Hong Kong probed for links to Medan bombing

Investigators found Ika Puspitasari, who is serving jail time, met the wife of the suspected bomber, but had no other involvement in the blast that injured six.

19 Nov 2019 - 10:33PM

Investigators found Ika Puspitasari, who is serving jail time, met the wife of the suspected bomber, but had no other involvement in the blast that injured six.

Indonesian maid who worked in Hong Kong probed for links to Medan bombing
Prabowo looks to deepen ties with Malaysia as Indonesia bolsters military for new capital on Borneo

Indonesia plans to shift its capital from Jakarta to Kalimantan on Borneo island, home to two Malaysian territories, creating potential complications.

15 Nov 2019 - 10:24PM

Indonesia plans to shift its capital from Jakarta to Kalimantan on Borneo island, home to two Malaysian territories, creating potential complications.

Prabowo looks to deepen ties with Malaysia as Indonesia bolsters military for new capital on Borneo
Ex-Isis fighters arrested in Indonesian terror probe after Medan suicide bombing

While there were no details on whether they were involved in the blast, their arrests raised fresh concerns over the threat posed by returnees from Syria

14 Nov 2019 - 10:00PM

While there were no details on whether they were involved in the blast, their arrests raised fresh concerns over the threat posed by returnees from Syria

Ex-Isis fighters arrested in Indonesian terror probe after Medan suicide bombing
Indonesia targets niqab and 167 Islamic books to counter rising tide of extremism

One ministry has banned staff from wearing the full-face veil to work and another will scrap schoolbooks deemed to contain extremist material, as the world’s most populous Muslim nation combats intolerance and the spread of hardline ideology.

14 Nov 2019 - 2:11PM

One ministry has banned staff from wearing the full-face veil to work and another will scrap schoolbooks deemed to contain extremist material, as the world’s most populous Muslim nation combats intolerance and the spread of hardline ideology.

Indonesia targets niqab and 167 Islamic books to counter rising tide of extremism
Baby who died after mother put him in washing machine highlights an Indonesian stigma

The case of a woman who gave birth in secret and then hid her son in a washing machine has thrown a spotlight on the stigma faced by unwed mothers in Indonesia.

7 Nov 2019 - 11:38AM

The case of a woman who gave birth in secret and then hid her son in a washing machine has thrown a spotlight on the stigma faced by unwed mothers in Indonesia.

Baby who died after mother put him in washing machine highlights an Indonesian stigma
As US dithers over human rights, China opens its arms to Prabowo Subianto, the Indonesian defence minister with a chequered past

The former special forces general Prabowo Subianto is barred from the US due to claims he was involved in rights abuses during the Suharto era. But with China and Russia ready to do business with him, the US may need to rethink.

18 Dec 2019 - 2:41PM

The former special forces general Prabowo Subianto is barred from the US due to claims he was involved in rights abuses during the Suharto era. But with China and Russia ready to do business with him, the US may need to rethink.

As US dithers over human rights, China opens its arms to Prabowo Subianto, the Indonesian defence minister with a chequered past
As Isis threatens, how will Indonesia handle police chief Tito’s departure?

Tito Karnavian has been a leading figure in the country’s fight against terrorism for almost two decades, but analysts are confident Indonesia has the right systems and personnel in place to handle terror threats.

30 Oct 2019 - 9:59PM

Tito Karnavian has been a leading figure in the country’s fight against terrorism for almost two decades, but analysts are confident Indonesia has the right systems and personnel in place to handle terror threats.

As Isis threatens, how will Indonesia handle police chief Tito’s departure?
Baghdadi’s dead, but Islamic State’s ideology lives on in Southeast Asia

Security agencies in the region are bracing for possible retaliatory attacks following the US’ killing of the terror group leader, and say the threat will remain as long as the ideology keeps spreading.

30 Oct 2019 - 8:48AM

Security agencies in the region are bracing for possible retaliatory attacks following the US’ killing of the terror group leader, and say the threat will remain as long as the ideology keeps spreading.

Baghdadi’s dead, but Islamic State’s ideology lives on in Southeast Asia
Jokowi’s Javanese power play has Prabowo in face-off with an old army nemesis

The president raised eyebrows by naming his rival as defence minister, but he has also appointed Fachrul Razi – who dismissed Prabowo from the army 21 years ago – as religious affairs minister. Analysts say this is also part of an bid to curb rising radicalism in the world’s most populous Muslim country.

6 Dec 2019 - 5:52PM

The president raised eyebrows by naming his rival as defence minister, but he has also appointed Fachrul Razi – who dismissed Prabowo from the army 21 years ago – as religious affairs minister. Analysts say this is also part of an bid to curb rising radicalism in the world’s most populous Muslim country.

Jokowi’s Javanese power play has Prabowo in face-off with an old army nemesis
Indonesia’s Joko Widodo pledges to create jobs and cut bureaucracy as he’s sworn in for 2nd term

President Joko Widodo vowed to develop the country’s human resources, overhaul the inefficient bureaucracy and move out of the middle-income trap by 2045.

6 Dec 2019 - 5:48PM

President Joko Widodo vowed to develop the country’s human resources, overhaul the inefficient bureaucracy and move out of the middle-income trap by 2045.

Indonesia’s Joko Widodo pledges to create jobs and cut bureaucracy as he’s sworn in for 2nd term
Southeast Asia on alert for Isis ‘grand agenda’ as escaped Indonesian jihadists in Syria eye the region

The terror network is shifting its focus to fake news as a cheap and easy method of undermining trust in the region’s secular governments.

21 Oct 2019 - 11:08PM

The terror network is shifting its focus to fake news as a cheap and easy method of undermining trust in the region’s secular governments.

Southeast Asia on alert for Isis ‘grand agenda’ as escaped Indonesian jihadists in Syria eye the region
Indonesia arrests 36 terror suspects including policewomen ahead of Jokowi inauguration

At least 36 suspected militants have been arrested ahead of President Joko Widodo’s inauguration on Sunday, including two former policewomen, one of whom was thought to be planning a suicide bomb attack.

17 Oct 2019 - 9:07AM

At least 36 suspected militants have been arrested ahead of President Joko Widodo’s inauguration on Sunday, including two former policewomen, one of whom was thought to be planning a suicide bomb attack.

Indonesia arrests 36 terror suspects including policewomen ahead of Jokowi inauguration