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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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
Indonesia on alert as Isis fighters escape Syria to awaken sleeper terror cells back home

Amid Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria, some Indonesia Isis militants and their families are believed to have escaped prison, a counterterrorism source says.

16 Oct 2019 - 8:56PM

Amid Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria, some Indonesia Isis militants and their families are believed to have escaped prison, a counterterrorism source says.

Indonesia on alert as Isis fighters escape Syria to awaken sleeper terror cells back home
‘Isis version two’: Malaysia, Indonesia fear return home of fighters jailed in Syria after Trump’s troop withdrawal

Kurdish rebels have been guarding 12,000 Islamic State prisoners captured in Syria, but Trump’s troop withdrawal could offer hundreds of Southeast Asian jihadists a chance to flee, regroup and re-energise.

13 Oct 2019 - 9:25PM

Kurdish rebels have been guarding 12,000 Islamic State prisoners captured in Syria, but Trump’s troop withdrawal could offer hundreds of Southeast Asian jihadists a chance to flee, regroup and re-energise.

‘Isis version two’: Malaysia, Indonesia fear return home of fighters jailed in Syria after Trump’s troop withdrawal
Indonesian minister Wiranto’s stab wound ‘reached his intestines’: government adviser

Ex-constitutional court chief justice Mahfud MD, who is now a government adviser, revealed the seriousness of Wiranto’s injuries after he was stabbed by an IS sympathiser this week. The attacker had recently bought a set of ‘Ninja-style’ knives online.

12 Oct 2019 - 10:45PM

Ex-constitutional court chief justice Mahfud MD, who is now a government adviser, revealed the seriousness of Wiranto’s injuries after he was stabbed by an IS sympathiser this week. The attacker had recently bought a set of ‘Ninja-style’ knives online.

Indonesian minister Wiranto’s stab wound ‘reached his intestines’: government adviser
Indonesian security minister Wiranto stabbed by Isis-linked radicals: police

The stabbing has prompted President Joko Widodo to consider plans to step up security for all senior ministers.

10 Oct 2019 - 11:54PM

The stabbing has prompted President Joko Widodo to consider plans to step up security for all senior ministers.

Indonesian security minister Wiranto stabbed by Isis-linked radicals: police
In Indonesia, Jokowi mulls whether to sideline opponents or build a broad coalition with electoral foe Prabowo

Indonesian President Joko Widodo is set to reveal a new cabinet, but with just days before his inauguration, political machinations continue over whether his government can accommodate key opposition politicians.

10 Oct 2019 - 10:06AM

Indonesian President Joko Widodo is set to reveal a new cabinet, but with just days before his inauguration, political machinations continue over whether his government can accommodate key opposition politicians.

In Indonesia, Jokowi mulls whether to sideline opponents or build a broad coalition with electoral foe Prabowo
Plot to ‘burn Chinese shops’ in Jakarta would have used real bombs, Indonesian police say

Authorities initially believed plotters were using petrol bombs but upon investigation, found the devices were filled with gunpowder and nails.

6 Oct 2019 - 11:06PM

Authorities initially believed plotters were using petrol bombs but upon investigation, found the devices were filled with gunpowder and nails.

Plot to ‘burn Chinese shops’ in Jakarta would have used real bombs, Indonesian police say
Indonesian MP says his three wives are proof polygamy can be ‘good and harmonious’

Achmad Fadil Muzakki Syah, who told reporters he and his wives ‘regularly sleep together in one bed’, aims to showcase his family as an example of polygamy done right.

5 Oct 2019 - 10:23PM

Achmad Fadil Muzakki Syah, who told reporters he and his wives ‘regularly sleep together in one bed’, aims to showcase his family as an example of polygamy done right.

Indonesian MP says his three wives are proof polygamy can be ‘good and harmonious’
Indonesia gets star-studded cast of new lawmakers, and first female Parliament speaker

Puan Maharani, the daughter of former president Megawati Sukarnoputri and granddaughter of founding president Sukarno, was unanimously elected as speaker, while a number of celebrities were also sworn in as MPs.

