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Steadying the ship

By: Southeast Asia Globe - December 17, 2012

As Brunei adopts the Asean chairmanship in 2013, it does so at a time of great change within Southeast Asia.


A fertile land

By: Joshua Brown - December 14, 2012

Myanmar has reached its crossroads. How can it regain its position as a regional leader?


The going is good

By: Sacha Passi - December 13, 2012

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?


Because you’re worth it

By: Southeast Asia Globe - December 13, 2012

Cosmetics giants L’Oréal, Unilever and Martina Berto are increasing investments in the Indonesian beauty market


E-learning sky-rockets

By: Southeast Asia Globe - December 13, 2012

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


Condom capacity to swell

By: Southeast Asia Globe - December 13, 2012

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


Foreign workers for Singapore

By: Southeast Asia Globe - December 13, 2012

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


Maids on sale

By: Southeast Asia Globe - December 13, 2012

$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


Hectare heartache

By: Southeast Asia Globe - December 12, 2012

A flood of complaints over land disputes throughout Vietnam stirs the government to kickstart legal reform