• Malaysia Still Yearns for Closure as the First MH 17 Bodies Return

    Malaysia Still Yearns for Closure as the First MH 17 Bodies Return

    Malaysia came to a standstill Friday morning as the first remains of its nationals killed on the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 were received with a minute of silence. How a Dutch Firm Plans to Find MH370 in Seabeds Less Mapped Than MarsInvestigators Examine Shrapnel-Like Holes in MH17 DebrisLife in a Town Where Every Home [...]

    22-Aug-2014 Intellasia | Time | 2:15 PM
  • Malaysia in mourning as MH17 remains return home

    Malaysia in mourning as MH17 remains return home

    Malaysia will drape itself in black for a national day of mourning Friday as it welcomes home the remains of 20 citizens killed on downed Flight MH17. Malaysian King Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah and Prime Minister Najib Razak will attend a sombre ceremony at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, followed by a minute’s silence observed nationwide [...]

    22-Aug-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 8:53 AM
  • Malaysian MH17 victims now in morgue near Amsterdam airport – Bernama

    Malaysian MH17 victims now in morgue near Amsterdam airport – Bernama

    The remains of 12 victims of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) MH17 tragedy were transferred yesterday to a morgue near the Schiphol International Airport before being brought back to Malaysia. Minister in the prime minister’s Department Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said the remains which were earlier kept at the Monuta Innemee funeral home in S-Gravenhage, [...]

    22-Aug-2014 Intellasia | The Malaysian Insider | 6:00 AM
  • Liberia’s Ebola clampdown turns violent as Asia fears new cases

    Liberia’s Ebola clampdown turns violent as Asia fears new cases

    Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia’s capital Wednesday as authorities struggled to contain the epidemic, with new suspected cases in Asia sparking fears of it spreading beyond Africa. Four residents were injured in Monrovia’s West Point slum when soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on crowds as they tried to evacuate [...]

    22-Aug-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Pakistan begins talks to end protest crisis

    Pakistan begins talks to end protest crisis

    Pakistani ministers and opposition politicians met anti-government protesters on Wednesday, but talks ended for the day with the sides appearing no closer to resolving a week-long political crisis that has rattled the restive, nuclear-armed nation. Thousands of followers of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have been demonstrating outside the parliament building in Islamabad, [...]

    22-Aug-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Thai junta chief tipped to become PM

    Thai junta chief tipped to become PM

    Thailand’s coup leader is expected to be picked as prime minister by the kingdom’s new army-dominated national assembly, junta sources said Wednesday, cementing the military’s hold on power in the politically turbulent nation. Army Chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha is likely to be the sole candidate for the premiership when the 197-strong appointed assembly convenes on Thursday [...]

    22-Aug-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Discussion on MH370 search in Australia next week, says minister – Bernama

    Discussion on MH370 search in Australia next week, says minister – Bernama

    The government today decided to send a delegation to Canberra, Australia next week to discuss the next phase of the search for the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370. Defence minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the delegation led by Transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, would also be looking at the issue of cost [...]

    22-Aug-2014 Intellasia | Bernama | 6:00 AM
  • ‘Chinese hackers’ stole secret MH370 data from Malaysia

    ‘Chinese hackers’ stole secret MH370 data from Malaysia

    Chinese hackers stole classified information from Malaysian officials involved in the search for MH370 a day after the plane disappeared, it has been claimed. Government departments received e-mails with a virus attached disguised as a hoax news report claiming the Malaysian Airlines jet had been found. When officials opened the attachment, the virus immediately began [...]

    22-Aug-2014 Intellasia | Standard Media | 6:00 AM
  • N Korea Moved Some Of Its Most Advanced Weaponry To The Chinese Border In A Sign Of Rising Tensions

    N Korea Moved Some Of Its Most Advanced Weaponry To The Chinese Border In A Sign Of Rising Tensions

    In a sign of the continuing decline in relations between North Korea and China, Pyongyang moved a number of tanks and armored vehicles away from South Korea to the Chinese border, according to The Chosun Ilbo, citing an anonymous source. North Korea has reportedly deployed 80 tanks to Ryanggang Province, directly across the border from [...]

