In print this week

Next stop: The interchange of public and private good
SINGAPORE (May 20): Two-minute intervals between trains. Fewer breakdowns. Clean, new buses running at a higher frequency. Bright LED screens displaying details of stops on both buses and trains. To many commuters who are enjoying these benefits, the meltdown of Singapore’s transport system in December 2011, and again in July 2015, is a distant memory. Certainly, services have improved ...
Here's why SBS Transit's share price has surged more than 50% this year
SINGAPORE (May 17): SBS Transit’s share price is up some 51% this year alone. But despite the surge, the downside may be limited. Investors tend to flock to comparative plays when companies are privatised. An example of this is the privatisation of Keppel Land, which benefited mid-cap property players such as UOL Group. In this vein, the privatisation of SMRT in 2016 has probably put a ...
This app is a win-win solution for both airlines and travel junkies
SINGAPORE (May 17): 2.2 million seats are left unsold every day around the world, translating to significant lost revenue for thousands of commercial airlines globally. Now, there is now an app that lets passengers seek bargain airfares by bidding for last-minute left over seats while helping airlines fill empty seats at the same time. ATA.ONE is currently only available in Europe and the ...
HPH Trust feels full-blown effect of US-China trade war
SINGAPORE (May 17): The board of Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPH Trust), led by chairman Canning Fok, had to face frustrated shareholders at its annual general meeting, which this year was held on the morning of April 26. One shareholder, of example, asked whether HPH Trust would be privatised so he could be “put out of his misery”. Long-time unitholders of HPH Trust will be familiar ...
Pay up, or they give up
SINGAPORE (May 13): The row over the palm oil industry and the detrimental effects it has on the environment has intensified in recent weeks, fired up by the European Union’s plan to curb the use of palm oil in biofuels. Significantly, biofuels only emerged in the last decade or so as another use for palm oil as the world looked for renewable sources of energy. Login to read: Smallholders' ...
Moving from compliance to accountability
While the collection, use and disclosure of data is regulated by the Personal Data Protection Act, businesses should take an accountability-based approach in this area rather than merely complying with regulations SINGAPORE (May 13): The Personal Data Protection Commission has always preferred to have conversations with businesses rather than take strict enforcement measures. This approach is ...
Inclusive cities — a case study through health and wellness
SINGAPORE (May 13): Global cities from Sydney to Singapore are increasingly being planned and transformed in ways that further embrace diversity and inclusivity. For Sydney, its Sustainable Sydney 2030 goals are the cornerstone of everything it does. The city has adopted a holistic, inclusive approach to investing in public infrastructure, such as new parks, cultural and community spaces, ...
US-China trade tariff tension threatens to boil over; Best World slapped with trading suspension
SINGAPORE (May 13): Will trade negotiators from Washington and Beijing manage to bring down spiking temperatures this week in an attempt to hash out a trade deal? Or will trade tensions between the two superpowers boil over — and scald the rest of the global economy? The short answer is: Nobody really knows. Yet, it is clear that much of how markets around the world will move hinges on the ...
Labour is lowly paid but not underpaid in Malaysia
(May 13): With the one-year anniversary of the Pakatan Harapan-led government now in the rear-view mirror, one thing is certain — much more remains to be done. In particular, the issue of the rising cost of living continues to top surveys as the biggest challenge for Malaysians. Over the past year, the government has implemented various measures to tackle high living costs, including the ...
Two UK stocks identified as undervalued proxies to rising trend in online gambling
SINGAPORE (May 13): Two UK gambling-related stocks stood out during our recent stock filter to help identify growth stocks. Playtech, a developer and provider of software platforms for both online and land-based gambling operators, had a five-year compound annual growth rate for cash flow, net profit and revenue that was higher than its growth in price over a five-year period. XLMedia — ...