In KL, Malaysian women march to reclaim their space Reply

BY DANIAL DZULKIFLY The Malay Mail Online  Saturday March 10, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Hundreds of Malaysians, most of them women, took to the streets of Kuala Lumpur today to march in conjunction with the International Women’s Day this week.

The around 1-km march this year, from the Sogo shopping mall to Tugu Takraw at the Jamek Mosque, is aimed at reclaiming women’s space in the public. More…

Myanmar, EU reaffirm commitment on human rights Reply

By Mizzima Saturday March 10, 2018

The Fourth EU-Myanmar Human Rights Dialogue on 5 March brought EU Special Representative Stavros Lambrinidis back to Myanmar for the sixth time since 2012. Photo: The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar and the European Union held their fourth Human Rights Dialogue this week in Nay Pyi Taw co-chaired by Minister for International Cooperation Kyaw Tin and EU Special Representative for Human Rights Stavros Lambrinidis. More…

Japan to build schools in conflict zones Reply

By Haw Betty Han The Myanmar Times 8 March 2018

A school in Mulon-Lone Hae village of Hopong township, Shan State. Naw Betty Han/The Myanmar Times

The Nippon Foundation has vowed to support education in troubled states in Myanmar as part of the Japanese government’s effort to help resolve the decades-old armed conflicts in the country. More…

300th school built by Nippon Foundation in Shan State, Myanmar Reply

By Mizzima Monday, 5 March 2018

Photo: Hong Sar/Mizzima

The Nippon Foundation has completed it 300th School in Shan State, state media reported on 5 March.

The post-primary school was built under an initiative to construct schools by the Ministry of Border Affairs and the Nippon Foundation.

According to the report, the Nippon Foundation has been providing assistance since 2002 to build or renovate schools and implement projects in the community to raise funds. He said the foundation was planning to expand the project into northern and southern Shan state and Kayah State to build some 120 schools.

From MIZZIMA (MYANMAR) Monday March 5, 2018


By JESSICHA VALENTINA The Jakarta Post Monday March 5, 2018

“Kabasaran”, a traditional Minahasan war dance, is among the cultural performances presented in Cap Go Meh Glodok 2018 festival on Sunday, March 4.

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Back in Soeharto’s New Order government, it probably had never crossed the minds of Chinese-Indonesians that one day they could celebrate Cap Go Meh on the streets of Jakarta, as Presidential Instruction (Inpres) No. 14/1967 banned all Chinese cultural and linguistic expressions. Fortunately, former president Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur) lifted the ban in 2001.

Fast forward to 2018, the long stretches of Jl. Hayam Wuruk and Jl. Gajah Mada in Central Jakarta were temporarily closed on Sunday. The busy streets were transformed into a carnival venue for the second installment of Cap Go Meh Glodok festival. More…

Don’t be afraid to invest in Africa – Indonesian ambassadors Reply

By Sheany Jakarta Globe February 14, 2018

Indonesian ambassadors stationed in African countries on Tuesday (13/02) urged Indonesian businesses to invest in the continent and change their mindsets about Africa as a region of conflict. (Photo Courtesy of Foreign Affairs Ministry)

JAKARTA, IndonesiAIndonesian ambassadors stationed in African countries on Tuesday (13/02) urged Indonesian businesses to invest in the continent and change their mindsets about Africa as a region of conflict. More…

Indonesia group JKT48’s Melody named Japan-ASEAN Goodwill Ambassador Reply

THE JAKARTA POST Thursday March 1, 2018

Melody Nurramdhani Laksania is pictured with Japanese Ambassador to ASEAN Kazuo Sunaga in Jakarta on Wednesday, March 28, with the certificate officially naming her as Goodwill Ambassador for Japan-ASEAN Agriculture. (

JAKARTA, Indonesia – A member of the platoon-sized girl band JKT48, 26-year-old Melody Nurramdhani Laksania, was officially named the Goodwill Ambassador for Japan-ASEAN Agriculture by the Japanese government on Wednesday. More…

Myanmar contemporary art making up for lost time Reply


Two men look at abstract artworks on display in the Museum Activity Art Exhibition at the National Museum in Yangon. Aung Myin Ye Zaw/The Myanmar Times

YANGON, Myanmar – The national museum ends its 20 year-long policy of ignoring contemporary Myanmar artists

For the first time in more than 20 years, the National Museum in Yangon plans to grow its collection of contemporary Myanmar art.   More…