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In second setback this year, Dr Mahathir loses party membership

In second setback this year, Dr Mahathir loses party membership

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been dismissed from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), the political party he founded in 2016 A letter signed by the party’s executive secretary Muhammad Suhaimi Yahya said that the party memberships of Dr Mahathir, Bersatu deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir, Bersatu supreme council members Dr Maszlee […]

Some leaders win virus bonus; whammy for million$ skippers

Some leaders win virus bonus; whammy for million$ skippers

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Feared as the Evil Genie everywhere, the Coronavirus is displaying almost mystical abilities to impact the fortunes of politicians across the globe, for better or for worse. Take South Korea’s Moon Jae-in. The president’s political fate took an unexpected upswing in the midst of battling […]

40 years later, Gwangju’s heroic movement remains deeply entrenched in South Korea’s collective memory

40 years later, Gwangju’s heroic movement remains deeply entrenched in South Korea’s collective memory

By Habib Toumi During my first visit to South Korea in 2019, I had the chance to discover several beautiful cities, amazing edifices, attractive sites and breathtaking landscapes. From mountains to seas, from simple temples to complex structures, from sophisticated areas to natural attractions, the country featured a multitude of features that made the trip […]

Chun’s commander warned South Korea could end up like Vietnam unless Gwangju uprising quelled: U.S. documents

Chun’s commander warned South Korea could end up like Vietnam unless Gwangju uprising quelled: U.S. documents

SEOUL: The martial law commander at the time of South Korea’s 1980 pro-democracy uprising warned the then-U.S. ambassador that the country could end up a communist nation like Vietnam unless the revolt was quelled, declassified U.S. documents showed Friday. The commander, Gen. Lee Hui-sung, also tried to justify the martial law’s expansion during the meeting […]

Kuwait announces full curfew until the end of May

Kuwait announces full curfew until the end of May

KUWAIT: The Kuwaiti Government decided on Friday to impose full curfew starting Sunday (May 10) 4 pm until May 30, as part of the measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Official government spokesperson Tareq Al-Mizrem said on Twitter that the decision was taken upon recommendations by the national health authorities, Kuwait […]

Malaysia does not recognise refugee status of Rohingyas

Malaysia does not recognise refugee status of Rohingyas

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s government said it does not recognise the refugee status of any groups, including the Rohingyas, even if they are United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) card holders. Such groups were, instead, classified as illegal immigrants (PATI), Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin said. Malaysia is not party to the 1951 Refugee Convention or […]

Military plays major role in Covid-19 prevention in Vietnam

Military plays major role in Covid-19 prevention in Vietnam

By Phong Lan Vietnam HANOI: While Vietnam has been praised by international friends for its first success in combating the coronavirus, not everyone is aware that the local military is making great contributions in preventing the spread of the deadly virus. With experiences earned from the SARS epidemic outbreak in 2003, the Southeast Asian country […]

Cambodia fully mobilized in fight against COVID-19

Cambodia fully mobilized in fight against COVID-19

By Sopal Chai  Cambodia PHNOM PENH: Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced the mobilization of all national means, forces, and resources to fight the global deadly virus. Up to April 17, Cambodia has reported 122 COVID-19 cases, 87 recoveries and no deaths. Taking serious action, Hun Sen’s government formed […]

Muhyiddin shares with ASEAN Malaysia’s experience in fighting COVID-19

Muhyiddin shares with ASEAN Malaysia’s experience in fighting COVID-19

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia today shared its own experiences and knowledge in facing the COVID-19 pandemic with ASEAN member states during a Special ASEAN Summit on COVID-19 conducted via video-teleconferencing. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said Malaysia had put in place several key strategies to address critical health, economic and social issues brought about by the pandemic, […]

Malaysia to share findings on COVID-19 cure with ASEAN and plus three partners

Malaysia to share findings on COVID-19 cure with ASEAN and plus three partners

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will share its findings with experts and scientists from ASEAN and the Plus Three partners – China, Japan and South Korea – to jointly pursue efforts in search of a vaccine for COVID-19, said Prime Minister  Muhyiddin Yassin. In a Special ASEAN Plus Three Summit on COVID-19 conducted via video conference today, […]

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