Think Pieces

Unity Government Provides Strong Foundation for Growth and Stability, Says Economist

Malaysia’s new unity government, with a sense of political correctness, will provide a strong foundation for economic growth and stability this year despite fears of a recession among developing countries, economist Prof Marc Lim said today.

Food, Firecrackers, and Family Reunions: How Lunar New Year Is Celebrated Differently Across Asia

For billions of people across Asia and in Asian diaspora communities around the world, this weekend marks the beginning of the lunar new year celebrations, a two-week holiday marking the end of the Zodiac year of the Tiger, and ushering in the Year of the Rabbit – or Cat, if you are in Vietnam.

Expectation of Higher, Not Actual, Inflation is the Issue

Actual inflation is not the issue, but the expectation of higher inflation by the consumers, businesses, and investors is the concern that will have an impact on the retail industry, experts say.

The State of the Nation: Bank Negara’s Pause Not Leading to a Pivot Yet as Most Still See Higher Rates in 2H

By Professor Yeah Kim Leng
Bank Negara Malaysia’s decision last week to hold back another increase in the overnight policy rate (OPR) in view of a slowdown in the economy this year seems to have added an ele­ment of uncertainty to the projections of economists and capital market players.

UN Network Office in Malaysia — Its Importance

At last, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN-SDSN) has found a footing in Malaysia with the recent launch of its Asia headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, thanks to the generosity of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation.

Celebrating Chinese New Year and Diversity

By Dr Goh Chun Seng
Drawn by opportunities in West Kalimantan in the 18th century, especially in the mining sector, groups of Chinese came all the way from the southern provinces of China to seek work and earn a livelihood.

Importance of Promoting Community Health Among SMEs in Malaysia

By Ng Siew Cheng
The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in the ­decline of all of Malaysia’s economic sectors, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs). This articles discusses the importance of promoting community health among SMEs in Malaysia.

What Should Leaders Do to Improve Well-being in Their Teams?

By Professor Hew Gill
Until relatively recently employee well-being has often been viewed as a subfield of health and safety that is primarily concerned with minimising company health care costs and liabilities.  

Aromatherapy at Workplace

By Dr Jonathan Lee Chao Wei
Have you ever wondered why you feel relaxed and energized the moment you stepped into a spa?

Crowd Management at Mega Events: Lessons Learned and Preventions

By Associate Professor Dr Daniel Chong Ka Leong
In October 2022, the world witnessed two deadly large-scale events from Asia. Anticipating a higher level of excitements from event attendees in the post-pandemic era, there must be efficient crowd management to prevent such incidences. This article discusses several strategies that event operators…

How to Optimise Room Rates for Better Returns

By Rita Lo
In this article, the author identifies strategies that hoteliers can implement to attain higher returns while keeping the rates appealing to customers. These methods include forecasting daily, offering the best rate with value, strategising pricing, defining online market rates and digitalising…

Campus with a Conscience

By Maslisa Zainuddin
Inspiring people to aspire to do good for themselves, their communities and the planet as a whole and be part of the generation that decided to make a difference.