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[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...

[Premium] Country Update: 18 July – 31 July 2019
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Indonesia   Toyota, Softbank Among Big Investors as Jokowi Eyes 6% Annual Growth (19-29 Jul) Indonesia’s economic growth rate could reach an average of 6% per annum if President Joko Widodo “Jokowi” can attract more investment, according to a proposal from the Planning Ministry. The projected rate...

[Premium] Country Update: 4 July – 17 July 2019
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Indonesia   Jokowi Prepares for New Cabinet (4 – 17 Jul)  Second-term President Joko Widodo “Jokowi” has started reshaping his cabinet lineup behind closed doors. Tempo.co, quoting officials such as Indonesian Employers Association Deputy Shinta Kamdani, suggested that GoJek CEO Nadiem Makarim could be among those considered for...

The Impact of Fake News and Disinformation on Indonesian Politics
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Political utilisation of fake news is on the rise in Indonesia, and featured prominently during the recent election. These stories not only worsened divides, but also fuelled post-election riots in Jakarta. What role did fake news and disinformation play in the election, and what are...