Gaming firm Razer to roll out mask vending machines in Singapore

Gaming hardware maker Razer Inc plans to dispense its locally produced masks in Singapore through a network of vending machines across the city-state, where it has become compulsory to wear them in public. The company said it will initially deploy 20 machines at Frasers Property’s malls and JustCo co-working centres around the business district by…

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Ramadan bazaars go digital in Southeast Asia amid pandemic

For 15 years, Siti Zabedah Abdul Wahab’s family food business has opened for one month a year, selling murtabak, a pan-fried bread stuffed with meat, at Malaysia’s popular Ramadan bazaars. But this year, Murtabak Mami Murtabak Sultan started taking orders on Whatsapp and Facebook weeks before the Muslim fasting month began on April 23, as…

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Singapore confirms 1,016 more coronavirus cases

Singapore’s health ministry said on Wednesday it had preliminarily confirmed another 1,016 cases of the novel coronavirus, taking total infections there to 10,141.  The health ministry said most of the cases were among migrant workers living in dormitories, a group that accounts for more than three quarters of the city-state’s infections.  Singapore authorities on Tuesday…

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ASEAN leaders to hold Special Summit on COVID-19

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di -Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam will be joining other ASEAN leaders for the inaugural ASEAN Special Summit on COVID-19 through a video conference tomorrow. The leaders will also be holding a video conference for the ASEAN Plus Three Special Summit with the heads of…

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Singapore cenbank eases policy as virus heralds deep recession

Singapore’s central bank eased its monetary policy on Monday, as widely expected, with the city-state’s bellwether economy bracing for a deep recession due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said it would adopt a zero percent per annum rate of appreciation of the policy band starting at the prevailing level of…

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Malaysia expresses gratitude to Brunei government

A joint effort recently took place between Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam to bring home Malaysian and Bruneian citizens back to their respective countries. In a statement, Malaysia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Affairs COVID-19 task force chairman Dato’ Kamarudin Jaffar said efforts were made possible following the strong bilateral ties between both countries….

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