Asia Jakarta 

Jakarta to build 14,500 low-cost apartment units in five years

The Jakarta administration has planned to build 14,564 low-cost apartment units in the next five years. Jakarta Public Housing and Public Buildings Agency head Agustino Darmawan said that half of the target was expected to be completed this year. “The construction of some projects started two years ago. At least 7,000 units will be ready in 2018,” Agustino said on Wednesday according to “The apartments are in Nagrak, Rorotan, KS Tubun, Semper, Rawa Buaya, Pengadegan, BLK [Pasar Rebo], Rawa Bebek and Penjaringan,” he added. According to its 2017-2022 mid-term regional development plan,…

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Asia Uber 

Uber is said to reach agreement on South-east Asian sale to rival Grab

SAN FRANCISCO/SINGAPORE (BLOOMBERG) – Uber Technologies Inc has reached an agreement to sell its South-east Asian ride-hailing business to rival Grab and could announce the deal as early as Monday morning (March 26) in Singapore, people familiar with the matter said. The agreement – which includes all of Uber’s operations in Southeast Asia as well as Uber Eats in the region – gives Uber a stake of between 25 per cent and 30 per cent in the new combined business, the people said, asking not to be identified ahead of…

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Asia Facebook Job 

Use tech to help fight false information, suggest cybersecurity experts

SINGAPORE: Technology, which have been identified as a key contributor to the speed and scale of how false information is spread, can also help to counter the threat, according to experts from IT security company Trend Micro. Ms Myla Pilao and Mr Ryan Flores, Trend Micro’s director of Core Technology Marketing and senior manager of Forward-Looking Threat Research Team respectively, wrote in their submission to the select committee of deliberate online falsehoods that social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have been used to conduct fake news campaigns. The submission was…

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Asia China Gambling News Singapore 

Chinese gambling on Sihanoukville

Between Sihanoukville’s beaches and its multiplying casinos, “Lao Qi” and Bun Saroeun run restaurants barely a hundred dusty meters apart. But their fortunes could not be more different. For while Lao Qi is riding the Chinese boom that brought him and thousands of others from China to the Cambodian resort, Bun Saroeun’s business was built on low-budget Western visitors. It is far less profitable and now he faces eviction. Sihanoukville starkly illustrates how Cambodia’s ever tightening relationship with China is transforming the country. Just as China‘s aid and investment have…

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Asia cryptocurrency Singapore 

Singapore Confirms It Will Not ‘Ban’ Cryptocurrency, Has No ‘Risk Concerns’

Singapore’s deputy prime minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam provided new commentary on the government’s commitment “not to ban” cryptocurrency as part of its future regulatory plans. In a series of fourteen statements published Monday, Feb. 5 in response to questions posed by members of parliament Tuesday, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, deputy prime minister and minister in charge of regulatory body the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), confirmed a broadly hands-off policy regarding cryptocurrencies going forward. “…(MAS) has been closely studying these developments and the potential risks they pose. As of now, there is no strong case…

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Asia Indonesia International Refund Association Scam Singapore 

(Update Jan 2018) Investors cry foul over tree investments gone wrong – Strait Times post

International Refund Association (IRA) have contacted us  at Your Voice Asia with regards  Tropical Forestry Investments as well as the list of other companies below: TROPICAL FORESTY VENTURES ARGAWOOD INVESTMENT TROPICAL FORESTY ASSET MANAGEMENT See below a article published in February of 2017 which shows Singapore individuals were targeted for investments ranging from $5,000 to $60,000 sgd. If you invested in this or any of the companies above please complete the form below as we have some important update for you form International Refund Association. Aquilaria trees are prized for agarwood or…

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Asia Boiler Rooms Scam Thailand UK 

The website has been restored

The website has been restored in the U.K. after being blocked by Google for a month due to claims of alleged libel by a British businessman in Bangkok, Paul John Hayward. This site, along with and has maintained consistently that Hayward, from Birmingham, described as Bangkok’s ‘King of Clubs’, earned his real cash from ‘boiler room frauds’, that is setting up fraudulent share houses, to cheat people out of their life savings. Authors of investigations websites like these are of course prone to libel suits, and of…

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Asia China Japan Jobs Thailand 

A Sino-Japanese tug-of-war taking place in Thailand

KYOTO – Japan and China have become locked in a subtle competition for increased influence in Southeast Asia. And Thailand has played a part in intensifying such competition. Seeking to cement ties with Japan and China to lessen the impact of Western sanctions, the Thai junta has allowed the two countries to exploit its political crisis for their national interests. Thailand has undoubtedly emerged as the region’s critical playground for the Sino-Japanese rivalry. Investments in mega-projects is one key area in which Japan and China have competed fiercely in Thailand. The…

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Nine in Shell oil theft case face 1-2 fresh charges each, remanded for another week

Tiah Kok Hwee (left) and Cai Zhi Zhong are among the 14 men who were charged last week in connection with the misappropriation of fuel from Shell.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS SINGAPORE – Nine of the 14 men who were charged last week in connection with the misappropriation of fuel from Shell were back in court on Monday (Jan 15) to face more charges. Each man faced one to two more charges, bringing the total of gas oil misappropriated to about 6,600 tonnes amounting to $3.6 million. Except for Muhammad Ali Muhammad Nor,…

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Asia News Robbery Singapore Thailand 

StanChart robbery suspect detained by British authorities, Singapore working on extradition

SINGAPORE – David James Roach, the suspect in the 2016 Standard Chartered Bank robbery case, has been detained by the British authorities and Singapore is working to extradite him. Roach, a 28-year-old Canadian national, was detained in London last Thursday (Jan 11) following a request from Singapore, said the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in a joint statement on Monday. Singapore has an extradition treaty with Britain. Roach is accused of robbing the Holland Village branch of Standard Chartered Bank of $30,000 on July 7, 2016. Roach allegedly handed the teller a…

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