‘End of an era’ as Chinese football’s star power fades

by Peter STEBBINGS In January 2017 Brazil international Oscar moved from Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG for an Asian-record 60 million euros, prompting a warning from Arsene Wenger that Chinese clubs were distorting the global transfer market. But four years later it is a very different story...

Israel plans 2 million vaccinated by end of January

Israel said Sunday two million people will have received a two-dose Covid-19 vaccination by the end of January, a pace Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasts is the world's fastest. Starting on December 19, when Netanyahu got his first jab, Israel launched an aggressive push to...

After spike in Covid-19 clusters, govt issues new SOPs for temporary dorms to house workers at construction sites

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec. 15 -- The Housing and Local Government Ministry has come up with new standard operating procedure (SOP) for construction firms applying to build temporary housing for its workers on site. Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said the SOP is to clarify the provisions under...

Here’s how many cars and bikes were sold in Malaysia during this pandemic year… April’s number is a shocker!

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec. 11 -- The number of cars and motorcycles sold in Malaysia during the first 10 months of this year '- which covered the movement control order (MCO) '- saw an overall drastic drop of almost 20 per cent and 13 per...

Putrajaya should spend another RM45b in 2021 for economic growth, says Lim

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec. 9 -- The federal government should have spent and borrowed more to save jobs, businesses and livelihoods next year, said DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng. The Bagan MP, who was also the finance minister in the Pakatan Harapan government, said the country's...

Pfizer, Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech apply for EUA in India: Here’s what might happen next

India, Dec. 8 -- Hopes for an early vaccine for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in India have been rekindled after three firms, within days of each other, applied for emergency use authorisation (EUA) of their respective vaccine candidates in the country. While America's Pfizer...

US, China dominated arms market in 2019: report

US and Chinese companies dominated the global arms market in 2019, while the Middle East made its first appearance among the 25 biggest weapons manufacturers, a report by the SIPRI research institute said Monday. The US arms industry accounted for 61 percent of sales by...

China defends dam on Brahmaputra, India hits back

India, Dec. 4 -- India on Thursday said China must ensure its hydropower projects don't infringe on the water rights of lower riparian states, even as Beijing asserted its right to build a dam on the lower reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo river close...

Gombak voters sue Azmin Ali over ‘Sheraton Move’ role, for allegedly deceiving them for GE14 votes

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec. 1 -- A total of 10 Gombak voters have come together to file a lawsuit against their MP Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali over his alleged role in the "Sheraton Move" plan which caused the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government to collapse...

Anwar’s Budget ‘strategy’ could impact his quest for PM, say analysts

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec. 1 -- Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's credibility took a big hit after last Thursday's Budget 2021 debacle in Parliament, analysts said. This could potentially have an adverse effect on Anwar's standing as Pakatan Harapan's (PH) prime minister of choice, they...