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Japanese printer products manufacturer and seller OKI hits the market with its new Pro Series label printers.
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Facebook Inc's messaging service WhatsApp is in talks with multiple Indonesian digital payment firms to offer their mobile transaction services, in a bid to tap the nation's fast growing e-commerce sector, people familiar with the matter said.
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Online search giant aims to support expansion initiatives of Chinese companies in South-East Asia.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Fitch Ratings has revised its 2019 growth forecast for Malaysia to 4.6%, from 4.2%, after the country reported stronger-than-expected growth in the first half.
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PETALING JAYA: Moves to salvage the Axiata Group Bhd and Telenor ASA Asian asset merger are proceeding as it seems to have hit a snag.
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GEORGE TOWN: Flexible packaging materials producer SLP Resources Bhd expects its revenue and net profit to stay flat for the 2019 financial year despite more cost-effective production as a result of lower resin prices.
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KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Malaysia's Sri Dasmesh Sikh pipe band emerged champion at the World Pipe Band Championship in Scotland on Saturday (Aug 17).
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REVIEW: The FBM KLCI clung stubbornly to the 1, 600 mark, ending just a fraction of a point under by yesterday’s close.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 — Netflix has pledged to work with the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Digital Asean working group to help people and governments in South-east Asia develop creative and digital ...
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KOTA KINABALU: Borneo island is expected to be an engine of growth in this region as Indonesia gears efforts towards moving its capital to Kalimantan, according to an Economics professor.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 — Bursa Malaysia remained in the red at mid-afternoon as investors wait for further direction on the sectors to invest in following the better-than-expected second-quarter g...
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Petaling jaya: Engineering and project management consultant HSS Engineers Bhd’s subsidiary, SMHB Engineering, is bidding for water infrastructure projects in Sabah and Sarawak to address the water shortage issue and targets to boost its order book to more than RM500mil.
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MELAKA: The Baba and Nyonya community has reminded controversial preacher Zakir Naik that the Cheng Hoon Teng temple here proves that the Chinese presence in Malaysia dates back to time immemorial.
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KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 15): Petron Malaysia Refining & Marketing Bhd is teaming up with online healthcare platform BookDoc to be the latter’s Activ Reward partner.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian-based integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company edotco Group Sdn Bhd is collaborating with New York-listed Intelsat SA to advance connectivity capabilities across edotco’s footprint in South and South-East Asia through pioneering industry solutions.
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KOTA KINABALU, Aug 15 — Oscar-winning British actress came to Sabah to film a BBC documentary but along the way, she learned how “complex and nuanced” the palm oil industry really is.
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KUCHING:Press Metal Aluminium Holdings Bhd has proposed the issuance of Islamic medium-term notes of up to RM5bil in nominal value.KUCHING:Press Metal Aluminium Holdings Bhd has proposed the issuance of Islamic medium-term notes of up to RM5bil in nominal value.
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PETALING JAYA: More than 200 birds died following a botched attempt by a Malaysian bus driver to smuggle them into Singapore.
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WHEN Indian diners order biryani online from Rebel Foods, they’re greeted with a culinary history of the fragrant, slow-cooked rice dish.
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It is an opportune time for the logistics industry given the increase in trans-border sales and the current focus on South-East Asia.
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INDONESIA’S push to cut its reliance on foreign funds to fill the yawning current account gap has prompted it to chase a new and growing source of funding – digitally savvy millennials.
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SINGAPORE, Aug 12 — First, officers noticed there were signs of modification around the bus’ rear tyres.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Lotte Chemical Titan Holding Bhd (LCT) is proposing to divest 49% of its equity interest in PT Lotte Chemical Indonesia (LCI) to its major shareholder, Lotte Chemical Corporation, Korea (LCC).
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JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo said today he signed a decree that lays out government support to build an electric vehicle (EV) industry in South-East Asia’s largest economy, the Cabinet ...