2 Oct 2019 - 7:20PM

Puan Maharani, the daughter of former president Megawati Sukarnoputri and granddaughter of founding president Sukarno, was unanimously elected as speaker, while a number of celebrities were also sworn in as MPs.

Indonesia gets star-studded cast of new lawmakers, and first female Parliament speaker
Two Indonesians confess to petrol bomb plot to ‘burn Chinese shops’ and incite looting spree

Two men give statements on camera saying they were paid to provoke raids on Chinese stores as Indonesia reels from its worst unrest since 1998.

1 Oct 2019 - 10:10PM

Two men give statements on camera saying they were paid to provoke raids on Chinese stores as Indonesia reels from its worst unrest since 1998.

Two Indonesians confess to petrol bomb plot to ‘burn Chinese shops’ and incite looting spree
Beijing the bogeyman: how fake news fuels fears in Malaysia and Indonesia

Fear of the Chinese is deep-rooted in the region, but the plethora of misinformation has reached a crescendo, and policymakers now face a choice: crack down or educate.

23 Sep 2019 - 3:28PM

Fear of the Chinese is deep-rooted in the region, but the plethora of misinformation has reached a crescendo, and policymakers now face a choice: crack down or educate.

Beijing the bogeyman: how fake news fuels fears in Malaysia and Indonesia
Anti-graft agency KPK is doing a good job. So why is Indonesia diluting its power?

The Corruption Eradication Commission has consistently been voted the country’s most trusted institution but lawmakers now plan legal revisions that will subject the agency to government oversight.

12 Sep 2019 - 5:06PM

The Corruption Eradication Commission has consistently been voted the country’s most trusted institution but lawmakers now plan legal revisions that will subject the agency to government oversight.

Anti-graft agency KPK is doing a good job. So why is Indonesia diluting its power?
In Malaysia, fake news of Chinese nationals getting citizenship stokes racial tensions

Claims that mainland Chinese are being granted Malaysian identification cards have been circulating online media for the past month. The National Registration Department has lodged a police report in response.

10 Sep 2019 - 10:14AM

Claims that mainland Chinese are being granted Malaysian identification cards have been circulating online media for the past month. The National Registration Department has lodged a police report in response.

In Malaysia, fake news of Chinese nationals getting citizenship stokes racial tensions
Non-Muslim goods boycott a ‘ticking time bomb’ in Mahathir’s Malaysia

On social media groups, Malay-Muslims have been urged to avoid buying goods, including halal products, from non-Muslims.

9 Sep 2019 - 10:40AM

On social media groups, Malay-Muslims have been urged to avoid buying goods, including halal products, from non-Muslims.

Non-Muslim goods boycott a ‘ticking time bomb’ in Mahathir’s Malaysia
Malaysian palace slams posting of Sultan Muhammad V’s private photos on social media

The Kelantan palace urged the people not to be swayed by false information after the ruler’s former wife Oksana Voevodina posted a picture of the pair having a candlelight dinner.

7 Sep 2019 - 2:08AM

The Kelantan palace urged the people not to be swayed by false information after the ruler’s former wife Oksana Voevodina posted a picture of the pair having a candlelight dinner.

Malaysian palace slams posting of Sultan Muhammad V’s private photos on social media
Malaysia’s racial and religious divisions widen as opposition seeks political gain

Fake images of the Malaysian flag and inflammatory comments by a preacher are among the recent developments ratcheting up ethnic and religious tensions in multiracial Malaysia, causing security concerns.

27 Aug 2019 - 7:10PM

Fake images of the Malaysian flag and inflammatory comments by a preacher are among the recent developments ratcheting up ethnic and religious tensions in multiracial Malaysia, causing security concerns.

Malaysia’s racial and religious divisions widen as opposition seeks political gain
Explainer | 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.

27 Aug 2019 - 4:38PM

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