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Food, Firecrackers, and Family Reunions: How Lunar New Year Is Celebrated Differently Across Asia

For billions of people across Asia and in Asian diaspora communities around the world, this weekend marks the beginning of the lunar new year celebrations, a two-week holiday marking the end of the Zodiac year of the Tiger, and ushering in the Year of the Rabbit – or Cat, if you are in Vietnam.

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Expectation of Higher, Not Actual, Inflation is the Issue

Actual inflation is not the issue, but the expectation of higher inflation by the consumers, businesses, and investors is the concern that will have an impact on the retail industry, experts say.

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Unity Government Provides Strong Foundation for Growth and Stability, Says Economist

Malaysia’s new unity government, with a sense of political correctness, will provide a strong foundation for economic growth and stability this year despite fears of a recession among developing countries, economist Prof Marc Lim said today.

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The State of the Nation: Bank Negara’s Pause Not Leading to a Pivot Yet as Most Still See Higher Rates in 2H

Bank Negara Malaysia’s decision last week to hold back another increase in the overnight policy rate (OPR) in view of a slowdown in the economy this year seems to have added an ele­ment of uncertainty to the projections of economists and capital market players.

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UN Network Office in Malaysia — Its Importance

At last, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN-SDSN) has found a footing in Malaysia with the recent launch of its Asia headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, thanks to the generosity of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation.

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Celebrating Chinese New Year and Diversity

  • Goh Chun Sheng

Drawn by opportunities in West Kalimantan in the 18th century, especially in the mining sector, groups of Chinese came all the way from the southern provinces of China to seek work and earn a livelihood.

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Importance of Promoting Community Health Among SMEs in Malaysia

  • Ng Siew Cheng

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in the ­decline of all of Malaysia’s economic sectors, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs). This articles discusses the importance of promoting community health among SMEs in Malaysia.

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What Should Leaders Do to Improve Well-being in Their Teams?

  • Professor Hew Gill

Until relatively recently employee well-being has often been viewed as a subfield of health and safety that is primarily concerned with minimising company health care costs and liabilities.  

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Aromatherapy at Workplace

  • Dr Jonathan Lee Chao Wei

Have you ever wondered why you feel relaxed and energized the moment you stepped into a spa?

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Crowd Management at Mega Events: Lessons Learned and Preventions

  • Associate Prof Dr Daniel Chong

A lack of crowd control can result in property destruction, personal injury, and general public disorder. These four crowd management strategies are thought to be capable of preventing major crowd disasters.

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