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Vietnam opens consulate in Macau
From News Reports:
Hanoi, January 9: Vietnam's Hong Kong Consulate General launched a consulate office in the Macau Special Administrative Region of China on Friday, reports the Vietnam News Service.
Consulate General of Hong Kong, Tran Than Huan, said at the launching ceremony that the office aims to better ensure the rights of Vietnamese citizens and tourists in the region.
He said that the consulate office in Macau will provide easier access to information about Vietnam, saying that
it would boost friendship and co-operation between Vietnam and Macau.
The Consulate General said that the office expected to recieve support from local organisations including the Vietnam Fellow Countrymen Friendship Association in Macau.
More than 20,000 Vietnamse are employed as domestic workers, in the service industry at Macau's casino's.
Vietnamese also operate tourist and services companies.
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US invites Vietnam Communist Party General Secretary to the White House

From News Reports:

Hanoi, July 6, 2015: The General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam will visit the United States from July 6 to July 10 at the invitiation of the United States State Department in a "landmark" visit, Rueters reports.
General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party Nguyen Phu Trong will meet United States President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday.
Rueters quotes a se
nior state department official saying that the meeting between the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party and the President of the United States "would skirt protocol" because the General Secretary is "not part of a government".
"Obama saw the visit as crucial", Rueters reports the senior state department official as saying.
Rueters also quotes the senior state department official saying that "there was a broad agreement that it made sense to treat General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party Nguyen Phu Trong as the visit of "the top leader of the country".
"It's a pretty big event," Rueters quotes the state department official as saying.
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France agrees to return Aboriginal remains home to Australia
From News Reports:
Canberra, November 25: French president Francois Hollande and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott have agreed to work together to return Aboriginal remains to Australia during the first official visit by a French head of state to Australia last week, reports Australian Associated Press.
The French head of state and the Australian prime minister said that a joint expert committee is to be established to help identify the origin of the Aboriginal remains held in France.
The head of state and prime minister said in a joint statement that the identification process would respect the sensitivities and values of the two countries and consider the requests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities including the French legal system.
"The French government will examine possible solutions to enable the return of the Aboriginal human remains to their community of origin." the statement said.
Australia believes the remains of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are being held in Museum collections around the world including in Europe and the
United States.
In 2010 a British museum agreed to return 138 sets of Aboriginal skeletal remains to Australia including the severed head of Australian Aboriginal warrior, Yagan, to the Noongar of South West Western Australia after being missing in action for about 177 years. Yagan was shot dead for his resistance to British settlement on the Swan river.
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"No " to proposal to delete religion from Indonesian national identity card

From News Reports:
Jakarta, November 10: Islamic-based political party politicians oppose the proposal put by the newly selected Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo, that national identity cards (KTP) do not include the religion of the car holder.
Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) politician Aboebakar Al Habsy said that not to include the religion of the card holder on national identity cards (KTP)
contradicted the country’s founding philosophy of Pancasila
“If we believe that Pancasila is our state ideology and our national identity, then why should we be ashamed of including our religion on our national identity card," he said
Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo also proposed that the regious beliefs of Indonesian citizens be omitted from official government documents.
He said that the religion of Indonesian citizens on national identity cards (KTP) or in official government documents should not be imposed.
"It's up to the people", he said.
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The Wolf bridge: An insult to Thai monarchy
From News Reports:
Bangkok, October 31: Thai University students, Patiwat Saraiyaem, 23, and Pornthip Mankong, 26, were charged in the Ratrachada Court on Monday, with defamation of the Thai monarchy in a play titled "The Wolf Bridge" performed at the Thammasat university in October 2013, reports the Bangkok Post.
The students were charged with insulting the Royal Thai family in the fictional depiction of the monarchy in a play performed in commemoration of the 37th and 40th anniversaries of the October 6, 1976 and October 14, 1973 pro-democracy student uprisings at Thammasat University.
The prosecution cites nine passages from the plays's script, a work of fiction that depicts a fictional monarch, that allegedly insults the monarchy and as such is in violation of the lese majeste law.
Patiwat Saraiyaem, actor and Pornthip Mankong, producer of the play, in detention since arrested on 13 August, have been refused bail are scheduled to appear in court to enter pleas on December 29.
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World including
Asean PM's and Presidents to attend inauguaration of Indonesian president
From News Reports:
Jakarta, October 18: World Prime ministers, Presidents and State representatives including US Secretary of State, John Kerry and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will attend the inauguaration of Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as President of Indonesiaon on Monday.
The speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Zulkifli Hasan said that representatives from the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member nations have also been invited to attend the swearing in of the former governor of Jakarta, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as president of Indonesia.
"The Prime Ministers and Presidents of Malaysia, Singapore, Japan and South Korea are also expected to attend", he said.
He said that the Indonesian People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) has also invited "domestic VIP's" including former Presidents and Vice-Presidents.
“All chairpersons of political parties have also be invited,” said the speaker.
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Banned ISIS flag found flying in Aceh

From News Reports:
Jakarta, September 12: The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) flag found flying from a coconut tree in Aceh on Sunday has been torn down, reports the Jakarta Post.
The discovery of the banned ISIS flag was reportedly the first in Aceh.
Police chief First Inspecter Azwan said that the flag of the nationally banned movement was discovered by chess players sitting at a food stall near the coconut tree in the Sungai Raya district of East Aceh regency in Aceh.
He said that a bomb disposal team inspected the area before the flag was taken down.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced Indonesia's rejection of the State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and banned the teaching of ISIL ideology in Indonesia last month at his parliamentary state-of-the-nation address and ahead of the 69th anniversary of Indonesias Independence.

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Singapore passes Trans- boundary Haze Pollution Act

From News Reports:
Singapore, August, 18: The passing of the 2014 Trans-boundary Haze Pollution Act by the Singapore parliament last week will enable Singapore regulators to sue individuals or companies in neighbouring countries for causing severe air pollution in Singapore.
The Act that was first proposed in 2013 would enable Singapore to impose fines of up to S$2 million on companies that cause or contribute to transboundary haze pollution in Singapore.
Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said that under the Act, Singapore will have the legal right under the Objective Territorial Principle to take legal action against air polluters.
"While neighbouring countries have the sovereign right to exploit their natural resources in accordance with their policies they also have a responsibility to ensure that "slash and burn" agricultural practices do not cause damage to Singapore", he said.
The passing of the 2014 Trans-boundary Haze Pollution Act gives Singapore the legal power to serve notices on those that do not have assets or a presence in Singapore.
Indonesia is yet to ratify an Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution that was signed by ASEAN member counries in November 2003 in order to
address haze pollution arising from land and forest fires.
A bill passed in the Indonesian House of Representatives in July 2013 gave the Indonesian goverment the power to seize assetts gained from illegal logging and illegal clearing of forests for palm oil plantations.
The new bill, designed to protect more than 13 million hectres from deforestation, gave the Indonesian government a mandate to establish a task force including police to monitor the prevention and eradication of deforestation.
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Papua Biak massacre remembered in Sydney
with 136 white carnations
From News Reports:
Sydney, July 5: A ceremony to mark the 16th anniversary of the Biak Massacre in West Papua ua on 6 July 1998 will be held at the Waverley Cliffs cemetery in Sydney on Sunday.
The Waverley Cliffs community will throw 136 white carnations from the waverley cliffs into the Pacific Ocean in memory of the Biak massacre.
A citizens tribunal, hosted by the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) at the University of Sydney last year on the 15th anniversary of the Biak massacre found that 136 West Papuan protesters were thrown into the sea by Indonesian security forces.
The tribunal heard eye witness testimony that the West Papuan demand for the right to vote for independence from Indonesia was met with gunfire by Indonesian security forces.
Survivors of the massacre told the international team of jurists that the unarmed West Papuan protesters were surrounded and shot by Indonesian security forces and that survivors were thrown into the sea on 6 July 1998.

