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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.