Opinion

Can Malaysia’s Micro-Businesses Go Cashless?

Even as the digitalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) gathers more momentum, Malaysia should not neglect its smaller SMEs (i.e., more than five but less than 25 employees) and micro-businesses (i.e., five or less employees). With the reimposition of the movement control order (MCO) 2.0 in the ASEAN member state, assistance for smaller businesses and micros by now should include more help to digitalise, specifically to adopt e-payment or cashless payment met

16 January 2021
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The BRICs At 20

This November will mark the 20th anniversary of the BRIC acronym that I coined to capture the economic potential of Brazil, Russia, India, and China.

14 January 2021
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Can Renewable Energy Save Indonesia’s Economy?

The World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that COVID-19 cases in Indonesia are the highest in Southeast Asia. Indonesia has recorded over 800,000 cases to date and the numbers seem to be increasing by the day.Due to the pandemic, Indonesia’s economic growth contracted at -3.49 percent by the third quarter of 2020; and there has been slowing growth in all sectors.

13 January 2021
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Can America Lead Again?

United States (US) President-elect Joe Biden’s impending inauguration has raised hopes that his administration will “make America lead again.” If the US is to transform its rivalry with China into constructive competition, this is the right approach.

13 January 2021
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Donald Trump’s Costly Legacy

We can finally state with confidence that United States (US) President Donald Trump will leave the White House, however reluctantly, on 20 January. As his four years in office come to an end, it is not too soon to raise the question of how he will be viewed.History will judge Trump to have been a consequential US president, in that he left America and the world much changed. He will also be seen as one of the worst, if not the worst ever.True, Trump did accomplish some useful things.

12 January 2021
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Preventing “Trump 2024”

In his victory speech in November, United States (US) President-elect Joe Biden promised to reach across the aisle, work with Republicans, and unite the country.

11 January 2021
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Amend Philippine Constitution Now, Later Or Never?

The Philippine 1987 Constitution thus far has many provisions with strong restrictions on the flow of foreign capital in some areas of economic activities and these include: (a) the first provision concerning the prohibition to foreigners to own land; (b) the exclusion of foreigners from the exploitation of the country’s natural resources; and (c) the limitation placed on foreign capital in the public utility sector. Under the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines, these limitations a

10 January 2021
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Beginning Of The End As Malaysia’s FDI Dries Up?

There’s been much hype and agitation and, by extension, circulation of kopitiam (coffee shop) talk about reports of Malaysia falling behind its regional counterparts and peers in terms of foreign direction investment (FDI) which include losing out on key strategic investments so that the country now (yet again) is supposed to be down on that path towards becoming a failed state (which we’ve heard many times before). Such a grim outlook could be justified on the basis that according t

9 January 2021
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Europe After Brexit

“The UN (United Nations) was not founded to take mankind to heaven, but to save humanity from hell,” the UN second secretary-general, Dag Hammarskjöld, once said. The hell he had in mind, of course, was World War II and the Shoah, next to which most of today’s challenges pale in comparison.

8 January 2021
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A Marshall Plan For The Planet

In a year dominated by COVID-19, it’s perhaps understandable that we’ve neglected the most profound, existential crisis we face: runaway climate change.

7 January 2021
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10 Hours That Shook America

The 6 January insurrection at the United States (US) Capitol lacked the gravitas of the storming of the Winter Palace, that much is certain. Incited by President Donald Trump at a nearby rally, where he encouraged his supporters to march on the US Capitol, the mob did succeed in interrupting a joint session of Congress to confirm the Electoral College vote in favour of President-elect Joe Biden.

7 January 2021
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