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Ceritalah | Six days at sea aboard the Nggapulu, a ferry that’s Indonesia in microcosm

The German-built ship is one of 79 vessels operated by national ferry company Pelni that serve a plethora of far-flung destinations in the sprawling archipelagic nation.

21 Oct 2019 - 5:24PM

The German-built ship is one of 79 vessels operated by national ferry company Pelni that serve a plethora of far-flung destinations in the sprawling archipelagic nation.

Six days at sea aboard the Nggapulu, a ferry that’s Indonesia in microcosm
Opinion | The billion-dollar question: is the gig economy sustainable?

Drivers for Southeast Asia’s lucrative food delivery services are merely tiny cogs in a global contest of hugely capitalised giants. The fast money has obvious appeal but there is precious little security.

14 Oct 2019 - 3:11PM

Drivers for Southeast Asia’s lucrative food delivery services are merely tiny cogs in a global contest of hugely capitalised giants. The fast money has obvious appeal but there is precious little security.

The billion-dollar question: is the gig economy sustainable?
Ceritalah | On the front lines with Indonesia’s young protesters

Demonstrations were prompted by proposed amendments to the law governing Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission and to the country’s criminal code.

7 Oct 2019 - 11:39AM

Demonstrations were prompted by proposed amendments to the law governing Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission and to the country’s criminal code.

On the front lines with Indonesia’s young protesters
Ceritalah | How a new wave of Indian travellers are transforming tourism in Southeast Asia

The more than 25 million Indians who travel abroad every year are tech-savvy and have higher incomes than before. While their numbers aren’t as big as the Chinese, they offer huge potential for the hospitality industry.

4 Oct 2019 - 8:27PM

The more than 25 million Indians who travel abroad every year are tech-savvy and have higher incomes than before. While their numbers aren’t as big as the Chinese, they offer huge potential for the hospitality industry.

How a new wave of Indian travellers are transforming tourism in Southeast Asia
Ceritalah | Meet Maya Karin, the Malaysian actress transformed from ‘Scream Queen’ to ‘Green Queen’

Earlier this month, she spontaneously posted a tweet imploring Indonesian President Joko Widodo to intervene to address the toxic haze. It went viral.

23 Sep 2019 - 11:31AM

Earlier this month, she spontaneously posted a tweet imploring Indonesian President Joko Widodo to intervene to address the toxic haze. It went viral.

Meet Maya Karin, the Malaysian actress transformed from ‘Scream Queen’ to ‘Green Queen’
Ceritalah | History has been kind to BJ Habibie, who transformed Indonesia in 17 months as president

His time in power was a whirlwind and Habibie stunned his critics with an unprecedented political ‘big bang’ of reforms.

16 Sep 2019 - 12:47PM

His time in power was a whirlwind and Habibie stunned his critics with an unprecedented political ‘big bang’ of reforms.

History has been kind to BJ Habibie, who transformed Indonesia in 17 months as president
Ceritalah | Prem Tinsulanonda was a trusted royal aide. So who will be the new Thai King’s counsel?

Prem and King Bhumibol formed one of Southeast Asia’s powerful political partnerships, alongside Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Keng Swee in Singapore and Mahathir Mohamad and Daim Zainuddin in Malaysia.

9 Sep 2019 - 9:00PM

Prem and King Bhumibol formed one of Southeast Asia’s powerful political partnerships, alongside Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Keng Swee in Singapore and Mahathir Mohamad and Daim Zainuddin in Malaysia.

Prem Tinsulanonda was a trusted royal aide. So who will be the new Thai King’s counsel?
Ceritalah | As nationalism rises, what holds Asian countries together?

Nations need to possess a relatively inclusive, overarching identity – a set of ideas that can make anyone feel they belong.

2 Sep 2019 - 12:34PM

Nations need to possess a relatively inclusive, overarching identity – a set of ideas that can make anyone feel they belong.

As nationalism rises, what holds Asian countries together?
Ceritalah | How a Vietnam war veteran tapped into rising coffee demand to raise his family

Nguyen Van Tuyen’s success story shows how a society scarred by decades of war has emerged with a hunger for work and prosperity.

26 Aug 2019 - 3:05PM

Nguyen Van Tuyen’s success story shows how a society scarred by decades of war has emerged with a hunger for work and prosperity.

How a Vietnam war veteran tapped into rising coffee demand to raise his family
Ceritalah | In sleepy Mawlamyine, Myanmar youths can’t wait to leave as city becomes shadow of its former self

A former bustling British port, Mawlamyine today is a far cry from its glory years in the 1800s, and young people are yearning to leave in search of jobs and money.

20 Aug 2019 - 10:02AM

A former bustling British port, Mawlamyine today is a far cry from its glory years in the 1800s, and young people are yearning to leave in search of jobs and money.

In sleepy Mawlamyine, Myanmar youths can’t wait to leave as city becomes shadow of its former self
Ceritalah | In Kashmir, the colonised have become the colonisers. India’s soul is at stake

The Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi stripped Kashmir of its statehood and the disputed region is once again on the precipice of violence.

