Author: Jafar Marzooq

The G7 on Wednesday issued a pointed warning on China’s militarisation of the South China Sea and called for Beijing to press Russia for an unconditional withdrawal Afrom Ukraine. The body representing most of the world’s largest economies had Beijing squarely in mind after convening a virtual meeting attended by its members’ heads of state, with the wars in Ukraine and the Middle East also figuring prominently. In a statement, it urged China to “press Russia to stop its military aggression” and to “support a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in Ukraine” in line with the principles of the UN Charter. While the Group of 7 leaders reaffirmed a…

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While FinTech funding in ASEAN plunged 70%, Singapore retains top spot. Sustainability is garnering significant investor interest in ASEAN despite uncertain macroeconomic conditions in 2023, with Green Financial Technology (FinTech) firms bringing forth innovative solutions to help businesses and governments address challenges and opportunities of going green. This insight is part of the FinTech in ASEAN 2023: Seeding the Green Transition report, jointly launched by UOB, PwC Singapore and the Singapore FinTech Association (SFA) today. Singapore retained its podium position within the region, securing US$747 million FinTech funding, or 59 per cent of total funding in ASEAN. Though this was…

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KUCHING (Dec 8): The construction of a new RM5 million dedicated Malaysian Civil Defence Force (APM) office in Sibu District will begin next year. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah, Sarawak Affairs and Special Functions) Datuk Armizan Mohd Ali in revealing this said the pilot project is expected to be completed in three years to accommodate the need for a dedicated APM office in the state. “Many APM offices, particularly in Sabah and Sarawak, still operate from federal and state government premises, or rely on CSR (corporate social responsibility) from various companies. “Therefore, we initiated this pilot project to…

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KUCHING (Nov 21): It is timely for the Sarawak Ombudsman Bill 2023 to be tabled, as the law would help tremendously in enhancing the performance, responsibilities and duties, and the delivery of public service. In stating this, Kota Sentosa assemblyman Wilfred Yap said every member of the public is entitled to all these in the first instance, adding that the Bill signifies the seriousness and commitment of the state government, under the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) coalition, in matters concerning public transparency. “This law is a crucial step towards creating a trustworthy and efficient government, and provides a channel for…

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PHNOM PENH (Phnom Penh Post/ANN): Jens Ruebbert, chairman of the EU-Asean Business Council (EU-ABC), expressed optimism about Cambodia’s investment climate under the new government as Prime Minister Hun Manet has offered broad support for the private sector, according to Manet’s social media team. Ruebbert and his EU-ABC delegation met with Manet at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, where they discussed a number of projects. The October 24 meeting was also attended by representatives from 25 private companies and newly-appointed EU ambassador Igor Driesmans. Manet welcomed the delegation, as well as the private sector representatives, who wish to explore investment…

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London, Dublin (1/11 – 66) Hamas is sheltered in a sea of civilians. Ostensibly a Palestinian political and military organization established in 1987, Hamas “governs” on the basis of having won a majority in the 2006 Palestinian legislative elections – defeating Fatah, another Islamist terror combine – before forming a government in the Gaza Strip, described as “…the world’s largest open-air prison” for its Palestinian inhabitants. So why don’t the Palestinians, having been robbed of their ancient lands, simply up and move somewhere else? It is telling that none of the Islamic nations surrounding Israel care to admit any more…

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KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Government is donating RM300,000 to the Palestine Peace Fund, while another RM355,000 has been collected from various agencies and organisations in the state to help the cause. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor (pic) announced the donation during a humanitarian gathering for Palestine at the Wisma Muis on Saturday (Oct 28). He said Sabah supported the move by Palestine to fight for their freedom of land and peace from war. “This gathering here today is also a show of our solidarity and support for peace and love for harmony,” he said. Hajiji said all acts of…

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SE Asian governments stake out divergent positions on Hamas assault on Israel, underscoring the bloc’s rising polarization “The Philippines conveys its deepest sympathies and condolences to those who have lost family members and loved ones in recent attacks,” the Philippine presidential palace said in a statement following the latest round of conflict in the Middle East. “The Philippines condemns the attacks, especially against civilian populations,” the Southeast Asian nation added, referring to the unprecedented attacks by the militant Hamas organization across Israel which has claimed hundreds of lives including civilians. In stark contrast to the position of the Philippines, neighboring Malaysia reaffirmed…

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Director General of the Indo-Pacific Region, Gabriel Chartier of the Quebec Ministry of International Relations and Francophonie, made the statement at a seminar to evaluate investment potential in Việt Nam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region held in Canada this week. Director General of the Indo-Pacific Region, Gabriel Chartier of the Quebec Ministry of International Relations and Francophonie, made the statement at a seminar to evaluate investment potential in Việt Nam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region held in Canada this week, as reported by the Vietnam News Agency on September 15. Themed “Việt…

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KUCHING (Oct 7): The Sheraton Kuching Hotel, located at the city’s ‘Golden Triangle’, is now operational following its soft opening today. The soft opening ceremony, which featured lion dances and lighting of firecrackers, was attended by hotel owner Tan Sri Yee Ming Seng, family members and business associates. Easily distinguishable by its iconic curved architecture, the construction of the hotel had been fully completed recently and has 22 floors and 378 rooms although at the moment, only few floors and facilities are available for guests access until the grand opening. Ming Seng (fourth left) in a photo with family members…

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