Karim Raslan

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Ceritalah | In India, Kumbh Mela is a sweet treat for Allahabadis – and Modi’s BJP

The state of Uttar Pradesh is a political battleground ahead of the upcoming polls, with the BJP investing in infrastructure and religious pomp – but is this enough to see the ruling party maintain the gains it made in 2014?

20 Feb 2019 - 1:38PM
In India, Kumbh Mela is a sweet treat for Allahabadis – and Modi’s BJP

The state of Uttar Pradesh is a political battleground ahead of the upcoming polls, with the BJP investing in infrastructure and religious pomp – but is this enough to see the ruling party maintain the gains it made in 2014?

Ceritalah | Caste, Tamil nationalism and the Indian election

Social progressiveness has had a positive impact on Tamil Nadu’s economy – but what effect will have it have on the upcoming polls? We chat to a mixed-caste couple with firm views on identity to get a road map

12 Feb 2019 - 4:56PM
Caste, Tamil nationalism and the Indian election

Social progressiveness has had a positive impact on Tamil Nadu’s economy – but what effect will have it have on the upcoming polls? We chat to a mixed-caste couple with firm views on identity to get a road map

Ceritalah | If Asia is tired of ‘Emperor Xi’, it must get its head around India
  • The country is fast becoming a critical engine of world growth. But economics is just the beginning. A heavy handed China means Southeast Asia desperately needs India to play a larger role in its future
6 Feb 2019 - 5:27PM
If Asia is tired of ‘Emperor Xi’, it must get its head around India
  • The country is fast becoming a critical engine of world growth. But economics is just the beginning. A heavy handed China means Southeast Asia desperately needs India to play a larger role in its future
Ceritalah | China’s insatiable appetite for durian swallows Malaysian tribal lands

Chinese demand has sent prices of the notoriously pungent fruit soaring, earning growers big profits. But at what cost to Malaysia’s indigenous peoples?

31 Jan 2019 - 11:12AM
China’s insatiable appetite for durian swallows Malaysian tribal lands

Chinese demand has sent prices of the notoriously pungent fruit soaring, earning growers big profits. But at what cost to Malaysia’s indigenous peoples?

Ceritalah | Why Facebook faces the MySpace graveyard in Asia (and LINE, Instagram and Twitter don’t)

The social media mammoth faces various problems in the region, but perhaps the greatest is that it is seen as the boring domain of old people. LINE, Instagram and Twitter are where the cool kids hang

15 Jan 2019 - 7:37PM
Why Facebook faces the MySpace graveyard in Asia (and LINE, Instagram and Twitter don’t)

The social media mammoth faces various problems in the region, but perhaps the greatest is that it is seen as the boring domain of old people. LINE, Instagram and Twitter are where the cool kids hang

Thai elections: people want a fair vote and ‘real PM’, but will they get them?

As the country languishes in anaemic growth and nears its anticipated election, voters say it is time for a business-oriented leader but are wary of powers given to the military that undermine the democratic process

9 Feb 2019 - 11:08AM
Thai elections: people want a fair vote and ‘real PM’, but will they get them?

As the country languishes in anaemic growth and nears its anticipated election, voters say it is time for a business-oriented leader but are wary of powers given to the military that undermine the democratic process

Opinion | Merry Christmas from Indonesia’s bustling Surabaya, where IS-linked bombings are still raw

Six months ago, the city was rocked by a series of suicide bombings, targeting churches and a police station, killing 28

27 Dec 2018 - 2:44PM
Merry Christmas from Indonesia’s bustling Surabaya, where IS-linked bombings are still raw

Six months ago, the city was rocked by a series of suicide bombings, targeting churches and a police station, killing 28

Opinion | 2018 was meant to be Xi Jinping’s year. Then China’s Belt and Road unravelled

There we were, all ready for Donald Trump to cede global leadership – but China’s heavy-handedness has left its neighbours happy to see the local thug beaten up by the bigger, global bully

11 Jan 2019 - 8:36PM
2018 was meant to be Xi Jinping’s year. Then China’s Belt and Road unravelled

There we were, all ready for Donald Trump to cede global leadership – but China’s heavy-handedness has left its neighbours happy to see the local thug beaten up by the bigger, global bully

The Vietnamese town that lives the country’s fighting spirit

Dien Bien Phu was the site of an ignominious French defeat that arguably marked the beginning of the end for European colonial powers in Asia

12 Dec 2018 - 4:17PM
The Vietnamese town that lives the country’s fighting spirit

Dien Bien Phu was the site of an ignominious French defeat that arguably marked the beginning of the end for European colonial powers in Asia

Ceritalah | Six years since Typhoon Haiyan, why are thousands of Filipinos still waiting for help?

