Dozens of doctors in Thailand quit over new salary system

2 April, 2013
By Pongphon Sarnsamak and Tanpisit Lerdbamrungchai | Source: ANN

The pay-for-performance scheme announced by the Public Health Ministry will damage the public health system in the long run, doctors say. The new medical salary system announced by Thailand’s Public Health MInistry has prompted

Singapore Mercantile Exchange hunting agricultural commodities

2 April, 2013
By Achara Deboonme | Source: ANN

Set up in 2010, the Singapore Mercantile Exchange (SMX), a pan-Asian commodity and currency derivatives exchange, is now hunting for more agricultural commodities from black pepper in Vietnam to rubber in Thailand, to become

HK steps up checks at entry points

2 April, 2013
By Li Xueying | Source: ANN

Hong Kong is stepping up inspections at border checkpoints and placing its hospitals on alert, as news of three infections in China from a strain of bird flu not found in humans before reverberate

Jakarta governor Jokowi seeks advice from S’pore

2 April, 2013
By Sita W Dewi | Source: ANN

Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has consulted with the authorities in Singapore regarding the upcoming construction of mass rapid transit (MRT) in the Indonesian capital. The governor, along with the assistant to the city

Gender equality remains a touchy subject in southern Thailand

1 April, 2013
By Pravit Rojanaphruk | Source: ANN

While pushing for gender equality in Buddhist-majority areas of Thailand is difficult, selling the idea in the predominantly Muslim southernmost provinces is even tougher, the Law Reform Commission of Thailand (LRCT) discovered last week

Harley sees increasing sales in Indonesia this year

31 March, 2013
By Nurfika Osman | Source: ANN

PT Mabua Harley Davidson, the sole authorised dealer for the motorbike brand in Indonesia, is expecting higher sales this year, spurred by strong economic growth, which creates higher purchasing power for Indonesians, an executive

Indonesia’s flag carrier boasts soaring profits

29 March, 2013
By Tassia Sipahutar | Source: ANN

PT Garuda Indonesia (GIAA) enjoyed steady growth in 2012 as net profits soared 72.6 per cent to US$110.6 million year-on-year, the Indonesian national flag carrier announced on Wednesday. The publicly listed company attributed the

Luxury hotels plan massive expansion in Java and Bali

29 March, 2013
By Nurfika Osman | Source: ANN

Bolstered by the country’s strong economic performance and with domestic and in-bound travel growing, luxury brands are planning to expand their activities in Indonesia with the opening of more than 4,000 rooms over the

M’sia-Australia strong trade growth seen to continue

29 March, 2013
By Business Desk | Source: ANN

Trade between Malaysia and Australia is expected to build up from its current double-digit growth momentum both ways, said Malaysia External Trade Development Corp (Matrade) chief executive officer Dr Wong Lai Sum. Wong said

Myanmar has strong will to continue reforms, says minister

29 March, 2013
By Sirivish Toomgum and Inakarin Srilert | Source: ANN

Myanmar has the strong political will and commitment to continue with economic reform and the creation of a favourable investment climate, the country’s deputy minister for national planning and economic development said yesterday. Set