    22-Aug-2014 Intellasia | Business Insider | 6:00 AM
  • Rescuers comb through devastation of Japan landslide

    Rescuers comb through devastation of Japan landslide

    Thousands of rescuers combed through the wreckage of homes engulfed by landslides in western Japan on Thursday in the slim hope of finding survivors, a day after a wall of mud claimed at least 39 lives. Police officers, firefighters and soldiers worked through the night in a desperate bid to find seven people still unaccounted [...]

    22-Aug-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM
  • Indonesian court to rule on Prabowo’s election challenge

    Indonesian court to rule on Prabowo’s election challenge

    An Indonesian court will Thursday rule on ex-general Prabowo Subianto’s bid to overturn the results of last month’s presidential election, with a panel of judges expected to reject his claims that widespread cheating cost him victory. Tens of thousands of police and soldiers will be on duty at the Constitutional Court in Jakarta and around [...]

    22-Aug-2014 Intellasia | The Jakarta Post | 7:18 AM
  • China rejects Manila protest on ships, complains of detentions

    China rejects Manila protest on ships, complains of detentions

    China rejected Philippine complaints on Wednesday about Chinese survey vessels operating in a gas-rich area of Manila’s exclusive economic zone, and has lodged a separate complaint about the detention of Chinese workers, as tensions persist. Philippine President Benigno Aquino said over the weekend that two Chinese survey vessels had been sighted in part of the [...]

    22-Aug-2014 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

Society

Singapore on key trade routes for illicit bear bile products: report

Singapore is a key international trade route for bear bile products and sustains a well-developed domestic market, according to a new report by an international group that monitors illicit wildlife trade. In its ‘Brought To Bear’ report released on Thursday, wildlife-trade monitoring group Traffic examined 604 cases of seizures of bears and bear products from [...]

ALS ice bucket challenge hits Malaysia

The ALS ice bucket challenge has gone viral on social media, with both celebrities and regular folk dumping ice water on themselves to create awareness of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The challenge dares participants to be video recorded as they pour iced water on themselves. The challenge has [...]

‘Sex harassment’ scandal rocks skating in Japan

A sexual harassment scandal was gripping Japan’s skating world Wednesday after pictures emerged of a young heartthrob Olympian in the clutches of the 49-year-old boss of his sport. Snapshots purportedly taken at a party held after the Winter Olympics closed in Sochi show skater-turned-politician Seiko Hashimoto hugging and kissing the now 28-year-old Daisuke Takahashi. In [...]

Health

Heartbleed Flaw Used By Chinese Hackers to Steal 4.5 Million Hospital Records

The Heartbleed Bug which caused widespread panic earlier this year has been blamed for the huge cyber-security breach at a US hospital group which saw 4.5 million patient records stolen. According to David Kennedy, chief executive of TrustedSec, the criminals – believed to be from China – stole the records from Community Health Systems by [...]

China’s health authorities jump on ‘ice bucket challenge’ charity bandwagon

The “ice bucket challenge” – a splashy worldwide charity campaign – has gotten support from China’s national health authorities, who want to raise funds for the care of patients with rare diseases. The challenge requires a person to tip a bucket of ice water over his or her head, usually after filming a short message [...]

Vietnam, Burma test three patients for Ebola

Vietnam and Myanmar are testing three patients for the deadly Ebola virus after they arrived in the Southeast Asian nations from Africa while suffering from fever, health officials said. Two Nigerians were sent to HCM City’s Tropical Diseases Hospital for isolation after they arrived in the city by plane, Vietnam’s health ministry said, adding that [...]

FinanceAsia

Curtain up: dmexco 2014 Will Feature an Outstanding Conference Program

“The future standards of the international digital economy will be set at the dmexco Conference 2014! As an information broker and central networking platform, we are staging an absolutely top-class program that will present trends and innovations to decision-makers in the fields of marketing, media, and advertising, and also bring these people together with the [...]

SE Asia Stocks – Indonesia up before court verdict; Thai at more than 14-month high

Stocks in Indonesia recouped early losses and closed near a 15-month high on Thursday ahead of a court ruling on the presidential election, while Thai shares edged up after the country’s army chief was appointed prime minister. Jakarta’s Composite Index, which measures the movement of 501 stocks, finished 0.3 percent higher at 5,206.14, its highest [...]

SE Asia economic integration could worsen inequality: study

A plan by Southeast Asian countries to establish a European Union-inspired single market next year could worsen inequality and is likely to benefit men more than women, a new study warned Wednesday. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has set 2015 as the target to create a single economic market across the 10-nation bloc [...]

