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Commentaries

Region can do much to create and sell carbon credits
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By Simon Tay and Aaron Choo For The Business Times Accusations too often accompany the dry season, especially when the problem of transboundary haze returns across our region. Accusations are traded not only within Indonesia, which usually suffers the worst of the fires and the heaviest pollution,...

Emerging stronger: Present and future tense
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By Simon Tay and Aaron ChooFor The Straits Times Some may question the need to think about emerging stronger when Singapore is under a heightened regime of measures against the pandemic and many countries across the region are facing the worst circumstances since the first outbreak....

Towards a growing and greener regional economy
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By Simon Tay and Meixi GanFor The Business Times Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there is growing global recognition of another crisis that could be as big and probably worse - climate change. More governments are committing to address the problem, including China, the European Union...

A time for Japan to blossom (The Straits Times)
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By Simon Tay For The Straits Times Winter has not been easy for Japan. In these past months, pandemic numbers have been rising. The Tokyo Olympics have been a particular source of angst, even with the compromise of going ahead without an international audience. Last month,...

S’pore has drawn a line on Myanmar (Mothership)
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COMMENT: While international partners can try to foster dialogue between the domestic players in Myanmar, the complex situation ultimately needs to be resolved domestically. Simon Tay, Chairman at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, thinks that a complete dissolution of the military in Myanmar may not...

Palm oil: Import bans pressure sustainability standards
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By Khor Yu Leng, Nadirah Sharif and Siti BazilahFor Eco-Business In the past year, the United States has banned the imports of palm oil and rubber-based products from three Malaysian companies following allegations of labour abuse. Environmental issues have tended to dominate the attention on these...

Countries should maximise cooperation on climate action
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By Simon Tay and Aaron Choo For The Business Times Despite the pandemic and economic downturn, many governments and larger companies across the world are still moving ahead with action against climate change. The European Union (EU) redoubled its commitment to green recovery from the pandemic with a...

Myanmar crisis: How should other countries respond?
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By Simon Tay For The Straits Time (By Invitation) The military intervention in Myanmar this week is leading many outsiders to consider an appropriate response. The new Biden administration in the United States and the European Union (EU) are evaluating economic sanctions. In contrast, others including neighbouring China,...

Budgeting to grow the new green economy
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By Simon Tay and Meixi Gan For The Business Times Many Singaporeans are looking to the upcoming 2021 Budget that the government and Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat will unveil on Feb 16. After the unprecedented S$100 billion support last year against the immediate impacts of...

Commentary: Echoes of a tumult… from South-east Asia 50 years ago
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By Simon Tay For The Straits Times  Looking back at a 50-year time arc, we may today borrow wisdom and take courage for the times ahead Brace yourself for another year of tumult. Geopolitical shifts are ongoing between one great incumbent power and another emergent. The United States...