Small and Medium Enterprises Association of Malaysia (SAMENTA) has urged the Minister of Human Resources to focus on reforming Malaysian labour laws to keep up with the gig economy and the reality of a post-pandemic world. The Minister has recently said that the minimum wage would be increased to ‘around...
Indonesia has opened a quarantine-free travel corridor that allows people from Singapore to travel to Batam and Bintan, said Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno. The travel scheme is for people to visit Nongsa in Batam and Lagoi in Bintan, and they are not allowed to leave for other...
By Aparna Dhinakaran Today, nearly any company – even enterprises with large teams of sophisticated data scientists and engineers – can be brought to heel by machine learning (ML) models that fail spectacularly in the real world. Whether it’s demand forecasting models upended by Covid economics or models that power HR...
UPS has surpassed the one billion Covid-19 vaccine doses delivered mark with near-perfect on-time accuracy, just one year after the first vaccine was delivered by the firm. The milestone was made possible through its UPS Premier tracking technologies, cold chain solutions, and a global network supporting UPS Healthcare customers...
Thailand’s already locked down capital shut parks and the few remaining public places available to residents, as the country registered a new high of coronavirus infections. The near-total restriction on movements in the capital came as the prime minister demanded officials find ways to get the sick into hospitals after...
Malaysia’s unemployment rate has improved steadily this year to 4.5 percent according to the Department of Statistics in May 2021, as vaccination across the country ramps up. This contrasts quite significantly to the all-time high of 5.3 percent a year ago during the first movement control order (MCO 1.0). With...
The Malaysian government is looking into relaxing restrictions for those who are fully vaccinated, including allowing people to travel or dine at restaurants, says Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Tan Sri Muhyiddin said this is part of the national recovery plan as the country gradually adjusts towards returning to normal life. "I've asked for...
Malaysia has announced that it will go into full lockdown for a fortnight, following a surge in COVID-19 cases. The total lockdown under the Movement Control Order (MCO) will begin on 1 June until 14 June. All economic sectors will not be allowed to operate, except essential economic and service...
An easy-to-use breath test that can accurately detect COVID-19 within a minute has received provisional authorisation from Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority (HSA). Developed by Breathonix Pte Ltd, a spin-off company from the National University of Singapore (NUS), the BreFence Go COVID-19 Breath Test System is the first breath analysis...
Asian equities were in green on Monday if one can ignore covid woes in key regional areas mainly in India, Indonesia and the Philippines. In doing so, the broader sentiment follows Wall Street's gain after the US economics stay firm following the faster jabbing in the West. Though, Europe's...
Indonesia has made coronavirus vaccination for citizens compulsory and is set to allow the private sector to help inoculate the population to reach herd immunity faster. A regulation amended earlier this week now means people who are eligible for vaccination but refuse a jab can be penalised. Sanctions could involve fines,...
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...

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