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Jakarta Post

Coastal welfare key to suppressing threats in Southeast Asia

  • Agnes Anya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 20 2019   /  01:55 am

Cases of piracy, armed robbery and kidnapping for ransom in Southeast Asian seas have been declining rapidly thanks to the region’s economic improvement and maritime enforcement initiatives. But the progress might suffer another setback with the unthorough coastal welfare in the Sulu and Celebes seas, a recent study has said.Most parts of the Sulu and Celebes region — covering waters along Indonesia’s Sulawesi and Kalimantan, Malaysia’s Sabah and Borneo, and the Philippines’ Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao — have rapidly developed their coastal welfare in recent years, which has contributed to suppressing security threats in the waters.However, the progress could be hampered by poverty in Mindanao — home to a minority Muslim population in the predominantly Roman Catholic country — which is currently left behind with legacies of political exclusion, religious radicali...