Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jnr. Photo: AP
The Philippines

Filipinos slam sovereign fund idea amid fears it could end up like 1MDB

2 hours ago

President wants ‘Maharlika Investments Fund’ set up with money from pension funds; many worry such a fund could be used to launder money and embroil nation in a 1MDB-type embezzlement scandal, as in Malaysia.

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jnr. Photo: AP

Filipinos slam sovereign fund idea amid fears it could end up like 1MDB

President wants ‘Maharlika Investments Fund’ set up with money from pension funds; many worry such a fund could be used to launder money and embroil nation in a 1MDB-type embezzlement scandal, as in Malaysia.

2 hours ago

North Korea orders new artillery firings over South’s drills

Firing comes a day after North Korea said it fired more than 130 shells into the sea off its east and west coasts, some of which landed in a buffer zone near the sea border between the two Koreas.

25 minutes ago

Australia PM Albanese positive for Covid, delays energy price talks

National cabinet was expected to meet on Wednesday, with Albanese looking to forge consensus between the states and Canberra on reducing energy prices, which have risen sharply due to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

2 hours ago
People watch a report on North Korea’s artillery firings, at Seoul Station in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: EPA-EFE/Yonhap/File

North Korea orders new artillery firings over South’s drills

Firing comes a day after North Korea said it fired more than 130 shells into the sea off its east and west coasts, some of which landed in a buffer zone near the sea border between the two Koreas.

25 minutes ago
Australia

Australia PM Albanese positive for Covid, delays energy price talks

National cabinet was expected to meet on Wednesday, with Albanese looking to forge consensus between the states and Canberra on reducing energy prices, which have risen sharply due to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

National cabinet was expected to meet on Wednesday, with Albanese looking to forge consensus between the states and Canberra on reducing energy prices, which have risen sharply due to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

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Singapore

‘Depraved predator’: Singapore jails China dad who preyed on young girls

Lin Rongxin, 34, a ‘depraved sexual predator’ who worked in Singapore for over a decade, pleaded guilty to multiple charges against 20 victims; most were aged between 14 and 19.

Lin Rongxin, 34, a ‘depraved sexual predator’ who worked in Singapore for over a decade, pleaded guilty to multiple charges against 20 victims; most were aged between 14 and 19.

6 Dec 2022 - 2:40AM

Japan aims to boost 2023-2027 defence spending to US$318 billion

The amount will be 1.5 times higher than current levels, as Japan eyes defence build-up including the use of pre-emptive strikes.

5 Dec 2022 - 9:39PM
Japan aims to boost 2023-2027 defence spending to US$318 billion

Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim denies ordering police crackdown on critics

Anwar says investigations guided by Malay royal rulers’ instruction to tone down racial sentiments, religious extremism following divisive general election.

5 Dec 2022 - 9:00PM
Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim denies ordering police crackdown on critics

‘Depraved predator’: Singapore jails China dad who preyed on young girls

Lin Rongxin, 34, a ‘depraved sexual predator’ who worked in Singapore for over a decade, pleaded guilty to multiple charges against 20 victims; most were aged between 14 and 19.

6 Dec 2022 - 2:40AM

Japan aims to boost 2023-2027 defence spending to US$318 billion

The amount will be 1.5 times higher than current levels, as Japan eyes defence build-up including the use of pre-emptive strikes.

5 Dec 2022 - 9:39PM

Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim denies ordering police crackdown on critics

Anwar says investigations guided by Malay royal rulers’ instruction to tone down racial sentiments, religious extremism following divisive general election.

5 Dec 2022 - 9:00PM
Malaysia’s new leader Anwar Ibrahim during a press conference on his first day at the prime minister’s office in Putrajaya on Friday. Photo: Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia via AP

Explainer | As Malaysia’s PM Anwar builds cabinet, a look at key challenges ahead

Anwar has his work cut out as he aims to keep the peace within his ‘Unity Government’ and steer Malaysia forward after years of political turmoil.

30 Nov 2022 - 2:22PM

How Malaysia’s ‘irrepressible optimist’ Anwar went from prison to PM’s office

Anwar Ibrahim’s victory in the Malaysian election caps one of the most remarkable political turnarounds in modern Southeast Asian history.