12 Aug 2019 - 10:19PM

The Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi stripped Kashmir of its statehood and the disputed region is once again on the precipice of violence.

In Kashmir, the colonised have become the colonisers. India’s soul is at stake
Ceritalah | This era of Trumpian trade wars may be a blessing for Indonesian industry

Competition from China and the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ pose existential questions for Indonesian industry. But in a land with a huge domestic market, a tariff or two could be beneficial

6 Aug 2019 - 11:02AM

Competition from China and the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ pose existential questions for Indonesian industry. But in a land with a huge domestic market, a tariff or two could be beneficial

This era of Trumpian trade wars may be a blessing for Indonesian industry
Ceritalah | In drought-stricken Chennai, water is now more expensive than petrol

Government think tank estimates 21 of the country’s cities will run out of groundwater by 2020. The monsoon arrived later and weaker than usual this year, raising concerns these cities will be squeezed dry.

22 Jul 2019 - 12:05PM

Government think tank estimates 21 of the country’s cities will run out of groundwater by 2020. The monsoon arrived later and weaker than usual this year, raising concerns these cities will be squeezed dry.

In drought-stricken Chennai, water is now more expensive than petrol
Ceritalah | As the waste piles higher in Jakarta’s vast landfill, the Western lie about recycling is further exposed

China banned the import of waste materials and an entire ‘do-gooder’ ecosystem collapsed as a result, exposing the West as having no sustainable solution to a problem of its own creation.

16 Jul 2019 - 3:50PM

China banned the import of waste materials and an entire ‘do-gooder’ ecosystem collapsed as a result, exposing the West as having no sustainable solution to a problem of its own creation.

As the waste piles higher in Jakarta’s vast landfill, the Western lie about recycling is further exposed
Ceritalah | Remembering Wash SyCip: the one-man council of elders who helped transform the Philippines

World War Two opened the world to Wash, transforming his life and giving him a vital perspective on how the world could change.

2 Jul 2019 - 12:53PM

World War Two opened the world to Wash, transforming his life and giving him a vital perspective on how the world could change.

Remembering Wash SyCip: the one-man council of elders who helped transform the Philippines
Ceritalah | After Hong Kong’s protests, cooler heads must prevail on both sides

Hongkongers’ willingness to fight for their liberties should serve as a powerful reminder to the leaders and populations of Southeast Asia: these things are worth defending.

24 Jun 2019 - 2:43PM

Hongkongers’ willingness to fight for their liberties should serve as a powerful reminder to the leaders and populations of Southeast Asia: these things are worth defending.

After Hong Kong’s protests, cooler heads must prevail on both sides
Ceritalah | Modi, Duterte, Widodo have something in common – and it’s not just winning elections

Incumbency, economics, charismatic leaders and identity politics all shaped Asia’s tumultuous election season.

18 Jun 2019 - 1:59PM

Incumbency, economics, charismatic leaders and identity politics all shaped Asia’s tumultuous election season.

Modi, Duterte, Widodo have something in common – and it’s not just winning elections
Ceritalah | What is it like to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr in a Muslim-minority country?

Faith should bring harmony and progress to our societies and be a cause of unity, not division.

11 Jun 2019 - 12:35PM

Faith should bring harmony and progress to our societies and be a cause of unity, not division.

What is it like to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr in a Muslim-minority country?
Ceritalah | Malaysia’s antithesis to Crazy Rich Asians: Tash Aw’s ‘We, The Survivors’

The prize-winning Malaysian novelist is sophisticated and well travelled, but his writing comes alive when it’s about his home and its people. His must-read new book examines the grubby, corrupt and polluted terrain of the country.

5 Jun 2019 - 9:42AM

The prize-winning Malaysian novelist is sophisticated and well travelled, but his writing comes alive when it’s about his home and its people. His must-read new book examines the grubby, corrupt and polluted terrain of the country.

Malaysia’s antithesis to Crazy Rich Asians: Tash Aw’s ‘We, The Survivors’
Ceritalah | Indonesia riots: how peaceful protests against Joko Widodo’s re-election descended into violent chaos

Teacher Dita Hidayatunnisa tells of how she and friends narrowly escaped the wrath of rioters as darkness fell on Jakarta last Wednesday.

28 May 2019 - 3:11PM

Teacher Dita Hidayatunnisa tells of how she and friends narrowly escaped the wrath of rioters as darkness fell on Jakarta last Wednesday.

Indonesia riots: how peaceful protests against Joko Widodo’s re-election descended into violent chaos
Ceritalah | Sant Kabir and spiritual rationalism in Narendra Modi’s India

While Hindu nationalism and the primordial power of caste may seem all-pervasive in modern India, the questioning and challenging of both goes back hundreds of years.

21 May 2019 - 3:32PM

While Hindu nationalism and the primordial power of caste may seem all-pervasive in modern India, the questioning and challenging of both goes back hundreds of years.

