Society

Rice, rice baby

While rice consumption in Asia is declining rapidly as a consequence of the region’s economic growth, rising disposable income, lifestyle changes and massive rural-to-urban labour migration, the staple remains Asia’s most important crop. It continues to be the single largest source of calories for the majority of consumers who are poor; in 2007, rice accounted


Public morality outrage

Malaysia maintains “public morality” in the ASEAN human rights declaration; SEA women to appeal again to foreign ministers Malaysia continues to resist the calls of women to remove “public morality”” from the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD), as it is being drafted by the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). During the dialogue with


Child’s play

The welfare of children has dramatically improved in the past ten years. It is an encouraging trend – but massive disparities remain between nations It is a success story that many countries can only dream of. Since 2000, infant mortality in Southeast Asia has fallen by one third, with countries such as Cambodia and Malaysia even