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West Papuan's boycott Indonesian elections

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Jakarta, April 23: The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) estimates that 60 percent of voters in West Papua boycotted the 2019 Indonesian elections held last Wednesday.
The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) chairman, Benny Wenda, said that "while voting did not take place at many polling stations in West Papua because ballots were not delivered is was the boycott that has reduced voting to a record low."
“This is the first time in our history that 60 percent have boycotted the Indonesian elections in West Papua," he said.
He said that "the boycott is growing", saying that the boycott

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) estimates that 60 percent of West Papuan voters boycotted the 2019 Indonesian general elections
of the 2019 Indonesian election was the second time that West Papuans have not voted in Indonesian presidential elections.
"There is growing confidence in West Papua that we will be an independent state,” he said.
The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) chairman urged West Papuans and those sympathetic with the West Papuan cause to boycott the Indonesian April elections, saying that West Papuans respect Indonesia’s right to hold elections in its own territory but that West Papua will oppose the Indonesian elections when the elections are forced on West Papua.
In June 2018 Indonesia's General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner Wahyu Setiawan postponed voting in Paniai and Nduga regencies in West Papua due to an ongoing conflict between the Indonesian National Armed Forces and West Papuan pro-independence separatist group, the Free West Papua Campaign (FWPC).
He said that the conflict had hampered the distribution of ballot papers in 29 districts.
Nduga regency Indonesian military official, Colonel Muhammad Aidi said three civilians were killed and two were injured including a pilot in an attack allegedly by West Papuan pro-independence separatist activists at the Kenyam airport on the day before the 2018 Indonesian elections.
“The plane was carrying 15 mobile brigade officers tasked with safeguarding the local election,” he said.
West Papua, a former Dutch colony in the western part of New Guinea, was incorporated into Indonesia in 1969 after a U.N. sponsored ballot that has been contested by Free West Papua Campaign (FWPC) separatists since Indonesian rule over West Papua.
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Indonesian election officials sacked over Malaysian postal votes

Election Organizer Honorary Council (DKPP) official, Alfitra Salam, says that violation of the election code of ethics must be poven
From News Reports:
Jakarta, April 22: The Indonesia Election Organization Ethics Council (DKPP) is to investigate the dismissal of electoral officials accused of violation of the election code of ethics in ballots cast in Selango, Malaysia, reports the Jakarta Post.
Marked ballot papers were reportedly found in Selango, Malaysia before voting in Indonesia had begun on Wednesday 17.
Election Organizer Honorary Council (DKPP) official, Alfitra Salam, said that the council will investigate the dismissal of two Overseas Election Organizers (PPLN) officials, saying that "the dismissal was recommended by the Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu)"
He said that the Election Organizer Honorary Council (DKPP) will undoubtedly follow up on the dismissal of two Overseas Election Organizers (PPLN) officials, Krishna KU Hanna who is also the Indonesian deputy ambassador to Malaysia and Djadjuk Nashir who was responsible for postal votes in Kuala Lumpur.
In Jakarta presidential candidate former general, Prabowo Subianto and running mate Sandiaga Uno have called for an investgation of alleged election violation, saying that they have lossed 106 votes in the counting of ballots in East Jakarta, saying "this is an election violation."
Presidential candidate former general, Prabowo Subianto claims that
encumbant president Jokowi and running mate Ma'ruf reportedly received 47 votes at the polling station in Bidara Cina, Jatinegara sub-district in East Jakarta while he received 162 as shown on the C1 Form.
However, the ballot count according to the General Elections Commissions (KPU) showed that encumbant president Jokowi and running mate Ma'ruf
received 180 votes and presidential candidate former general, Prabowo Subianto received 56 votes
Presidential candidate former general, Prabowo Subianto and running mate Sandiaga Uno have reportedly declared victory over incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his running mate, Ma’ruf Amin, despite "quick count" results that show that Joko “Jokowi” Widodo won the popular vote.
Presidential candidate former general, Prabowo Subianto, declared victory on an alleged popular vote of 64 percent on the day of the elections.
“We have declared this victory earlier than the final results because we have evidence of various wrong doings in numerous villages, subdistricts and districts across Indonesia,” he said.
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Muslim clerics call for impartiality in investigation of election violations

The Indonesian Ulema Council Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI), the largest Muslim clerical organisation in Indonesia, called on the General Elections Commissions (KPU) Elections Supervisory Body (Bawaslu), and Election Organization Ethics Council (DKPP) to maintain impartiality and professionalism in its investigation of the ballot count
From News Reports:
Jakarta, April 21: The Indonesian Ulema Council Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI), the largest Muslim clerical organisation in Indonesia, called on the General Elections Commissions (KPU) Elections Supervisory Body (Bawaslu), and Election Organization Ethics Council (DKPP) to maintain impartiality and professionalism in its investigation of the ballot count for presidential candidate former general, Prabowo Subianto and running mate Sandiaga Uno.
Presidential candidate former general, Prabowo Subianto and running mate Sandiaga Uno have twice declared victory since the elections held on Wednesday over incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his running mate, Ma’ruf Amin, despite results that show Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin are leading with between 54 and 55 percent of the popular vote, while Prabowo and Sandiaga are behind with between 44 and 45 percent.
The Indonesian Ulema Council Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) advisory council official, Din Syamsudin, said that "fairness and justice are important in the parliamentary and presidential elections as mandated by the Constitution."
Presidential candidate former general, Prabowo Subianto and running mate Sandiaga Uno election campaign officials have reportedly reported a loss of 106 votes in the counting of ballots in East Jakarta to the General Elections Commissions (KPU).
MUI advisory council official, Din Syamsudin, said that encumbant president Jokowi and running mate Ma'ruf received 47 votes at the polling station in Bidara Cina, Jatinegara sub-district in East Jakarta while presidential candidate Prabowo and running mate Sandiaga received 162 as shown on the C1 Form.
He said that the ballot count according to the General Elections Commissions (KPU) showed that encumbant president Jokowi and running mate Ma'ruf had jumped to 180 votes and that votes for presidential candidate Prabowo and running mate Sandiaga was reduced to 56 votes, saying that "this was an election violation"
"The Indonesian Ulema Council Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) has reported the violation to the Election Organization Ethics Council (DKPP) and the police", he said.
Presidential candidate former general, Prabowo Subianto and running mate Sandiaga Uno declared victory over incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his running mate, Ma’ruf Amin, on the day of the elections saying that they had evidence of election violations in numerous villages, subdistricts and districts across Indonesia.
Presidential candidate, Prabowo Subianto reportedly claimed victory after receiving information that he had won with 62 percent of the vote based on an internal count of over 320,000 polling stations across Indonesia.
Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his running mate, Ma’ruf Amin, have reportedly won 55.8 percent of the vote against former general, Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno with 44.2 percent of the vote.
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Both Widodo and Prabowo claim Indonesian general election victory

Presidential candidate former general, Prabowo Subianto and running mate Sandiaga Uno have again declared victory in the general elections at the party's headquarters in Jakarta with supporters shouting Allahu Akbar
From News Reports:
Jakarta, April 20: Presidential candidate former general, Prabowo Subianto and running mate Sandiaga Uno have again declared victory over incumbent
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his running mate, Ma’ruf Amin, despite "quick count" results that show that Joko “Jokowi” Widodo won the popular vote in the general elections held on Wednesday, reports the Jakarta Post.
Presidential candidate former general, Prabowo Subianto, first declared victory for a five year term based on an alleged popular vote of 64 percent on Wednesday, on the day of the elections.
“We have declared this victory earlier than the final results because we have evidence of various wrong doings in numerous villages, subdistricts and districts across Indonesia,” he said.
Presidential candidate, Prabowo Subianto declared victory despite the release of "quick count" results by twelve survey instititions that show that Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin are leading with between 54 and 55 percent, while Prabowo and Sandiaga are behind with between 44 and 45 percent.
Presidential candidate, Prabowo Subianto first claimed victory on Wednesday from Jakarta after receiving information that he had won with 62 percent of the vote based on an internal count of over 320,000 polling stations across Indonesia.
Researcher Burhanuddin Muhtadi from Indikator Politik Indonesia said after Prabowo's second declaration on Thursday that collecting data from 320,000 polling stations across Indonesia within a day was impossible.
Incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo who has yet to rebuke his rival's repeated victory declaration said on Thursday that 13 state leaders had congratulated him and his running mate Ma’ruf for the success of the general elections.
General Election Commission (KPU) chairman Arief Budiman said the commission required 35 days maximum to count all votes in the 2019 general elections, saying that "vote counting is carried out manually."
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President Widodo re elected amid alleged election fraud in six countries

