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2016/02/01 | Zou Chi
Three Taiwanese Drug Traffickers Sentenced to Death in Indonesia
The Indonesia government been cracking down on drugs since President Joko Widodo took office in 2014. However, this is the first time Taiwanese criminals have been sentenced to death in Indonesia.
20-Year-Old Indonesian Girl Publicly Caned for Premarital Sex
“Take these punishments as a lesson. What has been done by these convicts should not be taken as an example,” said Banda Aceh Deputy Mayor Zainal Arifin, according to the Antara news agency.
Malaysia Senate Passes Controversial Security Bill
The Malaysian government says the bill will help tackle violent extremism, but critics fear it gives authorities and the government too much power.
Indonesia and Australia Strengthen Counter-Terrorism Cooperation as IS Tries to Establish a Caliphate State in Indonesia
Australian Attorney George Brandis said IS intends to establish a caliphate state outside of the Middle East, and Indonesia is one of the potential locations. Brandis believes that this would be a major threat to Australia and the West.
49 Taiwanese Deported for Cybercrime in Indonesia
Spokesperson of the Indonesian Directorate General of Immigration, Heru Santoso, says that 49 Taiwanese, including 17 women and 32 men, are regarded as middlemen of the online fraud ring.
Indonesia Returns to OPEC Opposing Increase in Oil Prices
Oil Price columnist, Gaurav Agnihotri, notes that Indonesia needs more foreign investment, and OPEC also has to access new markets. Therefore, Indonesia's return is a win-win strategy.
Singapore's Defense Minister Says IS is Already A Threat to Southeast Asia
Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said at a meeting in Washington that in the past three years, the number of IS followers in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore have been much more than the number al-Qaeda has attracted in the past ten years, which shows the influence of IS.
Chinese People Living in Four Locations Believe Singapore's Society to be Most Progressed
A survey directed towards Chinese living in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore shows that the Chinese in these four locations consider Singapore's society to be the most progressed. After experiencing the General Election in 2015, the satisfaction rate of the government has improved a lot compared to two years ago, from being relatively dissatisfied to very satisfied.
Malaysian Defense Minister Says IS is Targeting Three Top Malaysian Leaders
Defense Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein warned that three top Malaysian leaders are on the terror group Islamic State's (IS) hit list, but did not disclose the identities of said leaders.
Indonesia Consumes 1.4 Million MDMA Pills Per Year
According to BNN, Indonesia’s economy loss from drugs has reached up to US$ 4.8 million. Drugs circulated within Indonesia per year include marijuana (158,000 kg), amphetamine (219,000 kg) and MDMA (14 million pills).
ASEAN Defense Chief Fails to Reach Consensus over South China Sea Dispute
The ASEAN defense forum held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has failed to sign a joint declaration due to the lack of consensus among the attending countries. An US official says it's because the US and China have differences over mentioning the South China Sea dispute in the declaration. On the other hand, China pointed out that the failure was due to certain Southeast Asian countries leaning towards Japan and the US.
ASEAN News: Indonesian President to Relax Restrictions on Foreign Investments
In an interview before he visited the US, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he would assess the limits on foreign investments in Indonesia's strict regulations. He says these relevant laws are why Widodo hasn’t been able to fulfill his promise of a couple billion US dollars of foreign investment.
Apple to Build Research Center in Indonesia and Google to Help Develop Internet in Remote Areas
During Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s visit to the US on October 25, he will drop by the Apple Inc. headquarters to meet with its CEO, Tim Cook and discuss their investment plan in Indonesia. Joko Widodo will also meet with representatives from Google Inc, Microsoft Corp and Facebook to discuss investing in the country, such as discussing with Google about developing Internet in remote areas in Indonesia.
28% of the Fish Indonesians Consume Are Full of Plastic and Debris
Indonesia has few landfills and little waste collection or recycling. Instead, large amounts of plastic are tossed directly onto the beaches and into the ocean. A lack of purified drinking water that forces Indonesian residents to drink bottled water, and they often toss the plastic bottles.
2015/10/08 | Yuan
Indonesia Grants Taiwan Visa Free Privilege
Indonesian Tourism Minister Arief Yahya says that from the tourism point of view, Taiwan is one of Indonesia's potential targets in promoting international tourism. He hopes that the number of Taiwanese tourists visiting Indonesia can reach 200 thousand people this year.
Expats Rank Singapore Top Destination for Work
Expats ranked Singapore the top destination in the world, ahead of New Zealand, Sweden, Germany and Australia. Singapore provides the right balance of career opportunities, lifestyle and a stable economy, according to an HSBC survey released on September 23.
Intense Election in Singapore Kicks Off
In past parliamentary elections, opposition parties have not been able to participate due to insufficient number of members and has led to the PAP winning in some constituencies because of the absence of opponents. But in the election this year, the PAP will face challenges from either oppositions parties or non-party candidates.