Visayan city resident and mother of Six Richelle Alvaraz, whose home was destroyed in the storm, is among 6,000 people in Tacloban still waiting for permanent housing, despite constant government promises

2 Dec 2018 - 7:00AM
Six years since Typhoon Haiyan, why are thousands of Filipinos still waiting for help?

Visayan city resident and mother of Six Richelle Alvaraz, whose home was destroyed in the storm, is among 6,000 people in Tacloban still waiting for permanent housing, despite constant government promises

Ceritalah | What Malaysia’s MRT has to learn from Indonesia’s BRT

The Indonesian megacity’s TransJakarta bus rapid transit system is far from posh, but it offers cheap and effective transport to a population of 32 million

23 Nov 2018 - 10:19PM
What Malaysia’s MRT has to learn from Indonesia’s BRT

The Indonesian megacity’s TransJakarta bus rapid transit system is far from posh, but it offers cheap and effective transport to a population of 32 million

Ceritalah | ‘If Muslims can speak Thai, why can’t Thais speak Malay?’

Language, religion and culture are incendiary issues in Thailand’s Muslim South. But for this Malay teacher, language transcends belief

9 Nov 2018 - 6:06PM
‘If Muslims can speak Thai, why can’t Thais speak Malay?’

Language, religion and culture are incendiary issues in Thailand’s Muslim South. But for this Malay teacher, language transcends belief

Ceritalah | Can mobile banking overcome Myanmar’s trust issues?

With only 10 per cent of the country’s 53.9 million population owning bank accounts, the prospects for growth are huge

9 Nov 2018 - 6:17AM
Can mobile banking overcome Myanmar’s trust issues?

With only 10 per cent of the country’s 53.9 million population owning bank accounts, the prospects for growth are huge

Ceritalah | Boracay’s back: a lesson from Philippines in coping with Chinese tourism

The Philippine paradise, which reopens on Friday, leads the way in sustainable tourism. Beauty spots like Thailand’s Maya Bay, the setting of DiCaprio’s ‘The Beach’, and Indonesia’s Raja Ampat, should take note

6 Nov 2018 - 7:09PM
Boracay’s back: a lesson from Philippines in coping with Chinese tourism

The Philippine paradise, which reopens on Friday, leads the way in sustainable tourism. Beauty spots like Thailand’s Maya Bay, the setting of DiCaprio’s ‘The Beach’, and Indonesia’s Raja Ampat, should take note

On Reflection | Could English-language radio station BFM 89.9 be voice of Malaysia?

While legacy media are slashing staff, this talk-radio station is on the cusp of national expansion as its openness to debate and diversity proves tantalising fare for audiences hungry for intelligent content.

3 Oct 2018 - 7:33AM
Could English-language radio station BFM 89.9 be voice of Malaysia?

While legacy media are slashing staff, this talk-radio station is on the cusp of national expansion as its openness to debate and diversity proves tantalising fare for audiences hungry for intelligent content.

On Reflection | Thailand’s new party Future Forward offers hope – if junta will let it

After years of military rule, Thais are eager for democracy and a new group founded by a billionaire entrepreneur, academics and activists, hopes to deliver it. But doubts remain about the junta’s promise of elections.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Thailand’s new party Future Forward offers hope – if junta will let it

After years of military rule, Thais are eager for democracy and a new group founded by a billionaire entrepreneur, academics and activists, hopes to deliver it. But doubts remain about the junta’s promise of elections.

Ceritalah | China’s loss in Trump’s trade war is Asean’s gain. Look at Vietnam

The country is setting an example to the rest of Southeast Asia when it comes to attracting industry.

14 Sep 2018 - 6:07PM
China’s loss in Trump’s trade war is Asean’s gain. Look at Vietnam

The country is setting an example to the rest of Southeast Asia when it comes to attracting industry.

On Reflection | A few things missing in flood-hit Manila. President Duterte is one of them

Zildjien Eligado’s life was turned upside down when the tropical storm Karding hit Manila, and now weeks later, she notes the president is yet to even show his face

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
A few things missing in flood-hit Manila. President Duterte is one of them

Zildjien Eligado’s life was turned upside down when the tropical storm Karding hit Manila, and now weeks later, she notes the president is yet to even show his face

On Reflection | I was bored listening to the famous ... then I met V.S. Naipaul

The Nobel laureate’s painstaking ways in interviewing subjects while gathering materials for his book left a deep and lasting impact on writer Karim Raslan

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
I was bored listening to the famous ... then I met V.S. Naipaul

The Nobel laureate’s painstaking ways in interviewing subjects while gathering materials for his book left a deep and lasting impact on writer Karim Raslan

Asian Angle | 100 days of Mahathir. Should Malaysians be more patient?

