December’s photos of the month
Myanmar has reached its crossroads. How can it regain its position as a regional leader?
Cesar Purisima has steered the Philippine economy to a stellar performance in 2012 – but can he continue to propel the country forward in the long term?
“By approving the controversial Xayaburi Dam, the Lao government will rob the region of a vital lifeline”
Cosmetics giants L’Oréal, Unilever and Martina Berto are increasing investments in the Indonesian beauty market
Three Southeast Asian nations are ranked within the top ten countries in the world in terms of high-growth in electronic-learning revenues over the next few years, according to the US-based market research firm Ambient Insight. Vietnam and Malaysia top the chart, with a projected growth rate in e-learning of 44.3% and 39.4% respectively. The Philippines
In a move that will boost Malaysia’s efforts to rejuvenate its rubber industry in the face of intensified competition from Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, the world’s biggest condom manufacturer is set to expand its capacity once it sells shares next year. Malaysia-based Karex Industries is seeking funds through a share sell to double annual production
150,000: The number of foreign workers Singapore may require by 2030, according to the Singaporean government. The lion’s share – about 100,000 – will be needed in the domestic support sector, as well as 35,000 in construction and the remainder in healthcare. The city-state’s ageing population, expanding transport infrastructure and increasing housing requirements will fuel
$1,150: The price put to Indonesian ‘maids on sale’ in advertisements found on Malaysian websites and flyers in Kuala Lumpur. The ads prompted a furious reaction from Indonesian online users, and the Malaysian and Indonesian governments have vowed to find the culprits. In December 2011, Indonesia lifted a ban on sending domestic workers to Malaysia
A flood of complaints over land disputes throughout Vietnam stirs the government to kickstart legal reform
A tendency to look out for number one has left the ten-member Asean bloc in a shambles
CheckInTonight.asia is the region’s first mobile application for same day hotel reservations