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.

Latest from Amy Chew

Protesting Indonesian students write to Chinese ambassador threatening to deport workers

The students worry jobs at nickel smelter projects in Sulawesi are being taken away from locals, as the coronavirus pandemic increases unemployment.

6 Aug 2020 - 10:47PM

The students worry jobs at nickel smelter projects in Sulawesi are being taken away from locals, as the coronavirus pandemic increases unemployment.

Protesting Indonesian students write to Chinese ambassador threatening to deport workers
Indonesian police probe bondage mummification case at Surabaya university after #gilangbungkus goes viral

Stories of 15 people who were tricked into being wrapped up like mummies as part of a fetish act have gone viral with #gilangbungkus trending on Twitter. An Airlangga University student is under investigation.

4 Aug 2020 - 10:24PM

Stories of 15 people who were tricked into being wrapped up like mummies as part of a fetish act have gone viral with #gilangbungkus trending on Twitter. An Airlangga University student is under investigation.

Indonesian police probe bondage mummification case at Surabaya university after #gilangbungkus goes viral
‘Chinese army uniforms’ in Indonesia: another hoax to discredit Beijing, Widodo

Analysts say a viral video making the claims is the latest in a series of attempts to create a ‘phobia’ of the mainland and reduce public trust in the president.

29 Jul 2020 - 8:30PM

Analysts say a viral video making the claims is the latest in a series of attempts to create a ‘phobia’ of the mainland and reduce public trust in the president.

‘Chinese army uniforms’ in Indonesia: another hoax to discredit Beijing, Widodo
US-China tensions heighten terror threat in Indonesia, experts warn

The focus on Beijing’s treatment of Uygur Muslims, and the expansion of its investment in Indonesia, are among the fault lines are at risk of being exploited by terror groups.

25 Jul 2020 - 11:04PM

The focus on Beijing’s treatment of Uygur Muslims, and the expansion of its investment in Indonesia, are among the fault lines are at risk of being exploited by terror groups.

US-China tensions heighten terror threat in Indonesia, experts warn
US-China tensions: why is Malaysia so quiet about the South China Sea?

The Malaysian foreign minister has come under fire for claiming Chinese ships have not intruded into its waters for the past 100 days. Is it a case of ‘sweeping problems under the carpet’?

18 Jul 2020 - 7:40AM

The Malaysian foreign minister has come under fire for claiming Chinese ships have not intruded into its waters for the past 100 days. Is it a case of ‘sweeping problems under the carpet’?

US-China tensions: why is Malaysia so quiet about the South China Sea?
Indonesian students in Sulawesi continue protests against Chinese workers

On Tuesday night, more than 100 people demonstrated at the Kendari airport and stopped cars leaving the area to look for workers from mainland China.

16 Jul 2020 - 10:04PM

On Tuesday night, more than 100 people demonstrated at the Kendari airport and stopped cars leaving the area to look for workers from mainland China.

Indonesian students in Sulawesi continue protests against Chinese workers
Omar Maute’s widow, thought to control millions in cash and cryptocurrency, freed from Philippine jail

Minhati Madrais was married to Omar Maute of the pro-Isis Maute Group, which staged a siege on Marawi in the Philippines in May 2017.

15 Jul 2020 - 10:45AM

Minhati Madrais was married to Omar Maute of the pro-Isis Maute Group, which staged a siege on Marawi in the Philippines in May 2017.

Omar Maute’s widow, thought to control millions in cash and cryptocurrency, freed from Philippine jail
Malaysia smashes US$14 million people-smuggling syndicate, arrests police, soldiers

More than 120 suspects were arrested including corrupt soldiers, police and immigration officers as authorities crippled an operation thought to have smuggled 43,000 people in and out of the country since 2014.

10 Jul 2020 - 11:01PM

More than 120 suspects were arrested including corrupt soldiers, police and immigration officers as authorities crippled an operation thought to have smuggled 43,000 people in and out of the country since 2014.

Malaysia smashes US$14 million people-smuggling syndicate, arrests police, soldiers
From Singapore to Thailand, why are political sibling rivalries such a huge draw?

The Sukarnoputri sisters in Indonesia, Singapore’s Lee siblings and the royal family of Thailand electrify the public with their personal and electoral spats.

8 Jul 2020 - 9:39AM

The Sukarnoputri sisters in Indonesia, Singapore’s Lee siblings and the royal family of Thailand electrify the public with their personal and electoral spats.

From Singapore to Thailand, why are political sibling rivalries such a huge draw?
Indonesian students plan further protests against Chinese workers on Sulawesi

Activists claim the employees at a Chinese-backed mining plant are not technical experts and the jobs could be performed by local workers.

2 Jul 2020 - 7:32PM

Activists claim the employees at a Chinese-backed mining plant are not technical experts and the jobs could be performed by local workers.

