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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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Ride-hailing monopoly / Malaysia and the Philippines set to investigate recent Grab-Uber deal

Posted on: April 3, 2018 | Business

Malaysia and the Philippines have joined Singapore in scrutinising the anti-competitive nature of the recent Grab-Uber merger 

Vietnamese driver from Uber company and his passenger ride on a motorbike through the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam Photo: Luong Thai Linh / EPA-EFE

Competition watchdogs in Malaysia and the Philippines have announced that they will investigate whether Grab’s recent acquisition of Uber’s Southeast Asian operations undermines competition in the ride-hailing market, just days after the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) announced that it had grounds to suspect the two ride-hailing companies had breached Singapore’s Competitions Act.

Both countries joined Singapore in expressing concern that the deal would usher in a monopoly for Grab, which would provide the Singapore-based company with the freedom to dramatically increase prices.

While the Philippine Competition Commission has not yet determined whether the deal reaches the $38.3m (2 billion PHP) threshold that, along with other criteria, automatically triggers a review, it has said that it will launch a review of its own volition.

A review by the Philippine Competition Commission will seek to determine whether the deal is likely to lead to an increase in prices, a decrease in the quality of services, a reduction in consumer choice or serve as an insurmountable barrier to new players intent on entering the market.

Meanwhile, Malaysian government minister Nancy Shukri told Reuters that her government would not tolerate any anti-competitive behaviour.

“We won’t take it lightly. We will monitor this because it is still early days and we don’t know what will happen next,” she said. “We have stressed that if there is any anti-competitive behaviour, the Competition Act will come into force. We have spelt this out to them.”

Nancy added that Grab had assured the Malaysian government in a meeting last week that it would not raise prices for the time being.

The announcements follow hot on the heels of the CCS’s threat to slam the breaks on the proposed deal in Singapore if it breached the country’s Competitions Act. 

Along with other interim measures, Singapore’s competition watchdog proposed that Uber and Grab maintained their independent pre-transaction prices and refrained from further integrating their businesses while it investigated the deal.

The commission said that it would listen to suggestions to safeguard competition proposed by both ride-hailing companies before issuing its final directive.

If the regulatory body finds that the current deal is likely to significantly undermine competition, it has the power to block the merger from being completed. 

While some analysts see the investigations as potential stumbling blocks for the integration – which is set to be completed by 8 April – Grab has characterised them as little more than routine bureaucratic procedures.

“This is a normal regulatory step in a deal of this size as part of Grab’s overall strategy to cooperate with interested regulators,” a Grab spokesperson told Nikkei Asian Review.

“Grab has always been customer-first, and this will not change after the acquisition,” the spokesperson added. “This deal is good for consumers.”

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