Category: Southeast Asia

Donald Trump’s ‘Dutertefication’ of the White House

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST William Pesek says one can joke about the similarities between the American and Philippine presidents, but the likeness goes deeper than their crude statements, and Trump’s embrace of strongman politics puts the whole world on edge William Pesek 16 Mar 2018 When Rodrigo Duterte ran for the Philippine presidency in 2016, the international media couldn’t

Hats off to Singapore for raising taxes

Nikkei Asian Review March 1, 2018 7:00 am JST William Pesek City-state’s brave move offers a new model for Asia As Singapore meddles with the ultimate taboo — hiking taxes — Lee Hsien Loong’s government is offering something truly shocking: leadership. Japan’s population is aging as rapidly as Singapore’s and fertility is just as scarce,

Dr. M’s political return will delay Malaysia’s rise

February 1, 2018 10:00 am JST William Pesek: Former prime minister’s political return will delay Malaysia’s rise Challenging Najib is one thing, but there are greater economic issues needing attention   Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak, second from left, inspects the United Malays National Organisation youth during the annual assembly in Kuala Lumpur on Dec. 10. ©