Employees check packages during an organised media tour at JD Logistics’ Asia No 1 logistics centre in Beijing on January 10, 2023. JD.com is closing its local platforms for Thailand and Indonesia to better focus on its supply chain and logistics strengths after setbacks from regional competition. Photo: Reuters

JD.com halts Indonesia and Thailand e-commerce sites to refocus on logistics

JD Central and JD.ID in Thailand and Indonesia, respectively, will cease operations in March, as parent JD.com refocuses on logistics and China growth.

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Thailand ‘needs to be fixed’ and Pheu Thai is one to do it: Thaksin’s daughter

Paetongtarn Shinawatra says she’s confident of a landslide election win for her party and is ‘100 per cent ready’ to be a nominee for prime minister.

Paetongtarn Shinawatra says she’s confident of a landslide election win for her party and is ‘100 per cent ready’ to be a nominee for prime minister.

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Boy hides in shipping container in Bangladesh, wakes up in Malaysia

The 15-year-old reportedly got locked inside the container while playing hide-and-seek in the port of Chittagong. He was discovered six days later in Malaysia’s West Port.

The 15-year-old reportedly got locked inside the container while playing hide-and-seek in the port of Chittagong. He was discovered six days later in Malaysia’s West Port.

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Myanmar coup anniversary: ‘Hatred of junta’ mounts ahead of planned polls

Any polls will fall short of democratic standards, and prospects for peace and stability are ‘extremely bleak’ this year, critics say.

Any polls will fall short of democratic standards, and prospects for peace and stability are ‘extremely bleak’ this year, critics say.

30 Jan 2023 - 8:30AM

Water, water everywhere? Not necessarily in rain-ridden Malaysia

Clean water and sanitation were recognised as basic human rights by the UN in 2010 but still, around two million citizens in Malaysia do not have enough access to fit-to-drink H2O.

Clean water and sanitation were recognised as basic human rights by the UN in 2010 but still, around two million citizens in Malaysia do not have enough access to fit-to-drink H2O.

29 Jan 2023 - 7:42PM

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Former leprosy patient Ali Saga crafts prosthetic legs and hands inside his workshop in Tangerang to help people with disabilities to have access to artificial limbs at affordable prices. Photo: AFP

Indonesian leprosy survivor crafts new limbs for shunned villagers

Ali Saga’s handcrafted prosthetic limbs have helped other residents of Sitanala village live normal lives.

29 Jan 2023 - 2:30PM

Jokowi the kingmaker? Search for a successor grips Indonesia’s ruling party

Megawati Sukarnoputri, a former president herself and the Democratic Party of Struggle’s chairwoman, wants her daughter to get the nod. But Joko Widodo has a more ‘fully white-haired’ candidate in mind.

Megawati Sukarnoputri, a former president herself and the Democratic Party of Struggle’s chairwoman, wants her daughter to get the nod. But Joko Widodo has a more ‘fully white-haired’ candidate in mind.

29 Jan 2023 - 8:30AM

Filipinos sue US employer for abandoning them in Hurricane Ida

The 10 plaintiffs allege their former employer, Grand Isle Shipyard, left them as virtual prisoners, trapped in their bunkhouse in the Louisiana storm last year.

The 10 plaintiffs allege their former employer, Grand Isle Shipyard, left them as virtual prisoners, trapped in their bunkhouse in the Louisiana storm last year.

28 Jan 2023 - 8:44PM

Malaysia’s Umno shuts door on ex-Covid tsar Khairy, but for how long?

Former Covid tsar and defence minister among key members who got the boot from Umno for demanding party boss Ahmad Zahid’s resignation over poor election showing.

Former Covid tsar and defence minister among key members who got the boot from Umno for demanding party boss Ahmad Zahid’s resignation over poor election showing.

28 Jan 2023 - 4:00PM

Singapore woman jailed for ‘exploiting’, abusing 2 Filipino helpers

Tan Lee Hoon was sentenced to 10 months’ jail and ordered to pay compensation to the victims whom she had kicked and pinched in the chest.

Tan Lee Hoon was sentenced to 10 months’ jail and ordered to pay compensation to the victims whom she had kicked and pinched in the chest.