Regional

India, Singapore pledge to boost defence ties

India and Singapore pledged to enhance their defence relationship, agreeing that boosting such ties was in the interest of both countries. This was discussed during a meeting between Singapore Defence minister, Dr Ng Eng Hen, who is on official visit to India, and India’s Defence minister Arun Jaitley, here yesterday. During the meeting, both ministers [...]

ACCC launches legal action against Informed Sources and retailers over alleged petrol price sharing

The competition watchdog has launched legal action against Australia’s major petrol retailers for price sharing. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has launched Federal Court action against petrol price information service Informed Sources, and several of its key clients. The retailers targeted by the ACCC action are BP, Caltex, Eureka Operations (Coles Express), Woolworths [...]

Australia says Bitcoin not taxable as currency

Crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin should not be considered as money or a foreign currency when it comes to taxation, Australia’s tax authority ruled Wednesday. In guidance designed to help people finalise their tax returns, the Australian Tax Office said Bitcoins were a form of property, disappointing those hoping they would be seen as a currency. [...]

China

Trade with China helps Taiwan preserve autonomy: Cabinet spokesman

The Wall Street Journal published a letter from Executive Yuan spokesman Sun Lih-chyun Tuesday in which the spokesperson for Taiwan’s government reaffirmed the island’s bid for steady development of ties with China as a means to preserve Taiwan’s economic and political autonomy. Published in the “Letters to the Editor” section of the influential paper, Sun [...]

HP revenue inches up after years of decline

Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday reported that its quarterly revenue rose for the first time in three years, nudged by improved computer sales everywhere except Russia and China. Net revenue for the quarter that ended July 31 was $27.6 billion, a one percent improvement from the same period last year when the California computer maker took in [...]

China’s Peking Opera company marks anniversary with US tour

With lavishly embroidered costumes, elaborate makeup and acrobatics, a troupe of nearly 90 singers, actors and musicians of the Peking Opera begins a special US tour on Wednesday at New York’s Lincoln Centre. Peking Opera, known as jingju in Chinese, is the country’s national form of theater, combining unique storytelling, acrobatics, acting and martial arts [...]

Malaysia

Malaysia Still Yearns for Closure as the First MH 17 Bodies Return

Malaysia Still Yearns for Closure as the First MH 17 Bodies Return

Malaysia came to a standstill Friday morning as the first remains of its nationals killed on the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 were received with a minute of silence. How a Dutch Firm Plans to Find MH370 in Seabeds Less Mapped Than MarsInvestigators Examine Shrapnel-Like Holes in MH17 DebrisLife in a Town Where Every Home [...]

Malaysia in mourning as MH17 remains return home

Malaysia in mourning as MH17 remains return home

Malaysia will drape itself in black for a national day of mourning Friday as it welcomes home the remains of 20 citizens killed on downed Flight MH17. Malaysian King Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah and Prime Minister Najib Razak will attend a sombre ceremony at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, followed by a minute’s silence observed nationwide [...]

Goodnight Malaysian 370: Co-Pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid Cleared in Theory Captain Shah Cut Cabin Oxygen

Goodnight Malaysian 370: Co-Pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid Cleared in Theory Captain Shah Cut Cabin Oxygen

A new theory about the fate of doomed flight MH370 which clears co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid has been welcomed by his family. New research on the MH370 tragedy has claimed everyone on board died up to four hours before the plane crashed somewhere in the Indian Ocean, in March. In the new theory, captain Zaharie [...]

Indonesia

Indonesian court to rule on Prabowo’s election challenge

Indonesian court to rule on Prabowo’s election challenge

An Indonesian court will Thursday rule on ex-general Prabowo Subianto’s bid to overturn the results of last month’s presidential election, with a panel of judges expected to reject his claims that widespread cheating cost him victory. Tens of thousands of police and soldiers will be on duty at the Constitutional Court in Jakarta and around [...]

Independence celebrations: Indonesia celebrates 69 years of freedom

Independence celebrations: Indonesia celebrates 69 years of freedom

The 69th Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia was celebrated on Tuesday at an event hosted by Indonesian Ambassador Burhan Muhammad at the Embassy in Islamabad. The reception was attended by government dignitaries, diplomats, Pakistani military officers, businesspersons and representatives of civil society, according to a press release. Federal minister for Commerce Engineer Khurram [...]

