Satish Cheney

At Singapore's 49th National Day parade last week, the loudest cheers weren't for fireworks or fine military displays. They were reserved for the arrival of Singapore's first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew.

Recognised in the region as an astute politician, the West only seems to remember Najib Razak and Malaysia for the poor handling of Flight MH370, which vanished in early March.

Fireworks danced across the sky in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday night, ahead of yesterday's Hari Raya Puasa holiday marking the end of Ramadan.


Authorities in Singapore are facing an online backlash after public libraries withdrew and decided to pulp three children's book titles because they were against family values.

Tension between religious groups and the gay community in Singapore is escalating ahead of an annual gay-rights rally today - the eve of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan - which is expected to draw thousands of people.

Singapore's iconic nightclub, Zouk, is more than just a club for 35-year-old Jona Neo. She met her future husband at the venue.

Satish Cheney gives an insight into reporting on the disappeance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 in Kuala Lumpur, 100 days after the jet went missing.

An open letter to Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, written by one of Asia's most iconic literary personalities, is spreading fast on social media, with many leaving comments on her blog thanking her for speaking up.

Political leaders in Southeast Asia are spooked by escalating online dissent and have no clue what to do except implement draconian legislation or file lawsuits, according to analysts.

Vietnam is awash with theories that outside forces, possibly with a murky pro-China agenda, orchestrated last week's deadly anti-Chinese riots.

He's been accused of being a xenophobe, a racist and even an extremist by some of his fellow countrymen, but he still has his fair share of supporters.

Call them protectors of citizens or online vigilantes but you better not mess with them in Singapore – especially if you are a foreigner.


For more than three weeks, residents and relatives in the besieged nation have endured worldwide scorn as the hunt continues for flight MH370.


When Malaysia Airlines flight 370 went missing, the country's defence minister and acting transport minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, may have recalled his own brush with death. Just last year, a helicopter he and his family were travelling in toppled over onto its side after landing at a site in Kuala Lumpur.

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott today defended his decision to reveal that authorities had spotted 'objects' in the Indian Ocean that may be related to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines jet 370, saying he owed it to the families affected.


Distraught family members of Chinese passengers who were on Malaysia Airlines flight 370 stormed a meeting room at a Kuala Lumpur hotel where government officials were due to hold a daily press briefing.


The past week has been the toughest of Azharuddin Abdul Rahman's hitherto unremarkable career as Malaysia's civil aviation chief. Once virtually unknown even in his own home country, Azharuddin was thrust into the international spotlight with the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370.

Now the notorious Orchard Road blast of 1965 is back in the spotlight, thanks to Jakarta's decision this month to name a warship after the bombers, who were a pair of undercover Indonesian marines.