Indonesian students plan further protests against Chinese workers on Sulawesi
Coronavirus tests at 700 ‘high risk’ wet markets: welcome to West Java’s new normal

The Indonesian province of 50 million people has bucked a nationwide trend that has seen a surge in infections and is rolling out tests at traditional markets to keep it that way.

1 Jul 2020 - 9:30AM

The Indonesian province of 50 million people has bucked a nationwide trend that has seen a surge in infections and is rolling out tests at traditional markets to keep it that way.

Coronavirus tests at 700 ‘high risk’ wet markets: welcome to West Java’s new normal
Women held in Malaysia for 13 years insist they are ‘royals from Sunda Empire’

Fathia Reza and Lamira Roro were detained in 2007 after arriving in Malaysia with passports from the self-proclaimed kingdom in Indonesia’s West Java.

1 Jul 2020 - 3:22PM

Fathia Reza and Lamira Roro were detained in 2007 after arriving in Malaysia with passports from the self-proclaimed kingdom in Indonesia’s West Java.

Women held in Malaysia for 13 years insist they are ‘royals from Sunda Empire’
Coronavirus: Indonesia’s haj cancellation fuels anti-government rumours; Malaysia generally accepts decision

Saudi Arabia is expected to scale back or call off the pilgrimage amid a spike in Covid-19 cases.

17 Jun 2020 - 2:30PM

Saudi Arabia is expected to scale back or call off the pilgrimage amid a spike in Covid-19 cases.

Coronavirus: Indonesia’s haj cancellation fuels anti-government rumours; Malaysia generally accepts decision
Hongkongers splash out on London property as Boris Johnson’s visa offer, weak pound buoy market

Teow Leong Seng, President & CEO of Eco World International Berhad, says low sterling has made UK property prices ‘much more affordable’.

11 Jun 2020 - 9:29PM

Teow Leong Seng, President & CEO of Eco World International Berhad, says low sterling has made UK property prices ‘much more affordable’.

Hongkongers splash out on London property as Boris Johnson’s visa offer, weak pound buoy market
‘God’s punishment’: Isis rejoicing over George Floyd protests in the US, ex-militant says

The terror group is viewing the unrest in the US as ‘God’s punishment’, says an ex-leader of al-Qaeda’s Southeast Asian network.

6 Jun 2020 - 9:00AM

The terror group is viewing the unrest in the US as ‘God’s punishment’, says an ex-leader of al-Qaeda’s Southeast Asian network.

‘God’s punishment’: Isis rejoicing over George Floyd protests in the US, ex-militant says
Terror attacks feared ahead of Chinese workers returning to Indonesia

A reformed al-Qaeda terrorist says jihadist groups are hoping to capitalise on growing resentment of foreigners amid job losses due to Covid-19 and warns ethnic Chinese communities could be targeted.

4 Jun 2020 - 7:38PM

A reformed al-Qaeda terrorist says jihadist groups are hoping to capitalise on growing resentment of foreigners amid job losses due to Covid-19 and warns ethnic Chinese communities could be targeted.

Terror attacks feared ahead of Chinese workers returning to Indonesia
Indonesian honour killing: brutal death of schoolgirl Rosmini Darwis, 16, sparks copycat fears

Rosmini Darwis’ brothers hacked her to death after she revealed she was dating someone, in a case that has shocked Indonesia.

2 Jun 2020 - 1:50PM

Rosmini Darwis’ brothers hacked her to death after she revealed she was dating someone, in a case that has shocked Indonesia.

Indonesian honour killing: brutal death of schoolgirl Rosmini Darwis, 16, sparks copycat fears
Indonesian celebrity who said she would auction virginity on Instagram for ‘warriors against coronavirus’ was ‘being sarcastic’

Indonesian Sarah Keihl had told her Instagram followers bids would start from US$135,000 and the funds would be donated to ‘all the warriors against Covid-19’.

22 May 2020 - 9:58PM

Indonesian Sarah Keihl had told her Instagram followers bids would start from US$135,000 and the funds would be donated to ‘all the warriors against Covid-19’.

Indonesian celebrity who said she would auction virginity on Instagram for ‘warriors against coronavirus’ was ‘being sarcastic’
Indonesian police on alert for skirmishes over Idul-Fitri mosque prayers, food shortages

Mass religious activities are banned as part of Indonesia’s coronavirus regulations, while economic tensions and food shortages may also lead to scuffles.

20 May 2020 - 11:03PM

Mass religious activities are banned as part of Indonesia’s coronavirus regulations, while economic tensions and food shortages may also lead to scuffles.

Indonesian police on alert for skirmishes over Idul-Fitri mosque prayers, food shortages
Indonesian villagers catch coronavirus after opening casket and bathing dead Covid-19 patient

That’s just one of the incidents highlighting the uphill struggle for Indonesia as its infection rates continue to soar and experts fear a spike in cases after Eid celebrations.

20 May 2020 - 8:31AM

That’s just one of the incidents highlighting the uphill struggle for Indonesia as its infection rates continue to soar and experts fear a spike in cases after Eid celebrations.

