Singapore’s lowest paid saw highest income rise

Singapore’s poorest paid saw their wages rise the most last year. Source: Wikimedia Singapore’s tight employment market helped build the median monthly income for employed households...

Indonesia fears global trade war 

Pinisi ships at the Sunda Kelapa harbour in Jakarta. Source: Wikimedia President-elect Donald Trump’s protectionist promises are not expected to have an immediate impact on...

EU angers Asean with rice tariffs

Cambodia and Myanmar have criticised the European Commission for resuming rice tariffs of up to €175 per tonne of their imports as the bloc...

Indonesia reports trade surplus

Indonesia posted a surprise trade surplus last month, beating forecasts of a deficit. Imports fell more sharply than exports amid feeble global and domestic...

Singapore property chiefs warn of property glut 

Singaporean property developers say an oversupply of apartments and a stagnating economy are set to suppress housing prices.  The president of the Real Estate Developers Association of...

Borneo fires on rise 

Indonesia has detected a growing number of wild fires as dry weather continues. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said satellite pictures showed there were...

S’pore couple jailed for starving maid

Singapore is largely dependent on migrant labour. A Singaporean couple, both 47, have been jailed for starving their Filipina maid over a period of...

Singapore IPO priced at top of range

The head office of Manulife in Toronto. Source: Wikimedia The Manulife US real estate investment trust has priced its Singapore initial public offer (IPO) at...

Myanmar businesses call for central bank intervention

Faced with the COVID-19 outbreak and an appreciating currency, the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) has requested the republic’s...

Myanmar faces fresh US sanctions 

The normally polarised US House of Representatives has voted 382-30 in favour of legislation to pressure Myanmar to improve its record on human rights. The...

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Hundreds tried for treason in Cambodia

One hundred thirty-seven Cambodians are facing treason charges allegedly for plotting an attack against the government in 2019. A report by Al Jazeera on Thursday...

Indonesia mass vaccination begins; younger generation first in line

Indonesia began with its mass vaccination program on Wednesday which focused on the younger working-age population and not the elderly. According to reports, Indonesian President...

Indonesia frees militant leader Abu Bakar Bashir

Indonesia freed from prison the spiritual leader of al-Qaeda-linked group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) after serving two-thirds of his 15-year sentence. Abu Bakar Bashir, 82, was...