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’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’
Plot to kill Joko Widodo’s most trusted security officials ‘meant to create fear’ in Indonesia

A post-election assassination plot targeting four security officials, including the intelligence chief and a cabinet minister, was designed to destabilise Joko Widodo’s leadership, police say.

29 May 2019 - 12:13PM

A post-election assassination plot targeting four security officials, including the intelligence chief and a cabinet minister, was designed to destabilise Joko Widodo’s leadership, police say.

Plot to kill Joko Widodo’s most trusted security officials ‘meant to create fear’ in Indonesia
Indonesian police arrest six over assassination plot during Jakarta unrest

The suspects are believed to be linked to a plan to kill four state officials and a pollster as part of a broader plot to sow discord. Details have also emerged of religious teachers directing youngsters to take part in the riots.

28 May 2019 - 10:58AM

The suspects are believed to be linked to a plan to kill four state officials and a pollster as part of a broader plot to sow discord. Details have also emerged of religious teachers directing youngsters to take part in the riots.

Indonesian police arrest six over assassination plot during Jakarta unrest
Indonesia riots: man arrested for hoax saying ‘police from China’ shot protesters

The violence was triggered by demonstrations on Tuesday by supporters of losing presidential candidate Prabowo, who rejected the elections results.

24 May 2019 - 11:41PM

The violence was triggered by demonstrations on Tuesday by supporters of losing presidential candidate Prabowo, who rejected the elections results.

Indonesia riots: man arrested for hoax saying ‘police from China’ shot protesters
Indonesia’s election riots are under control – and one man is taking credit

Tito Karnavian is winning praise for the police force’s restraint in dealing with ‘unprecedented provocation’ during Tuesday’s unrest.

24 May 2019 - 2:18PM

Tito Karnavian is winning praise for the police force’s restraint in dealing with ‘unprecedented provocation’ during Tuesday’s unrest.

Indonesia’s election riots are under control – and one man is taking credit
Indonesia riots: police draw Islamic State links to deadly Jakarta protests that killed seven

Two of 442 detained protesters belong to a group that sent Indonesians to fight in Syria, police said, adding that the suspects had intended to ‘carry out jihad’ during the riots.

27 May 2019 - 2:04PM

Two of 442 detained protesters belong to a group that sent Indonesians to fight in Syria, police said, adding that the suspects had intended to ‘carry out jihad’ during the riots.

Indonesia riots: police draw Islamic State links to deadly Jakarta protests that killed seven
Chinese Indonesians in Jakarta fear attacks on the community, as anti-China hoaxes spread on social media

After several people died in violent protests in Jakarta, messages spread on social media blaming the deaths on ‘police from China’.

23 May 2019 - 10:54PM

After several people died in violent protests in Jakarta, messages spread on social media blaming the deaths on ‘police from China’.

Chinese Indonesians in Jakarta fear attacks on the community, as anti-China hoaxes spread on social media
Indonesia riots: Prabowo Subianto tells supporters to go home after unrest over election results leaves six dead

Protesters in Jakarta and elsewhere attacked police with Molotov cocktails, slingshots with marbles, and rocks to express their opposition to the nation’s election results.

23 May 2019 - 5:54PM

Protesters in Jakarta and elsewhere attacked police with Molotov cocktails, slingshots with marbles, and rocks to express their opposition to the nation’s election results.

Indonesia riots: Prabowo Subianto tells supporters to go home after unrest over election results leaves six dead
1 million will march against Indonesia presidential poll result, say opposition groups, but others doubtful

President Joko Widodo clinched victory with a 10 percentage point lead when the final count was released early on Tuesday, but challenger Prabowo Subianto is claiming ‘massive cheating and irregularities’, and supporters are calling for a ‘people power’ movement.

21 May 2019 - 2:24PM

President Joko Widodo clinched victory with a 10 percentage point lead when the final count was released early on Tuesday, but challenger Prabowo Subianto is claiming ‘massive cheating and irregularities’, and supporters are calling for a ‘people power’ movement.

1 million will march against Indonesia presidential poll result, say opposition groups, but others doubtful
Indonesia’s Joko Widodo wins second term as president, as elections commission releases final tally early amid fears of unrest

Widodo and running mate Ma’ruf Amin won by 55.5 per cent 44.5 per cent margin over Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno.

21 May 2019 - 11:52PM

Widodo and running mate Ma’ruf Amin won by 55.5 per cent 44.5 per cent margin over Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno.

Indonesia’s Joko Widodo wins second term as president, as elections commission releases final tally early amid fears of unrest
Indonesian police round-up more suspects linked to election terror plots, prompting Western embassies to issue travel alerts

On Friday, a bomb-maker known as ‘Mr Beard’ was detained in West Java, bringing the total number of terror arrests this month to 31, with 11 bombs also seized.

19 May 2019 - 8:52PM

On Friday, a bomb-maker known as ‘Mr Beard’ was detained in West Java, bringing the total number of terror arrests this month to 31, with 11 bombs also seized.

