Karim Raslan

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Ceritalah | What does New Delhi election reveal about the best way to defeat Narendra Modi and BJP?

By delivering on education and avoiding identity politics, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal steered his Aam Admi Party to victory.

By delivering on education and avoiding identity politics, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal steered his Aam Admi Party to victory.

What does New Delhi election reveal about the best way to defeat Narendra Modi and BJP?
24 Feb 2020 - 1:45PM
Ceritalah | Has Rodrigo Duterte squandered his one chance to transform the Philippines?

The Philippine president’s much vaunted infrastructure programme is flailing, and recent moves against the media and the US are part of a worrying trend.

The Philippine president’s much vaunted infrastructure programme is flailing, and recent moves against the media and the US are part of a worrying trend.

Has Rodrigo Duterte squandered his one chance to transform the Philippines?
27 Feb 2020 - 3:24PM
Ceritalah | How Southeast Asia can avoid the perils of the West’s fragile democracy

Growing economic inequality and cultural insecurities have weakened centuries-old democracies, giving an opportunity for Trump and other demagogues to rise.

Growing economic inequality and cultural insecurities have weakened centuries-old democracies, giving an opportunity for Trump and other demagogues to rise.

How Southeast Asia can avoid the perils of the West’s fragile democracy
10 Feb 2020 - 3:13PM
Ceritalah | The second coronavirus is a ‘moron strain’ driving panic on social media globally

A deluge of misinformation about the novel coronavirus and growing anti-Chinese sentiment is infinitely harder for governments to deal with.

A deluge of misinformation about the novel coronavirus and growing anti-Chinese sentiment is infinitely harder for governments to deal with.

The second coronavirus is a ‘moron strain’ driving panic on social media globally
3 Feb 2020 - 4:05PM
Ceritalah | Don’t be fooled by Netflix: there’s more to the Chinese diaspora than Mandarin

New series ‘The Ghost Bride’ airbrushes the wonderful hybridity that characterised colonial Malacca, a melting pot of cultures, faiths and languages.

New series ‘The Ghost Bride’ airbrushes the wonderful hybridity that characterised colonial Malacca, a melting pot of cultures, faiths and languages.

Don’t be fooled by Netflix: there’s more to the Chinese diaspora than Mandarin
27 Jan 2020 - 4:07PM
Ceritalah | Taal Volcano erupted but life goes on, highlighting the resilience of the Philippines

There is still danger but most of those displaced are desperate to return. They cannot afford to wait in shelters and there’s little the authorities can do to prevent them.

There is still danger but most of those displaced are desperate to return. They cannot afford to wait in shelters and there’s little the authorities can do to prevent them.

Taal Volcano erupted but life goes on, highlighting the resilience of the Philippines
20 Jan 2020 - 11:41AM
Ceritalah | Beijing must not be allowed to bully Southeast Asian nations in the South China Sea

Donald Trump’s ignorance comes as no surprise but Xi Jinping risks forgetting the lessons of the late Deng Xiaoping, particularly in the South China Sea.

Donald Trump’s ignorance comes as no surprise but Xi Jinping risks forgetting the lessons of the late Deng Xiaoping, particularly in the South China Sea.

Beijing must not be allowed to bully Southeast Asian nations in the South China Sea
13 Jan 2020 - 12:10PM
Ceritalah | Joko Anwar, Indonesian cinema’s man of the moment, puts women at the heart of his stories

The writer/director’s films subvert societal norms and expectations while producing mainstream films that transcend genres.

The writer/director’s films subvert societal norms and expectations while producing mainstream films that transcend genres.

Joko Anwar, Indonesian cinema’s man of the moment, puts women at the heart of his stories
7 Jan 2020 - 12:24PM
Ceritalah | A decade defined by collective amnesia: Trump, Brexit, Duterte – and now India

When politics becomes shaped by inward-looking nationalism, the loudest and most provocative voices are rewarded.

When politics becomes shaped by inward-looking nationalism, the loudest and most provocative voices are rewarded.

A decade defined by collective amnesia: Trump, Brexit, Duterte – and now India
30 Dec 2019 - 2:34PM
Ceritalah | Philippines’ war on drugs casts a long shadow over grieving families at Christmas

Norma Lopez’s son was shot dead by police in 2017. Now she works on behalf other families affected by the brutal crackdown.

Norma Lopez’s son was shot dead by police in 2017. Now she works on behalf other families affected by the brutal crackdown.

Philippines’ war on drugs casts a long shadow over grieving families at Christmas
23 Dec 2019 - 2:28PM
Ceritalah | In Myanmar’s Game of Thrones, Aung San Suu Kyi’s moral failure invites ugly comparisons

She was once a beacon of democracy standing up to the country’s military but the genocide against the Rohingya has left Suu Kyi painfully exposed.

