When I wake up every morning, I step into my bathroom and survey the shelves. There are rows of multi-coloured plastic containers: toothpaste, hair conditioners, hand soap, creams and eye lotions. Since I’m always travelling, I also have stacks of those cheap, single-usage shampoo sachets.Nowadays, (and because of the endless amounts of plastic that I seem to be using) I feel as if I’m a perpetrator and the killer of all those animals. But what is the truth about plastic?
More people speak Javanese than Malay, Burmese or even Thai. Indeed 95 million people or fully 40% of Indonesia’s 265 million strong population are Javanese speakers. However, Javanese is not the national language of the Republic. That is Bahasa Indonesia, which is a variation of the Malay language. How did Javanese, the language of Indonesia’s largest ethnic group, fail to become the national language?
Gawing - an Iban/Christian boy - was nineteen years old when he first arrived in Johor back in 1993. He certainly never expected - just over a quarter of a century later - to be living and working in Johor Baru. Now working for an oil and gas company (a job that he enjoys immensely) and married with three children, he considers himself a true-blue, "Johorean".
Back in 2014 when Narendra Modi was first elected, he was supposed to transform the perennially under-performing Indian economy. Instead, five years on and after a deeply divisive election, India - according to a National Statistical Office (NSO) survey - is facing rising poverty, especially in the rural areas as well as an unprecedented fall in consumer spending - for the first time in over four decades.