Arlina Arshad

Arlina has been a journalist since 2000, writing breaking news and features for The Straits Times and international wire service Agence-France Presse. She has covered various topics, from politics and economy to religion and social trends in Singapore, Indonesia and Timor-Leste. She takes special interest in Indonesia, where she had lived for nine years. A travel fanatic and an adventure seeker, when not too busy chasing stories on erupting mountains, she climbs them.
A 2013 file photo showing the Grasberg mining complex, the world's largest gold mine and second-largest copper mine, in Indonesia's Papua province. Besides Papua, Indonesia's largest gold mines can be found on Sumbawa island in West Nusa Tenggara, an