Commentary: Malaysia goes slow on COVID-19 reopening for good reason

Four months have passed since I first highlighted the underappreciated success of Malaysia’s COVID-19 response. During that time – which includes the tail end of the first movement control order (MCO) – only 25 deaths and around 3,300 infections were recorded… To read more: SOURCE: CNA (5)


World Bank projects India’s GDP to contract 9.6% in FY21

 The World Bank on Thursday projected India’s gross domestic product (GDP) to plunge in FY21 by 9.6% revised down since its June forecast of 3.2% drop, reflecting the impact of the nationwide lockdown and the income shock experienced by households and small urban service firms. “However, there is substantial uncertainty related to the course and […]


Forging Ahead with Industry 4.0 in the New Normal

Helping manufacturers build a position of strength to operate in a COVID-safe world remains mission critical for this year’s Industrial Transformation ASIA-PACIFIC – A HANNOVER MESSE EVENT (ITAP) from 20 to 22 October. The COVID-19 situation has brought tremendous disruption to all industries and economies, forcing manufacturers and businesses to rethink their business strategies, relook business […]



By Charles F Moreira, Editor Penang island once was  a free trade port – a shoppers’ paradise where goods could be bought duty-free for much less than they cost on the mainland. For businesses and industries, this also meant cheaper equipment, hence lower cost of doing business. The Federal Government ended the island’s free port […]


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