Singapore’s migme to be preinstalled in over half of Indonesia’s new smartphones

Remember mig33? It is a Singapore-based microblogging company which recently changed its name to migme (ASX:MIG). Just last week, migme debuted as a publicly traded stock on the Australian Stock Exchange. And today, migme announced that it has tied a deal with three big handset players in Indonesia, which the company claims gives migme “access [...]

Singapore

ICAP launches Singapore coal derivatives trading

ICAP, the world’s largest interdealer broker, has opened a coal derivatives trading desk in Singapore in a move that highlights the growing importance of the Asian city-state as a commodities trading hub amid robust Chinese demand for coal. It is another sign of London-based Icap’s ambitions to tap increasing demand in Asia for hedging of [...]

Singapore’s migme to be preinstalled in over half of Indonesia’s new smartphones

Remember mig33? It is a Singapore-based microblogging company which recently changed its name to migme (ASX:MIG). Just last week, migme debuted as a publicly traded stock on the Australian Stock Exchange. And today, migme announced that it has tied a deal with three big handset players in Indonesia, which the company claims gives migme “access [...]

Singapore’s food security dependent on diversifying sources: Maliki

nvesting in research and development for food is one possible solution to addressing the country’s food security challenge, says minister of State for National Development Dr Maliki Osman. The Republic is reliant on other countries in terms of food support, but diversifying food sources minimises the impact of a crisis on any single food source, [...]

Thailand

Thailand helps promote Burma’s MICE industry

Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) yesterday (August 19) signed an agreement to enhance their cooperation in boosting the MICE industry in Myanmar. “Meetings and exhibitions are a major tool in boosting foreign tourism income. TCEB has over 10 years of experience [...]

Thai junta chief tipped to become PM

Thai junta chief tipped to become PM

Thailand’s coup leader is expected to be picked as prime minister by the kingdom’s new army-dominated national assembly, junta sources said Wednesday, cementing the military’s hold on power in the politically turbulent nation. Army Chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha is likely to be the sole candidate for the premiership when the 197-strong appointed assembly convenes on Thursday [...]

Industrial Sentiment Improves Again in Post-Coup Thailand

Industrial sentiment in Thailand rose for a third straight month in July as the military government’s economic plans became more clear. The monthly Thai Industries Sentiment Index, from the Federation of Thai Industries, showed that sentiment rose to 89.7 last month from 88.4 in June. The Federation of Thai industries surveyed 1,147 industrial operators across [...]

Philippines

Lawyer: Makati is ‘chop-chop capital of the Philippines’

Lawyer Renato Bondal tagged Makati City as the “chop-chop capital of the Philippines,” noting the local government splits contracts for one project to allegedly bloat the total price. During the Senate hearing on the P2.7 billion Makati City Hall II office and parking building, Bondal alleged the local government led by the Binays operates a [...]

China rejects Manila protest on ships, complains of detentions

China rejects Manila protest on ships, complains of detentions

China rejected Philippine complaints on Wednesday about Chinese survey vessels operating in a gas-rich area of Manila’s exclusive economic zone, and has lodged a separate complaint about the detention of Chinese workers, as tensions persist. Philippine President Benigno Aquino said over the weekend that two Chinese survey vessels had been sighted in part of the [...]

Red Ribbon appears at Blue Ribbon probe

From a parking building to cakes given as gifts to senior citizens, the Makati government is guilty of overpricing. This is according to lawyer Renato Bondal, who elicited jokes and laughter at the Senate Blue Ribbon committee yesterday as he brought out three cakes to bolster his accusations about the building overprice. The Binays have [...]

Japan

Rebound in Exports Signals Hope in Japan

Japan’s exports rose in July for the first time in three months, government data showed on Wednesday, in a tentative sign that overseas demand is starting to recover, which could raise hopes that exports could offset a slump in consumer spending. The 3.9 percent rise compared with the same month last year was roughly in [...]

Japan’s carmakers review Philippines plans amid policy delays

Top Japanese automakers in the Philippines are threatening to shift production to cheaper Southeast Asian countries as the government drags its feet on a plan to rebuild its shrinking car manufacturing industry. The potential pullout of production lines by Toyota Motor and Mitsubishi Motors, which have a combined 50,000 vehicle annual capacity in the country, [...]

UPDATE 3-Japan export rebound offers hope for economic growth

Japan’s exports rose in July for the first time in three months in a tentative sign that overseas demand is starting to recover, which could raise hopes that exports can offset a slump in consumer spending. The export data will be a relief for the Bank of Japan, which has predicated its economic growth and [...]

