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...

Tech giants must challenge Vietnam censorship: HRW

A Vietnamese pro-democracy activist arrested last month for his Facebook posts must be released, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). Nguyen Quoc Duc Vuong...

Musk defends offensive Thailand cave hero tweets

Loose-tongued Tesla chief executive Elon Musk (pictured) says he feared the heroic British cave diver Vernon Unsworth – who worked tirelessly to rescue the...

Singapore aims to become cybersecurity hub

Singapore has called on cybersecurity firms to open offices in the city-state to take advantage of its technical prowess, skilled workforce and international networks.  National...

Indonesia relaxes Papuan internet ban 

Indonesia has partially relaxed an internet blackout imposed following violent protests in Papua, but it has not restored connections in the worst affected areas. The...

Singapore revamps its digital banking industry

Singapore is about to overhaul its banking industry for the first time in two decades as the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) recently launched...

Airlines seeking compensation from Malaysian airport operator

Airlines will be seeking compensation from airport operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) after more than four days of delays and disruptions due to...

Indonesia blocks Papuan internet as riots spread

Indonesia has imposed an internet blackout on the occupied provinces of Papua and West Papua as it grapples to stop riots triggered by the...

Indonesia mulls nickel export ban 

Indonesia says it is considering bringing forward a ban on mineral ore shipments after nickel prices surged amid speculation Jakarta would halt exports. The initiative...

Philippine media trial begins of Duterte critic

In the Philippines, Rappler editor Maria Ressa's libel trial has opened in a case seen as retaliation for reports on President Rodrigo Duterte. The 55-year-old...

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Trade war prompts US firms to set sights on Thailand

Companies in the United States are transferring their operations to Southeast Asia—particularly Thailand—having suffered from more than a year of trade dispute between the...

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...

Malaysian government to bail out pilgrimage fund for RM10.3 billion

The government of Malaysia will bear an RM10.3 billion ($2.48 billion) premium to restore the financial health of Lembaga Tabung Haji (LTH) as part...