Amy Sood
Amy Sood
Hong Kong
@amysood2
Reporter, Asia Desk
Amy joined the SCMP in 2022, having previously worked at Agence France-Presse and contributing to CNN and NBC News. Originally from India, Amy grew up in Indonesia and spent a few years studying in New Zealand. She holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Hong Kong.

PAS, one of the parties in ex-premier Muhyiddin Yassin’s Perikatan Nasional coalition, has long unnerved Malaysia’s minority groups with its hardline Islamist stance.

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In October, Malaysia’s leaders committed to a target of fielding 30 per cent women in the country’s general election. But come election day on Saturday, women will only account for 13.5 per cent of the 1,386 candidates on the ballot.

Umno is seeking a return to power in Malaysia this week, four years after a crushing defeat in the historic 2018 election and since returning to power in 2020.

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Malaysia’s tumultuous political scene, coloured by corruption and politicking, is further complicated by racial policies, the rising cost of living, economic uncertainty and an election held during monsoon season.

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Women make up more than half of Malaysia’s registered voters, but in the last general election less than 11 per cent of state assembly candidates were female, meaning women’s issues are often neglected.

Navigating Asia’s stringent internet laws will require agility from Twitter and its new owner, observers note, at a time of stricter regulation of social media platforms

Hong Kong needs to further relax policies on recognition of credentials to attract more Indian talent, stave off competition from Singapore and Dubai, analyst notes.

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Analysts say government seems caught up in the contradiction of a fast-growing economy when malnutrition, food insecurity remain high, and say talking about ‘misinformation’ is not factually correct.

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The efforts come after rising reports of encounters with humans, such as attacking a man, killing and eating pet fish in a private estate and disrupting traffic downtown.

Recent measures in Singapore aim to slow pace of price increase for resale HDB flats, while Hong Kong has stuck to its policies despite home prices being in the midst of a five-year low.

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According to local media reports, police said that the suspects had “severely tortured” the victims before killing them and cutting their bodies into pieces.

Data from India’s National Crime Records Bureau in 2021 showed a 13 per cent increase of crimes against women recorded compared to the year before, and a 19 per cent rise in cases of rape.

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Bankers have cited India’s stable political environment and strong growth prospects amid global uncertainty. India is also reviving trade pacts and last year saw its highest annual foreign direct investment inflow of US$85 billion.

Asian consumers are snapping up the pound in anticipation of lower-cost holidays but it is a less rosy picture for UK-based workers and for Asian firms dependent on exports to Britain.

A German shepherd named “Ilu”, one of the six dogs, is being trained to safeguard eight cheetahs at a wildlife sanctuary in India. The big cats were recently relocated after they became extinct in the country in 1952.

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While some observers say the tensions may be fuelled by India’s rising Hindu chauvinism, community organisers in the UK have emphasised that the clashes involved provocative acts by both sides.

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Volume of drugs and other smuggled goods, such as exotic wild animals has “increased substantially since the military seized power,” an excise and narcotics department official told Indian media.

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India’s strategic decoupling from China may be part of New Delhi’s plan to build its own domestic manufacturing base and assert itself as a global alternative to China for foreign investments.

India has 23 official languages but PM Narendra Modi has long pushed for Hindi’s dominance; political heavyweight M.K. Stalin has now weighed in, criticising government policy to make Hindi the primary language, and calling for an Indian languages day.

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The late queen often visited Commonwealth states, including former colonies like Singapore and Malaysia; her motorcade was chased in Kuala Lumpur and she rode an elephant in India.

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