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Vanitha Nadaraj
Vanitha has over 27 years of working experience primarily in media and communications. She worked for 16 years in a leading English daily in Malaysia as a sub-editor and reporter. She was also the correspondent for the Jakarta-based radio station KBR68H. She was a lecturer in two local colleges and communications manager for an MNC. She completed her MA in journalism at Ateneo de Manila University as a fellow of the German-based Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

Malaysia Property Flipping and its Ugly Effect

Malaysia Property Sales

It was the lure of fast and easy money, lots of it, that made James Lam jump at the chance to be a Malaysia property speculator or property flipping. That was two years ago and he immediately signed up for a series of training when his friend told him about it. The thought of buying properties and selling them quick ... Read More »

The Curious Case of Pirate Attack on Orkim Harmony

Pirates who commandeered a Malaysian-flagged tanker in the South China Sea for a week have escaped from the vessel in a lifeboat, giving warships the slip under cover of night. AFP Photo / Manan Vatsyayana

Just over a week ago, an oil tanker left Malacca port, sailed almost halfway down the peninsula and around Singapore, and headed for Malaysia’s east coast port of Kuantan. It was filled with RM21 million (US$5.6 million) worth of RON 95 petrol in 50,000 barrels. But on June 11, as MT Orkim Harmony passed the coast off Tanjung Sedili, eight ... Read More »

Boom Time for Medical Tourism in Malaysia

KPJ Healthcare Bhd plans to increase its revenue from medical tourism to US$24 million this year

For as low as US$700, you can have a four-night stay at Kuala Lumpur’s Shangri-La, a city tour, and an “executive health screening” which includes a medical consultation and blood and urine tests. For the same price, you can have a basic dental treatment instead, which features a dental x-ray, some fillings and a treatment plan under Malaysia’s medical tourism ... Read More »

Malaysia’s B40 Segment Key To Success of 11th Malaysia Plan

Malaysia Consumers

Malaysia is five years away from its Vision 2020 goal of becoming a developed nation. The final leg in pursuit of this goal is the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) recently tabled in Parliament by Prime Minister and Finance Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak. One of the parameters is national per capita income. It would be US$15,000 in 2020. In ... Read More »

Asean SMEs and Humps on the Road to AEC

Asean SMEs

Under the Asean Economic Community (AEC), a food product manufacturer in Laos should be able to supply his produce to other Asean member countries with minimal barriers on trade, transactions, and payments, while complying with a common harmonised food safety standard. A bank from any of the 10 Asean countries operating in another Asean country will be free to hire Asean ... Read More »

Heroes at Mount Kinabalu

Majestic Mount Kinabalu is now the site of a great tragedy.

Each year about 20,000 people climb up Mount Kinabalu. On the morning of June 5, there were 186 people on the mountain when a magnitude-6.0 earthquake shook Sabah’s natural landmark and the highest peak in Malaysia. This triggered massive landslides with boulders rolling down at breakneck speed, turning slopes into rivers of stones that destroy everything on their paths. Mount Kinabalu ... Read More »

Does AEC need Indonesia more than Indonesia needs AEC?

The headquarter of Association of Southeast Asia Nations (Asean) in Jalan Sisingamangaraja No.70A, South Jakarta, Indonesia.

Is Indonesia being lukewarm towards Asean economic integration? The republic’s commitment to the Asean Economic Community (AEC) has been questioned numerous times before but this time it is a Malaysian banker who is asking. Datuk Seri Nazir Razak, chairman of the fifth largest banking group in Asean CIMB Group Holdings Bhd and the Malaysian prime minister’s brother, was quoted as ... Read More »

Migrant Workers in Asean: The Hidden and Neglected Workforce

Myanmar woman in Malaysia

It is complicated. Which is probably why Asean’s plan to create a single market and production base by this year does not include migrant workers in Asean. The Asean Economic Community (AEC) aims to have a free flow of goods, services, investment, capital, and skilled labour. So far only eight professions are covered, and they include engineers, architects, doctors, nurses, ... Read More »

Malaysia’s Indrani Kopal wins at Cannes

Malaysia Indrani Kopal 2

Malaysian filmmaker Indrani Kopal won the Best Student Documentary Award with her film The Game Changer at the American Pavilion’s Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival on May 19. Ms Kopal’s documentary is about Susan Slotnik’s work in the Woodbourne Correctional Facility that was made on a budget of US$3,225. It won a string of awards and was ... Read More »

Is the Iskandar Property Market in Malaysia Wobbling Or Collapsing?

Malaysia Iskandar Shops

Property investors in Iskandar Malaysia are understandably jittery. For the past year, there were rumours of a housing property glut. Now it is official and there is fear that the Iskandar property market in the Johor economic region will collapse like a tonne of bricks. These fears are also felt from across the causeway. First, it was the National Property ... Read More »

Asean Growing To Overtake EU as AEC Is Born

Asean Economies

European Union wants to increase its trade and investment in Asean, more so now that the Asean Economic Community (AEC) is going to take off in December. EU, the largest single market in the global economy, wants to be part of the development of this new economic community. The bloc is being touted as the world’s seventh largest economy once ... Read More »

EPF Grappling With Confidence Crisis

Malaysia Office Workers

The day Mas Dati Samani turns 55, she plans to march to the Employment Provident Fund (EPF) office and withdraw all her savings. “I’ll be there so early in the morning on my birthday, waiting for the (EPF office) doors to open,” says the 51-year-old. But when EPF, the retirement fund for private sector employees, proposed earlier this month that ... Read More »

Two Southeast Asians, Jokowi and Tony Fernandes, Make Time’s 100 Influential People 2015

AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes at the Global Malaysia Series with Idris Jala, Minister, PMD and CEO, (Pemandu).

The newly elected president and the man who made sure everyone could fly were the only two Southeast Asians in Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2015. Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo and Malaysia’s AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes were in the magazine’s listing that recognises the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential ... Read More »

Zap Smuggling and Human Trafficking with a Malaysia Electric Fence

Joint Security Area, Korean Demilitarised Zone, DPRK side

For the past two years the government has been talking about erecting a Malaysia electric fence along the country’s borders to curb smuggling of goods, trafficking of people and illegal entry. Home Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi first proposed the idea that a 141 km-long electric fence be erected along the Thai and the northern state of Kelantan. ... Read More »