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In pictures: Anwar Ibrahim campaigns, Myanmar journalists arrested, and Asean gathering

Posted on: October 12, 2018 | Current Affairs

Malaysian Prime Minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim hits the campaign trail, journalists from Eleven Media group in Myanmar are arrested for an article criticising the Yangon Regional Government, and Asean leaders meet on the side of the annual IMF-World Bank meeting in Indonesia.

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (r) holds hand of next prime minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim (l) during a campaign ahead of the by-election in Port Dickson, Malaysia on 9 October Photo: Fazry Ismail / EPA-EFE

Anwar Ibrahim, who is contesting the Port Dickson by-election in an attempt at a parliamentary comeback, was convicted and imprisoned for sodomy twice in what were widely regarded as politically motivated trials. His ally-turned-enemy-turned-ally Mahathir Mohamed joined his Pakatan Harapan coalition, and Anwar was pardoned after it gained power in the May general election.

Editor-in-chief of Eleven Media Kyaw Zaw Linn (c), escorted by police, gestures in handcuffs as he leaves Tamwe township courts before being brought to Insein Prison, Yangon, Myanmar Photo: Lynn Bo Bo / EPA-EFE

Myanmar police on 10 October arrested three journalists from Eleven Media Group after Yangon Regional Government filed a lawsuit against them for a story published two days before, which criticises the controversial business ventures of the regional government for wasting public money. Editor-in-chief Kyaw Zaw Linn, managing editor Nari Min and chief reporter Phyo Wai Win were sent to Insein Prison after being brought to the court to be charged for allegedly inciting offences against the state or public order. This charge does not allow for bail to be granted and carries a maximum punishment of two years imprisonment.

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, Singapore Lee Hsien Loong, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Philippines Rodrigo Roa Duterte pose for photo in Nusa Dua, Bali Photo: Johannes P Christo / EPA-EFE

The IMF-World Bank annual meeting this year takes place in Bali, Indonesia from 8 to 14 October. The annual meetings are meant to discuss the work of the institutions, including seminars, regional briefings, and other events related to the global economy. The ASEAN Leaders Gathering, on the side-line of the IMF-World Bank meeting, will allow leaders of Southeast Asian countries to meet each other and representatives of organisations like the United Nations, IMF, and World Bank.

The vehicle pulling the coffin of Vietnam’s late former Communist Party Secretary General Do Muoi during his funeral at the National Funeral House in Hanoi, Vietnam Photo: Stringer / EPA-EFE

The former Vietnamese Communist Party (VCP) Secretary General Do Muoi died on 1 October 2018 at the age of 101. During his tenure as secretary general he was known for continuing the policies of collective leadership within the party and economic reform (doi moi) enacted by his predecessor, Nguyen Van Linh. Even after he officially retired from politics in 1997, he continued to wield political influence.

Cambodian men ride their buffalos during a race that marks the day of the dead, also named the Ancestors’ Day, in Vihear Sour village in Kandal Province, Cambodia on 9 October Photo: Mak Remissa / EPA-EFE

The villagers organised buffalo and horse racings, and Khmer traditional wrestling to celebrate their local customs and traditions. Known in Cambodia as Pchum Ben, the 15-day festival is a time when Cambodians pay their respects to their deceased ancestors. The gates of hell are said to be open and ghosts are more active, so the living give food offerings to the spirits of their relatives.