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Born and raised trilingual in Malaysia, Sharon picked up her fourth language - Spanish - from spending her summers gallivanting around Mexico and South America. She has a Bachelor's degree in Economics and currently works at a hypergrowth startup in KL.

Malaysia will no longer be the world’s ‘dumping site’

The Southeast Asia country is putting a stop to all illegal importing of plastic waste into the country from wealthier nations.  In fact, those who still regard Malaysia as the world’s cheapest rubbish bin can ‘dream on’.  Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin announced five days ago...

UN Report reinforces Singapore’s genius in social engineering

Singaporeans may be wrong in estimating the prevalence of Chinese and Indian nationals in their country, but the government definitely hasn’t missed a beat in its immigration philosophy over the past few decades.  The UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs, which tracks migration patterns...

21 contenders for SG’s five digital banking licenses

Singapore’s Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has confirmed a total of 21 applications for its digital banking licenses. Seven bids came through for the digital full bank licenses, while 14 are for the digital wholesale bank licenses. MAS intends to grant two DFB licenses and three...

Cautious optimism for SEA startups

For the past 10 years, ASEAN tech funding across all stages has been nothing short of phenomenal. Starting with US$0.1 billion in 2010 and ballooning to a war chest of US$14.9 billion by 2019, SEA has had a fantastic run so far with global capital...

KL and Singapore ranked among world’s most hardworking cities

Two of the top five hardest working cities in the world are in Southeast Asia, according to a report published in August this year. US-based office security provider Kisi conducted a study of 40 cities across the world to rate them in orders of work...

“Made in Vietnam” for the wrong reasons

Vietnam may be tapped as clear beneficiary of the ongoing trade war, but it also faces significant headwinds to its export sector. This Southeast Asian nation has taken four companies to task for fraudulent labelling of goods manufactured in China but labelled to be ‘Made...

RM 450 million stimulus via e-wallet players in MY

The government is on track to grant up to RM 450 million to citizens between January 15 and March 14, 2020 in its bid to grow Malaysia’s digital economy. Tabled as part of Budget 2020, e-Tunai Rakyat will target 15 million citizens aged 18 and...

Vietnam is SEA’s third most active tech ecosystem

Using a mobile app, truck drivers in Vietnam can now opt to pick up cargo from nearby locations on their empty vehicles during their return trip, thus earning extra income. In the past, up to 70% of trucks return home empty. For a country beset...

POFMA to shape SG political conversation

Last month, naturalised citizen and political figure Brad Bowyer corrected his Facebook post to comply with Singapore’s newly enacted Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA). In his original post, the ex-Briton alleged that the government interferes with investment decisions made by state investment...

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...

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