Can Singaporean banks win more business in Hong Kong or even in the much bigger mainland market simply through high-cost acquisitions?Monday, 7 April, 2014, 8:37am
Did the Heritage Foundation ever send its experts into the streets of Hong Kong to meet ordinary people and ask them how free the city's economy has become in recent years?20 Jan 2014 - 9:17am 3 comments
The Singapore expansion plan of an international dating service promoting adultery has ignited a social media protest and a sharp rebuke on Friday from the city-state’s social affairs minister.25 Oct 2013 - 5:59pm 1 comment
The Hong Kong government should grab the opportunity to make the city the home for the new Asian infrastructure investment bank proposed by President Xi Jinping during his trip to Southeast Asia last week, says a top banker and influential political adviser to Beijing.11 Oct 2013 - 4:40pm 5 comments
United Overseas Bank (UOB), one of Singapore's three biggest banks by assets, is repositioning itself to be the go-to bank for capital-rich state-owned enterprises from mainland China seeking investment opportunities in the Asean region.7 Oct 2013 - 7:16am
Singapore’s Keppel Corp and Sembcorp Marine, the world’s top offshore rig-makers, stand to be among the winners from Beijing’s moves to tighten credit amid a downturn at China’s shipyards.
The two companies have been under mounting pressure from Chinese yards offering generous payment terms, price discounts and help with financing.18 Jul 2013 - 11:18am
Singapore’s move to tighten regulation of news web sites, already under fire from bloggers and human rights groups, has attracted criticism from an unexpected quarter - large internet firms with a big presence in the city-state who say the new rules will hurt the industry.8 Jul 2013 - 3:35pm 3 comments
Indonesia has begun seeding clouds in an attempt to create rain to put out blazes that have choked Singapore and Malaysia with smog, officials said, while launching investigations into plantation firms suspected of starting the fires.24 Jun 2013 - 5:31am
Singapore urged people to remain indoors amid unprecedented levels of air pollution on Thursday as a smoky haze wrought by forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia worsened dramatically. Nearby Malaysia closed 200 schools and banned open burning in some areas.20 Jun 2013 - 5:47pm
Singaporeans rolled back military training, kept cough-stricken children indoors and considered wearing protective masks to work on Tuesday after a smoky haze triggered by forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia caused air pollution to briefly hit its worst level in nearly 16 years.18 Jun 2013 - 3:16pm
Singapore urged Indonesia to take "urgent measures" as severe air pollution from forest fires on Sumatra choked the densely populated city state.
Singapore's skyscrapers, including the Marina Bay Sands casino towers, were yesterday shrouded in haze and the acrid smell of burnt wood wafted through the central business district.18 Jun 2013 - 2:00am
The Pollutant Standards Index reading at noon stood at 105, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA) website. Any reading above 100 is categorised as unhealthy.17 Jun 2013 - 4:11pm
A judge sentenced Singapore’s former chief of emergency services to six months in jail on Thursday for accepting an offer of sex from a woman who sought business favours.
Corruption convictions involving senior government officials are rare in this city-state that prides itself on facing very few graft cases compared to some of its Southeast Asian neighbours.13 Jun 2013 - 5:01pm
Three Lebanese referees pleaded guilty yesterday to accepting free sex from a gambling-linked global syndicate in return for agreeing to rig a match. A Singaporean district court judge jailed assistant referees Ali Eid, 33, and Abdallah Taleb, 37, for three months.11 Jun 2013 - 4:27am
Singaporean artist Frayn Yong's recent work can fit into a few plastic containers, no bigger than a standard document box. It's not that he's a laggard. It's because his works - painstakingly fashioned out of pencil lead - are small and delicate.9 Jun 2013 - 2:35pm