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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.

Smart move by Malaysian firm in smart glass business

Malaysia Next Glass

It was the complexity in which his company was setting up a new smart glass business that excited Ken Low. His is a Kuala Lumpur-based chartered accountancy firm and the business they are now entering is manufacturing smart glass using Korean technology which will be listed in the US stock market by the end of the year. This means US ... Read More »

Red Shirt Rally Will Make Najib Stronger

Malaysia Bersih 4.0

On Wednesday, about 300,000 Malays are expected to gather in two of the Chinese-strong areas in Kuala Lumpur in a rally to show support for Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak and uphold Malay dignity. The organisers call it the United People’s Rally (Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu) and the Malay Pride Rally (Himpunan Maruah Melayu), but the rest of the ... Read More »

Ringgit Rescue Team

Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Malaysia discusses during the session 'The Economic Malaise and Its Perils' at the Annual Meeting 2013 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2013.

Three weeks ago when the ringgit dropped beyond RM4 to the dollar, a prominent banker and the prime minister’s younger brother posted on Instagram: “Terrible time to be distracted by politics and so much negative international media coverage. Our best, most credible & crisis experienced finance team need to be put in front of markets urgently.” On Tuesday last week, ... Read More »

No More Cloning of Shopping Malls in Malaysia Please

Malaysia Shopping Mall

Retail sales are going down but retail space is increasing in Malaysia. There will be at least 20 new and refurbished shopping malls entering the already saturated market in the next four years, according to Y. Y. Lau. Managing Director of JLL Property Services (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd at a recent property conference. It seems like a foolish situation to be ... Read More »

Property investment in Southeast Asia: Know The Risks

Horizon Hills, one of the luxury estates in Iskandar, Malaysia

The less developed the market or the country, the higher the property investment risk. This was the message that was delivered by Thong Mun Wai of RAM Rating Services Bhd, a credit-rating services agency for the Malaysian capital market. One of the biggest mistakes in property investment is not taking into consideration the environment and the supporting infrastructure and utilities. ... Read More »

Can A Falling Ringgit Prop Up Tourism in Malaysia?

Malaysia Tourism KL

There is one person who is happy to see the ringgit fall against the US dollar and he made his feelings known loud and clear – Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz. He sees the Malaysian currency depreciation as having a positive effect in tourism in Malaysia in terms of number of tourist arrivals and tourism revenue. “If tourists come, ... Read More »

Not Buying Into Bitcoin Spiel

Malaysia Bitcoin Marcus Swanepoel

Each time the ringgit hits a new low, more and more Malaysians talk about shifting their money to banks in neighbouring countries or buying properties overseas. No one talks about buying bitcoin, at least not those in my generation. The generation that still has great difficulty accepting a currency that they cannot touch, put in a bank or under their ... Read More »

Glamming Up Kuala Lumpur Through River of Life Project

Malaysia Kuala Lumpur

This is the spot where Kuala Lumpur was discovered 158 years ago, at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers. The mosque in the centre is Masjid Jamek, one of the oldest mosques in the country. In the early days of Kuala Lumpur, people living in nearby areas would come to this mosque by boat for prayers. Chinese tin miners ... Read More »

Bankruptcy in Malaysia Hits the Young Hard

Malaysia Cars

Chan was good at business. Right after he finished his schooling, by the late 1990s, he had helped his father build their car repair business from a tiny little shack to a full-service shop. And a car wash as a spinoff business. Profits were hitting the roof, but so were his debts. “A lot,” says the 42-year-old when asked how ... Read More »

Moving Walls Creates Interactive Playground in the City

Malaysia Moving Walls 1

During the Fifa World Cup in 2014, another kind of football game was played in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur. At the junction in Bukit Bintang, passers-by stopped, looked at The Tower, interacted through mobile websites, social media and gestures tracked by cameras. Each participant voted for the World Cup winner through a twitter hashtag. The one with the ... Read More »

Perwaja: Are things finally looking up for the ailing mega project?

Kemaman Terengganu

Perwaja Steel was an ambitious mega project from the 1980s that was shrouded in controversy. Each attempt to rescue the largest steel maker in the country led to bigger financial mess and more government bailouts. The bailouts were estimated to be about RM10 billion (US$2.64 billion). This time, things may be different. China’s Tianjin Zhiyuan Investment Group Co Ltd is ... Read More »

Cost of Living in Malaysia is Squeezing Malaysians

Malaysia BR1M

“The only way I can cope with the cost of living is if I was to marry a rich man.” This is what a young graduate said in her speech at a recent event attended by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Law graduate Siti Azzahra Abd Razly said she had to pay her dad RM500 (US$131) each month ... Read More »

Malaysia Ringgit: How Low Will It Go?

Malaysia Ringgit

The question that’s on everyone’s mind. The other question that is being asked is should the Malaysia ringgit be pegged again? It is exactly 10 years since the peg on the ringgit was removed. Then prime minister and finance minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad pegged the ringgit at RM3.80 to US$1. Malaysians started getting worried when the ringgit’s value dropped drastically ... Read More »

Najib may remain in power a little longer

Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Malaysia discusses during the session 'The Economic Malaise and Its Perils' at the Annual Meeting 2013 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2013.

With each passing day, it seems more and more possible that Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Abdul Razak will remain as prime minister of Malaysia, at least until the end of the year. His hold on power does not seem to have waned. A week ago, the nation thought it would see the forced removal of the prime minister when Wall ... Read More »