The shifting landscape of Myanmar’s politics

Ever since the military-backed government of Myanmar embarked on a series of political reforms back in 2011, the country’s political landscape has never been the same. The political reforms carried out by Myanmar’s then government included the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from…

Prayut’s social media ban

Last week, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha launched a new Facebook page, new Twitter and Instagram accounts, and a new website. The move has been met with mixed reactions on social media with some praising and others criticising him. Prayut explained that it was all to “come into closer…

‘Our Eyes’ to combat terrorism

Defence ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed to share intelligence in order to combat future threats of terrorism, radicalism, violent extremism, and other non-traditional threats in the region. They were present in Singapore over the weekend for the 12th…

Thailand immigrant crackdown

Allegedly aimed at busting visa abusers and illegal migrants, a Thai police operation called "X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner" has raised questions about racial profiling and fears for asylum-seekers caught in its web.Tens of millions of tourists come to Thailand each year for the cheap living and postcard-…



Wind energy potential in Indonesia

Southeast Asia is home to a wind energy “goldmine” just waiting to be tapped. Leading the way forward is the Philippines with an estimated technical potential of around 70…

Philippines revs up green energy engine

Deep below the ancient volcanoes scattered around the Philippines sits a simmering stockpile of intense heat that officials hope will help revive the nation's sputtering green…

Transitioning ASEAN to renewables

Recently, the United Nation’s (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report which warns that the world could face an imminent climate change crisis if…



Capitalising on Southeast Asia’s diverse food

From the bizarre looking balut in the Philippines to the hearty bakso in Indonesia, Southeast Asia is a food haven, a gastronomical paradise unlike any other. A microcosm of Asia, cuisine in the…

Islamic finance: A lucrative opportunity

This coming week, Brunei will be hosting the Brunei Islamic Capital Market (BICAM) Conference 2018, its first Islamic Capital Market Conference at the Rizqun International Hotel where more than a…

Youths bullish on impact of technology on jobs

Youths in the region are extremely positive about the impact of technology on job prospects and income, a survey by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Singapore-based internet company, Sea has…

Singapore: ASEAN’s most competitive economy

Singapore is the most competitive economy in the region, placing second overall in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index behind the United States (US). Singapore is seen as an…

Progressive taxation: Lessons from Denmark

Last week, international non-profit groups Development Finance International (DFI) and Oxfam published a report ranking governments around the world based on their efforts in tackling the gap between…



The potential of digital healthcare

Unlike other sectors which can be completely disrupted by automation or technology, the healthcare industry is a space where technology can complement rather than…

SilTerra eyes life sciences market

The future of technology lies in the life sciences. With technology advancing at a rapid pace, the field of life sciences is no longer just limited to hospitals or…

India’s new Fourth Industrial Revolution centre

Technology is evolving faster than ever, and as it continuously changes, the world changes along with it. As we enter the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it is…



Weaving their way of out of poverty

In the olden days, women across Lao PDR inherited their weaving skills from their mothers, mostly for their own use. Weaving was also a communal activity, allowing for social interaction with other women in their communities. With the advent of mass-produced industrial textiles, the traditional art of silk and cotton weaving has been pushed back mainly into the domain of healing rituals and ceremonial purposes. Aside from their roles in major rites of passage such as birth, puberty, marriage…

Insuring farmers for food security

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projected that global warming is likely to reach 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2030. This is projected to bring about changes in the climate and natural systems, including changes in the frequency and intensity of weather events, sea-level rise, habitat and range loss, biodiversity loss, water scarcity and more. Every aspect of human life including health, livelihoods, food, security and economic growth is expected to be…

Restricting assistance in Sulawesi

The tsunami-triggering 7.4 magnitude earthquake which took place on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on 28 September, has resulted in major destruction, liquefaction and landslides in the cities of Palu and Donggala, as well as in the surrounding areas. As of 15 October, the earthquake that was followed by almost 700 aftershocks, has claimed 2,100 lives with more than 4,600 injured, while another 680 people are still missing. More than 68,000 homes have been damaged, displacing 79,000 people…

Dissident Vietnam blogger released

A dissident Vietnamese blogger known by the pen name "Mother Mushroom" was on her way to freedom in the United States (US) on Wednesday after being released from prison where she was serving 10 years for anti-state propaganda, sources told AFP. It is rare but not unheard of for political prisoners to be released early from jail in Vietnam, a one-party state whose communist leadership has waged a brutal crackdown on critics over the past two years, drawing ire from Western allies and rights…

Real Estate

Real Estate

Singapore sticks a pin before property bubble forms

The Monetary Authority of Singapore has introduced strong measures to dampen “euphoria” in the property market.

Singapore tightens property curbs

The property stocks index dropped 1.4 percent and is set for the lowest close in 15 months.

Ho Chi Minh City: Property paradise for ASEAN

Ho Chi Minh City’s real estate landscape showcases a real estate market in near-perfect balance.

Singapore sustains comeback in home sales with gains in December

Singapore sustained a comeback in home sales in December.

Property tax reforms in Myanmar could kickstart infrastructure development

Myanmar has a notoriously low residential property taxes rate, accounting for just 7.5% of GDP, compared to the 13-14% its neighbours, Laos and…


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