Speculation surrounds an early state election in Sabah, with the ruling GRS coalition considering leveraging its strengthened position and alliances before the Opposition organizes, despite the mandate until 2025. Analysts warn of risks amid internal tensions and advise caution in the face of potential losses.
Ceasefire in Myanmar Civil War as China mediates, challenging junta. Three Brotherhood Alliance captures strategic towns, impacting China's ties. Ongoing conflict raises concerns of India's involvement.
Indonesia's new capital project, relocating from Jakarta to Nusantara, faces scrutiny and differing views among presidential candidates, impacting the ambitious $35 billion initiative's future and economic prospects.
Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country, grapples with rising anti-Rohingya sentiments fueled by misinformation on social media, challenging efforts to aid refugees amid domestic concerns.
In Malaysia, diverse ethnic communities coexist, contributing to economic progress. Former PM Mahathir's controversial remarks about Indian and Chinese loyalty spark criticism, emphasizing the nation's need for unity.
Taiwan's recent presidential election saw Lai Ching-te of the DPP secure a historic third term, but the party lost its legislative majority. The outcome raises concerns over Sino-U.S. relations, with Southeast Asian nations navigating delicate diplomatic challenges amidst potential regional security shifts.
Malaysia considers legislation to secure governments' full terms amid rising election costs, aiming for economic stability but raising concerns about compromising democratic principles.
Malaysia and Singapore collaborate on a Johor-Singapore Special Economic Zone (JS-SEZ) to boost cross-border trade, investment, and people's movement. The initiative includes passport-free passage and renewable energy cooperation, aiming to create a business-friendly environment. The completion of a new light rail transit system connecting Johor Bahru and Singapore is also underway, expected to ease traffic on the Johor-Singapore Causeway.
Singapore secures top spot on the 2024 Henley Passport Index, leading with 194 visa-free destinations. The country's global standing enhances its role in international business and hospitality.
Philippine and Indonesian Presidents discuss South China Sea tensions, emphasizing regional cooperation. Commitment to finalize Code of Conduct and strengthen border security for stability in the area.