Korea

Dozens of foreign English teachers arrested on drug charges

Thirty-seven people, many of them foreigners staying in South Korea as English teachers, have been arrested and booked on charges of smuggling, trading and consuming marijuana, police said Wednesday. Those arrested included a South Korean national with US residence, surnamed Shin, as well as a Korean American, surnamed Kim, according to the Seoul Metropolitan Police [...]

N Korea: China’s Largest Drug Dealer?

As The Diplomat has been following closely, China recently launched a crackdown on illegal narcotics in the country. So far, public reports have indicated that the main targets in this stepped up war on drugs are high-profile celebrities and foreigners from Western nations and Asian countries like South Korea and Japan. However, the biggest loser [...]

Korea, China upgrade partnership on trade, finance, culture: think tank

South Korea and China have upgraded the bilateral partnership since the two nations set up diplomatic relations in 1992, especially on areas of trade, finance and culture, a South Korean think tank said Thursday. After Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Seoul in July, the neighbours strengthened their strategic cooperative partnership, upgrading the quality of bilateral [...]

Hong Kong

China’s health authorities jump on ‘ice bucket challenge’ charity bandwagon

The “ice bucket challenge” – a splashy worldwide charity campaign – has gotten support from China’s national health authorities, who want to raise funds for the care of patients with rare diseases. The challenge requires a person to tip a bucket of ice water over his or her head, usually after filming a short message [...]

HK’s Rich Get Richer as Economy Shrinks

The gap between Hong Kong’s rich and the rest of the population is widening as surging asset prices shield the wealthy from an economic contraction. The CHART OF THE DAY shows gauges of stock and home prices in the city have more than doubled since 2008 to record highs. While the median household income rose [...]

MSCI HK Index Rises to Record After 21pct Rebound

The MSCI Hong Kong Index rose to a record, rebounding 21 percent from a February low, as the city’s bourse operator led gains on optimism about a stock-trading link with Shanghai and developers jumped on record home prices. Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd (388) surged 54 percent since February 5, while Henderson Land Development [...]

Taiwan

Taiwan to continue seeking participation in economic integration

Taiwan will continue its efforts to strengthen bilateral economic ties with countries in the Asia-Pacific region and seek trade liberation, officials said Thursday in response to reports of China opposing a Taiwan-Malaysia free trade agreement (FTA). The country will continue efforts to strength bilateral and multilateral relations with countries in the region, said Anna Kao, [...]

Taiwan’s ex-China affairs official accused of leaking secrets

Taiwan’s ex-China affairs official accused of leaking secrets

One of Taiwan’s top negotiators on China policy is being investigated on suspicion of leaking secrets after resigning, his superior said Wednesday, in the latest political scandal to rock the island. Wang Yu-chi, minister in charge of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, said his former deputy Chang Hsien-yao is being investigated following a tip-off he received [...]

Taiwan govt plans to raise $710 million from TSMC stock sale next year – sources

Taiwan’s government plans to sell 177 million shares of TSMC next year to raise T$21.3 billion (428.53 million pounds), part of a broader move to help repay its debts, two sources with close knowledge of the situation said on Thursday. The government hopes to raise a total of T$64.6 billion from sales of its various [...]

Vietnam

Business Brief August 22

* VietJetAir sells 11,000 tickets from 9,000 dong during happy hours from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. everyday until August 31. Passengers can book these promotional tickets on www.vietjetair.com for 27 domestic and international flights of the no-frills carrier and pay by using Visa, MasterCard, JCB, American Express and ATM cards issued by local banks. [...]

Businesses to be allowed to trade in 43 more business lines prohibited so far

At the cabinet meeting taken place on August 19, the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MOPI) proposed to cut the list of prohibited business lines from 51 to eight. Specifically, the proposed eight prohibited lines of investment and business include the sales of military weapons, equipments, techniques, special vehicles; narcotics business; production, sales, storage, consumption [...]

Hanoi’s eight months CPI rises by 1.53pct year-on-year

The Hanoi Statistics Office has lately announced the capital city’s consumer price index (CPI) in August 2014 with a month on month rise of 0.19 percent and a rise of 3.32 percent from last August. Thus, the city’s average CPI in the first eight months of the year rose by 1.53 percent from the same [...]