Indonesian police round-up more suspects linked to election terror plots, prompting Western embassies to issue travel alerts
Air of unease hangs over Indonesia amid disputed election, provoking Prabowo supporters and awakening dormant terror cells

Analysts say extremists are looking to exploit the country’s restive atmosphere amid the opposition’s accusations of vote rigging in last month’s national polls.

17 May 2019 - 10:00AM

Analysts say extremists are looking to exploit the country’s restive atmosphere amid the opposition’s accusations of vote rigging in last month’s national polls.

Air of unease hangs over Indonesia amid disputed election, provoking Prabowo supporters and awakening dormant terror cells
Islamic State ‘wolf pack’ in Malaysia planned wave of terror attacks, police say after detaining four suspects in sting operation

Plot is the first time local grievances have been exploited by Isis to inspire foreign militants to launch attacks in the country – a development counterterrorism experts call ‘extremely worrying’.

14 May 2019 - 4:42AM

Plot is the first time local grievances have been exploited by Isis to inspire foreign militants to launch attacks in the country – a development counterterrorism experts call ‘extremely worrying’.

Islamic State ‘wolf pack’ in Malaysia planned wave of terror attacks, police say after detaining four suspects in sting operation
Malaysian boy left to fend for himself and five siblings after mother killed in road accident

The father of Muhammad Aiman Syazwan Mohd Fouzi is in jail for drug offences, leaving the 12-year-old as the family’s sole breadwinner.

8 May 2019 - 9:06PM

The father of Muhammad Aiman Syazwan Mohd Fouzi is in jail for drug offences, leaving the 12-year-old as the family’s sole breadwinner.

Malaysian boy left to fend for himself and five siblings after mother killed in road accident
From Sri Lanka to Indonesia, more mothers are becoming suicide bombers – and killing their children too

The deadly new phenomenon sees women radicalised by IS ideology taking their children’s lives and their own in pursuit of martyrdom, while experts say the rise in the radicalisation of married couples is endangering entire families.

6 May 2019 - 10:34PM

The deadly new phenomenon sees women radicalised by IS ideology taking their children’s lives and their own in pursuit of martyrdom, while experts say the rise in the radicalisation of married couples is endangering entire families.

From Sri Lanka to Indonesia, more mothers are becoming suicide bombers – and killing their children too
Widodo thinks he won the election, as does Prabowo. Is Indonesia on the verge of a 1998-style uprising?

With support building for the opposition leader Prabowo Subianto, concerns are rising about the threat of a people-power movement similar to the one in 1998 that left hundreds dead – this time backed by extremist Islamic groups.

27 Apr 2019 - 6:32PM

With support building for the opposition leader Prabowo Subianto, concerns are rising about the threat of a people-power movement similar to the one in 1998 that left hundreds dead – this time backed by extremist Islamic groups.

Widodo thinks he won the election, as does Prabowo. Is Indonesia on the verge of a 1998-style uprising?
Indonesian election: What to expect in Joko Widodo’s second presidential term

Joko Widodo has indicated he will focus on human development. He is also likely to continue launching more infrastructure projects, including joint ventures with China.

19 Apr 2019 - 11:03PM

Joko Widodo has indicated he will focus on human development. He is also likely to continue launching more infrastructure projects, including joint ventures with China.

Indonesian election: What to expect in Joko Widodo’s second presidential term
Indonesia election: radical Islamist groups express support for Prabowo Subianto, sparking concerns of further conservatism

The increasing push by Muslim hardliners for wider implementation of Sharia laws in Indonesia will strengthen if Prabowo Subianto wins the election, say experts and activists.

14 Apr 2019 - 10:08PM

The increasing push by Muslim hardliners for wider implementation of Sharia laws in Indonesia will strengthen if Prabowo Subianto wins the election, say experts and activists.

Indonesia election: radical Islamist groups express support for Prabowo Subianto, sparking concerns of further conservatism
Indonesia election: 50,000 votes for Joko Widodo and ally found in diplomatic bags in Malaysia

The discovery of marked votes ahead of overseas voting on Sunday casts a shadow over next week’s general election. The ballots were found after a complaint lodged by an opposition campaign team member.

12 Apr 2019 - 5:28PM

The discovery of marked votes ahead of overseas voting on Sunday casts a shadow over next week’s general election. The ballots were found after a complaint lodged by an opposition campaign team member.

Indonesia election: 50,000 votes for Joko Widodo and ally found in diplomatic bags in Malaysia
‘Let’s copy Malaysia’: fake news stokes fears for Chinese Indonesians

Anger over Chinese investments and an influx of mainland workers is causing anxiety among Chinese-Indonesians and sparking fears presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto will stoke the fire of racial tensions

7 Apr 2019 - 12:35PM

Anger over Chinese investments and an influx of mainland workers is causing anxiety among Chinese-Indonesians and sparking fears presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto will stoke the fire of racial tensions

‘Let’s copy Malaysia’: fake news stokes fears for Chinese Indonesians