ISEAS, Singapore. 11 November 2015
On Wednesday, Nov 11, 2015, The Habibie Center held a meeting with Ms. Moe Thuzar (Lead Researcher on Socio-cultural Affairs – ISEAS) and Mr. Jason Salim (Researcher Officer, ISEAS) to discuss several issues related to ASEAN and ISEAS’ role in the region. ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute had several publications that aim to increase ASEAN awareness among people. It was mentioned that ASEAN awareness was still low among people within the region, including Singapore. ALthough there was an ASEAN department in each foreign ministry of ASEAN member-states, due to limited resources it was hard for them to do public outreach, especially in countries such as Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam. The Public outreach was also limited to capital cities and rarely extended to rural areas. Based on the current situation, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute explaine dthat they were trying to increase public awareness on ASEAN by producing publications. The meeting also discussed the Rohingya issue. In the recent elections held in Myanmar, it was noted that none of the major political parties had fileded cadidates from Muslim background whereas there were candidates representing LGBT and transgender views. In this sense political inequality was still a problem. The institutional visit ended with The Habibie Center and ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute agreeing to cooperate further through contributing to each other’s publications and other means.