Malaysia in crisis: What now, Anwar?

Malaysia has seen a long period of speculation from a large portion of the public that Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad would never hand over the prime ministerial position to his nemesis-turned-ally Anwar Ibrahim. Since Sunday, a series of surprising events have been unfolding. …

BREAKING: Malaysian PM submits resignation

Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, at 94 the world's oldest leader, submitted his resignation to the king on Monday, his office said, after a bid by his political partners to bring down the government. Dr Mahathir "has sent a resignation letter as prime minister of Malaysia", said a…

Hot Off The Press

These are the top stories making the front pages of major newspapers from across Southeast Asia today.  Get up to speed with what’s happening in the fastest growing region in the world.   Virus cases rise in S. Korea, China as Iran, Italy battle outbreak South Korea and China both reported a…

Malaysia's Anwar ‘betrayed’ by partners

Malaysia's leader-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim on Sunday denounced "betrayal" in his ruling coalition, saying that some partners were trying to bring down the government and form a new one. The comments came after senior figures from his coalition and opposition politicians met in a Kuala Lumpur hotel…



ASEAN’s future power source

The gears of industry would not turn if not for power. In the modern world, we have come to depend on electricity generated from traditional fossil fuel resources like coal.…

ASEAN’s shift to biogas

The push towards renewable energy has seen biogas emerge as a viable option for Southeast Asian countries looking to diversify their energy mix. Biogas refers to the mixture of…

Energy transition: ASEAN on track

In March last year, the World Economic Forum (WEF) launched the fifth edition of their Energy Transition Index (ETI), ranking 115 economies on how well they are able to balance…



Islamic tourism: A niche market for Brunei

When speaking about the drop in his country’s tourism sector, an unnamed government official suggested that Lao PDR should put more effort into attracting tourists from Muslim countries in the region…

Upskilling ASEAN’s workforce

Technological disruption will significantly affect ASEAN’s workforce, driving growth and creating new demand for workers. Based on a 2018 study, ‘Technology and the future of ASEAN jobs’ by…

Coronavirus: What about Thailand’s tourism?

News reports from several different ASEAN member countries have shown an obvious decline in tourism. This is in relation to the novel coronavirus outbreak which began in China and has since been…

Upgrading Cambodia’s public service

It was recently reported that the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) had launched an initiative to connect Cambodia’s public service sector digitally with that of other countries. The point…

Investing in ASEAN start-ups

Southeast Asia is proving to be one of the most successful and fastest growing digital markets in the world. While the likes of Grab and Lazada have established themselves in the region, many other…



Digital banking in Southeast Asia

In 2019, the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (MAS) announced that it will issue five digital bank licences to non-bank players to add value, innovation and diversity…

How tech changed the dating game

Every 14 February, prices of chocolates and flowers will spike and restaurants tend to be fully booked by couples looking for a romantic date night. Some singles might…

Can AI give retail a boost?

The retail industry has undergone multiple transformations during the past century, with those who adapt and innovate continuing to survive. It also helps if one is…



ASEAN fathers need paternity leave

It is a universal assumption that mothers are the ones who take care of children, but more fathers are now taking time off to look after their new-born babies and their partners, soon after childbirth. Countries worldwide are setting benchmarks for policies to support men’s involvement in parenting with a focus on paternity leave.  According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), about 90 out of 138 countries offer statutory paid paternity leave, citing a study by Promundo, a United States (US)…

Coronavirus puts global recovery at risk

The deadly coronavirus epidemic could put an already fragile global economic recovery at risk, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned Sunday, as G20 financial chiefs voiced "real concern" over its economic ripple effects. Global growth was poised for a modest rebound to 3.3 percent this year, up from 2.9 percent last year, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said after a two-day meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors in Riyadh. But the projected recovery was "fragile",…

Recycling old buildings to save the environment

Southeast Asia is rapidly developing its cities in anticipation of increasing urban populations by 2025. A report by Knight Frank, a real estate firm, showed that in 2018, Metro Manila added an additional 1.5 million square metres of office space, whereas Bangkok’s general supply of new office space in the same year was at least five million square metres while Phnom Penh, in Cambodia, had 110 new condominiums towers. There also was an oversupply of office space in Kuala Lumpur as a result of a…

China virus cases drop as foreign fears rise

Fears mounted Saturday over the growing spread of infections outside China from the new coronavirus outbreak, as the World Health Organization (WHO) warned of a shrinking window to stem the spread of the deadly disease. The warning came as Europe saw its first deaths from the COVID-19 strain, which has now reached more than 25 countries and caused more than a dozen fatalities outside China. On Saturday, Italian news agency ANSA reported that a woman in the northern region of Lombardy had died…


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