Why Ali Baba chose Malaysia over Singapore? – A Political Perspective

I am sure everyone has heard about the relationship Jack Ma has with the Malaysian government. He is the digital adviser to Malaysia’s digital economy and has signed an MoU with the Chinese and Malaysia government to connect e-hubs under the Electronic World Trade Platform. The reason I am writing about is that I have … More Why Ali Baba chose Malaysia over Singapore? – A Political Perspective

Development and Corruption in Asia – An Unusual Relationship

Cover Image from “Global Research” I have to admit, this is not an easy issue to research or talk about. I have been reading a book titled “Political Business in East Asia” edited by Edmund Terence Gomez, and it basically turned my understanding on economic development/growth and corruption upside down, especially true in the Asian … More Development and Corruption in Asia – An Unusual Relationship

China’s Fixed Exchange Rate – How does PBOC Maintain it?

An article emerged recently from Bloomberg which you can find here which talks about the rising outflows of yuan from China. As you may have heard, China is actually trying to “internationalise” its Yuan, meaning to make it comparable to the currency big boys like the USD, EURO and Yen as an international trading currency. But … More China’s Fixed Exchange Rate – How does PBOC Maintain it?

The Implications and Rationale of a Negative Rate Policy, A Consumption Point of View

I have recently read 2 interesting posts on negative rates by Stiglitz and Bernanke . Basically, they are trying to assess the impact and effectiveness of central banks pushing down rates to negative territories. Stiglitz seems to think that it’s not going to be that impactful considering the fact that real interest rates are already negative  ( Nominal interest … More The Implications and Rationale of a Negative Rate Policy, A Consumption Point of View

The Chinese Migration into Malaya in the 19th century

In view of the recent Chinese New Year celebrations, I thought it will be appropriate to write a bit on the history of the Chinese population in Malaysia specifically the Chinese migration into Malaya in the 19th century. Below is a summary version of a paper I have written previously in my university days and … More The Chinese Migration into Malaya in the 19th century