She was once a beacon of democracy standing up to the country’s military but the genocide against the Rohingya has left Suu Kyi painfully exposed.

In Myanmar’s Game of Thrones, Aung San Suu Kyi’s moral failure invites ugly comparisons
16 Dec 2019 - 4:30PM
Ceritalah | ‘Death by plastic’ for animals must spur Southeast Asia to tackle waste crisis

Singapore, South Korea and Japan are potential models, where waste is either incinerated in waste-to-energy power plants or recycled.

Singapore, South Korea and Japan are potential models, where waste is either incinerated in waste-to-energy power plants or recycled.

‘Death by plastic’ for animals must spur Southeast Asia to tackle waste crisis
10 Dec 2019 - 3:58PM
Ceritalah | Indonesian stars Via Vallen and Didi Kempot are keeping Javanese alive in pop culture

Pop stars Via Vallen and Didi Kempot sing in Javanese and all seven Indonesian presidents, including the late Sulawesi-born BJ Habibie, have Javanese heritage.

Pop stars Via Vallen and Didi Kempot sing in Javanese and all seven Indonesian presidents, including the late Sulawesi-born BJ Habibie, have Javanese heritage.

Indonesian stars Via Vallen and Didi Kempot are keeping Javanese alive in pop culture
3 Dec 2019 - 1:37PM
Ceritalah | The tale of one Iban man in Johor is a story of Malaysia’s diversity

The experience of Gawing, a Christian man who migrated from multiracial Sarawak to Johor state, holds lessons for how Malaysia can have a more progressive and dynamic future.

The experience of Gawing, a Christian man who migrated from multiracial Sarawak to Johor state, holds lessons for how Malaysia can have a more progressive and dynamic future.

The tale of one Iban man in Johor is a story of Malaysia’s diversity
25 Nov 2019 - 10:38PM
Ceritalah | All talk aside, does Narendra Modi have a real solution to India’s economic woes?

India faces rising poverty and an unprecedented drop in consumer spending. Manufacturing is haemorrhaging and the financial sector is in free-fall.

India faces rising poverty and an unprecedented drop in consumer spending. Manufacturing is haemorrhaging and the financial sector is in free-fall.

All talk aside, does Narendra Modi have a real solution to India’s economic woes?
19 Nov 2019 - 3:16PM
Ceritalah | For Myanmar’s young women, tourism provides a way out of poverty

It means hotel housekeeping supervisor Ae Ae Phyo Aung, who makes up to US$400 a month or double what another worker in Yangon may earn, has now set her sights on buying property.

It means hotel housekeeping supervisor Ae Ae Phyo Aung, who makes up to US$400 a month or double what another worker in Yangon may earn, has now set her sights on buying property.

For Myanmar’s young women, tourism provides a way out of poverty
11 Nov 2019 - 8:56PM
Ceritalah | Is Manila’s mayor Isko Moreno the man to replace Rodrigo Duterte as president?

After 100 days in office, Moreno has become a minor sensation in Philippine politics, having risen from the slums to become mayor of the capital.

After 100 days in office, Moreno has become a minor sensation in Philippine politics, having risen from the slums to become mayor of the capital.

Is Manila’s mayor Isko Moreno the man to replace Rodrigo Duterte as president?
4 Nov 2019 - 9:36PM
Ceritalah | Paying for make-up, 1am runs: life for Bollywood’s aspiring Aishwarya Rais

Behind the mind-blowing viewing numbers, the glitz and the glamour, are people like Tanya Purohit. When she’s not auditioning, she spends her time teaching students to write plays and analysing professional wrestling

Behind the mind-blowing viewing numbers, the glitz and the glamour, are people like Tanya Purohit. When she’s not auditioning, she spends her time teaching students to write plays and analysing professional wrestling

Paying for make-up, 1am runs: life for Bollywood’s aspiring Aishwarya Rais
29 Oct 2019 - 10:15AM
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.

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
21 Oct 2019 - 5:24PM
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.

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?
14 Oct 2019 - 3:11PM
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.

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
7 Oct 2019 - 11:39AM
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.

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
4 Oct 2019 - 8:27PM
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.

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’
23 Sep 2019 - 11:31AM
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.

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
16 Sep 2019 - 12:47PM
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.

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?
9 Sep 2019 - 9:00PM
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.

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?
2 Sep 2019 - 12:34PM
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.

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
26 Aug 2019 - 3:05PM
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.

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
20 Aug 2019 - 10:02AM
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.

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
12 Aug 2019 - 10:19PM
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

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
6 Aug 2019 - 11:02AM