Author: Ismad Qaasim

KOTA KINABALU: Malaysia is fast becoming the preferred destination for Korean golfers, only trailing behind Thailand and the Philippines. South Korean consulate-general in Kota Kinabalu, Joo Jung-cheol, said the state’s fairways attract Koreans due to their accessibility. “Golfers in Korea highly value South East Asia, including destinations like Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines,” he said. He added that attracting 10% of the estimated five million Korean golfers to Sabah would be significant. Joo said this in a meeting with state Tourism, Culture, and Environment Assistant Minister cum Sabah Tourism Board chairman, Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, on Monday (Nov 20).…

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KOTA KINABALU: Malaysia could face the risk of economic downturn and social discord among the various Malaysian races, said Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan. The Sabah Parti Solidariti Tanah Air (Star) president said he was concerned that Malaysians were already displaying signs of division in response to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s support for the Palestinian cause in the ongoing conflict with Israel. “While supporting Palestine is not wrong, I would appeal for careful balance and caution to avoid undue ramifications on the interracial and interreligious relations in our pluralistic Malaysia,” he said in a…

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Southeast Asia must be careful to avoid getting caught in the headwinds of geopolitical rivalries that could lead to regional fragmentation, Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara said on Monday. “At a time when we need more global cooperation, the world has become more fragmented with friend-shoring, decoupling and geopolitical rivalry becoming the norm,” Parnpree said during his keynote speech at the Post’s Hong Kong-Asean Summit 2023. “Major power rivalry must be turned into a rule-based strategic competition that does not force countries in the region to choose sides, nor forgo economic opportunity out of geopolitical consideration.” Asean does not want…

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China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have deepened ties in green economy, emerging as key players in fostering green transformation in recent years. A green economy is defined as low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive, in which public and private investment into economic activities, infrastructure and assets will lead to economic and employment growth, according to the United Nations (UN). These activities will allow reduced carbon emissions and pollution, enhanced energy and resource efficiency, and prevention of the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services, it added. According to a joint statement on China-ASEAN cooperation released in…

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AWARE of the widely held perception that offshore financial centres are potential breeding grounds for financial crime, Labuan Financial Services Authority (Labuan FSA) director-general Nik Mohamed Din Nik Musa is keen to set the record straight on Labuan. “One thing I can say for sure is that Labuan is not a port of entry for money laundering,” he tells The Edge in an interview. According to him, Labuan International Business and Financial Centre (Labuan IBFC) has a strong onboarding policy for companies, as well as robust laws and Anti-Money Laundering/Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) guidelines that comply with international standards.…

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Taipei, Aug. 29 (CNA) Taiwan’s government on Tuesday reaffirmed the nation’s right to conduct military exercises in and around a Taipei-controlled island in the disputed South China Sea after the Vietnamese government issued a protest over a drill held earlier this month. In a press statement, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) rejected Vietnam’s accusation that live-fire drills conducted by Taiwan in waters around Taiping Island on Aug. 23 were a “serious violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty over the islands.” “Vietnam resolutely opposes this act and asks Taiwan not to repeat similar violations,” Vietnamese foreign ministry spokeswoman Pham Thu Hang said…

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The two Prime Ministers agreed to maintain ASEAN’s stance on the South China Sea (known in Việt Nam as the East Sea) issue, and to continue to coordinate in the next phase of the Code of Conduct (COC) negotiations, as well as to make positive contributions to a substantive and effective COC consistent with international law, in line with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Vietnamese Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính and his Malaysian counterpart Anwar Ibrahim have agreed to expand cooperation in many economic areas such as the digital, circular, sharing, and green economies. The agreement was reached in their official…

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Colombo (25/7 – 30.77) In his book “Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday Massacre: Lessons for the International Community,” terrorism expert Dr. Rohan Gunaratna emphasizes the importance of de-radicalizing Islamic ideology to effectively combat Islamic terrorism. He identifies Wahhabism or Salafism as the root of Islamic terrorism, rapidly spreading worldwide through modern communication tools. Gunaratna warns that merely arresting perpetrators after attacks is insufficient; the focus should be on preventing radicalization in the first place. The Easter Sunday bombings in April 2019, which claimed over 200 lives, were fuelled by extremist ideologies inspired by events in the Middle East and Islamic extremists…

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The current administration is well placed to use religious soft power to drive foreign investments and interest in the Malaysian economy. On May 26, Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim sat alongside Dr. Ali Gomaa, the former grand mufti of Egypt, and Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, founder and dean of the Dar al-Mustafa seminary in Tarim, Yemen. The event, entitled Majlis Ilmu Madani, or Gathering of Civilizational Knowledge, could have been construed as a showcase of Malaysia’s Islamic identity, which Anwar vowed to uphold at the dawn of his premiership. However, the event, which attracted more than 18,000 participants, was part of…

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With only a few weeks remaining until Malaysia begins another set of elections — this time in six states — the spotlight is now on the highly contested Malay electorate. This segment of voters is of vital importance to the seven-month-old Unity Government. In the general elections, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s Pakatan Harapan (PH) secured a meagre 11 per cent vote share among Malay voters. He needs to make solid gains on this count during the state polls. The state polls are being framed as an early referendum on his premiership. But the premier is facing two perils: an almost…

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