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[Premium] Country Update: 15 – 28 August 2019
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Indonesia   NasDem Demurs as Jokowi Finalises Selection of His New Cabinet (14-17 Aug)  President Joko Widodo “Jokowi” announced on Wednesday, 14 August that he had finalised the selection of his new cabinet. While the full list of ministers would only be announced after the start of his...

Staying Competitive: Singapore’s Economy in a Turbulent World
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In the Chinese portion of his National Day Rally speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong noted that the Singapore economy is slowing due to weaker global demand and the US-China trade war. The SIIA held an evening talk on Monday 19 August, the day after...

[Premium] Chairman’s Note (02/2019) – Malaysia’s Ongoing Storm
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July 2019 | Some 15 months after the surprise victory by the Pakatan Harapan (PH), I thought to share some observations about emerging developments in Malaysia. This is especially as the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), the biggest party in the Dewan Rakyat with 50 seats, is...

Singapore’s Economy in a Turbulent World
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Amidst the Sino-American trade war and other factors like the Chinese slowdown, market watchers are expecting correspondingly slower growth in Singapore. Policymakers have warned about the risk of a technical recession in the fourth quarter of 2019, potentially continuing into next year. In this climate,...

[Premium] Country Update: 1 – 14 August 2019
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Indonesia   Blackout Ordeal in Java Leads to Questions, Lawsuits (4-8 Aug)  Indonesian citizens across the island of Java were hit by a sustained electricity outage on Sunday, 4 August, following disruptions to several power plants. Tens of millions were affected as traffic lights, cashless payment services and...