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Since we were in that part of the world, I>StarMag/Itook the opportunity to ferret out a firsthand account of the grisly #8216;ninja killings#8217; that took place in Banyuwangi in 1998.
There are thousands of Indonesian women working in Malaysia, the majority of them as maids. They come in search of decent paying jobs to support the families they left behind. That much Malaysians know. Yet, few employers really know what the salaries they pay their maids mean to these women and their families and how their lives are actually transformed. I>StarMag/Idecided to find out by following one maid home when she returned for her granddaughter#8217;s wedding. B>PHILIP GOLINGAI/Breports from Banyuwangi, Indonesia.
How do all these Indonesian women end up in Malaysia as maids, anyway, wonders PHILIP GOLINGAI?
WITH 2002 being a favourable year for world commodity markets, many plantation companies have been benefiting from the surge in crude palm oil prices. Thus, it comes as no surprise that many are putting aside a larger cash horde to reward shareholders.
MARKED poverty triggered by the Asian meltdown has fuelled a burgeoning trade in wild animals in Indonesia, where an orangutan costs less than RM900 and rare birds the price of a meal. Endangered species are threatened with near extinction, and habitats are being torn apart. Yet there is little the government can - or will - do about it.
ASIAN currencies further strengthened against the US dollar yesterday in late Asian trading as America#146;s President George W. Bush beat the war drums even harder in a hawkish State of the Union speech to the US Congress.