28 Jan 2023 - 12:46PM

Philippines: Unapproved probe into killings unacceptable

Justice secretary says The Hague-based court does not have jurisdiction to allow a suspended investigation to resume and argued Duterte government was already looking into the deaths of suspects during an anti-drug crackdown under the former president.

Justice secretary says The Hague-based court does not have jurisdiction to allow a suspended investigation to resume and argued Duterte government was already looking into the deaths of suspects during an anti-drug crackdown under the former president.

27 Jan 2023 - 9:19PM

Alibaba denies reports it is building a global headquarters in Singapore

Alibaba says the development in the city state will provide office space for some of its businesses in Southeast Asia, including subsidiary Lazada.

Alibaba says the development in the city state will provide office space for some of its businesses in Southeast Asia, including subsidiary Lazada.

28 Jan 2023 - 10:37AM

Singapore home prices grow at slowest rate since 2020 as property boom eases

Real estate slowdown comes on the back of rising borrowing costs, fresh cooling measures, and a tight supply that caused sales to drop to a 14-year low in December.

Real estate slowdown comes on the back of rising borrowing costs, fresh cooling measures, and a tight supply that caused sales to drop to a 14-year low in December.

27 Jan 2023 - 6:09PM

Malaysian Muslims take to streets to protest Koran burning in Sweden

Rasmus Paludan, convicted Danish-Swedish racist who heads a Danish far-right party, burned copy of Koran in front of Stockholm’s Turkish embassy; Muslims around the world have been reacting.

Rasmus Paludan, convicted Danish-Swedish racist who heads a Danish far-right party, burned copy of Koran in front of Stockholm’s Turkish embassy; Muslims around the world have been reacting.

28 Jan 2023 - 4:02PM

Hijabi ‘indie mothers’ loved by young Indonesian music fans

Veteran musicians with humorous Islamic pop tunes about serious themes have caught on with young people looking for some levity in their playlists.

Veteran musicians with humorous Islamic pop tunes about serious themes have caught on with young people looking for some levity in their playlists.

27 Jan 2023 - 5:39PM

Malaysia says court set aside heirs’ US$15 billion arbitration request

A French court last year ordered Malaysia to pay sultan of Sulu heirs in a colonial-era land deal. A Luxembourg court has now set aside attempts to enforce it, vindicating a government policy to defend Malaysia’s interests, its law minister says.

A French court last year ordered Malaysia to pay sultan of Sulu heirs in a colonial-era land deal. A Luxembourg court has now set aside attempts to enforce it, vindicating a government policy to defend Malaysia’s interests, its law minister says.

26 Jan 2023 - 11:48PM

Myanmar opium production surges as poor economy pushes more into drug trade

Economic, security and governance disruptions followed the military takeover in 2021, leaving many farmers in remote border states little option but to return to growing opium, UN says.

Economic, security and governance disruptions followed the military takeover in 2021, leaving many farmers in remote border states little option but to return to growing opium, UN says.

26 Jan 2023 - 9:39PM

‘I’m busy’: overworked Malaysian doctor turns away patient amid hospital strain

The case of an accident victim who was turned away has highlighted how Malaysia’s stretched healthcare system is taking a toll on both health workers and patients.

The case of an accident victim who was turned away has highlighted how Malaysia’s stretched healthcare system is taking a toll on both health workers and patients.

26 Jan 2023 - 8:44PM

Singapore to analyse black boxes from Nepal plane crash

Both the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder would be examined by experts at Singapore’s Transportation Safety Investigation Bureau to find the cause of the Yeti Airlines crash that killed all 72 people on board on January 15.

Both the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder would be examined by experts at Singapore’s Transportation Safety Investigation Bureau to find the cause of the Yeti Airlines crash that killed all 72 people on board on January 15.

26 Jan 2023 - 6:01PM

Malaysia set to get its first-ever Apple store as hiring push begins

Apple already has stores in Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and mainland China, and also recently started promoting job listings for its first location in India

Apple already has stores in Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and mainland China, and also recently started promoting job listings for its first location in India

25 Jan 2023 - 1:01PM