Sant Kabir and spiritual rationalism in Narendra Modi’s India
Ceritalah | One year on, Pakatan Harapan still grappling with realities of delivering shared prosperity in ‘new Malaysia’

Can the country’s progressive future survive encroaching conservatism and the current administration’s squabbling and incompetence?

13 May 2019 - 1:34PM

Can the country’s progressive future survive encroaching conservatism and the current administration’s squabbling and incompetence?

One year on, Pakatan Harapan still grappling with realities of delivering shared prosperity in ‘new Malaysia’
Ceritalah | Philippine midterm elections: as Filipinos repent during Holy Week, the nation grapples with the sacred and the profane

The Good Friday traditions of crucifixions and whippings in the country are, in many ways, emblematic of the contradictory, often dualistic nature of Philippine public life.

6 May 2019 - 6:15PM

The Good Friday traditions of crucifixions and whippings in the country are, in many ways, emblematic of the contradictory, often dualistic nature of Philippine public life.

Philippine midterm elections: as Filipinos repent during Holy Week, the nation grapples with the sacred and the profane
Ceritalah | In India’s elections, if not Modi, who?

The question has been repeated so often by the incumbent prime minister’s supporters that it has become a catchphrase to rebuke the opposition.

29 Apr 2019 - 8:30PM

The question has been repeated so often by the incumbent prime minister’s supporters that it has become a catchphrase to rebuke the opposition.

In India’s elections, if not Modi, who?
Ceritalah | Key to East Java: How tradition, Nusantara Islam and the religious grass roots helped secure Joko Widodo’s win in Indonesia

A decisive factor in the president’s presumptive re-election was his courtship of a huge and amorphous Islamic organisation known as Nahdlatul Ulama.

22 Apr 2019 - 2:35PM

A decisive factor in the president’s presumptive re-election was his courtship of a huge and amorphous Islamic organisation known as Nahdlatul Ulama.

Key to East Java: How tradition, Nusantara Islam and the religious grass roots helped secure Joko Widodo’s win in Indonesia
Ceritalah | India election: like the profit margins on a lassi, Modi’s magic has evaporated

The chattering classes see the polls as a struggle between the BJP’s Hindutva agenda on one hand and Gandhi’s socialist dreams on the other. But for most people it’s all about jobs, prices, and basic government services.

16 Apr 2019 - 10:25AM

The chattering classes see the polls as a struggle between the BJP’s Hindutva agenda on one hand and Gandhi’s socialist dreams on the other. But for most people it’s all about jobs, prices, and basic government services.

India election: like the profit margins on a lassi, Modi’s magic has evaporated
Ceritalah | Why did Thailand’s junta bother with its farcical election?

Prayuth Chan-ocha has turned these polls into an exercise in thwarting the Shinawatras, begging the question: why did he carry out the vote if he wasn’t committed to the underlying principles?

9 Apr 2019 - 10:48AM

Prayuth Chan-ocha has turned these polls into an exercise in thwarting the Shinawatras, begging the question: why did he carry out the vote if he wasn’t committed to the underlying principles?

Why did Thailand’s junta bother with its farcical election?
Ceritalah | In Bekasi, the ‘Jersey of Indonesia’, a clue to Widodo’s election hopes

The Indonesian president lost the battle for West Java to Prabowo Subianto in 2014. This time, he hopes choosing a Muslim running mate and spending lavishly on airports and railways will be enough to turn the result around

2 Apr 2019 - 10:43AM

The Indonesian president lost the battle for West Java to Prabowo Subianto in 2014. This time, he hopes choosing a Muslim running mate and spending lavishly on airports and railways will be enough to turn the result around

In Bekasi, the ‘Jersey of Indonesia’, a clue to Widodo’s election hopes
Ceritalah | Coco Martin is one of the Philippines’ biggest stars – because he’s an everyman

The 37-year-old is the lead in the nation’s biggest television show, Ang Probinsyano. He’s been spotted at campaigns for Senator Grace Poe, the daughter of his hero Fernando Poe Junior – but will Coco make a foray into politics himself?

20 Mar 2019 - 11:20AM

The 37-year-old is the lead in the nation’s biggest television show, Ang Probinsyano. He’s been spotted at campaigns for Senator Grace Poe, the daughter of his hero Fernando Poe Junior – but will Coco make a foray into politics himself?

Coco Martin is one of the Philippines’ biggest stars – because he’s an everyman
Ceritalah | As Thailand’s young look to the future, does Thaksin Shinawatra still matter?

One man has dominated Thai politics for decades: the billionaire turned exiled leader Thaksin Shinawatra. But as a new generation emerges, so too has a new father figure – Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. You can call him ‘dad’

12 Mar 2019 - 10:11PM

One man has dominated Thai politics for decades: the billionaire turned exiled leader Thaksin Shinawatra. But as a new generation emerges, so too has a new father figure – Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. You can call him ‘dad’

As Thailand’s young look to the future, does Thaksin Shinawatra still matter?