Whenever we talk of marginalised groups, many of us tend to think of migrant workers, Orang Asli, refugees, plantation workers and squatters, people with HIV/AIDS. Often, we tend to overlook the fact that many of the senior citizens among us...
You may not have noticed, but a classic PR battle is being waged between the agrichemical industry and anti-paraquat campaigners.Round One went to the anti-paraquat campaigners, when they succeeded in getting the Malaysian government to ban the dangerous pesticide.The...
So now the EPF is set to take over RHB.The first question that comes to mind is, isn't the EPF biting off more than it can chew? What does it know about managing a bank - or even supervising...
It looks like some of our planners are on a dam-building spree, even though the Bakun Dam is expected to produce electricity that the country does not really need for now.For one thing, Malaysia has a 40 per cent...
So is the bumi share of corporate equity 18.9 per cent? Or 45 per cent?Here's something to think about this weekend.In many ways, the NEP 30 per cent target has become almost sacrosanct. On it hinges much of...
When are petroleum royalties not petroleum royalties? When they are deemed to be "goodwill funds", of course.If you suffer from insomnia, then wading through the Malaysian Auditor General's report may be just the thing for you. But then again,...
It looks like the FTA negotiations between the United States and Malaysia - now in a crucial phase - are not going to be easy to conclude. For one thing, there is the whole issue of government procurement and...
Things can go drastically wrong when banks are poorly regulated - as we saw during the 1998-98 Asian economic crisis. The problem is further compounded when political connections come into the picture. During the 1990s, I personally saw how...

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