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo with his running mate, Ma’ruf Amin
From News Reports:
Jakarta, April 19: Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has been re-elected to the presidency, together with his running mate, Ma’ruf Amin, winning 55.8 percent of the vote against former general, Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno with 44.2 percent of the vote, amid alleged election fraud in Indonesia and in six countries, reports the Jakarta Post.
Komisi Pemilihan Umum (KPU), the Indonesian General Election Commission reported a turnout of more than 81 per cent from the 192 million eligible voters that includes overseas voters.
Komisi Pemilihan Umum (KPU), the Indonesian General Election Commission reportedly found almost 3 million duplicate names on the electoral rolls prior to the April 17 general election.
A Chinese national was reportedly found on the electoral roll in place of an Indonesian citizen due to an imput error by the election commission.
Election fraud was also found in six countries including Australia, Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Hong Kong between 8 and 14 April.
The Presidential National Campaign Team (TKN) director of Law and Advocacy, Ade Irfan Pulungan, reported alleged fraud and violations in the six countries, to the Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu).
He claims that allegations of election fraud was receved from the Indonesia diaspora overseas, saying that "various forms of fraud and violations were committed particularly in Sydney."
He said that Indonesian citizens in Brisbane, Australia and in Wan Chai and Yuen Long in Hong Kong were unable to cast their ballot after queuing for hours because the election officers said that "time was up" and closed the polling station.
He urged the Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) to act promptly in their investigations in order to establish if the alleged election fraud and violation
was carried out deliberately.
“I urge the Bawaslu to find out whether this was done deliberately to disrupt the elections or whether it is because of the limited overseas elections committee resources,” he said.
Komisi Pemilihan Umum (KPU), the Indonesian General Election Commission will announce official election results next month.
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Philippines to talk peace without chairman of Communist Party

Jose Maria Sison, 90, founder and chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) that established the New People’s Army (NPA) in 1969 to fight a Maoist, nationalist and anti-imperialist revolution in the Philippines with the National Democratic Front – Philippines (NDFP) as the umbrella organisation
From News Reports:
Manila, April 18: The Philippines government has called on peace talks with New Peoples Army (NPA) rebels who do not "listen" to Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder and chairman, Jose Maria Sison, 90, yesterday, saying that the peace talks would be more productive without the chairman, reports the Philippine Inquirer.
Philippines Senator Panfilo Lacson said that the government would have a better chance of ending the 50-year communist insurgency by holding localised peace talks and negotiating with rebels who "resented" Sison's leadership.
"I have always believed that this is the better way to deal with the five-decade communist insurgency problem,” he said.
He said that it was counter productive to deal with Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) chairman, Jose Maria Sison, who has been in self-exile in the Netherlands since 1987, because he does not have control over the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) armed wing, the New People's Army (NPA)
"Localised peace negotiations with communist rebels would be productive", he said.
In February the Manila Regional Trial Court ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to issue a summons on Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder and chairman, Jose Maria Sison, in the government's effort to officially declare the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) armed wing The New People's Army (NPA) a terrorist group.
In December 2018 Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte signed the proclaimation that classifies the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing the New People's Army as terrorists under the Republic Act 10168 and the Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called for the implementation of tactics used by President Suharto in 1965-66 to eliminate communists in Indonesia in eliminating the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), New Peoples Army (NPA) in a speech to the 10th Infantry Division Headquarters at Camp General Manuel T. Yan Sr. in Mawab, Compostela Valley Province in Mindanao in the southern Philippines in December 2018.
The President said that he would adopt the late President Suharto's campaign against communism that led to the killing of up to two million Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) members and supporters.
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Malaysia lifts suspension on China's funded rail project

Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad and Premier Li Keqiang of China in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on August 20, 2018, two months after Mahathir Mohamad was elected Prime Minister and the suspension of China's Belt and Road funded projects
From News Reports:
Kuala Lumpur, April 17: Malaysia has lifted the suspension on China's Belt and Road funded projects that included the construction of the East Coast Rail Link from the Thai border to Kuala Lumpur in order to avoid a more than $5 billion penalty imposed by China, reports Agence France Presse.
Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said that the government was faced with the choice to either renegotiate or pay termination costs of about 21.78 billion ringgit ($5.3 billion) with nothing to show for it.
"We chose to go back to the negotiating table and call for a more equitable deal", he said.
He said that China Communications Construction Co. (CCCC) has agreed to help with operation and maintainance of the proposed East Coast Rail Link from the Thai border to Kuala lumpur in order to ease the finanacial burden on Malaysia.
"The cost of the East Coast Rail Link project has been reduced to 44 billion ringgit", he said.
He said that Malaysia would still need to take out a loan from a Chinese state-owned bank to fund the project but that the cost would be less than under the original deal.
In August 2018 newly elected Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad suspended China's Belt and Road funded projects worth more than US22 billion that included construction of the East Coast Rail Link project from the Thai border to Kuala Lumpur, saying that the project was overpriced.
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad halted work on a further two projects worth more than US$2.3 billion awarded to the China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau that was reportedly linked to the misappropriation of funds from the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB)
He said that Malaysia's national debt of US250 billion was due to the "quick deals cut with Beijing" by former Prime Minister Najib Razak in return for help to pay off debts linked to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) funds.
Former Prime Minister Najib Razak was arrested in July 2018 for his alleged involvement in the misappropriation of funds from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) of which he was the Finance Minister and chairman.
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said then that Malaysia's fiscal problems have turned Malaysia from an Asian tiger into a ''small kitten''.
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Indonesia deploys military and police to safeguard elections

Jakarta Police Inspector General Gatot Pramono appealed to the public to "cool down" ahead of the Indonesian general elections to be held tomorrow
From News Reports:
Jakarta, April 16: Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) and National Police will deploy 38,000 personnel, including 23,000 police officers and 15,000 military in order to safeguard the 2019 legislative and presidential elections to be held tomorrow, with a turnout expected to reach at least 70 percent of the total 192 million eligible voters, reports the Jakarta Post.
Thousands of Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) and National Police personnel including Kodam Jaya Regional Military Commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI), Major General Eko Margiyono and Jakarta Police Inspector General Gatot Pramono attended a roll call in preparation for the deployment of personnel at polling stations throughout Indonesia.
Jakarta Police Inspector General Gatot Pramono said that the military and police will ensure the safety of the community at the polling stations, saying "we guarantee it".
For the first time in Indonesian history the president, the vice president and members of the local and national legislatures will be elected on the same day.
The two Presidential candidates are current President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and former Lieutenant-General Prabowo Subianto.
The election is reportedly a re-match of the 2014 presidential election in which Joko "Jokowi" Widodo defeated former Lieutenant-General Prabowo Subianto. Prabowo.
Presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto said on Saturday that the Indonesian economy was on “the wrong track”, saying that a massive amount of wealth had left the country."
"Indonesia was not producing anything,." he said.
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said that infrastructure development is the driver for creating new sources of economic growth and bringing about more equitable development in Indonesia.
He said it was vital for the government to manage key and strategic natural resources, citing his administration’s past actions such as the takeover of the Mahakam gas block and the Rokan oil and gas block and the acquisition of a majority stake in PT Freeport Indonesia.
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China warns US against stirring up trouble in the South China Sea

China Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Wednesday that the presence of the US and other non-regional forces could stir up trouble in the South China Sea
From News Reports:
Manila, April 15: China warned the United States and other nations against stirring up trouble in the South China Sea on Wednesday after reports that the USS Wasp, carrying F35B Lightning 11 stealth fighter jets, was sighted in the waters off what China calls Thitu Islands and the Philippines call Panatag or Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea, occupied by China since 2012, reports the Philippine Inquirer.
China Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the presence of the US and other non-regional forces in the waters off Panatag could stir up trouble in the South China Sea.
"China's position is that we hope non-regional forces will refrain from stirring up trouble in the South China Sea,” he said.
Philippine fishermen from Zambales on their way to fish in the Chinese occupied Panatag Shoal reportedly sighted US fighter jets taking off and landing on the USS Wasp aircraft carrier.
China's warning on Wednesday against "stirring up trouble in the South China Sea" follows the Philippines protests on Tuesday at the Chinese consulate in Manila against China's growing influence in the Philippines, with protesters chanting "China out" and carrying banners saying "defend out sovereign rights" in reference to China's claim to the South China Sea.
China's claim over the South China Sea is also contested by Asociation of South East Asian (ASEAN) member countries, Malaysia, Brunei, and Vietnam.
In 2013 the Philippines filed a complaint with the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague against China asking the court to intervene in the Philippine dispute with China over the right to exploit natural resources inluding fish in the West Philippine Sea, saying that China has violated the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) by invoking “historic rights” in its claim over the West Phillipine Sea.
In July 2016 the Arbitration Court in the Hague ruling ruled in favour of the Philippines against China's claim of historic rights over the South China Sea that included the West Philippine Sea, with United States Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel reportedly saying in Washington that as both Beijing and Manila are signatories to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), they are legally bound to abide by the the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague decision.
China reportedly claimed that the Arbitration tribunal made an illegal and invalid final verdict on the South China Sea dispute with China Foreign Ministry spokesman, Lu Kang saying then that the dispute was not covered by U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) because it was ultimately a matter of sovereignty not exploitation rights.
"China's position of neither accepting nor participating in the arbitration unilaterally initiated by the Philippines remains unchanged," he said.
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Indonesia accuses Malaysia of violation of sovereignty in the Malacca Straits

Indonesia's Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry (KKP accuses Malaysian Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM) of obstructing an Indonesian surveillance vessel in the Malacca Straits
From News Reports:
Jakarta, April 14: Indonesia has accused Malaysia of violating Indonesian sovereignty in Indonesian waters in the Malacca Straits, calling for the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to issue a diplomatic notice to the Malaysian government for obstructing an Indonesian surveillance vessel.
Indonesia's Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry (KKP) acting director for Directorate General of Marine and Fisheries Resources Surveillance, (PSDKP), Agus Suherman, urged the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to issue a diplomatic notice to the Malaysian government in protest against "the meddling of a Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM) vessel in Indonesia's surveillance of the Malacca Straits.
Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM) vessel, the Panggalang 13, reportedly hindered Indonesia's Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry (KKP) vessel, the Hiu 08 and Macan Tutul, while the Indonesian vessel was attempting to arrest two Malaysian vessels allegedly illegally fishing in Indonesian waters in the Malacca Straits on April 3 and 9.
Indonesia's Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry (KKP), Agus Suherman, said that "the incident was serious because the intervention was committed by a state institution under Malaysian administration."
He called on the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to issue a diplomatic notice to the Malaysian government, saying that the alleged violation of Indonesian sovereignty was not a trivial matter.
"Malaysia has violated Indonesian sovereignty, had obstructed an Indonesian surveillance vessel and entered Indonesian waters to fish illegally", he said.
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US federal court orders payment to victims of Marcos martial law

In November 2018 the Philippines’ anti-corruption court found former first lady Imelda Marcos, 90, guilty on seven counts of corruption during the two-decade rule 1965 to 1986 of former president of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos
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Manila, April 13: The US federal court ordered the distribution of $13.75 million to thousands of victims of martial law in the Philippines, who won a class action for human rights violations against the estate of the late former president of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos on Wednesday, over objections from the Philippine government, reports the Philippine Inquirer.
Judge Katherine Failla of US federal court in New York ruled that the amount allocated to the victims that was a share of $32 million obtained from the sale of the painting by French impressionist Claude Monet “Le Bassin aux Nympheas,” acquired by the widow of former president of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos, be distributed to the victims by their lawyers.
Lawyers for the victims, Robert Swift, Rodrigo Domingo and Ruben Fruto, said in a joint statement that despite objections from the Philippines Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) on the settlement agreement, the US federal court has "the actual and apparent authority to bind the Philippines to the settlement.”
Lawyer Robert Swift said that about 6,500 victims of martial law or their heirs will each recieve $1,500 saying that the distribution will begin on May 1 at Butuan City in Agusan del Norte province followed by distributions in 15 other cities.
The Philippines Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) rejected the settlement order by the US Federal Court on Wednesday on grounds that the settlement was “disadvantageous to the government and not in accord with existing Philippine laws and jurisprudence.”
The Philippines Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) objected to the payment of compensation to the victims of martial law in the Phillippines from the sale of painting by French impressionist Claude Monet “Le Bassin aux Nympheas,” acquired by Imelda Marcos, 89, on the grounds that criminal immunity was given to the first lady's former secretary, Vilma Bautista, 80,
Former secretary to the first lady, Vilma Bautista, was charged in New York in November 2012 with conspiring to sell the Claude Monet painting and three other valuable works that the Philippine government had reportedly attempted to repossess since 2009.
The “Le Bassin aux Nympheas” was subsequently sold in 2010 at a London gallery for US$32 million with Vilma Bautista reportedly “keeping the largest share of the money," and accused of seeking to hide the gain from the United States tax office.
The United States tax office with the United States Appeals Court upheld a judgement of contempt against Senator Ferdinand “Bong Bong” R. Marcos Jr, 55; his mother Imelda Marcos and the estate of former president Ferdinand E. Marcos for violating an injunction that prohibits them from dissipating the assets of the estate.
In 1995 the Philippine government and representatives of more than 1,000 Filipinos - or their descendants - arrested, tortured and executed during the 13 years from 1972 in which Ferdinand Marcos ruled by decree and martial law won US$2.7-billion in exemplary damages against the former president’s estate at a hearing in the United States federal court, Hawaii.
The Federal Court of Hawaii found Marcos guilty of grave human-rights violations.
A "people power" revolt ousted Ferdinand Marcos in February 1986, forcing him and his family to flee to Hawaii, where he died in exile in 1989.
His body was returned to the Philippines in 1993 and was preserved in a refrigerated crypt at his Batac hometown in Ilocos Norte until he was buried at the Heroes Cemetery in 2016.
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Filipino's protest against China's growing influence in the Philippines

Filipino's rallied at the Chinese consulate in Manila on Tuesday to protest China's growing influence in the Philippines
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Manila, April 12: Filipinos rallied at the Chinese consulate in Manila on Tuesday to protest China's growing influence in the Philippines, chanting
"China out" and carrying banners saying "defend out sovereign rights" in reference to China's claim to the South China Sea, reports Agence France Presse.
The protest follows the sighting of more than 200 hundred Chinese vessels sailing off Thitu Island in the Spratly Islands claimed by the Philippines.
Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said the Department of Foreign Affairs has lodged a protest with the Chinese consulate in Manila last week after 275 Chinese vessels were sighted in the waters of Thitu island, known as Pag-asa in the Philippines.
he said that the Chinese vessels have been sighted more than 600 times in the waters off Thitu Island so far this year, saying that the "presence of the Chinese vessels is intimidating."
"The Chinese vessels are not fishing instead they are occupying the waters in the sandbars between Pag-asa and Zamora (Subi) Reef, blocking Filipino fishermen from entering the waterway," he said.
Last month allegations of crimes against humanity committed in the South China Sea by China were lodged at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague accusing China President Xi Jinping of implementing a systematic plan to control the South China Sea, undermining food and energy security of a number of nations, causing destruction of the environment and depriving thousands of fishermen of their livelihoods.
President Duterte said then that the the International tribunal in The Hague does not have jurisdiction over the Philippines or China, saying that “China is not a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC).”
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reportedly withdrew from the International tribunal four days after the alleged crimes against humanity committed in the South China Sea were lodged at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on March 13
China's claim over the South China Sea is contested by Asociation of South East Asian (ASEAN) member countries, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam and was also contested by the Philippines under the Benigno Aquino III administration.
In July 2016 the Arbitration Court in the Hague ruling ruled in favour of the Philippines against China's claim of historic rights over the South China Sea that included the West Philippine Sea.
China reportedly claimed that the Arbitration tribunal made an illegal and invalid final verdict on the South China Sea dispute with China Foreign Ministry spokesman, Lu Kang saying then that the dispute was not covered by U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) because it was ultimately a matter of sovereignty not exploitation rights.
The China Foreign Ministry spokesman said then that "China's position of neither accepting nor participating in the arbitration unilaterally initiated by the Philippines remains unchanged".
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Protesters calling for direct elections in HK deemed a public nuisuance

