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Documentary: 101 East – Unquenchable Thirst (Video)

info-pictogram1 With an epidemic of alcohol-related crime and violence, 101 East asks if Australia is losing the war on its binge-drinking culture.
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“Before you delve into these documentaries, there’s one more thing I should mention. Though I believe it’s important for us to be aware of our surroundings, and more so for the community’s leadership, we must never forget that the best source of guidance is the speech of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) – the Qur’an, the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace be upon him), and the knowledge of the scholars (may Allah preserve the ones alive and have mercy on the ones that have passed). Above all, we should turn to the Qur’an for enlightenment and guidance. A truly successful personality and truly successful society can only be built via the lessons and implementation of the concepts outlined in the Book of Allah. Without true internal direction from the heart, there can be no true external direction for society. And Allah knows best.”

Link: Why is alcohol forbidden in Islam?

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Documentary: 101 East – We built this city (Video)

After Singapore’s first riot in decades, locals ask hard questions about the migrant worker abuse.

info-pictogram1 On the night of December 8, 2013, paramedics rushed to the scene of a fatal traffic accident in Singapore’s Little India neighbourhood, where tens of thousands of South Asian workers socialise on their day off.

Little did anyone expect the situation to escalate into a bloody riot, Singapore’s first in more than 40 years.

Foreign workers power Singapore’s booming economy, forming a fifth of Singapore’s 5.3 million population, mostly in low-paying jobs that locals avoid.

The accident had occurred after construction worker Sakthivel Kumaravelu, a 33-year-old labourer from India, was stopped from boarding a bus ferrying migrant workers back to their dormitories. The bus ran over and killed him as he chased after it and fell.

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Documentary: 101 East – China’s dirty secrets (Video)

info-pictogram1 China’s juggernaut economy is the envy of the world, but at what cost to the country’s people and environment? 101 East investigates.
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Documentary: China – Inventing Innovation (Video)

info-pictogram1 China is cultivating a new wave of visionaries in a bid to revive its slowing economic growth. But it also faces allegations of unfair trade practices and intellectual piracy by some of its major trading partners in the US and Europe. 101 East takes a closer look at the issue.
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Documentary: Battling the dry (Video)

info-pictogram1 101 East explores the human cost of the severe drought paralysing Australia’s north.
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Documentary: 101 East – Indonesia’s Rock Governor (Video)

info-pictogram1 We go behind the scenes with the man tipped to become Indonesia’s next president — governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo. Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, is a man on a mission. Since he was elected governor of Jakarta in October 2012, he has undertaken a gruelling daily schedule in his efforts to make the city more liveable for its 10 million residents. The 52-year-old’s seemingly bottomless reserves of energy have been put to the test – Jakarta has no shortage of pressing issues – but his efforts are paying dividends. Everywhere Jokowi goes, people swarm around him. His popularity has risen so rapidly that he is tipped to become Indonesia’s next president when elections are held in July.
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Documentary: 101 East – South Korea, Caught in the Web (Video)

info-pictogram1 We look at the impact of internet addiction as more and more South Koreans get caught in the web.
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Documentary: Bursting at the seams – Indonesia (Video)

info-pictogram1 Can the country that is already battling poverty and pollution avoid a population explosion?
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Documentary: Food for thought (VIDEO)

info-pictogram1 Food For Thought: deconstructing the deadly dangers for consumers, 101 East shows the hidden harm in the Chinese food industry’s rush for lower costs.101 East is a weekly current affairs programme covering Asia, a dynamic region with diverse cultures and conflicting politics.