Thursday, August 6, 2020
By Reuter Chua, Country Head of ACCA Singapore The digital world is now the accountant’s world. Technology has enabled the profession to change and grow. Looking back, it was the finance function that was first to be automated, where accountants became the business partners and consultants within large enterprises as they...
Hong Kong has long been a prime destination for keen-eyed shoppers of high-quality, low-priced consumer electronics. But aside from competitive pricing, what else can brands do to differentiate themselves from their competitors, attract returning customers and create top-of-brand-awareness? According to a recent study conducted by global loyalty marketing agency...
Uber Technologies Inc. has released its first diversity report, showing that women and non-white employees are underrepresented at the ride-services company – just as they are at many other technology firms. Uber released the information after a series of revelations about its culture and business tactics that have incited...
As a young man, my dad was a hawker, and his specialty was char-kuey teow, the ubiquitous dish that was a hawker stable. He built a reputation for his generosity and impeccable customer service. Often, he would ask customers if the portion was sufficient, and since most of his...

Being Critical

“If you have no will to change it, you have no right to criticize it” – Mark Twain People who know me well know that while I can be critical of others, I am most critical of myself. I have always believed that as an entrepreneur and leader, the ball...
In an emotional speech to the Parliament recently, Singapore’s PM Lee Hsien Loong asked fellow Singaporeans to give him and his government more time to deliver on their electoral promises. “… every country has its own challenges, and we should not always believe that the grass is greener on the...
Many of us would have heard the most famous quote of US president John F Kennedy: "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country". He said it against a backdrop of a divided country - when partisanism was at its...

The Glory of Entrepreneurship

I grew up in a family where entrepreneurship is shunned and something to be ashamed of. My elder brothers flung their exams and were forced to apprentice with various contractors, and started their businesses when opportunity so dictates. And for many years they eked out a living that bothers...

Renewing Passports

One of my pet peeves of being a heavy traveller is the need to renew my passport every several months. That, and immigration officers who have an innate need to mark their territory by stamping over an entire page of passports. Renewing passports and travelling across borders are good ways...

Reaping What We Sow

“For whatever you sow, that will you reap” (Galatians 6:7-8) "According to the seed that’s sown, so is the fruit you reap there from” (Samyutta Nikaya) The saying ‘reaping what you sow’ may sounds so cliched or even biblical that many of us think no more of it than a motivational figure of...
By Lilian Teo, CFO and Toniya Sundaram, Blockchain Developer of oCap Management Pte Ltd One interesting result from the recent Small Business Credit Survey 2019 shows that the share of applicants who sought loans, credit lines or cash advances from online lenders has grown remarkedly since 2016 from 19% to...
The Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak is expected to table the Budget 2017 in parliament on 21 October 2016.   Given the uncertain economy and the fact that this might be the last budget before the next general election, it is widely speculated that it...