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The United States is set to supplant China as Malaysia's top source of investment, amid an increasingly bitter trade war between the two superpowers that has reconfigured global supply chains, especia...
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GEORGE TOWN, Aug 7 — Penang Mufti Datuk Seri Wan Salim Mohd Nor explained today that khat is a calligraphic style using the jawi script and is used purely for decorative and artistic purposes.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 2 — Datuk Zakiah Hanum Abdul Hamid, the first woman to head a federal department and recipient of the Ramon Magsasay Award, died of pneumonia today.
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JAKARTA: Indonesia is planning a slew of incentives for electric-car makers and drivers, to help bolster a sector that has already lured investment from Toyota and SoftBank Group Corp, according to a ...
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KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Malaysia will review its labour laws to cut an "over-dependence" on foreign labour and address other issues, its prime minister said on Thursday (Aug 1), amid simmering discon...
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KUALA TERENGGANU, July 31 — After being closed to the public for more than six weeks, the Terengganu drawbridge which connects Kuala Terengganu and Kuala Nerus, will be re-opened to the public at 6a...
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SINGAPORE, July 30 — Sephora’s customers who have online accounts with the cosmetics and beauty products retailer were alerted yesterday to a data breach discovered by the company in the last fort...
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Indonesian e-commerce unicorn Tokopedia is investing in two logistics companies and using artificial intelligence to predict buying behaviour as part of an effort to speed delivery and slash shipping costs in the world’s biggest archipelago.
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KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 — An elephant died after being hit by a truck on a Malaysian highway, police said today, the latest of the endangered creatures to be killed as their habitats are destroyed.
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ISTANBUL, July 28 — More than once, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad mentioned in his official visit to Turkey this week that the last time he was here in a similar capacity was around two decades ago.
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KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 — Turkey could be an “alternative trade source” for Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said during a working visit there as South-east Asia’s third largest economy seeks t...
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THE 42-acre Malaysia-owned Battersea Power Station looks set to attract investors globally as the outlook for the London property market is expected to be bright over the longer term.
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ISTANBUL (Bernama): There are three core sectors in Malaysia that Turkish companies can invest or collaborate with local partners, namely aerospace, automotive, machinery and equipment (M&E), says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
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JAKARTA: Indonesia must brace for a long period of global monetary policy easing, which will open the door for more interest rate cuts in South-East Asia’s biggest economy and a possible surge in foreign inflows, the nation’s newest central banker said.
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SINGAPORE: A small but rising number of hedge funds are being established to help finance the boom in online and peer-to-peer lending across South-East Asia.
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PETALING JAYA: AirAsia Group Bhd’s indirect wholly owned subsidiary Teleport Everywhere Pte Ltd has proposed a joint venture with Triple i Logistics Public Company Ltd to provide logistics services to Thai AirAsia Co Ltd (TAA) and Thai AirAsia X Co Ltd (TAX).
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PETALING JAYA: Manufacturers of sugary drinks, including the several dozen bubble tea brands, should “self regulate” by moderating the sweetness of their drinks to protect public health.
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Krakakoa, a bean-to-bar chocolate maker based in Indonesia, has raised an undisclosed amount from Singapore’s Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) through its IIX Growth Fund (IGF) as it gears up for a ...
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines Bhd has launched MHholidays, its latest travel marketplace that allows travellers to tailor-make their own holidays with the combination of flights and hotels.
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PETALING JAYA: A better credit transfer system is needed to make it easier for students and educators to move between educational institutions in the Asean region.
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KUCHING: The Mulu and Niah Caves may be among Sarawak’s most famous attractions, but the state has other hidden gems that deserve to be promoted.
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KUALA LUMPUR, July 23 — The Selangor government aspires to be South-east Asia’s premier Smart State by 2025, by leveraging on smart technology and innovations.
