A tale of greed and corruption

It has been a decade since the 1MDB fund was established. In this time, billions of dollars were lost to greed and deceit. The ongoing trial of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak has hogged headlines for the past year. Will Malaysia find eventual closure?


Time for Malaysia to act on food security

SINGAPORE (Nov 18): Food security, says the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs.

So when Malaysia, which derived 8.2% of its GDP from agriculture in 2017, was ranked 40th in food security among 113 countries tracked by the 2018 Global Food Security Index, while Singapore, whose agricultural sector is negligible by comparison, topped the ranking, the million-dollar question was, how did we get here?


Dr M: Graft committed openly by top leaders

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 6): Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said corruption in this country has over the years reached a level of almost becoming a lifestyle, with cash ushered in and heralded as the new king.

“I used to say that previously, when corruption was an ‘under the table’ act, it was a scourge to our nation’s future. But the last few years, saw corruption becoming an ‘over the table’ act, being committed openly by the top leaders. Others will then do the same without fear.

Much-needed shot in the arm for Malaysian property market

SINGAPORE (Oct 28): Imagine a crossroads. The traffic lights are not working and the junction is heavily congested with vehicles, with angry drivers stuck in the logjam for hours, honking and cursing each other. There is no way out of it because no one will give way.

Now, you could take a bulldozer to sweep away all the vehicles, destroying them in the process. It is highly effective but also very destructive.


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.

Dyson plans to add more than 2,000 jobs in Southeast Asia

(Sept 20): Appliance maker Dyson is hiring more than 2,000 people across Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines over the next four years, following its decision to relocate its head office to Southeast Asia.

See: Dyson to relocate headquarters to Singapore from the UK

Anwar says he will succeed Mahathir as Malaysia Prime Minister around 2020

(Sept 18): 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 he should take power around May 2020.

Southeast Asia braces for haze as forest fires keep burning

(Sept 13): Governments in Southeast Asia are taking steps to guard against a potential deterioration in pollution levels from Indonesian forest fires, as smoke and ash continue to blanket the skies over the region.

While Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and President Joko Widodo struck a cordial tone with each other -- Mahathir wrote a letter to Jokowi, as Widodo is known, offering help to put out the forest fires -- the two countries’ environment ministers took a less amiable tone, laying blame on each others’ countries for the haze.

ST Group brings flavours from home to Asians abroad, enjoys rapid revenue growth with outlet expansion

(Sept 16): All over Asia, bubble tea — also known as boba tea — stalls are popping up on every corner and long queues are a usual sight. Bubble tea, which consists of tea, milk and toppings such as chewy tapioca pearls, has sparked a craze, with people willing to wait for hours for their favourite drink.


Haze threat looms over Singapore as Indonesia forest fires rage

(Sept 9): Air quality in Singapore and parts of Malaysia may worsen in the coming days with Indonesian authorities warning of more forest fires in the region already in the grip of an unusually long dry weather spell.

More than 2,500 hotspots scattered throughout Southeast Asia were detected in the past week, Indonesia’s weather agency said on Sunday, citing satellite data. The number of forest fires was volatile with an increasing trend, according to Mulyono R. Prabowo, deputy of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.

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