In print this week

Trial of John Soh starts on Monday; here's the backstory
SINGAPORE (Mar 22): The long-awaited trial of John Soh, the alleged mastermind behind the manipulation of shares in Blumont, LionGold and Asiasons Capital (now Attilan Group) back in 2013, will start on Monday. Together with his alleged co-conspirator and girlfriend Quah Su-Ling, he will face evidence painstakingly assembled by investigators over the last five years, and testimony from some of ...
Hunting for the truth redux: Our coverage of the penny stock saga attracted threats and lawsuits
SINGAPORE (Mar 22): If there’s one story published by The Edge Singapore that I will never forget, it will probably be “Hunting for the truth” (Issue 641, Sept 1, 2014). The piece was intended to mark the first anniversary of the steep rise and sudden collapse of shares in Asiasons Capital, Blumont Group and LionGold Corp, an event that battered confidence in the local stock market and ...
Beyond the industry glitz of 'influencer' marketing
SINGAPORE (Mar 22): The global influencer industry is one that is poised to reach US$10 billion in size by 2022, according to the Influencer Marketing Report from Business Insider Intelligence. Google searches for the term “influencer marketing” increased 325%, from 6,460 searches a month in 2016 to 21,000 searches a month in 2017. Last year, companies spent US$8 billion on ...
This local start-up is using soft robotics to help rehabilitate the hands
SINGAPORE (Mar 22): Roceso Technologies designs and manufactures robotic gloves that are used to help stroke or spinal cord injury patients regain function in their hands through neurological and muscle rehabilitation. Called EsoGlove, the patent-pending device assists patients in conducting various repetitive tasks. The patient wears the glove, made from fabric and embedded with actuators, ...
Till sickness do us part
Singapore’s healthcare system has been held up as an example for other governments to follow. But residents are growing old, and tired of ever-increasing costs. SINGAPORE (Mar 18): It was turning into a long-drawn-out ordeal. For six weeks, Angeline Yong’s septuagenarian father had complained of pain in his stomach, but doctors at the GP clinics simply sent him home with instructions to ...
Choice of Raffles Medical's slow and steady expansion, IHH's fast-growth footprint or earning yield from a REIT
SINGAPORE (Mar 18): Investors do not appear to have much choice if they wish to have exposure to the local healthcare sector. Apart from a bunch of clinics — which have business models akin to multi-level marketing schemes — there are the two big players, Raffles Medical Group (RMG) and IHH Healthcare. IHH Healthcare is dual-listed on Bursa Malaysia and the Singapore Exchange. There is also ...
Expect a rebound in China's economy to lift our region
SINGAPORE (Mar 18): The Chinese economy continues to be a concern to the rest of the world. The information we are getting paints a picture of economic frailty and financial fragility — and that policymakers’ efforts since last year to turn the economy around have not worked well. However, following a series of statements from leaders and senior officials at the National People’s Congress, ...
A view from the hospital bed in Malaysia
SINGAPORE (Mar 18): It started the day after I returned to Penang from Singapore, a visit filled with the usual shopping and dining, as well as catching up with friends and relatives. An earache prompted a quick visit to the GP, but it didn’t mar the family reunion dinner that night. But by the first day of Chinese New Year (Tuesday), it was obvious that the heavy coughing and phlegm was not ...
Getting unhealthy
SINGAPORE (Mar 15): Is there a perfect healthcare system? One that guarantees the best possible outcomes in terms of the population’s health, remains affordable for the government and the people, and gives the service providers a comfortable margin of profitability? Healthcare systems across the world are as varied as they come. On one end is Britain’s National Health Service, a socialised ...
Revamp of DBS Vickers a sign of things to come; can brokerages, remisiers maintain their relevance?
SINGAPORE (Mar 15): During a recent trip to Kuala Lumpur, I ran into an old friend whom I knew from my days in the brokerage business back in the 1990s. To my surprise, he told me that he still worked in the industry and appeared to be making a good living at it. After two financial crises and a collapse in brokerage commissions, just about everyone I know from this business has moved on. Many ...