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KUALA LUMPUR: A Sessions Court judge in Kuala Kubu Baru is the latest suspect to be arrested by the anti-graft body for alleged corruption.Malaysian Anti-Corruption Com­mission (MACC) chief commissioner Latheefa Koya confirmed the arrest yesterday in a brief statement.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will find it challenging to meet its 3% fiscal deficit target for next year due to uncertainties around the US-China trade war, the finance minister told Reuters in an interview.
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is willing to cooperate with authorities that are re-investigating the Teoh Beng Hock's death, says its chief commissioner, Latheefa Koya.
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JULY 22 — You know why South-east Asia never produced an Isaac Newton?
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For beauty brand-builder Luxasia, Malaysia presents a strong market for growth – as well as the point of entry for a solid regional presence.
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JAKARTA: When Harijanto needed more workers to make Nike and Adidas sneakers at one of its factories outside the Indonesian capital Jakarta, he couldn’t make the numbers work.
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Tech website 9to5Google is reporting that Google could be developing a version of Android adapted to 3G and 4G phones without touchscreens.
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GEORGE TOWN - Penang has been listed as one of the top 10 great value beach destinations in the world.
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GEORGE TOWN - Penang has been listed as one of the top 10 great value beach destinations in the world.
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JAKARTA: Indonesia is aiming to start producing electric vehicles (EVs) in 2022, a senior official at the Industry Ministry said on Thursday, after a number of companies disclosed plans to invest in t...
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GEORGE TOWN: Penang has been listed as one of the top 10 great value beach destinations in the world.
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Visa Inc said on July 17 it has invested in Indonesia's Go-Jek as part of the ride-hailing company's ongoing Series F fundraising round.
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KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's Parliament yesterday backed lowering the voting age from 21 to 18, which would add millions of people to the electoral roll and was pushed by the country's reformist governm...
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GEORGE TOWN: The upkeep of Penang Hill, which received 1.74 million visitors last year, is no easy task, especially when maintaining its steep and long funicular railway service.
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PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Dr Ahmad Faisal Muhamad and Kamsiah Kamaruddin have received their letters of appointment as the new Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the United Nations in Geneva and Permanent Representative of Malaysia to Asean in Jakarta respectively.
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IT was near the Chinese New Year festivities when Siu Li went on her usual last-minute shopping for food and groceries at several hypermarkets, in order to celebrate with her small family and visitors for the week.
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NEW funds recently secured by business-to-business (B2B) procurement platform Lapasar will help the company further automate its processes and accelerate its growth.
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PETALING JAYA: Despite retiring from active politics, Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam continues to contribute to the nation.
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KUALA NERUS: Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) is the first university in the country to collaborate with the National Archives of Malaysia to research and share expertise in digitalising old manuscripts.
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PETALING JAYA: Student enrolment in the three convent schools in Penang has been declining in the last 10 years, says its owner Sisters of Infant Jesus Malaysia.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia needs a long-term energy policy to ensure the sustainability of supply and attract investments into the country.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Paramount Corp Bhd, which has received shareholder approval to dispose of 65% of its tertiary education ops, is looking to expand its property business within the region.
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The China Internet Report 2019 offers insight into key China technology trends, with deep dives into 11 key sectors and expert commentary from industry leaders. China currently holds the most number of 5G patents, and has 5G pilot projects going in over a dozen cities with a total population of 167 million.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia should use the US-China trade war as an opportunity to attract foreign investments, said Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
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Ride-hailing giant Go-Jek has secured an investment from Siam Commercial Bank Pcl, the Thai lender that counts King Maha Vajiralongkorn as its biggest shareholder, according to people familiar with the matter.
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KUALA LUMPUR: The nation must find ways to turn the US-China trade war into opportunities, says Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Four foreign militants were detained following anti-terror swoops in Selangor and Kedah, says Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador.
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KUALA LUMPUR, July 9 — Bukit Aman Special Branch’s Counter-Terrorism (E8) division rounded up four terror suspects belonging to different extremist group, including a Rohingya man who had threaten...
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KUALA LUMPUR: Four foreign militants were detained following anti-terror swoops in Selangor and Kedah, says Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador.
