You see it all the time in Hollywood films: Main characters nonchalantly get on a plane to fly somewhere abroad, impulsively booking a trip to a foreign destination and effortlessly going after a golden opportunity that lies ahead, wherever it may be – without having to bother with any visa requirements. For citizens of countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, South Korea and Australia, such spontaneous acts are a reality. Not so much for Indonesians like me. I will never forget the first time I realized how powerless my Indonesian passport really is. In March 2011, my best friend and I won a short trip to London. However, we were notified of our good luck just two weeks prior to departure. Being both first-timers to the UK, we did our research on how to get a British visa and quickly contacted the organizers to ask them to send us a sponsorship letter. Aside from us and two others from Indonesia, the rest of the winners were from Malaysia and the UK. … [Read more...] about I used my powerless Indonesian passport to apply for UK visa. This is what happened.
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Two Southeast Asian women on trial for the February 2017 murder of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader, were ordered today by a High Court in Malaysia to mount a defense against prosecution claims, dashing certain hopes that the accused would be acquitted and released on grounds of insufficient evidence. Trial judge Azmi Ariffin ruled that the prosecution had proven a prima facie case against Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 26, and Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong, 29, both of whom had pleaded “not guilty” when their trial opened last October. The pair, who are the only suspects in custody in connection with the killing by poison, face a mandatory death sentence if convicted. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox The Malaysian judge could not rule out the possibility of a “well-planned conspiracy” between the two women and several North Korean operatives still at large, suggesting the accused had a … [Read more...] about Kim Jong-nam murder suspects one step closer to death
(From left) Wu, Bank of China CEO Wang Hong Wei and Chinese Embassy Consular Counsellor Liu Dongyuan chats with the counter staff. — Sunpix by Aaron NguiSunny Ooi making his visa application at the counter. He is the first to do so at the newly opened centre. — Sunpix by Aaron NguiA smiling Sunny Ooi is now one step closer to his holiday in China. — Sunpix by Aaron Ngui GEORGE TOWN: A retiree became the first person to submit a visa application at the newly opened Chinese Visa Application Service Centre in Penang today. Sunny Ooi, 60, said he was going to Guangzhou, China, in July this year with a group of friends for a holiday. "That is where the good food is," he said when approached by reporters after submitting his application at the centre housed in the Bank of China office in Lebuh Bishop here. Ooi said having a centre in Penang made it convenient for him to apply for visas to visit China in the future. "I do not have to travel to the Chinese Embassy (in Kuala … [Read more...] about Chinese Visa Application Service Centre opens in Penang
He Yuting worked as a daigou – a kind of personal shopper who buys goods in foreign countries to take advantage of preferential prices. Via South China Morning Post The Chinese embassy in Kuala Lumpur is working with local authorities in an effort to trace a 25-year-old Chinese woman who has been missing for two weeks, after arriving in the Malaysian capital on February 7. He Yuting, who lives in southwestern China’s Sichuan province but frequently travels to Malaysia for work, has been out of contact since February 22, her family told the South China Morning Post on Wednesday. He’s mother, Wang Lunyan, said that the last time she spoke to her daughter, she told her she was well and not to worry. But since February 22, He’s phone has been turned off and none of her mother’s messages have been returned. Wang said that He worked as a daigou – a kind of personal shopper who buys goods in foreign countries to take advantage of preferential prices … [Read more...] about Fears grow for young Chinese woman missing in Malaysia
Tyas Weningsih Putri left her village in Kendal, Central Java in August 2016 to try her luck for a second time as a migrant worker in Malaysia. She had been recruited to work in a birds' nest processing factory and expected to receive 900 ringgit per month, as stated in her contract.There were 152 other women who left with her to work in Malaysia. But she soon sensed something was not right when she found that things were not the same as written in her contract."I became suspicious that there was a legal violation when I received my ID card. The address stated was in Shah Alam, but the factory was in Klang. I knew it was not right because I had worked in Malaysia before," Ms Tyas told Asia Focus."Other things were also different from what we had been promised, such as accommodation in a room with free air conditioning and WiFi. We had to pay to get a room with an air conditioner."Her salary was also deducted whenever her supervisor spotted a mistake or when she took sick leave, and she … [Read more...] about Indonesia struggles with human trafficking networks