PMD ban puts dent in Singapore's car-lite ambitions

SINGAPORE (Nov 11): Love them or hate them, personal mobility devices (PMDs) have made their presence felt in Singapore. But with the introduction of a ban on their use on footpaths effective Nov 5, you will see less of these devices.

Starting January, PMD users caught riding on pavements will be fined up to $2,000 and may be jailed for up to three months. The ban by the Singapore Land Transport Autho­rity­ (LTA) restricts the use of PMDs to just park connector networks.


Singapore (Oct 7): “Officially Tuas is designed to handle 65 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units), but I am sure PSA can squeeze a little more out of it if we work hard.”Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, at the groundbreaking of the Tuas Megaport on Oct 3.

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Malaysia proposes $28.4 mil fine on Grab for abusive practices

(Oct 3): Malaysia's competition regulator on Thursday proposed a fine of over RM86 million ($28.4 million) on ride-hailing firm Grab for violating competition law by imposing restrictive clauses on its drivers.

The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) ruled that Singapore-based Grab, which has backing from Japan's SoftBank Group Corp, had abused its dominant position in the market by preventing its drivers from promoting and providing advertising services for its competitors.


SINGAPORE (Sept 30): “No doubt, I will receive some harsh criticism. But I also hope to receive constructive suggestions to help this government meet the public’s expectations for a more inclusive and fairer Hong Kong.”Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

Singapore tops AI Disruption Index

Singapore has clinched the top spot among 104 cities in terms of its preparedness to deal with digital disruption, according to the Global Cities AI Disruption Index published by the Oliver Wyman Forum on Sept 26.


Malaysian watchdog steps up probe into Singapore's Grab

(Sept 25): Malaysia is advancing an anti-monopoly investigation into Singapore-based Grab Holdings Inc., ramping up a broader government push to bring greater competition to its economy.

Malaysia Competition Commission Chief Executive Officer Iskandar Ismail said last Thursday the anti-monopoly watchdog was stepping up the probe into the ride-hailing startup, which was first announced last year by the country’s transport ministry. He declined to elaborate on specific steps the commission was taking.


SINGAPORE (Sept 23): “I don’t want you to listen to me. I want you to listen to the scientists. And then I want you to take real action.” 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg addressing the US Congress on Sept 19.

Anwar says he will be PM around 2020

Malaysian ruling party leader Anwar Ibrahim, who cut a deal to become the country’s next prime minister ahead of last year’s election, said in a Sept 18 interview with Bloomberg that he should take power around May 2020. 


Grab teams up with Heineken to bring beer to your doorstep

SINGAPORE (Sept 17): Grab has teamed up with Heineken in a collaboration that will see Southeast Asia’s so-called “super app” being the preferred delivery and digital service partner for the popular beer brewer.

Main image: Kenneth Choo, managing director, Heineken APAC (left) and Hidayat Liu, group head of strategy, partnerships and business development, Grab.

Grab in talks to merge Indonesian payment firms to overtake Gojek: sources

(Sept 11): SoftBank-backed ride hailer Grab is in talks to merge OVO, an Indonesian digital payments firm in which it owns shares, with an Ant Financial-backed local peer to build heft and power ahead of archrival Gojek, people familiar with the matter said. 

A deal would see Singapore-based Grab buy a majority interest in Ant-backed DANA from Indonesian media conglomerate Elang Mahkota Teknologi (Emtek) and merge it with OVO, they said.

Of proteins + muscles

A young mother is mindful of the building blocks of nutrition that can shape children’s relationship with food

(Sept 8): Getting her two young children to eat well sounds easy-peasy for Chloe Tong: Eat balanced meals together, snack on fruit and make mealtime fun. As for whether healthy eating came about naturally with motherhood, she says: “I wouldn’t even categorise it as healthy eating but just having a good relationship with food.”


Grab set for major investment in Vietnam

SINGAPORE (Aug 26): Singapore-based ride-hailing firm Grab is set to invest “several hundred million dollars” in Vietnam where the company sees its next major growth market, just weeks after it unveiled a US$2 billion ($2.8 billion) plan in Indonesia.

The proposed investment is the latest example of a top-notch regional brand deepening its commitment to Vietnam, one of Asia’s fastest growing economies. It also shows the eagerness of Grab, which has raised billions of dollars from investors, to put its cash to work.

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