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Born and raised trilingual in Malaysia, Sharon picked up her fourth language - Spanish - while completing her B.Sc. in Economics in the States and from spending her summers gallivanting around Mexico and South America. She currently works as an APAC recruiter at the world’s largest adhesive company. On the weekends, Sharon works on her side hustle- Careersifu, cooks and takes long walks with her dog.

Essex tragedy: last of ashes and bodies sent home to Vietnam

Cremated remains and bodies of victims of the Essex deaths have finally returned in full to Vietnam. Seven had been cremated in the UK before the repatriation. The remainder 16 bodies will be transported from Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport to the respective provinces where the...

Singapore to be living lab for AI

Self-driving taxis, robots in preschool that function as teaching assistants, AI tools that analyse chest x-rays and diagnose skin cancer, a personal shopping assistant that helps you navigate both your digital and in-store shopping experience with ease – artificial Intelligence is no longer the...

US FAA downgrades Malaysian aviation safety

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently downgraded the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) to a Category 2 from its Category 1 status. Malaysia has maintained its Category 1 rating since 2003. Other countries currently carrying Category 2 restrictions include Ghana, Bangladesh, Costa Rica,...

Singapore and Vietnam fintech lead investor funding in 2019

Vietnam and Singapore commanded the lion’s share of money raised for the first nine months of 2019, making up 87% of the US$1.14 billion raised across Southeast Asia by financial technology firms. US$1.14 billion is by no means puny, as compared to the $679 million...

Singapore bans PMDs from public sidewalks

Singapore’s recent ban on personal mobility devices from footpaths, while sudden and unexpected, has been generally well-received by the public and food delivery companies. Just six months ago the government assured riders that a ban was not likely. The ban – which extends to hoverboards, electric...

Budget 2020: Malaysia to relax foreign property ownership

Foreigners can now purchase high-rise residential properties valued from RM 600,000 and up in Malaysia. As part of Budget 2020, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng announced the lowering of the RM 1 million threshold on foreign property ownership to address the country’s property overhang. Malaysia’s...

The future of retail is cashless and human-less

At a BingoBox store in Shanghai, one of more than 200 outlets across China, there are no cash registers, checkout lanes, or store assistants. Colourful snacks line the shelves, customers enter the store with a QR code, pick up what they need, scan the...

Bumpy ride ahead for Grab in Malaysia

Two out of every three dollars of venture capital funding in Southeast Asia went to e-commerce and ride-hailing startups from 2016 to H1 2019. According to a joint study (e-Conomy SEA Report 2019) by Google, Temasek, and Bain & Company published early this month, fundamental...

Malaysian AG rubbishes claims about dropping Goldman Sachs charges

Attorney General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas clarified today there was never a plan to drop charges against Goldman Sachs in exchange for a settlement. "The headline is misleading. I never said we are prepared to drop charges against Goldman," Thomas told TheEdge, in response to...

A shared vision of prosperity for Malaysia

Over 2000 attendees were present at Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s unveiling of his Shared Prosperity Vision (SPV 2030) last Saturday (Oct 5). The 188-page document is ruling coalition Pakatan Harapan (PH)’s first roadmap for Malaysia’s economic development for the future since the opposition...

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