Malaysia closes Singapore border after Covid-19 spike

Malaysia has announced a two-week lockdown to slow the coronavirus after cases shot up. Prime Minister Muhyiddini Yassin said religious organisations, schools, businesses and government...

Coronavirus impact continues to spread 

Singapore’s factory activity collapsed last month as the flu-like coronavirus sent sniffles through Asean, disrupting global supply chains. However, the number of coronavirus deaths is...

Southeast Asia virus cases rise further

The spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) showed no signs of stopping as new confirmed cases were reported globally. Indonesia on Monday recorded its first...

US-Asean Summit postponed over virus fears

A long-scheduled summit between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States will no longer push through as planned. According to a...

Election-friendly Budget 2020 features goodies galore

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat and heir apparent to current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took “a tad longer than usual” with his speech...

Singapore most vulnerable to coronavirus: analysts 

The coronavirus is expected to force Asean’s economies to either slow down rapidly or contract in the current quarter, according to economists.  Singapore is due to...

Singapore rejects migrants amid coronavirus panic 

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has rejected approximately 500 applications a day for work-pass holders with a travel history in China in measures to...

Grab and Volocopter to explore feasibility of air taxi service in SEA

The sky is indeed the limit for superapp aspirant and ride-hailing giant Grab. The Singapore-based startup is partnering with German air mobility startup Volocopter...

Singapore trims 2020 GDP forecast as virus poses recession risk

On Monday, Singapore cut its growth forecast for 2020 as the country struggles with one of the highest numbers of coronavirus cases outside mainland China. The...

Grab to challenge $21 million fine in MY

Grab Holdings Inc has confirmed it is challenging Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC)’s proposal to levy a US$21 million fine on the ride-hailing giant.  Grab, along with...

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