TL;DR: WEEK OF 1 JULY

Written by Millegram

MON: HONG KONG PROTESTERS TURN VIOLENT, REJECT CLOSED-DOOR DIALOGUE

Thousands of student protesters stormed the Legislative Council (LegCo) complex on July 1, destroying parts of the building and defacing portraits. In response, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam invited student leaders from the University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and Chinese University for a closed-door dialogue. Student leaders from eight Hong Kong universities issued a joint statement rejecting the invitation and said that a dialogue would only take place if Lam promised to organise public town hall meetings and exonerate extradition bill protesters facing charges.

The Full Story @
Vox – Comprehensive coverage on the LegCo chaos
South China Morning Post – Response by the student leaders’ union

 

TUE: DENSUS 88 ARREST FIVE JI MILITANTS

Indonesia’s National Police counter terrorism squad (DENSUS 88) have arrested five militants, including Para Wijayanto, the leader of the terrorist group Jamaah Islamiyah (JI), in various locations around West Java and East Java. DENSUS 88 also described the five militants as “Neo-JI”, as they had built economic strength by running an oil palm plantation business while recruiting members and attempting to set up a caliphate in Indonesia.

The Full Story @
Jakarta Globe – Further details about the arrest
The Straits Times – Further details about JI’s means of building economic strength and about Para Wijayanto

 

TUE: AN EYE FOR AN EYE – SOUTH KOREA PUSHES BACK AGAINST JAPAN

One day after Japan announced a tightening of its exports of high-tech materials to South Korea over a dispute about the compensation for forced laborers during WWII, South Korea retaliated sharply by issuing a formal protest to Japan’s foreign ambassador to South Korea Yasumasa Nagamine, and will take steps to file a complaint against Japan with the World Trade Organisation based on international and domestic laws. 

The Full Story @
NHK World Japan – More details on South Korea’s point of view
Japan Today – More details on Japan’s tightening of export restrictions

 

WED: HUAWEI MALAYSIA’S NO WORRIES CAMPAIGN AMIDST TRADE WAR

Amidst media speculation and recent developments in the US-China trade war, Huawei Malaysia has launched its No Worries Campaign with new competitive prices and a longer warranty period for its devices. Huawei Malaysia’s major local business partners, such as Senheng, Courts and Lazada, have also extended their support with refund programmes. Customers will be able to request for a full refund when any Google App fails to function on their Huawei devices. 

The Full Story @
New Straits Times – Further details on the campaign
Evening Standard – Full story on the Google Huawei ban

 

THU: MALAYSIAN BAN ON SEA SAND EXPORTS COULD AFFECT SINGAPORE

Singapore’s land reclamation plans could be complicated by Malaysia’s ban on sea sand exports. In 2018, Singapore’s imported 97% of its sand from Malaysia, accounting for 95% of Malaysia’s global sand sales. Although unnamed Malaysian government sources claimed the move was to curb Singapore’s expansion plans, such claims were denied by the Press Secretary for Malaysia’s Prime Minister Akmar Hisham, who said that it was a move to clamp down on illegal sand smuggling. 

The Full Story @
Reuters – Further details on the ban
Malaysian Reserve – Further updates by Malaysian authorities on the situation

 

THU: WHAT? IT’S CANCELLED? 

The Asia-Pacific Model United Nations Conference 2019 (AMUNC), due to happen on 7 July, had been cancelled abruptly due to a breakdown in communication between Miss Deng Yu Shan, the student organiser, and the Political Science Society (PSSOC) within the National University of Singapore (NUS), of which she is also a member. In its 25th year running, AMUNC is a prestigious travelling conference for university students in the region requiring tedious preparation beforehand. 

The Full Story @
The New Paper – More details on how the sudden cancellation of AMUNC has affected students
The New Paper – Follow-up on the previous article about reasons for the cancellation

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