The West Kowloon Court found the founders of the Hong Kong Occupy Central Movement, Sociology professor Chan Kin-man, 59, Baptist minister Chu Yiu-ming, 74, Professor of law Benny Tai, 54, guilty of unlawful obstruction of public places and roads in their involvement in mass street protests in Hong Kong in 2014 that called on Beijing to give Hong Kong direct elections
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Hong Kong, April 10: A Hong Kong court found a group of nine tried over the 79-day protests also known as the "Umbrella Movement" guilty of conspiracy to commit public nuisance acts during the mass protests in Hong Kong in 2014 that called on Beijing to give Hong Kong direct elections, reports Rueters.
The nine defendants were accused of inciting and mobilising protesters that blocked major roads in Hong Kong during the pro-democracy demonstrations that included the call for autonomy for the 1917 election of the Hong Kong Chief Executive.
Justice Johnny Chan said in summary of his judgement that while the concept of civil disobedience is "recognised in Hong Kong", it wasn't a defence to a criminal charge.
"The offence of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance does not have the undesirable effect of curtailing or suppressing civil disobedience at its formation stage or suppressing human rights as the defendants contended," he said.
Prosecutors argued that the mass protests had caused a "common injury done to the public", who had been affected by the blockage of major roads, and that the leaders of the movement deserved to be punished.
All nine of the group tried in West Kowloon Court, including the three founders of the" Hong Kong Occupy Central Movement", Sociology professor Chan Kin-man, 59, law professor Benny Tai, 54, and Baptist minister Chu Yiu-ming, 74, pleaded not guilty to the charges that carry a maximum of seven years jail.
The "Hong Kong Occupy Central Movement", founded in 2013, joined the student-led pro-democracy "Umbrella Movement" bringing parts of Hong Kong to a standstill for months in 2014,
The prosecutor accused the three founders of the "Occupy Central Movement" of taking part in and supporting the student-led pro-democracy "Umbrella Movement" protests in Hong Kong in the unlawful obstruction of public places and roads.
In December 2014 the three founders of the "Occupy Central Movement Chan" surrended to police after hundreds of student pro-democracy "Umbrella Movement" protesters clashed with police, leaving dozens injured in one of the worst nights of violence since the streets protests in Hong Kong began in September. 2014.
The founders called for an end to the occupation of Hong Kong streets and urged students protesters to surrender, saying that the fight for autonomy for Hong Kong elections "is a long battle."
Hong Kong student activist, Joshua Wong and other students reportedly refused to call off the street protest, saying they would go on an indefinite hunger strike to press Beijing for autonomy for the 2017 election of the Hong Kong Chief Executive.
The National People's Congress in Beijing ruled in August 2014 that Hong Kong could use the "one man one vote" system to elect the Chief Executive in 2017 but from only two or three candidates that would be elected by a nominating committee from Beijing.
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Philippine Supreme Court orders release of war on drugs documents

The Philippines Supreme Court (SC) voted unanimously for the release of tens of thousands of documents related to the extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs
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Manila, April 10: The Philippines Supreme Court (SC) voted unanimously for the release of tens of thousands of documents related to the extrajudicial killings by both vigilantes and police in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, rejecting an appeal by the Solicitor General, Jose Calida, who argues that "the release of the documents was a risk to national security", reports the Philippine Inquirer.
The Supreme Court rejected the Solicitor General, Jose Calida's, appeal to revoke the Supreme Courts December 5, 2017 order to submit the official Philippine National Police (NPA) reports on the extrajudicial killings (EJKs) of about 4,000 drug suspects under the Duterte administration.
"The Supreme Court has ordered the Solicitor General to submit the police reports to the Supreme Court with copies to the petitioners", said Supreme Court spokesman, Brian Keith.
The spokesman said that the Supreme Court will provide copies of the police reports related to 20,322 killings by both viligantes and police to the Center for International Law (CenterLaw) and the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG).
The Supreme Court rejected the Solicitor General's arguement that the release of the documents was a risk to national security, saying that "the documents do not involve rebellion, invasion, terrorism, espionage, infringement of Philippine sovereignty, or any military, diplomatic or state secret."
The Supreme Court reportedly said in its order for the release of the documents that the government must prove that it has documented all killings, including legitimate drug operations, as mandated by regulations.
In March, 2017 House of Representatives member, Gary Alejano, filed an impeachment order accusing President Duterte of the death of thousands of Filipinos in the 'war on drugs', saying that "the President has betrayed the public trust in the extrajudicial killings of drug suspects."
In February, 2017 the Catholic Church delivered sermons from pulpits across the Philippines at Saturday and Sunday services denouncing President Rodrigo Duterte's "war on drugs" and accusing the president of creating a "reign of terror" among the poor.
The sermon denouncing the war on drugs was delivered in a pastoral letter signed by the bishops of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
"Killing people is not the answer to traficking in illegal drugs", says the pastoral letter.
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PM Mahathir claims Malaysia not affected by withdrawal from International Criminal Court

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad warned that Malaysian's are not above the law in his claim that Malaysia would not be affected by the Cabinents decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague
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Kuala Lumpur, April 9: Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, claims that Malaysia would not be affected by Malaysia's withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, saying that the "the Malaysian government has no intention of committing crimes such as genocide or other excessive acts", reports the Star.
Prime Minister Mahathir said that the government "was forced " to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) a month after acceding to the treaty, saying that the decision to withdraw was "against Malaysia's own interest."
He said that the Cabinents decision to withdraw ratification of the Statute of Rome was not based on grounds that were deterimental to Malaysia but based in "politics".
"The decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) was an attempt to undermine the government and me as Prime Minister", he said.
The opposition alliance of the United Malay National Organization (UMNO) and Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) is reportedly against the government joining the International Criminal Court (ICC) on grounds that it is deterimental to the Conference of Rulers (OIC) including the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and to Malaysia's sovereignty.
The crown prince of Malaysia's Johor state, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, said that the government had not consulted the hereditary Conference of Rulers (OIC), saying that "the king could face prosecution for war crimes orchestrated by individuals seeking to damage royalty."
Non-government organisation, the United Nations Association of Malaysia (Unam) president, Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen Tengku Ismail, said that the ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) would not diminish Malaysia's sovereignty or affect the respected status of the Conference of Rulers (OIC) including the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
"Giving in to the idea that the Malaysia's sovereignty is being threatened would suggest that Malaysians have allowed mischief to triumph over truth", he said.
The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague that was established in 2002 is the first permanent, treaty-based international court that prosecutes perpetrators who commit genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes of aggression.
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Philippine victims of war on drugs vow to work with international court

Philippine Lawyer, Jude Josue Sabio, at the International Criminal Court in The Hague in April 2017 with the 77-page complaint against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs
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Manila, Monday 8: Mother of epoleptic, Djastin “DJ” Lopez, 23, who was shot dead in the Philippines in the war on drugs campaign, vows to continue to work with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, despite Philippine President Rodrigo Deturte's withdrawal of its membership from the tribunal, reports the Philippine Inquirer.
The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) said in a statement that mother of the slain drug suspect, Norma Lopez, will continue to communicate with the Philippines Office of the Ombudsman and the International Criminal Court (ICC) "despite threats and dissuasion against cooperating with the court in the Hague."
Norma Lopez joined the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) in August 2018 following the fatal shooting of her epileptic son, Djastin “DJ” Lopez, 23, by a police officer.
The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) reportedly submitted cases related to Philippine President Durtete's ant-drug campaign to the International Criminal Court (ICC) including the case of Djastin “DJ” Lopez, who was allegedly shot dead by Police Staff Sergeant Gerry Geñalope in Tondo, Manila in 2017.
On Friday the Philippines Office of the Ombudsman ordered the filing of murder charges against Police Staff Sergeant Gerry Geñalope for killing Djastin “DJ” Lopez.
In April 2017 Philippine Lawyer, Jude Josue Sabio, filed a complaint against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and 11 senior government officials in the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague for crimes against humanity.
He filed a 77 page complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte for the mass murder of thousands of Filipinos under the anti-drug campaign that the lawyer claims was introduced by the President when he was the mayor of Davao City.
The lawyer said that there was enough evidence for President Rodrigo Duterte and the senior government officials to stand trial for crimes against humanity.
Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said on Friday that the Prosecutors office of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was pursuing the case filed against the President “despite the Philippine government saying that the Philippines was never part of its jurisdiction.”
He said that legal realities dictate that the Philippines had never become part of the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC), saying that "the present actions of the court in the Hague are not only baseless but tainted with political motivation.”
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Cambodia and US to sign MoU on law enforcement agreement
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Phnom Penh, April 7: The Cambodia National Police and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that would create a joint taskforce to combat terrorism and cross-border crimes in Washington this week, the first such agreement to be signed between the Cambodia National Police, General Department of Immigration and the FBI, reports the Khmer Times.
Cambodia National Police Lt General Neth Savoeun led a delegation to Washington to discuss security cooperation at the invitation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), leaving Cambodia on Wednesday.
Lt General Neth Savoeun said that the five-day visit aims to enrich collaboration by exchanging experiences in dealing with security, saying that "we will strengthen our cooperation in combating terrorism and cross-border crimes.”
“Both parties will also sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a joint taskforce to prevent terrorism, transnational crime and also discuss other areas of mutual interest, ” he said.
Lt General Neth Savoeun says that training and technical equipment will be provided by the US to the Cambdia National Police to support cooperation, saying that "the Cambodia National Police and the Cambodia General Department of Immigration value cooperation with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
"Cooperation in Law enforcement to address crime, including money laundering and the financing of terrorism is highly valued,' he said.
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Vietnam calls for ASEAN member states to assert ASEAN independence

