The Globe as you know it is changing. Coming June 2019

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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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McDonald’s Malaysia to open 188 more restaurants by 2025

By: Euan Black - Posted on: July 5, 2017 | Business

The fast-food chain sets sights on aggressive expansion as it attempts to catch up on rivals KFC and Burger King

A Malaysian RELA Corps officer guards in front of a McDonald’s outlet during a protest in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 08 August 2014. Photo:EPA/Azhar Rahim

McDonald’s Malaysia will invest more than $325 million as part of an ‘aggressive’ expansion that will see the size of its presence in the country almost double by 2025, the company’s managing director, Azmir Jaafar, announced on Tuesday.

“Our committed investment of RM1.4 billion [$326 million] over 10 years is a testament to our confidence in the future of the country,” Jaafar told reporters after the launch of Fraser and Neave Beverages Marketing and McDonald’s Malaysia’s marketing partnership in Petaling Jaya on Tuesday, according to the Star Online.

The proposed investment “will come from the business operation and the shareholder” and predominantly be used to open 188 more outlets by 2025, which would bring the total number of McDonald’s restaurants in the country to 450.

According to Jafaar, McDonald’s Malaysia registered year-on-year growth of 16% last year and was confident it would enjoy increased demand in the future. The expansion could create up to 6,000 jobs, in addition to the 12,000 currently provided by the fast-food chain.

Despite its global success, McDonald’s past performance in Asian markets has been somewhat underwhelming.

In 2015, rival fast food-chain KFC boasted over 600 restaurants in Malaysia to McDonald’s 259. And while both KFC and Burger King have opened outlets in both Myanmar and in Cambodia in recent years, McDonald’s has yet to set up shop in either emerging market.

In an attempt to try to close the gap on its rivals, McDonald’s Corporation announced in a statement last July that it had “taken the decision to adopt a development licensee model for the Malaysia and Singapore markets in order to enable focused investment in the brand and speed up growth in these key Asian markets”.

Months later, it found a partner in Saudi Arabia’s Lionhorn Group, selling the franchise rights to its restaurants in Malaysia and Singapore to the conglomerate in December 2016 in a deal thought to be worth $400 million. McDonald’s Corporation hopes to become a 95% franchised entity worldwide by 2018.