Ignatius Koh

Ignatius Koh

Ignatius Koh is a Singapore-based writer who covers sports, tech and economic stories.

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Singapore’s first-time homebuyers in a bind as public housing prices close in on record levels

With a pandemic-induced labour shortage adding years to the wait times for future builds, prospective homeowners are turning to the resale market – but this means the HDB price index has risen for 14 straight months, and is now just shy of the record high set in April 2013.

With a pandemic-induced labour shortage adding years to the wait times for future builds, prospective homeowners are turning to the resale market – but this means the HDB price index has risen for 14 straight months, and is now just shy of the record high set in April 2013.

1 Oct 2021 - 12:16AM
A tale of two Tokyo Olympics: 57 years apart but one common mission?

In 1964, the focus was on showcasing Japan’s return to the international community. This year, the country is seeking to rise above the pandemic and show it can safely pull off a spectacle of sporting excellence.

In 1964, the focus was on showcasing Japan’s return to the international community. This year, the country is seeking to rise above the pandemic and show it can safely pull off a spectacle of sporting excellence.

24 Jul 2021 - 4:22PM
‘To heck with coronavirus’: Asian weddings back on, in sickness and in health

When Covid-19 first appeared, many couples postponed their plans. But with the virus sticking around, some are taking the chance to hold more affordable ceremonies.

When Covid-19 first appeared, many couples postponed their plans. But with the virus sticking around, some are taking the chance to hold more affordable ceremonies.

8 Feb 2021 - 11:55AM
Singapore’s love affair with property resumes amid coronavirus optimism

Property prices are expected to rise by 4 per cent next year as vaccines and an economic recovery help Singapore put the worst of the pandemic behind it.

Property prices are expected to rise by 4 per cent next year as vaccines and an economic recovery help Singapore put the worst of the pandemic behind it.

21 Dec 2020 - 9:31AM
In Southeast Asia, young people see a silver lining in e-commerce amid Covid-19 job slump

With young people particularly vulnerable during a downturn, some are becoming their own bosses to circumvent the uncertainty of the job market.

With young people particularly vulnerable during a downturn, some are becoming their own bosses to circumvent the uncertainty of the job market.

18 Nov 2020 - 6:35PM
As coronavirus batters Singapore’s economy, lost jobs loom as long-term headache

The impact is likely to be worse than after the 1997 Asian financial crisis, as accelerated economic restructuring reshapes industries, destroying some jobs permanently.

The impact is likely to be worse than after the 1997 Asian financial crisis, as accelerated economic restructuring reshapes industries, destroying some jobs permanently.

13 Aug 2020 - 1:52PM
E-sports stars in Southeast Asia’s US$4.3 billion gaming industry train like athletes, battle like gladiators and get paid like bosses

They spend 12 hours a day training and live with their team under the constant watch of coaches and psychologists, all for the glory of the arena and a shot at great riches.

They spend 12 hours a day training and live with their team under the constant watch of coaches and psychologists, all for the glory of the arena and a shot at great riches.

9 Aug 2020 - 12:28PM
Class of 2020: a lost generation in the post-coronavirus economy?

Young people starting out in the jobs market face a hit to their prospects that could endure years after the Covid-19-induced downturn has run its course.

Young people starting out in the jobs market face a hit to their prospects that could endure years after the Covid-19-induced downturn has run its course.

20 Apr 2020 - 1:40PM
‘Hype, smoke, and hot air’ clouding Singapore real estate

There is no shortage of optimism about the Lion City’s housing market, but experts say that confidence is misplaced amid rising foreclosures, stagnating home loans growth and the worsening global economic outlook.

There is no shortage of optimism about the Lion City’s housing market, but experts say that confidence is misplaced amid rising foreclosures, stagnating home loans growth and the worsening global economic outlook.

19 Dec 2019 - 10:01AM
Southeast Asia’s football World Cup 2034 bid: this time for Asean, or just a pipe dream?

News of the bloc’s bid for the 2034 World Cup has been met with incredulity by some. But while costs and infrastructure will be tough to tackle, the idea might not be such a long shot.

News of the bloc’s bid for the 2034 World Cup has been met with incredulity by some. But while costs and infrastructure will be tough to tackle, the idea might not be such a long shot.

29 Jun 2019 - 5:13PM