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The government is allowing the resumption of the 2011 RM9 billion project to construct littoral combat ships helmed by Boustead Naval Shipyard to protect economic livelihoods, according to Defence Minister Dato’ Seri Ismail Sabri. The project is being probed for corruption after it stalled in 2019. Why has this project been delayed for so long? We …
 
With glaring inequities in the supply and distribution of vaccines, the Biden administration has backed a plan to waive intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines and treatments. We speak to Dr. Lindsay Newman, Director of Economics & Country Risk from IHS Markit on whether this could provide a solution to help end the pandemic. Image Credi…
 
Pakatan Harapan's frustration at the govt's handling of the pandemic and the economy has prompted the formation of a series of shadow committees in the belief that it do a better job. Sunway University's political scientist Dr Wong Chin Huat discusses the implications. Image Credit: Jasni / Shutterstock…
 
The domestic clamour for the Tokyo Olympics to be cancelled is growing louder, as Japan extends its third state of emergency until the end of May. With the Games around 10 weeks away, can the government bring the rising case numbers under control and speed up the vaccine roll-out in order to hold the event safely? We ask Tokyo-based journalist Will…
 
Last year, the European Union and China finally concluded negotiations on the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment, intended to promote market access between the two. However, Sino-European ties have become more fraught of late, with concerns rising in the EU over China's treatment of its Uighur minority. Will this mean the end of this long-awaite…
 
The opt-in AstraZeneca vaccination programme commenced yesterday in four centres in the Klang Valley. However, at the same time Khairy Jamaluddin, Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, cautioned that Phase 3 of the National Covid Immunisation Programme could be delayed due to a supply shortage. We reached out to Asst Prof Dr Farhan Rusli…
 
The Savills Asia Pacific Investment Q1 report this year, which looked at the real estate market in the APAC region, found that transaction volumes are on the rise. Does this signal grow confidence among real estate investors in the region? We speak to Simon Smith, Asia-Pacific Regional Head of research and Consultancy from Savills to find out. Imag…
 
Recently, it came to light that the accreditation for more than 20 courses under LimKokWing University have been revoked. Teo Nie Ching, Kulai MP and former Deputy Education Minister discusses the implications and how students can better protect themselves before enrolling into universities. Image Credit: Nirat.pix | Shutterstock.com…
 
The courtroom showdown between Epic Games and Apple began this week, with Epic Games saying they deliberately violated Apple's marketplace rules to showcase the disproportionate power that Apple wields over developers. So the question is: Does Epic Games have a case? We speak to Professor David Olson, associate professor, Boston College Law School …
 
The Transparency International Corruption Perception Index indicates that Malaysians perceive politicians and the police to be most corrupt. Dr Muhammad Mohan, President, Transparency International-Malaysia discusses the priorities for stamping out corruption, making a case for introducing a Misconduct In Public Office Act and having a more powerfu…
 
In the midst of a massive Covid-19 surge in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP party have been defeated in state elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala. Mass campaign rallies have been blamed for the spike in coronavirus cases, giving rise to questions over whether this is the beginning of the end of Modi's political journey.…
 
We're now seeing uneven 5G development as policymakers’ across the world have taken varying approaches on spectrum management. How does Malaysia's shared 5G infrastructure framework compare with the more typical spectrum auction method? The Morning run speaks to Janice Chong, Senior Director at Fitch Ratings, on this, as well as thoughts on Digital…
 
Last week, the Securities Commission of Malaysia updated the Malaysian Code on Corporate Governance, focusing on the nomination of board members and sustainability, among others. Another addition discouraged public-listed companies from appointing active politicians to their board of directors. We speak to Azmir Zain, private investment director an…
 
Sharifah Zaida Nurlisha, President of the Malaysia Oil & Gas Services Council (MOGSC), discusses the country's National Oil & Gas Services and Equipment Blueprint, in the context of a sub-sector which has only half of its 4,000-strong membership still active as well as beset by a number of policy and industry woes. Image Credit: Shutterstock.com…
 
President Biden has proposed a series of tax hikes to pay for childcare and education programs. Markets were initially sold down on this news but have since recovered. Ed Clissold, Chief US Strategist at Ned Davis Research tells us if this has a significant long-term impact on markets and will this see a shift towards more passive investing. Image …
 
Home-based learning and teaching will be implemented for 2 weeks after the Hari Raya holidays. Previously the government decided to close schools for two days when any cases have been reported. Are these the right decisions? We speak to Harry Tan, Secretary-General, National Union Of The Teaching Profession (NUTP). Image Credit: Mejini Neskah / Shu…
 
We discuss the significance of Malaysia being the first country to sell a dollar-denominated sustainability Sukuk with Firdaos Rosli, Head of Economic Research from Malaysian Rating Corporation Berhad (MARC). And we also discuss how close are we to the self-prescribed 60% limit of debt-to-GDP. Image credit: kudla / Shutterstock.com…
 
MP for Bangi and former Deputy Minister of International Trade, Dr. Ong Kian Ming gives his perspective on what Malaysia really needs to drive more investments and we seek his views on the proposed National Investment Aspirations launched by Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali to help Malaysia to become a regio…
 
Elizabeth Cardosa assists us in navigating the history and legacy of SMK Convent Bukit Nanas but also gives us a comprehensive take on how our country has and should be looking at preserving heritage sites of implicit and intangible value. Image credit: Liena Kamaruz / Shutterstock.com
 
How has the media market in Malaysia managed and survived Covid? Will new entrants like Disney+ / Netflix add further to the disruption? Who has sufficiently evolved their business to weather the rapid changes in advertising expenditure trends? Pritika Modhgil from ‎Kenanga Investment Bank provides the answers. Image credit: Bank Phrom on Unsplash…
 
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