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In pictures: Asean in Singapore, Viet Pride and Bangkok’s new icon

Posted on: November 17, 2018 | Current Affairs

This week many of the world’s leaders descended on Southeast Asia’s richest nation for the semiannual Asean Summit, while Malaysia protested child marriage and Vietnam celebrated Gay Pride

Activists hold placards as they gather outside the parliament building to hand over a memorandum and petitions to end child marriage Photo: Ahmad Yusni / EPA-EFE

A group of activists and schoolchildren gathered outside Malaysia’s parliament building to hand over a memorandum and a petition with 156,000 signatures to the government asking to end child marriage in Malaysia. Conversation on the matter was reignited in July this year after a 41-year-old Malaysian man took an 11-year-old girl as his third wife. Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has promised that laws will be tabled in parliament to better protect child brides.

Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte adjust his microphone during the 21st ASEAN-Japan Summit at the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related meetings in Singapore, 14 November 2018 Photo: How Hwee Young / EPA-EFE

While news of Duterte’s power naps offered a little light relief, the rest of the 33rd Asean summit in Singapore was all business. In attendance, the ten leaders of Asean, plus the likes of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. On the table was Southeast Asia’s role in the Indo-Pacific region, and Myanmar’s ongoing efforts to repatriate the Rohingya people displaced by internal conflict.

The shopping complex “Iconsiam” is illuminated during the opening ceremony in Bangkok on Friday Photo: Narong Sangnak / EPA-EFE

Iconsiam was opened on Friday, a $1.6 billion landmark development project comprising a hotel, residences and two luxury shopping complexes with nearly 500 local and international flagship stores, including the first Apple Store in Thailand. It is Thailand’s largest-ever commercial property, and a joint-venture by the Thai companies Siam Piwat, Magnolia Quality Development Corporation, and Charoen Pokphand Group.

People ride bicycles as they take part in the seventh Viet Pride festival in Hanoi on Sunday Photo: Luong Thai Linh / EPA-EFE

Hundreds took part in a colourful bicycle parade through many streets of Hanoi, marking the seventh annual Viet Pride, the country’s version of Gay Pride. More than 1,000 people joined in the event, which also included a walking parade and live music. Some attendees told the AFP they hoped the parade would push the government to recognise same-sex unions.

Members of the Filipino indigenous tribe ‘Igorot’ clad in traditional costumes perform with their gongs during a media tour in Baguio city, Benguet province, Philippines Photo: Darryl Go / EPA-EFE

The Department of Tourism showcased festivals and cultures of different indigenous tribes inhabiting the rugged terrain of the Cordillera Region of the norther Philippines as an alternative tourist destination amid rehabilitation of world-class resort islands in the country. One such island, Boracay, was closed for six months this year to tourists in order to protect its environment. It partially opened again in October.