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Grab is putting a second batch of 10 startups through a 16-week programme. The startups will be able to test whether there is a market for their services.
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Japan’s Nintendo Co Ltd plans to shift a part of the production of its Switch gaming consoles to Vietnam from China in an effort to diversify manufacturing sites, a spokeswoman said on July 9.
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Spotify Technology SA released a new version of its music streaming app for customers in emerging markets, an effort to grow outside of its strongholds in the US and Europe.
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George Town: Sime Darby Motors’ wholly-owned subsidiary, Sime Darby Rent A Car Sdn Bhd (SDRAC) is open to collaborating with local e-hailing companies as part of its strategy to grow the business.
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SOUTH-EAST Asia has seen a sharp increase in venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) capital investment in the past few years. According to Bain & Co, the number of recorded VC deals for 2017 rose to 524, four times the level of 2012, and PE deal value rose 75% to US$15bil (RM62bil).
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HISTORIANS deal with the past.
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KUALA LUMPUR, July 5 — Lazada is expecting an increase in traffic during its first-ever mid-year mega sale festival, to be held on July 12, 2019 across six markets in South-east Asia.
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PETALING JAYA: Seasoned ad man Andreas Vogiatzakis (pic) has been appointed the new Star Media Group Bhd CEO, and will assume the role starting Aug 13.
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AS the author of a weight-loss book written just for Malaysians, I applaud the sugar tax that is being imposed this week on soft drinks.
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Several major US-based technology companies are planning to shift substantial production out of China, spurred by a bitter trade war between Washington and Beijing, the Nikkei reported on July 3, citing sources.
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PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) has questioned Airbnb’s claim about having served over three million guests, generating some RM3bil in direct economic impact for the country in the past year.
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DESPITE the pleas, the warnings, the threats over the years, nothing really worked until China suddenly decided it wasn’t taking any more crap from the West.
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PETALING JAYA: More Malaysians are relying on Airbnb to settle their mortgages given the property overhang that is engulfing the sector.
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KUALA LUMPUR, July 2 — Online hospitality service brokerage company, Airbnb Inc, is actively engaging the government regarding the tourism tax and has called for a simplified registration.
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The son of a Thai fisherman, Anurak Saruethai never really took to life at sea. But seafood has been good to him.
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EXCLUSIVE: The performance of Malaysia’s civil service has been declining since 2014, according to a World Bank report, which also expressed concerns about the sustainability of the country’s public sector wage bill.
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KUALA LUMPUR, June 30 — Over half of Malaysians surveyed in a poll say they would consume less soft drinks once the sugar tax takes effect tomorrow.
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REFERRING to the report “Jomo: Lack of political commitment for RE (renewable energy) agenda in Malaysia” (TheStarOnline, June 25; https://bit.ly/2YoHHYx), there is actually no issue of political ...
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SINGAPORE: Singapore’s central bank is reviewing its 1.5%-2.5% economic growth forecast for this year and isn’t ruling out off-cycle monetary easing as the US-China trade war roils the export-dependent economy, its chief Ravi Menon said.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad spared some time from his busy schedule to meet with the Avengers at the Pavilion here, where he named Thanos as his favourite Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) character.
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TOKYO: The self-driving car joint venture of SoftBank Corp and Toyota will receive investment from a further five Japanese automakers, two sources familiar with the matter said, broadening backing for...
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HONG KONG: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has set up a new website to double the number of global brands on its flagship online mall, taking an important step toward fulfilling its global ambitions.
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PETALING JAYA: Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd (PetChem) has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with chemical recycling company Plastic Energy Ltd to collaborate in addressing plastic waste in Malaysia that is unable to be recycled by conventional means.
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PETALING JAYA: There is no question over political will of the government in its effort to promote the uptake of renewable energy (RE), says Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda) board member Rajiv Rishyakaran.
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SINGAPORE, June 26 — Last year, Singaporean chemicals factory boss Erman Tan took his employees on a cruise to Penang.