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Message to Bruneian banks: Shape up your customer service

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As years pass, many new banking services have been rolled out to enhance consumer experience in Brunei. Internet banking, ATM debit cards, branches cropping...
ASEAN’s growing population: Many new mouths to feed

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ASEAN's overall population is exploding. Whether this is good or bad is dependent on the country. While large populations can be viewed as adding...
Myanmar to export household workforce to Singapore

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The term Overseas Myanmar Workers, or OMW, has still to be coined, but the government in the former pariah state has recognised that legal...
Russia beefs up anti-spy measures – and buys typewriters

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In the wake of the NSA surveillance scandal brought to light by whistleblower Edward Snowden, Russia has decided to take radical measures to avoid...
Malaysia: An ASEAN tech hub?

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Listen up Malaysians: If you find yourself hankering for the latest Apple gadget, it turns out you don’t have to look far for a...
Cambodia, next powerhouse for ASEAN investors

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The success Qatar’s Ooredoo had with being issued a mobile phone license in Myanmar is an encouraging development for Middle East investors who are...
Detailled Cambodia garment factory map shows everything

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The Cambodian Center for Human Rights has put a map of garment factories operating in Cambodia and their supply chains on the Internet. The map...
Five coolest SMS applications in ASEAN

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While the use of smartphones is on a rapid rise throughout ASEAN, many people are still heavy SMS users, with industry experts estimating hundreds...
Japan yakuza: How about your mafia magazines, ASEAN?

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Every business needs to have a handle on communication with their employees, even organized crime syndicates, it now appears. Japanese media has reported that...
3D printed fashion becoming popular in ASEAN

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Kuala Lumpur recently was the stage of Asia's very first 3D printed fashion show - a new trend that combines 3D printing with fashion...
Cambodia calms investors ahead of elections

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Despite some observers feel that Cambodia's general elections on July 28 will be a test for the country's democratic credentials and political stability, Commerce...
Brunei to sell Jordan mining investment over row

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The Jordan government has said it will purchase Brunei's shares in Jordan Phosphate Mines, the largest mining and chemical company in the country. Brunei...
Phnom Penh slum kids’ video goes viralvideo

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A video featuring 160 slum kids from a poor district in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh received almost 240,000 hits on Youtube as of July...
ASEAN’s southern grouping gets active

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An effective force in ASEAN has recently been making headlines. As opposed to the their counterpart in the Mekong region (a union defined by...
ASEAN, APEC, G20 to jointly work on infrastructure

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Senior officials of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) , G20, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have met for the first time on...
How Southeast Asia’s wealthy like to fly

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The battle for low-budget passengers is only one side of Asia's thriving air travel business. Airlines are increasingly targeting the wealthy and are beefing...
3D printing of bones can reduce hospital costs

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In what could have a tremendous cost-saving effect especially for hospitals in emerging countries, medics are now experimenting with new ways of healing broken...
South Korea grants $200m loan to Cambodia

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South Korea will provide Cambodia with $200 million as a loan for road and dam projects, according to the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs,...