Anwar Ibrahim’s victory in the Malaysian election caps one of the most remarkable political turnarounds in modern Southeast Asian history.

25 Nov 2022 - 4:54PM

Malaysia’s PM Anwar ‘can’t be distracted’ amid economic woes, US-China rivalry

Experts say Malaysia’s new PM Anwar Ibrahim will devote energy to international matters and while he was previously seen as ‘pro-West’ he is now likely to take a more balanced approach.

Experts say Malaysia’s new PM Anwar Ibrahim will devote energy to international matters and while he was previously seen as ‘pro-West’ he is now likely to take a more balanced approach.

25 Nov 2022 - 11:46AM

Asian Angle | Islamists rise in Malaysia but next leader must govern for all

Results seen as rejection of scandal-tainted Umno, as conservative Malay voters turn to ‘natural alternative’ Perikatan Nasional.

Results seen as rejection of scandal-tainted Umno, as conservative Malay voters turn to ‘natural alternative’ Perikatan Nasional.

20 Nov 2022 - 4:50PM
Malaysia’s new leader Anwar Ibrahim during a press conference on his first day at the prime minister’s office in Putrajaya on Friday. Photo: Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia via AP

Explainer | As Malaysia’s PM Anwar builds cabinet, a look at key challenges ahead

Anwar has his work cut out as he aims to keep the peace within his ‘Unity Government’ and steer Malaysia forward after years of political turmoil.

30 Nov 2022 - 2:22PM

How Malaysia’s ‘irrepressible optimist’ Anwar went from prison to PM’s office

Anwar Ibrahim’s victory in the Malaysian election caps one of the most remarkable political turnarounds in modern Southeast Asian history.

Anwar Ibrahim’s victory in the Malaysian election caps one of the most remarkable political turnarounds in modern Southeast Asian history.

25 Nov 2022 - 4:54PM

Malaysia’s PM Anwar ‘can’t be distracted’ amid economic woes, US-China rivalry

Experts say Malaysia’s new PM Anwar Ibrahim will devote energy to international matters and while he was previously seen as ‘pro-West’ he is now likely to take a more balanced approach.

Experts say Malaysia’s new PM Anwar Ibrahim will devote energy to international matters and while he was previously seen as ‘pro-West’ he is now likely to take a more balanced approach.

25 Nov 2022 - 11:46AM

Asian Angle | Islamists rise in Malaysia but next leader must govern for all

Results seen as rejection of scandal-tainted Umno, as conservative Malay voters turn to ‘natural alternative’ Perikatan Nasional.

Results seen as rejection of scandal-tainted Umno, as conservative Malay voters turn to ‘natural alternative’ Perikatan Nasional.

20 Nov 2022 - 4:50PM
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Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim arrives at his first monthly gathering for the staff of the prime minister’s office in Putrajaya, Malaysia on November 29, 2022. Photo: AP

Asian Angle | Malaysia’s Anwar must tread carefully to heal nation divided by race, inequality

Malaysia’s new prime minister faces a delicate balance of addressing criticism of his new cabinet, tackling corruption and cutting red tape as he tackles woes of an underclass closely tied to Malay-Muslim voters that voted for his rival Muhyiddin Yassin in droves.

5 Dec 2022 - 6:29PM

Asian Angle | How Asean can bridge the yawning gap between the US and China

Southeast Asian states need to resuscitate a foreign policy of ‘non-alignment’ as a middle path amid great power competition.

Southeast Asian states need to resuscitate a foreign policy of ‘non-alignment’ as a middle path amid great power competition.

3 Dec 2022 - 9:30AM
How Asean can bridge the yawning gap between the US and China

Asian Angle | Here’s how Anwar can avoid a ‘toxic’ opposition and turn Malaysia around

To have a successful term in office, Anwar must deliver direction and hope with meaningful roles offered to allies and the opposition, says Wong Chin-Huat.

To have a successful term in office, Anwar must deliver direction and hope with meaningful roles offered to allies and the opposition, says Wong Chin-Huat.

2 Dec 2022 - 8:34PM
Here’s how Anwar can avoid a ‘toxic’ opposition and turn Malaysia around

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