Indonesian villagers catch coronavirus after opening casket and bathing dead Covid-19 patient
As homelessness rises, Indonesia debates how to ease coronavirus restrictions and restart economy

At least 2.8 million Indonesians have lost jobs and even middle-class workers are sleeping rough, as an academic warns of no return to life before Covid-19 just yet.

14 May 2020 - 9:29PM

At least 2.8 million Indonesians have lost jobs and even middle-class workers are sleeping rough, as an academic warns of no return to life before Covid-19 just yet.

As homelessness rises, Indonesia debates how to ease coronavirus restrictions and restart economy
Indonesians dodge Jokowi’s travel ban, raising fears of coronavirus spike in provinces

Cases are dwindling in Jakarta, the epicentre of the pandemic, as hundreds of thousands of migrant workers return home for the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

8 May 2020 - 5:36PM

Cases are dwindling in Jakarta, the epicentre of the pandemic, as hundreds of thousands of migrant workers return home for the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Indonesians dodge Jokowi’s travel ban, raising fears of coronavirus spike in provinces
Indonesian, Malaysian Tablighi Jamaat members left stranded by India’s coronavirus lockdown

India’s lockdown and restrictions on international travel make it difficult to repatriate the 727 Indonesians and 17 Malaysians, and there are concerns they might bring infection on their return.

4 May 2020 - 12:35PM

India’s lockdown and restrictions on international travel make it difficult to repatriate the 727 Indonesians and 17 Malaysians, and there are concerns they might bring infection on their return.

Indonesian, Malaysian Tablighi Jamaat members left stranded by India’s coronavirus lockdown
In Indonesia, villagers are blocking burials of coronavirus victims, fearing contamination

Indonesia has Asia’s highest Covid-19 death toll outside mainland China, and farmers are donating land as families find it difficult to bury their loved ones.

30 Apr 2020 - 3:00PM

Indonesia has Asia’s highest Covid-19 death toll outside mainland China, and farmers are donating land as families find it difficult to bury their loved ones.

In Indonesia, villagers are blocking burials of coronavirus victims, fearing contamination
One million Indonesian migrants in Malaysia lack food under lockdown, says Nahdlatul Ulama

Migrant workers with no money to buy food or pay rent have called on a volunteer group from the Malaysian chapter of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organisation to help them.

24 Apr 2020 - 6:25PM

Migrant workers with no money to buy food or pay rent have called on a volunteer group from the Malaysian chapter of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organisation to help them.

One million Indonesian migrants in Malaysia lack food under lockdown, says Nahdlatul Ulama
When it comes to coronavirus deaths, could Indonesia be Southeast Asia’s Italy?

Analysts see Indonesia’s failure to isolate affected areas and limit the population’s movement as a harrowing replay of what happened in Italy, which has Europe’s highest fatality count.

17 Apr 2020 - 10:20PM

Analysts see Indonesia’s failure to isolate affected areas and limit the population’s movement as a harrowing replay of what happened in Italy, which has Europe’s highest fatality count.

When it comes to coronavirus deaths, could Indonesia be Southeast Asia’s Italy?
Coronavirus: Indonesia sees cases surge as death toll among doctors mounts

The pandemic has claimed the lives of at least 22 doctors, six dentists and 10 nurses, amid concerns about access to protective equipment.

13 Apr 2020 - 11:41PM

The pandemic has claimed the lives of at least 22 doctors, six dentists and 10 nurses, amid concerns about access to protective equipment.

Coronavirus: Indonesia sees cases surge as death toll among doctors mounts
Coronavirus: Indonesia braces for exodus of millions of workers

Jakarta expects 2.5 million migrant workers will leave the Indonesian capital as it introduces strict new social distancing guidelines.

10 Apr 2020 - 10:07AM

Jakarta expects 2.5 million migrant workers will leave the Indonesian capital as it introduces strict new social distancing guidelines.

Coronavirus: Indonesia braces for exodus of millions of workers
Coronavirus: Indonesia sees uptick of anti-Chinese speech by militants on social media

Islamic State affiliates are seeking to stoke existing anti-Chinese sentiments within the country using social media, a Jakarta-based think tank cautioned.

17 Apr 2020 - 5:25PM

Islamic State affiliates are seeking to stoke existing anti-Chinese sentiments within the country using social media, a Jakarta-based think tank cautioned.

Coronavirus: Indonesia sees uptick of anti-Chinese speech by militants on social media
Coronavirus: Indonesia’s Widodo allows travel after Ramadan, raising fears infection will spread

Indonesia has reported 196 new cases, its biggest daily increase, as its death toll rose to 181 – the highest in Asia outside China.

3 Apr 2020 - 11:15PM

Indonesia has reported 196 new cases, its biggest daily increase, as its death toll rose to 181 – the highest in Asia outside China.

Coronavirus: Indonesia’s Widodo allows travel after Ramadan, raising fears infection will spread