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UMNO President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and PAS President Hadi Awang hold hands during Ummah Unity Gather

Commentary: Malaysia’s national consensus on race and politics risks unravelling

With a charter signed between UMNO and PAS, the longstanding Merdeka consensus just took a backseat, says James Chin.

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Hong Kong Protests*

Sky-high prices and the cost of living outstrip many ordinary residents' salaries in Hong Kong,

Commentary: Out of reach? The unaffordability of housing fuelling the Hong Kong protests

While the protests were squarely directed at the controversial Extradition Bill in the beginning, it became clearer over time ...

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In Singapore

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Commentary: Catalysing help to overcome inequality in all its forms

As a society, we can come together to bridge the shortfall and narrow the gaps by giving people a hand-up and not a hand-out, ...

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Technology

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Commentary: The future is tech but where is Singapore’s engineering and IT talent?

The number of graduates from STEM disciplines has fallen over the same period, even as the number of STEM jobs has surged, ...

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Climate Change

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Commentary: Wasteful practices of affluence must stop

Let’s consider a set of new 3Rs for environmental sustainability – namely, reinvention, recalibration and reward, says ...

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Ageing Societies

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Commentary: Watch for casual ageism and other signs of caustic attitudes about older workers

At the heart of concerns over raising the retirement age and CPF contribution rates is an insidious belief that older workers ...

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National Day Rally 2019

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Commentary: As ice caps melt, Singapore a hot spot for sea-level rise

Global warming doesn't only just lead to higher sea levels, it also changes which places see a disproportionate rise in sea ...

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China's economy expanded at its slowest pace for nine years in the third quarter, fuelling

US China Relations

The People's Bank of China on Wednesday fixed the yuan's central parity rate at 6.9996 per

Commentary: China has been secretly struggling to stabilise the yuan

Chinese policymakers are still worried about excessive depreciation, says China commentator Yu Yongding.

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Work Life

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Commentary: We know it’s pointless to work long hours yet we still do it

Little sleep and 80-hour weeks do not make you a productive thinker, says the Financial Times' Pilita Clark.

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Global Headwinds

FILE PHOTO: A woman walks past an electronic board showing the stock market indices of various coun

Commentary: Many sectors are already in a recession

The world will have to confront sustained negative supply shocks that would require a very different kind of policy response ...

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Modern Economy

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Commentary: Investors are questioning WeWork’s value finally

WeWork fails on nearly all the criterion which determine whether a tech start-up is likely to be successful in the long term, ...

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Aviation News

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Commentary: Flying is not fun, which is why I prefer long-haul, direct flights

I could have actually used a longer flight, says Jay L Zagorsky, who took the world's longest flight recently.

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Married Life

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Commentary: Have we placed too much faith in science to solve all our fertility problems?

The greater support couples will receive for fertility treatment is to be welcomed but let’s not let up on the focus on ...

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Living Well

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Commentary: Overweight yet undernourished? The hidden effects of junk food consumption

Despite societies around the world getting more affluent, problems related to lack of essential nutrients in our diet are ...

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China's parliament has endorsed Xi Jinping's move to abolish rules limiting the head of

Rising China

Tension spikes in Hong Kong as police square off with protesters

Commentary: Could 'black hands' be behind the Hong Kong protests?

It is understandable why people have been asking whether the Hong Kong protests might have received foreign backing, though ...

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InTheUnited States

US President Donald Trump accuses China of failing to make good on promises

Commentary: There is no longer any doubt the US is pursuing containment of China

Donald Trump’s administration is flailing at antiquated perceptions of the Old China that only compound the problems it claims ...

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Mahathir Mohamad said he believed the new government could get back most of the money stolen from

Spotlight on Malaysia

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Commentary: The East Malaysia secession grapevine, an absolute headache for Malaysia Day

The Pakatan Harapan government faces its trickiest conundrum yet – keeping Sarawak and Sabah in the fold while resisting ...

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Top Asia Pacific

Japan's trade restrictions are already having an effect on South Korea's world-leading

Commentary: How a century-old dispute between Japan and South Korea threatens the global supply of smartphones

The dispute is being played out within a complex confluence of historical grievances, domestic politics, the ongoing US-China ...

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Southeast Asia

Men sit at their collapsed houses damaged by landslide along Mekong river in Can Tho city

Commentary: Droughts and dams are drying up the Mekong river

The combination of drought and the construction of dams in China, and now in Laos, has created a new situation in the Mekong ...

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On Indonesia

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Commentary: The hooligans of Indonesian football are at it again

The Indonesian fan violence that broke out when the country faced Malaysia at the World Cup qualifier at Gelora Bung Karno ...

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