Mahathir, the unlikely savior of graft defendant Najib

Former Malaysian prime ministers Mahathir Mohammad and Najib Razak hate each other so much that it is almost impossible for them to reconcile. Mahathir unseated Najib from his PM seat in May 2018 and aggressively campaigned for Najib’s impriso

What can 5G do for you and your business?

As developed countries like the United States, China and South Korea lead the charge to a widespread roll out of 5G, countries in Southeast Asia are also working hard to take advantage of 5G’s benefits in the development of its respective cou

What can 5G do for you and your business?

After 36 years, who still remembers CEDAW?

The day before the commemoration of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which falls July 24, I exchanged greetings via WhatsApp with Ibu Saparinah Sadli and Nursyahbani Katjasungkana, two

Unsecured-loan time bomb ticking amid pandemic

Unsecured Loans (KTA) are one of the mainstay products of the banking industry. As personal loans, they are extended to micro businesses, formal and informal-sector workers and self-employed professionals. All sorts of people avail of such loans, r

Unsecured-loan time bomb ticking amid pandemic

COVID-19: James Bond in a white coat

As scientists worldwide scramble for a vaccine, spooks are equally busy in a different, high-stakes coronavirus battle."We can say one thing: Russia has nothing to do with these attempts; we do not accept such accusations."This was how t

G20, heal thyself. They can’t lead themselves through COVID-19 crisis

The Group of 20 (G20) ministers of finance met last week under the auspices of Saudi Arabia, which holds the group’s presidency this year. But it is hard to imagine the G20 countries leading the world, as they like to pretend that they do. Mos

SMEs need right skills to shine in e-commerce

A recent survey of ASEAN small and middle-scale enterprises (SMEs) showed that eight in 10 have made technology their top investment priority. This is not a surprise given the rapid growth in e-commerce, even before the COVID-19 pandemic.The number

The color of economic recovery is green

With the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic felt far and wide, almost all countries are now in combat mode: issuing and implementing various policies to stop the spread and to cushion the impacts on the economy and people’s livelihood.For that

When KB Kookmin Bank controls Bukopin

The Financial Services Authority (OJK) has been trying to accelerate the consolidation of the banking industry, which has long been overcrowded by weak small and mid-size banks, especially now under the pandemic-induced economic crisis.And as the

When KB Kookmin Bank controls Bukopin

The political (re)constructions of Sukarno and Pancasila

To construct and reconstruct is a basic human activity. We build physical things, they deteriorate and get destroyed, so we reconstruct and build them up again.But when we talk about social constructs, they exist in people’s minds to interpre