• Opinion  |  AUGUST 30, 2015 1:41PM

    Why so few Malays in Bersih 4?

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    The question most frequently asked on Bersih 4 is, why are they so few Malays? I don’t buy the two most common answers: first, PAS does not participate and Harapan Baru does not have the clout; second, Malays are worried …

  • Featured and Exclusive, Opinion  |  AUGUST 30, 2015 9:35AM

    My observations on the Bersih 4 rally

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    The presence of the police force at Saturday’s first day of the 34-hour marathon Bersih 4 street demonstration was definitely a stark contrast from the previous Bersih rallies where the people were brutalised and as a result turned more cynical …

  • Opinion  |  AUGUST 27, 2015 11:48AM

    As markets fall, nationalism rises

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    After the correction comes the nationalism. China’s market meltdown portends a potentially dangerous rise in nationalist sentiment likely to be whipped up by leaders both in China and in the US. The motives on each side are slightly different: China’s leaders …

  • Featured and Exclusive, Opinion  |  AUGUST 26, 2015 5:08PM

    What should China do?

    STANFORD – The Chinese government’s heavy-handed efforts to contain recent stock-market volatility – the latest move prohibits short selling and sales by major shareholders – have seriously damaged its credibility. But China’s policy failures should come as no surprise. Policymakers …

  • Opinion  |  AUGUST 25, 2015 2:24PM

    A radioactive bank to be welcomed

    CANBERRA – One of the many things the world has learned from the Iran nuclear saga is that its leaders made a mistake, when negotiating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in the 1960s, in not doing anything to constrain uranium …

  • Featured and Exclusive, Opinion  |  AUGUST 24, 2015 11:30PM

    The emerging market currency rout

    SANTIAGO – With the currencies of Malaysia, Indonesia, South Africa, Turkey, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, and Mexico hitting record lows recently, currency traders around the world are asking: How much further can emerging market currencies weaken? The standard approach to answering …

  • Opinion  |  AUGUST 24, 2015 10:00PM

    Who stands to lose in emerging markets?

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    The extended rout in emerging markets raises a question: Who stands to bear the most losses? Judging from the available data on cross-border exposures, it’s worth keeping an eye on banks in Spain, the UK, and Taiwan. Financial contagion China’s …

  • Featured and Exclusive, Opinion  |  AUGUST 24, 2015 12:00AM

    Fixing the politics of money

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    My last column on regulating political financing placed me in the direct line of ire of readers and politicians. Salvos were shot through social media and bumping into friends would inevitably lead to robust exchanges. Advocates and the like-minded lent …

  • Opinion  |  AUGUST 21, 2015 5:00PM

    Why the Fed is wishy-washy

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    Yesterday’s highly anticipated release of the Federal Reserve minutesof last month’s policy-making meeting did little to answer decisively the question on the minds of many market participants: whether the Fed will raise interest rates in September, the first increase in …

  • Opinion  |  AUGUST 20, 2015 4:29PM

    Sustaining strong institutions for a clean government

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    The success of the transformation and development of the Malaysian economy and its financial system has been primarily due to an empowering legal framework and sound institutions that operate on structured processes and with strong accountabilities, underpinned by a good …