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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.

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 »

AEC and Banking Integration: Fintech Shows the Way

Malaysia Maybank

Commercial banks make a good amount of money from the services it provides to the public and businesses, and this ranges from opening accounts to preparing bankers cheque, and fund transfers and currency exchanges. The more layered the process, the more the bank can charge as fees. When a trader in Singapore pays his vendors in Cambodia and Laos, the amount ... Read More »

1MDB’s Bandar Malaysia holds much promise

Malaysia KL Sentral

Not a day goes by without criticism levelled at 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). But lately, the debt-ridden investment state-owned firm has been attracting a different kind of attention. Reports say that there has been keen interest in the proposed 197-hectare (486-acre) transport transit district called Bandar Malaysia, just seven kilometres from Kuala Lumpur city centre. It has been touted as a ... Read More »

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 »