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Voting for more voters

I WAS 18 when I began my first year at university in London, and a few months later there was a UK general election.


Lira bears out in force as vote re-run ramps up political risk

DUBAI: The Turkish lira tumbled the most in emerging markets and stocks erased this year’s gains after investors interpreted the decision to redo Istanbul’s municipal vote as another manifestation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s influence over independent institutions.


Baht falls to lowest level since January

Bangkok: Asia’s best-performing currency in the first quarter is starting to lose its momentum amid Thailand’s political gridlock, a stronger dollar and speculation of dividend-related fund outflows.


Thai stock investors weigh escalating political risk

SINGAPORE: In a span of three days, more than US$3.85bil has been erased from Thailand’s stock market as political risks heightened ahead of national elections.

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MyPay and Orion jump on e-govt bandwagon

NEW players are entering the e-government services business fast and furiously.


Political patronage debate is reason why reforms are needed

M. Shanmugam - The alternative view THE intense debate on giving government contracts to political leaders in return for support is healthy. It is a sign that there are leaders within the government who are determined to see that the political patronage system that was pervasive in the old Barisan Nasional administration is dismantled.


Institutional reforms more vital than toll abolishment

FINALLY, the Pakatan Harapan government has admitted that it is not able to fulfil its pre-election pledge of abolishing tolls. For ordinary folk, it will not go down well, for now.


Thiel makes his first 6-figure donation for the mid-terms

WASHINGTON: Billionaire investor Peter Thiel made his first big midterm donation to the Republican National Committee, giving US$101,700 to the GOP in July through a joint fundraising committee that also raises money for President Donald Trump’s re-election committee.


The earnestness of being important

Speakeasy by S. Jayasankaran
Reader, suppose you were an idiot,


Old PM heralds hope for new corporate culture

MALAYSIA’S poor handling of public finances is a subject matter that has very often lit controversy. It is not only during the Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak government but stretches back to the days of our new ‘old’ Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.