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  • OPINION

    Bangsamoro referendum a breath of fresh air

    News, Published on 19/02/2019

    » On Jan 21, voters in the Mindanao autonomous region in the Philippines voted overwhelmingly in a referendum to become a part of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, a self-administered area to be created for Mindanao's Muslims.

  • BUSINESS

    Personal privacy in the balance

    Business, Published on 11/03/2019

    » Data is hailed as the new "oil" of the 21st century, with digitalisation changing the landscape across every segment of society and business. When valuable and personal data can be exploited for personal or corporate gain, there is a need to ensure that personal information is well protected from fraud and mischief.

  • BUSINESS

    Slowdown ahead

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 24/12/2018

    » The economic outlook doesn't seem as rosy as it once did for most Asian countries looking toward 2019. The relatively dynamic world trade recovery that began in late 2016 is now threatened by tensions between the United States and China, coupled with increasing protectionism in many economies.


  • OPINION

    Rallies are about seeking equality

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/12/2018

    » The "yellow vests" protest phenomenon which gripped France over the past few weeks may make some policymakers engaged in a fight against global warming think about a policy U-turn. It should not be so.

  • BUSINESS

    Proactive Asean essential

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 28/01/2019

    » The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) must be more proactive in influencing the discourse on the new geostrategic architecture and play a more active role in shaping the international economic system, says secretary-general Lim Jock Hoi.

  • BUSINESS

    Indonesia weighs changes needed to join TPP

    Asia focus, Published on 23/05/2016

    » Six months after the full text of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement was made public in November, Indonesia is still examining the roughly 6,000 pages of trade provisions as it assesses its compatibility with the deal.

  • OPINION

    Electoral smokescreen

    News, Postbag, Published on 13/12/2018

    » Re: "PM has 'nothing to do' with ballot row", (BP, Dec 12).

  • BUSINESS

    Year of turbulence

    Asia focus, Published on 31/12/2018

    » Two unpredictable men with weird haircuts and access to nuclear weapons had a friendly chat in Singapore -- and that was just one of the many noteworthy stories of 2018. Elsewhere in Asia, we witnessed some surprising political developments (Malaysia) and not-so-surprising ones (Cambodia), along with what seemed to be a disturbingly high number of natural disasters. Many see the latter as a manifestation of the growing impact of climate change, and it's a debate that is bound to intensify in the year ahead. Below, Asia Focus looks back on the eventful year now ending.

  • OPINION

    When shortwave radio was my best friend

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 12/03/2017

    » After 20 years the BBC is ending its foreign-language shortwave transmissions from Nakhon Sawan after failing to renegotiate its agreement with the Thai authorities. The transmissions were directed mainly at places like Afghanistan and Pakistan where radios are sometimes still the only source of news.

  • OPINION

    A tech deal that delivers

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/12/2015

    » The world's slowest negotiations have finally concluded with the signing of a deal to eliminate most trade tariffs on technology hardware. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) last week reached an agreement with 53 countries, and among the signatories is Thailand. The deal affects an estimated US$1.3 trillion in annual trade in a substantial variety of IT products. It will spur trade and development of technology in many areas, from home and office to futurist research laboratories.

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