Karim Raslan

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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?
Ceritalah | Forget nuclear war with Pakistan. Here’s the real threat to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi

As the world obsesses over the New Delhi-Islamabad showdown, the real ticking time bomb facing the Indian leader is best represented by the shrunken figure of widow Shantabai Teral

21 Mar 2019 - 2:23PM

As the world obsesses over the New Delhi-Islamabad showdown, the real ticking time bomb facing the Indian leader is best represented by the shrunken figure of widow Shantabai Teral

Forget nuclear war with Pakistan. Here’s the real threat to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Ceritalah | How caste, creed and conflict distort India’s politics

Most of the country’s parties draw their central support from a select few castes and religious groups, creating a combustible political environment

7 Mar 2019 - 12:41PM

Most of the country’s parties draw their central support from a select few castes and religious groups, creating a combustible political environment

How caste, creed and conflict distort India’s politics
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?

21 Mar 2019 - 2:22PM

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?

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

21 Mar 2019 - 1:49PM

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

Caste, Tamil nationalism and the Indian election
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
  • 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
If Asia is tired of ‘Emperor Xi’, it must get its head around India
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

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

China’s insatiable appetite for durian swallows Malaysian tribal lands
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

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

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

21 Mar 2019 - 1:56PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Vietnamese town that lives the country’s fighting spirit
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6 Nov 2018 - 10:28AM

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

Can mobile banking overcome Myanmar’s trust issues?