The ASEAN Defence Senior Officials' Meeting, "Sustainable security", attended by senior defence officals from the 10 ASEAN member states, was held in Phetchaburi province, Thailand
From News Reports:
Bangkok, April, 6: Vietnam called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to assert ASEAN independence in all decisions related to security at the two day ASEAN Defence Senior Officals' Meeting held in Thailand this week, reports the Vietnam News Service.
Deputy Minister of Defence, Nguyen Chi Vanh, called for the central role of ASEAN including the practice of consensus to be upheld in making deceisions related to security at the meeting held in Thailand's Phetchaburi province.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of Thailand, General Nath Intharacharoen, said at the opening ceremony of the meeting "Sustainable security" that due to the regions extensive economic growth and integration "the level of ASEAN independence was becoming clearer".
He said that ASEAN member states have increasingly realised how important the role of security forums such as the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting and the ASEAN Senior Defence Officials' Meeting play in shaping the security community of the ASEAN bloc.
He said that stepping up defence cooperation in ASEAN would help member states to better deal with security challenges and build a security environment that would "favour the region's growth and prosperity".
Proposals by ASEAN member state Brunei to expand direct communications infrastructure, member state Myanmar to establish an ASEAN military medicine conference and member state Thailand to address security and the role of defence in illegal fishing were included in the disccusion on sustainable security at the ASEAN Defence Senior Officals' Meeting that ended in Thailand yesterday.
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Curruption trial for ousted PM Najib Razak begins in Kuala Lumpur

Former Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak, center, arrives for trial at the Kuala Lumpur court on Wednesday over the misappropriation of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) funds
From News Reports:
Kuala Lumpur, April 5: The trial of former ousted Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak, charged with using his position as Prime Minister and Finanace Minister to obtan gratification of RM42 million as chairman of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and adviser in its subsidiary SRC International Sdn Bhd, went ahead on Wednesday despite his lawyers attempt to stall the proceedings, reports the Star.
Lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah filed a motion reportedly at the "eleventh hour" to declare the seven charges against the former Prime Minister Najib Razak in the SRC International Sdn Bhd trial as defective, saying that "the motion should be heard first before any withnesses were called".
“We have filed a certificate of urgency this morning,” he said.
Attorney General Tommy Thomas objected to the charges against former president Najib Razak be declared defective, saying that "there is not reason why any motion on the charges should be brought on at this stage.
“This move is merely to delay the trial and have the trial stayed, struck off or postponed,” he said.
Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali then deferred the hearing of Najib’s application to a later date.
The court then ordered for the first witness to take the stand.
Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali ordered the first witness to take the stand, deferring the application to declare the seven charges against the former Prime Minister a later date.
The first witness, Muhamad Akmal­udin Abdullah, 35, assistant registrar of the Companies Commission of Malaysia told the court that SRC International Sdn Bhd had a paid capital of RM1mil when it registered with the commission in 2011.
Attorney-General Tommy Thomas said the prosecution would prove that former ousted Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak had used his position as prime minister and finance minister to obtain for himself gratification of RM42 million that was transferred into his bank accounts between August 17, 2011, and February 8, 2012.
The arrest of former Prime Minister Najib Razak in July 2018 and his subsequent successful bail application follows the May 9, 2018 Malaysian general elections that saw the defeat of the ruling Barisan National (BN) party lead by former Prime Minister Najib Razak
The election of Dr Mahathir Mohamad as Prime Minister in May followed the declassification of the 1MDB audit report that had been marked secret under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).
In August 2014 the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Bank Negara and Malaysian police began investigation of allegations that funds that had allegedly been donated by one of the nine sons of the late Saudi king Abdullah, were transferred from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and its subsidiary SRC International Sdn Bhd to Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak private bank accounts.
In July Former Prime Minister Najib Razak was arrested in July for his alleged involvement in the misappropriation of funds from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) of which he was the Finance Minister and chairman.
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Overthrow of Thai constitutional monarchy would cause civil war: warns Royal Thai Army

Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Army Apirat Kongsompong, warns that efforts to change the Thai constitutional monarchy system of government would cause civil war, saying that the armed forces follow the instructions of the King
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Bangkok, April 4: Commander in chief of the Royal Thai Army Apirat Kongsompong warned that efforts to overthrow the constitutional monarchy system of government in Thailand would result in division and cause civil war, urging all sides of politics to respect the results of the election that saw the pro-Royal Thai Armed Forces party, the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) win the popular vote.
The Election Commission (EC) reports that the ruling pro-Royal Thai Armed Forces party, the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) that nominated current Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who is also the commander of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), as candidate for prime minister, has won the popular vote.
Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Army, Apirat Kongsompong, called on politicians, lecturers and students at the 1st Division, King's Guard on the 112nd anniversary of its founding, to abide by the rules and not to try to change Thailand's constitutional monarchy system of government.
He warned that refusal to abide by the rules would divide Thai's into "democratic" and "dictorial" camps, saying that such "democracy-dictatorship" rhetoric is meant to cause division and civil war.
The commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Army, Apirat Kongsompong, denied that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), was dictorial, saying that "the council did not copy the acts of dictators of other countries."
“Those who graduated abroad shouldn’t bring extreme leftist ideology to topple the Thai democratic regime with the monarchy as head of state,” he said.
He said that students, scholars and government officials, no matter where you graduated from, should bear in mind that democracy needs to be adjusted in line with local culture and norms, saying that "we are Thai and this is Thai democracy" and that "Thai democracy is the notion of Thai's love Thai's and we are united.”
"You have to adapt what you have learned to fit within our country,” he said."
In May 2014 the Royal Thai Army declared martial law under the 1914 Martial Law Act on the grounds that ongoing protests between political rivals were a threat to Thailands security and to the safety of life and property, martial law reportedly gave the military authority to intervene during times of crises.
Martial law commander Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is the current Prime Minister of Thailand, was declared the commander of the Peace Keeping Command Centre (PKCC) that was later replaced by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), on the signing of the Martial Law Act.
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Massacre suspect imprisoned for 556 years for corruption in Philippines

