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Infographic: Singapore Budget Stimulus Packages
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As Singapore prepares for Phase 1 of the country’s reopening next week, the Government has announced a 4th stimulus package. Called the Fortitude Budget, the packages focus on supporting businesses and saving jobs. Here is a recap on the four stimulus packages announced by the...

The Saga Continues: Recent Developments in Malaysian Politics
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After two months of relative quiet, the Malaysian political scene heated up again in the lead-up to the first parliament sitting under the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government on 18 May. For Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, there are questions of external opposition led by his former...

Infographic: Covid-19 – Global Overview (26 May 2020)
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As public health efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic continue around the world, so too have economic efforts such as stimulus packages. Governments across ASEAN have announced numerous such budgets to support businesses and citizens, including Singapore’s recent announcement of the Fortitude Budget, and more...

Infographic: SIIA Haze Outlook report (2019)
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In May last year, the SIIA launched the SIIA Haze Outlook report to understand the probability of severe transboundary haze in the region. It presented an initial risk assessment framework based on meteorological data, efforts by government, NGO, and private sector to mitigate the drivers...

Commentary: As the US and China clash, what can other countries do?
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By Simon Tay and Jessica Wau For South China Morning Post The coronavirus pandemic has been global in reach and impact, yet cooperation has been anything but. National governments largely fend for themselves, for better or worse. The absence of global cooperation is, moreover, not a simple...

Infographic: Recent Developments in Malaysian Politics
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In the three weeks since the start of May, tremors in the Malaysian political landscape have intensified. Former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was accepted, and he teamed up with Anwar Ibrahim to criticise the Perikatan Nasional government....

Infographic: COVID-19 – Global Overview (18 May 2020)
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As countries continue to address the challenges posed by COVID-19, the past week has seen a variety of developments. Countries such as Thailand have further eased their movement restrictions, while Indonesia is poised to undertake a US$8.6 billion bailout of state-owned enterprises (SOEs). The emergence...

[Premium] Country Update: 30 April – 13 May 2020
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COVID-19 Country Updates   Country No. of Confirmed Cases (End 12 May) No. of New Cases Since 1 May No. of Deaths Testing Rate Per Million Pop (Est) Singapore 24,671 +7,570 | (17,101) 21 30,016 Indonesia 14,479 +3,928 | (10,551) 1,007 604 Philippines 11,350 +2,578 | (8,772) 751 1,658 Malaysia 6,742 +672 | (6,071) 109 8,395 Thailand 3,017 +57 | (2,960) 56 3,264 Vietnam 288 +17 | (271) - 2,681 Myanmar 180 +29 | (151) 6 217 Brunei 141 +3 | (138) 1 36,658 Cambodia 122 +0 | (122) - 847 Laos 19 +0 | (19) - 532  COVID-19 in Singapore: Some...