Monday, June 14, 2021
As the COVID-19 vaccination program rolls on, many employers will have a strong case for requiring employee vaccinations. Currently, countries that have COVID-19 vaccination programs are on a voluntary basis - that is, countries cannot compel their citizens to be vaccinated. They can only 'strongly encourage' them. But can employers...
Popular bars across Asia are facing some tough times during the Covid-19 pandemic. Lockdowns and restrictions that have been instated by governments are squeezing alcohol sellers. Fewer drinkers, changing consumer tastes, tightening restrictions on alcohol and the pandemic is a sober reality for the industry. But companies have the chance...
Agriculture remains as a key part of the Malaysia’s economy and export output. Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic which has plagued the majority of 2020, the adoption of more efficient technology has been at the forefront of the sector. As such, the agriculture and plantation sector is expected to...
Demand for cars and vehicles are on track to a great recovery as demand is rising across the industry. However, not everything is as sunny as it seems on the surface. Reports have been coming in from various parts of the auto industry regarding huge shortages in computer chips, which...
China's public and private sectors are set to spend 10.6 trillion yuan (US$1.6 trillion) through 2025 to develop next-generation infrastructure, including the 5G network and electric-vehicle charging stations. This is especially important for the economic juggernaut as trade friction with the US looks likely to continue despite the change...
E-commerce platform, Lazada Malaysia, has channelled approximately RM44 million with the goal of helping more than 70,000 SMEs through its second stimulus package; dubbed Pakej Kedai Pintar 2.0. Lazada’s first stimulus package was implemented in April 2020, contributing RM10 million to help up to 50,000 SMEs. This new package is...

APAC on the Road to Recovery

The economic situation in Asia Pacific (APAC) is expected to improve greatly this year, supported by the gradual recovery of economic activities, given the early containment of the pandemic in several Asian economies, said Moody’s Investors Service. With the region being relatively close to ground-zero for the coronavirus, neighbouring...
Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has just announced a new economic aid package worth up to RM15 billion (US$3.7 billion) on 18 January in an effort to mitigate the effects of a resurgent Covid-19 pandemic. The package was revealed in a televised address and is known as PERMAI, or the...
Despite all the hardships and logistical cartwheels that were caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, China’s economy grew at a faster than expected pace in the fourth quarter of 2020, ending a rough coronavirus-stricken 2020 in remarkably good shape and remained solidly poised to expand further this year. The country’s GDP...
With more and more vaccines flowing into Singapore, the city-state has announced that thus far, more than 6,200 people have already received their first doses of Covid-19 vaccines. Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said in a recent statement that Singapore aims to have up to eight vaccination centres up...

The Return of MCO

Many people’s worst fears have come true as Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced the reinstatement of the movement control order (MCO) lockdown measures. Fortunately, this reinstatement only covers select states and federal territories that have experienced the worst of the resurgent Covid-19 outbreak. The remaining states will continue...
Malaysia has done relatively well in containing the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. However, a recent surge in cases has brought with it new concerns. It is now very much a possibility that the country may see a return of the strict movement control order (MCO) lockdown which caused...

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