Sajid Ampatuan, center, son of alleged mastermind of the 23 November 2009 Maguindanao massacre, Andal Ampatuan Sr, sentenced to 556 years in prison for corruption
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Manila, April 3: Former governor of Maguindanao province in Muslim Mindanao in the southern Philippines, Sajid Ampatuan, one of two sons of alleged mastermind of the November 2009 Maguindanao massacre, Andal Ampatuan Sr, in which 58 were murdered including members of a rival political clan and 32 journalists, was sentenced to 556 years in prison by the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division, anti-corruption court last week, reports the Philippine Inquirer.
The former Maguindanao governor, Sajid Ampatuan, who with his brother Andal Ampatauan Jr, is also a suspect in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, was found guilty of 63 counts of falsification of public documents, one count of graft and one of corruption in the ghost purchase of P38.12 million worth of construction materials in 2009.
The Sandiganbayan’s Fourth Division anti-corruption court sentenced Sajid Ampatuan to a prison term of six months and one day to eight years for each count of falsification, eight to 12 years for graft and reclusion perpetua or 40 years imprisonment for corruption to a total maximum prison term of 556 years.
In May 2017, the Ombudsman filed 75 cases of corruption against Ampatuan and other provincial officials in connection with alleged ghost or non existent projects in Maguindanao province.
The former governor of Maguindanao, Sajid Ampatuan, and co-accused officials claimed to have purchased timber and other construction materials for the repair of a school building in Maguindanao from Abo Lumberyard and Construction Supply.
Sajid Ampatuan and co-accused officials were charged with fabricating 73 disbursement vouchers to pocket provincial funds from May to September 2009 in the purchase of construction materials from a fictitious or nonexistent supplier.
Justices Bayani Jacinto, Alex Quiroz and Reynaldo Cruz concluded that the assertion of good faith by accused Sajid Ampatuan, was not supported by the weight of evidence on record.
The 58 murdered in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao Province, southwestern Mindanao, southern Philippines on 23 November 2009 were abducted while traveling in six vehicles to the Maguindanao Provincial Election Office in order for wife of Buluan, Maguindanao, deputy mayor Ismael “Toto” Mangudadatu, to nominate her husband for provincial governor in the May 2010 elections.
Former Maguindanao governor the late Andal Ampatuan Sr, who was a close political ally of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, was accused of having played a key role in the massacre of the 58 reportedly political opponents that included the prospective candidate’s wife and sister, reporters and lawyers.
The dead were reportedly shot at close range, some with their hands tied behind their backs, and dumped or buried in shallow graves on a remote road close to Ampatuan.
More than 100 court hearings have been held since the Maguindanao massacre trial began in 2010 with 104 including eight members of the Ampatuan clan arraigned.
89 of the 193 allegedly responsible for the massacre remain at large not including three wittnesses that have since been killed.
In June 2012 Shariff Aguak police superintendent Marcelo Pintac confirmed that Alijol Ampatuan, 36, a potential witness to the massacre had been killed.
Three witnesses and three relatives of other witnesses were killed including the driver for the Ampatuan family and a supposed key witness to the massacre.
The driver, Esmail Amil Enog, who testified that he had driven dozens of armed men who participated in the massacre, was mutilated and dismembered.
The Ampatuan patriarch and his two sons pleaded not guilty to the multiple charges of murder against them.
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Protesters call for investigation into Thai election commission

Protesters scuffle with police at Ratchaprasong intersection in Bangkok on Sunday demanding an investigation of the Election Commission
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Bangkok, April 2: Protesters calling for an investigation of the Election Commission (EC), accusing the commission with voting irregularities, scuffled with police in Bangkok on Sunday, a week after the Thai general elections that resulted in the election of the ruling pro-Royal Thai Armed Forces party, the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP), reports the Bangkok Post.
The Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) that nominated current Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha who is also the commander of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) as candidate for Prime Minister, won the popular vote.
The protesters, who call themeselves "People who want elections", set up a desk at McDonald's at the Ratchaprasong intersection in Bangkok, calling for signatures for a petition to investigate the Election Commission (EC) over alleged irregularities in the March 24 general election.
The protesters led by Anurak Jeantawanich, who was involved in the 2010 violent anti-government protests in support of the then United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) party or Red Shirts aligned with fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, were confronted by about 100 police as they spilled onto the Ratchaprasong intersection, with police confiscating sound equipment and loudspeakers.
Fugitive former prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in 2006, said from Hong Kong after the elections on Sunday 24 March 2019 that "the election was plagued with irregularities."
He said that there were more ballots cast than voter turnout, saying that "in many constituencies the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) vote jumped suddenly from third place to first place."
Anurak Jeantawanich said that he obtained permission from the Lumpini police to hold the protest and to use sound equipment and loudspeakers, saying that "Thai's have the right to free speech in line with the law."
He said that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has lifted the ban on gatherings of five or more, saying that the "People who want elections" sang songs including the anti-pro-Royal Thai Armed Forces party, the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) song, Prachet Ku Mee (What my country got) before dispersing at 8pm.
He said the "People who want elections" believe that the election was marred by fraud, vote-buying and irregularities in vote-counting.
The Election Commission (EC) deputy secretary general released an update of the election results on Thursday saying that 100 percent of the ballots had been counted and that the results showed that the ruling pro-Royal Thai Armed Forces party, the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) that nominated current Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha who is also the commander of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) as candidate for prime minister has won the popular vote, with 8.4 million and the Pheu Thai Party (PTP) aligned with ousted fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra with 7.9 million from a voter turnout of 75 percent.
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Investors call for nationalisation of Singapore's debt ridden company

Singapore investors in Hyflux Ltd., water and power company at Speakers Corner in Singapore on Saturday, called on the Singapore government to nationalise the debt ridden Tuaspring desalination and power plant
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Singapore, April 1: Investors in Singapores's Hyflux Ltd., S$900 million perpetual securities water and power company, who stand to lose almost all their money in a proposed S$2.8 billion debt restructuring plan, called for Singapore to nationalise the Tuaspring desalination and power plant, reports the Straits Times.
About 500 investors gathered at Singapore's Speaker’s Corner on Saturday, carrying placards and posters, calling for the Monetary Authority of Singapore to investigate the slump in electricity prices reportedly responsible for the debt and for an explanation from auditor KMPG LLP that provides assurance, tax, and financial advisory services to Hyflux Ltd.,
About 34,000 investors were reportedly lured into investing in the water and power company, Hyflux Ltd., with the promise of a 6 percent annual return in perpetuity with the golden seal of approval by the Singapore government.
Singapore investors are reportedly angered by the restructuring plan that would see losses at 75 percent under the S$2.8 billion debt restructuring plan that is proposed by a consortium of Indonesian business.
Hyflux urges the investors to consider the merits of the proposal, saying that the proposal to recover 3 percent in cash and 7 percent in equity represents the most viable option, as opposed to zero recovery in a liquidation scenario.
Singpore retiree Ray Ho, 65, who invested in Hyflux Ltd., perpetual bonds described his investments as a "leap of faith" saying that "the investment was his life savings.
Singaporean, Wendy Yap, 48, said she invested about S$70,000 in Hyflux shares in 2014 and left her investments untouched in the belief that "utility companies were cash cows".
She said that her husband also stands to lose on his investment in Hyflux Ltd.,.
Singapore government policy on the energy market reportedly sparked a slump in electricity prices that reportedly could not have been anticipated by the Hyflux Ltd., desalination and power plant.
The Tuaspring desalination and power plant was reportedly heralded as a “national tap” for the Island state of Singapore that had depended on importing water and harvesting rainwater for survival.
The Tuaspring desalination and power plant was opened on September 2013, but losses snowballed after its gas-turbine power plant began selling excess capacity in 2016 to the power grid, with liberation of the market causing an electricity glut and a slump in electricity prices.
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Darwin reporter John Loizou asks a survivor of the 1965 killings in Bali "why didn't you try to stop them" in "Remembering the slaughter in Paradise"
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"Goodbye America" says B.A. Hamzah as he calls for Asians to determine their own political destiny in "Time for Asia to set it's own course, minus the U.S."...open here


Is prescribed burning of grasslands in northern Australia out of control? ......Chris Ray reports ... open page here

"Rockefeller and the Demise of Ibu Pertiwi" by Kerry B. Collison "is undoubtedly fictional but by no means improbable, " says Johannes Nugroho ....open page here

Viet Nam is planning to go nuclear by the year 2020.reports
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Bombed by the Americans for Christmas in 1972, Ha Noi Bach Mai hospital is still a war zone...Christina Pas reports...Open page here


The founder of the Revolutionary Front of Independent East Timor (Fretilin), Mari Alkatiri, the now former Prime Minister of Timor Leste, after losing the May 12, 2018 election to the National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) party, led by Xanana Gusmao, has accused the opposition of a coup attempt.
Twelve years ago Mari Alkatiri also accused the opposition of a coup attemp claiming then that the crises that led to his resignation was the result of a conspiracy. "I have no doubt about that" he told Darwin reporter John Loizou in an interview in Dili on 6 November 2006
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Cuba's 302 physicians in East Timor work at five hospitals and remote villages throughout the republic...writes Darwin reporter John Loizou ...open page here

 