As part of its election manifesto, the Pakatan Harapan coalition promised 10 reforms in the first 100 days. It has delivered just two. Here’s how the voters feel about that

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
100 days of Mahathir. Should Malaysians be more patient?

As part of its election manifesto, the Pakatan Harapan coalition promised 10 reforms in the first 100 days. It has delivered just two. Here’s how the voters feel about that

Asian Angle | Forget ‘Made in China’. Say hello to ‘Made in Vietnam’

Nguyen Ba Hoi produces neither smartphones nor steel for export. Instead, he’s focusing on developing his country into a centre for innovation.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Forget ‘Made in China’. Say hello to ‘Made in Vietnam’

Nguyen Ba Hoi produces neither smartphones nor steel for export. Instead, he’s focusing on developing his country into a centre for innovation.

Asian Angle | Why Singapore won’t be repeating Malaysia’s political dramas any time soon

As a political underdog, new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had a legacy, a cause and a corrupt adversary to fight against. Aside from higher costs of living, the Lion City has little to inspire a change at the top.

26 Jul 2018 - 4:35PM
Why Singapore won’t be repeating Malaysia’s political dramas any time soon

As a political underdog, new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had a legacy, a cause and a corrupt adversary to fight against. Aside from higher costs of living, the Lion City has little to inspire a change at the top.

Asian Angle | A Thai photographer’s Muslim awakening

Ampannee Satoh’s works explore the concepts of modesty and dignity among a world of women who face hardships while wearing traditional dress.

20 Jul 2018 - 7:40PM
A Thai photographer’s Muslim awakening

Ampannee Satoh’s works explore the concepts of modesty and dignity among a world of women who face hardships while wearing traditional dress.

Asian Angle | How Southeast Asian football fans watch the World Cup

From Hanoi to Jakarta, people display their football fever despite having no teams from the region to support.

11 Jul 2018 - 12:09PM
How Southeast Asian football fans watch the World Cup

From Hanoi to Jakarta, people display their football fever despite having no teams from the region to support.

Malaysia’s millennial minister: Syed Saddiq is key to Mahathir’s youth outreach

Recently appointed as the youngest-ever member of Malaysia’s Cabinet, the 25-year-old politician has proven indispensable for the prime minister.

2 Jul 2018 - 6:13PM
Malaysia’s millennial minister: Syed Saddiq is key to Mahathir’s youth outreach

Recently appointed as the youngest-ever member of Malaysia’s Cabinet, the 25-year-old politician has proven indispensable for the prime minister.

Asian Angle | Will Joko Widodo’s campaigning pay off in West Java election, a bellwether of Indonesia’s voters?

There is no doubt that Wednesday’s regional elections will act as an indicator of presidential polls early next year – and whether President Joko Widodo’s efforts to engage the province will bear fruit.

26 Jun 2018 - 3:07PM
Will Joko Widodo’s campaigning pay off in West Java election, a bellwether of Indonesia’s voters?

There is no doubt that Wednesday’s regional elections will act as an indicator of presidential polls early next year – and whether President Joko Widodo’s efforts to engage the province will bear fruit.

Asian Angle | Surabaya suicide bomber ‘had children … like me’

Indonesians have sadly become accustomed to deadly bombings, but the fact that a family carried out a recent attack creates a new level of shock.

8 Jun 2018 - 5:51PM
Surabaya suicide bomber ‘had children … like me’

Indonesians have sadly become accustomed to deadly bombings, but the fact that a family carried out a recent attack creates a new level of shock.

Asian Angle | Watching the Malaysian elections from the veranda of history

Historic poll full of surprises and drama proves to be a step in right direction for the country. The question now is: will the show be as good in five years?

23 May 2018 - 5:02PM
Watching the Malaysian elections from the veranda of history

Historic poll full of surprises and drama proves to be a step in right direction for the country. The question now is: will the show be as good in five years?

Is Emil Dardak the future face of Indonesian politics?

Emil, the 33-year-old regent of Trenggalek, is running for a deputy governor post in East Java after making his way up the ranks off the beaten path of Jakarta.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Is Emil Dardak the future face of Indonesian politics?

Emil, the 33-year-old regent of Trenggalek, is running for a deputy governor post in East Java after making his way up the ranks off the beaten path of Jakarta.

Looking within: what’s behind Thailand’s Buddhist-Muslim divide?

A Thai monk reflects on separatist violence in the country’s restive south.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Looking within: what’s behind Thailand’s Buddhist-Muslim divide?

A Thai monk reflects on separatist violence in the country’s restive south.