Banned in Malaysia, producers show movie for free online instead Reply

The Malay Mail Online Tuesday  February 21, 2917


‘Absent Without Leave’ will be made available to local viewers on the Internet for free. ― Picture via Facebook/Absent Without Leave

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 ― The makers of the award-winning movie Absent Without Leave, which was banned here due to communist overtones, will make it available to local viewers without charge.

Producers Hummingbird Production said it decided to show the movie online after it was unable to secure approval from local authorities to screen the story set during the Communist Insurgency.

“It’s still forbidden to screen the film in Malaysian cinemas. So we decided to make the film available for free on Internet ― only for Malaysian audience ― in the week from February 28th to March 5th 2017,” the firm wrote on Facebook.

The movie link will be made available via a Facebook event.

Absent Without Leave is directed by Sitiawan-born Lau Kek Huat and recounts the story of his grandfather’s experiences during the insurgency.

The movie took five years to make and cost Lau over RM80,000.

It has been shown in several film festivals around the world including South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore, where it won the Singapore International Film Festival’s Audi­ence Award.

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From: The Malay Mail Online Tuesday  February 21, 2917



Raja Ampat in Indonesia to Organize Various Festivals to Lure Tourists Reply

ANTARA, TEMPO.CO Sunday, 22 January, 2017


The Pianemo kars hill at Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Image: TEMPO/Hariadi Hafid

JAKARTA, Indonesia  – The district administration of Raja Ampat in West Papua Province will organize various festivals to lure tourists to the island.

The planned festivals will be part of the tourism campaign for the region, according to the Head of Raja Ampat tourism office, Yusdi Lamatenggo, on Saturday (Jan. 21). More…

LPTB Susan Budihardjo Hatches Promising New Talent for Indonesia’s Fashion Industry Reply

Jakarta Globe January 19, 2017



JAKARTA, Indonesia: Susan Budihardjo’s School of Fashion, better known as LPTB Susan Budihardjo, is legendary. The school, founded by the senior fashion designer in 1980, has produced some of the country’s best fashion talent. Among its alumni are top Indonesian designers such as Adrian Gan, Denny Wirawan, Didi Budiardjo and Sebastian Gunawan. More…

Indonesia Fashion Week 2017 Celebrates Indonesian Culture Reply

Jakarta Globe January 17, 2017



JAKARTA, Indonesia:  Indonesia Fashion Week is annually presented by the Indonesia Fashion Designers and Fashion Entrepreneurs Association, or Appmi, since 2012 and will be held at the Jakarta Convention Center in Senayan, South Jakarta on Feb. 1.

For the first time, the event will be spread over five days and Appmi will present 25 fashion shows, 10 seminars, 10 talk shows and an exhibition featuring more than 520 local fashion brands. More…

Rice-Fish Farming: Sleman Farmers Kill Two Birds With One Stone Reply

Jakarta Globe Monday January 23, 2017


JAKARTA, Indonesia:  Farmers in Sleman, a district of Yogyakarta, has been using a method called “rice-fish farming” to boost their income and promote a more ecosystem-friendly approach to rice farming by avoiding the use of pesticides.

Rice-fish farming, a method of planting rice and breeding fish at the same time, was introduced by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in close collaboration with the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry in late 2015 in Sleman, Yogyakarta, and Limapuluh Kota, another district in West Sumatra. More…

Indonesia President Jokowi Wants 400,000 hectares Peatlands Restored Reply

TEMPO.CO Wednesday January 11, 2017


ANTARA/Rony Muharrman

JAKARTA, Indonesia – President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is targeting to restore 400,000 hectares of peatland this year. By 2020, Widodo wants 2 million hectares of peatlands restored.

“The government is committed to restoring peat lands in seven provinces: Riau, Jambi, South Sumatera, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan and Papua,” Jokowi said when opening a closed cabinet meeting on peatland restoration on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. More…

Conserving Protected Indigenous Karen Landscape in Myanmar Reply

By Mizzima Tuesday January 10, 2017


Photo: Karen Environmental and Social Action Network

The Salween Peace Park, an indigenous Karen landscape conservation initiative dedicated to the conservation of bio-cultural and ecological diversity in one of Southeast Asia’s last greatest natural landscapes, has made a major step toward reality, KESAN said in a statement on 9 January. Following a public referendum, a draft charter for the Salween Peace Park, memorializing the inalienable right to self-determination, and local governance of indigenous Karen over their ancestral land, was completed and received wide support. More…

58 Political Dynasties Developing in Indonesia: ICW Reply

By VINDRY FLORENTIN TEMPO.CO Saturday 7 January, 2017

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Coordinator of the Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) Adnan Topan Husodo said there are 58 political dynasties developing in Indonesia.

“There are 58 political dynasties spread in various regions in the country. The most phenomenal one is the one in Banten Province,” Adnan said in Jakarta on Saturday (7/1). More…

Myanmar’s tourism industry shows promise but has a long way to go Reply

By  Zhang Deming Tedmond Mizzima Thursday January 5, 2017


Ballooning over Bagan. Photo: Elsie Chen

Floating in a balloon above the serene temples of Bagan, you would be forgiven for thinking Myanmar is the perfect tourism destination. But there are challenges to be overcome in terms of tourism infrastructure, accommodation and heritage management if the country it to seek its tourism sector goals. More…