Indonesia ready for big 'brother' role in ASEAN
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Singapore
properties listed for sale in Myanmar

From News Reports:
Yangon, November 25: Singapore's largest property developer, the Far East Organization, is to partner with Myanmar's local property sales and marketing company, Min Zin Agency, in Yangon to sell condos in Singapore.
Managing director of the Min Zin Agency in Yangon, Ko Kyaw Min Zin, said that Singapore's Far East Organization has expanded its sales and marketing efforts into Myanmar.
“The Far East Organisation has been selling their Singapore properties to Myanmar buyers since 2009,” he said.
The Far East Organisation reportedly have over 750 properties in Singapore’s residential, hospitality, retail, commercial and industrial sectors,
including 45,500 or one in every six private homes in Singapore listed with the Min Zin Agency in Yangon.
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China to invest in rail and road construction
in Indonesia
From News Reports:
Jakarta, November 10:
Indonesia's Railway Corporation (PT KAI) and state construction company PT Jasa Marga signed a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) with China Investment Fund (CIF) to develop indonesia's railway services and toll road construction.
Witness to the signing, coordinating Minister for the Economy Sofyan Djalil, said that the MoU will provide the groundwork for further cooperation between China Railway and P KAI and China Investment Fund (CIF).
"The MoU is the first step towards further development of public services between China and Indonesia" he said.
Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia, Xie Feng said that the MoU would spark more cooperations between China and Indonesia and would bring about "real benefits to the public."
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Penang health department shuts down soya bean factory
From News Reports:
Penang, October 19: Five Penang food factories including a 100 year old soya bean factory at Tanjong Bungah were ordered closed by the state health department for failure to observe health standards.
State health, food safety and quality division, deputy director Ku Nafishah Ku Ariffin said soya bean products were processed in an unclean "rusty and moldy kitchen".
"Our inspectors found that wet products were left to dry on "dirty" bamboo sticks along with bathing towels. The bamboo sticks were also dirty and dusty," she said.
A "sweets" factory in Teluk Kumbar, a noodle factory in Simpang Ampat and a sauce factory in Bukit Metajam were also closed by the state health department
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Fuel smugglers including military personnel under arrest
From News Reports:
Jakarta, September 15: Riau Islands Police have arrested 30 suspects including several Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel and seized 64 cars, two boats and 106 tons of fuel.
Riau Islands Police chief Brig. Gen. Arman Depary said in Batam last week that the seized cars had been modified to hold 100 litres of fuel.
"The Military (TNI) personnel are suspected of fuel smuggling and have been handed over to the military base", he said.
TNI Commander Gen. Moeldoko said that the alleged suspected fuel smugglers are honor-based service military personnel.
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Thai coup blammed for fall in tourist arrivals
From News Reports:
Bangkok, August 18: The Thai tourism sector suffered its largest fall in international visitors to Thailand in June, the first month after the establishment of marshal law and the military seizure of the Yingluck Shinawatra government.
Tourism reportedly accounts for 10 percent of the Thai economy.
Data from the Thai Department of Tourism shows that inernational tourist arrival numbers in July fell by 10.9 percent compared to the same time last year.
International arrivals in July totalled 1.91 million compared to 2.15 million in July 2013.
Arrivals from China with a18 percent share of all visitors to thailand and the largest group of visitors to Thailand, fell by 25.3 percent.
Arrivals from the United Kingdom with a 4 percent share of all visitors to Thailand, was one of the few large markets to record a gain, of 6.2 percent
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US Senate approves sales of nuclear equipment to Vietnam
From News Reports:
Hanoi, July 31: The US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations passed legislation approving a 123 agreement on civil nuclear commerce with Vietnam at a business meeting of the committee last week.
The 123 agreement under the US Atomic energy Act of 1954 establishes a civil nuclear commerce agreement that allows the US to export nuclear reactors, research information and equipment to Vietnam.
The civil nuclear commerce agreement between the US and Vietnam is "part of Vietnam's effort to ease its shortage of energy towards meeting over 10 percent of the domestic power demand by 2030", reports the Vietnam News Service
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Court for construction
Industry
established
in Malaysia
From News Reports:
Kuala Lumpur, May 3: The first two Construction Courts for Malaysia were opened by Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria in Kuala Lumpur and Shah Alam last week, reports the Star.
The courts will deal with disputes in the construction industry.
Works Minister Datuk Haji Fadillah bin Haji Yusof said that the establishment of the courts will transform the way the construction business in the country operates.
"The construction industry stakerholders can now have their disputes resolved by judges with expert knowledge and experience in construction industry disputes', he said.
The proposal by the Construction Industry Board (CIDB) for the establishment of the construction courts was first put to the Judiciary in January 2013.
Britain is the only other country that has a specially designated court that deals with construction industry disputes.

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Bali communities want larger share of tourism revenue

From News Reports:
Denpasar, April 14: Bali community-based tourism operators have called for amendments to regulations that stipulate that the local community pay the Bali regency administration 60 percent of their total tourism revenue.
Penglipuran tourist village in Bangli, community-based tourism manager, Nengah Moneng, said that he objected to the fact that his community received only 40 percent of the total revenue.
"We want to have 60 percent share of the tourist revenue to pay for operating costs", he said.
The Penglipuran tourism manager said that operating costs for trekking, traditional dance, cultural shows including religious rituals had increased.
The cost of operating lodges and community halls for tourism had also increased.
"An increase in revenue for not only the Bangli community but for tourism based communities across Bali would benefit tourism island-wide" said the tourism manager.
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Riau forest fires force Chevron to shut down oil wells
From News Reports:
Jakarta, March 21: PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia (CPI), the Indonesian subsidiary of US-based oil company Chevron has shut down 573 oil wells in the Riau province of Sumatra.
The deteriorating quality of air due to forest fires that have been raging for the last month has forced PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia (CPI) to shut down its oil wells and evacuate workers and there families.
Indonesia's upstream oil and gas regulator, SKK Migas, public relations officer, Handoyo Budi Santoso, said that oil assets in Riau province are important to national crude oil production.
"The biggest production loss came from the shutdown of Rokan block, operated by Chevron Pacific Indonesia, the country's biggest producer of crude oil production", he said
The Jakarta Posts reports that potential losses are estimated at about 12,000 barrels of oil a day.
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Sabah caters to influx of tourists from China

From News Reports:
Kuala Lumpur, March 5:
The New Straits Times reports that there was an 86 percent increase in tourist arrivals from China
to Sabah in the last two years.
Data from the Sabah Tourism Board reportedly shows that 193,010 tourist tourists arrived in Sabah from China in 2011 increasing to 360,361 in 2013
Sabah West Coast Coffeeshop Association chairman, Yong Chee Yun, said coffee shop operators were catering to the influx of tourists from China.
"Coffee shops displayed tourist friendly signs in Chinese saying 'how are you?' and menues included China's favourite foods", he said.
Sabah and Labuan Chapter chairman of the Malaysian Association of Hotels and general manager of the At Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort,
said that staff members are encouraged to learn Mandarin.
"So that they can converse better with guests" he said.
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Pilots strike forces Merpati to cancel
flights

From News Reports:
Jakarta,January 29: A pilots strike forced State-owned PT Merpati Nusantara Airlines to cancelled all scheduled flights to Surabaya, Merauke and Timika on Saturday, reports The Jakarta Post.
Merpati corporate secretary Riswanto Chendra Putra said that the airline had not paid salaries to pilots and cabin crew for two months.
The Jakarta Post reports that PT Merpati Nusantara Airlines was required to restructure its operations.
Merpati corporate secretary Riswanto Chendra Putra says that Merpati has signed a memorndum of understanding (MoU) with PT Armagedon Indonesia and PT Bentang Persada Gemilang to restructure the company.
The airline has debts of Rp 6.5 trillion (US$533 million) reports the Jakarta Post.
"The management would pay the salaries around March or early April, said the Merpati corporate secretary.
Merpati’s workers union advisory board official, Erry Wardhana, said about 200 Merpati pilots planned to strike again next Saturday for an indefinite period.
"The pilots would strike until 1,600 Merpati employees were paid", he said.
The union advisory board official says that this is the first time that Merpati workers have gone on strike over unpaid wages.
The pilots are owed wages for December and January reports the Jakarta Post.
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