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  • BUSINESS

    Covered for life

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 18/02/2019

    » Tan Hak Leh is accustomed to occupying lofty corporate positions as an insurance executive with 25 years of industry experience, 17 of them in management positions in Singapore. But the chief executive officer of AIA Thailand turns out to be very down-to-earth in person, soft-spoken and easy to chat with.

  • BUSINESS

    Charter challenge

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 18/02/2019

    » Pro-democracy forces in Myanmar have launched a new bid to change the country’s constitution. With 18 months left before the 2020 elections, the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) has initiated a process in parliament that it hopes will amend the military-drafted charter — and give the party an appealing campaign issue. It is the latest evidence that the country has been plunged into “Syndrome 2020” in the lead-up to the elections.

  • BUSINESS

    Paths to innovation

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 18/02/2019

    » Creative ideas do not necessarily have to spring from the vision of a single person; many innovative solutions emerge as a result of collaborative effort. Not every company can have an Elon Musk but companies can certainly create an innovative culture that can foster its own army of innovative soldiers.

  • BUSINESS

    Human capital development lessons from East Asia

    Asia focus, Lee Jong-wha, Published on 18/02/2019

    » Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Education does not just enable individuals to improve their lot in life; it enriches an economy's human capital, which is vital to prosperity and social progress.

  • BUSINESS

    All aboard

    Asia focus, Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata, Published on 18/02/2019

    » Unlike other major capitals, Jakarta doesn't have the kind of appeal that makes it the go-to destination for foreign visitors who come to Indonesia. Unless they have business to do in the city, many don't get much farther than the international airport before they continue on to somewhere else in the country.

  • OPINION

    Media freedom in the dock

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 18/02/2019

    » The decision by Philippine authorities to arrest journalist Maria Ressa and the move by Thailand’s broadcast regulator to suspend the broadcaster Voice TV are the latest examples of how press freedom in Southeast Asia is deteriorating.

  • OPINION

    Araibi case: own goals all round

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 11/02/2019

    » The contention that Thailand would not have been involved in the controversial case of Hakeem al-Araibi had it not received a red alert notice from Australian Interpol sounded ridiculous when I first heard it. Why would Australia issue an arrest warrant for a person it had granted asylum to?

  • BUSINESS

    Perilous journeys

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 11/02/2019

    » On Jan 12, a fishing boat carrying more than 100 Indian migrants -- the precise number is not known -- left the Munambam harbour in Kerala. Its destination was New Zealand, more than 11,000 kilometres away.

  • BUSINESS

    Citizenship snag

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 11/02/2019

    » Kanwar Lal, Gyan Chand and Akbar Ram Jaipal swear by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).


  • BUSINESS

    Greener rice

    Asia focus, Apinya Wipatayotin, Published on 11/02/2019

    » Drive northwest of Siem Reap for about 90 minutes and you will arrive at a large grassland conservation site in Kampong Thom province that is a paradise for bird lovers, who can see as many as 100 bird species there. Villages near the Northern Tonle Sap Protected Landscape benefit from birdwatching tourism organised by non-governmental organisations, which share some of their income with the communities to be used for conservation.

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