Articles tagged “malaysia”

Putting Asia’s Affected Tourism Workers to Good Use During Coronavirus Crisis

Putting Asia’s Affected Tourism Workers to Good Use During Coronavirus Crisis

Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Skift

Redeploying furloughed employees for work outside of their traditional expertise may not open new revenue streams for travel businesses during the coronavirus crisis, but such initiatives can lead to new learnings for the company and staff alike. It’s a better option than having idle workers.

2 months ago

AirAsia Seeks Government Loan to Ride Out Coronavirus Storm

AirAsia Seeks Government Loan to Ride Out Coronavirus Storm

Liz Lee, Reuters

There’s no end to troubles for AirAsia Group. With Tony Fernandes finally back in the CEO saddle after being cleared of bribery charges, the airline now has to fight a much tougher pandemic battle.

2 months ago

AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes Cleared of Bribery Allegations

AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes Cleared of Bribery Allegations

Liz Lee, Reuters

The AirAsia Group must be relieved to have its top leaders back at the helm amid the coronavirus turbulence that the global airline industry is now facing.

3 months ago

Singapore Hotels See Some Hope as Bookings Surge After Malaysia Lockdown

Singapore Hotels See Some Hope as Bookings Surge After Malaysia Lockdown

Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Skift

Without the spread of the coronavirus being contained or widespread travel restrictions being lifted, any increase in hotel occupancy is little more than a short-term blip.

3 months ago

Malaysian Prime Minister Questions Definition of Bribery in AirAsia Allegations

Malaysian Prime Minister Questions Definition of Bribery in AirAsia Allegations

Reuters

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad chose his words very carefully. He's expressing an opinion but without getting involved in the specifics of the case.

4 months ago

Malaysia Investigates Claims That Airbus Bribed AirAsia Execs

Malaysia Investigates Claims That Airbus Bribed AirAsia Execs

Liz Lee and Krishna N. Das, Reuters

This is not a good look for Airbus. It's high time for more transparency in the clubby world of buying aircraft. Shortcuts to win sales are bound to catch up with you sooner or later.

4 months ago

U.S. Bans Any New Flights To and From Malaysia

U.S. Bans Any New Flights To and From Malaysia

Harry Suhartono, Will Davies and Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

Though the assessment focuses on the civil aviation authority, not individual airlines, this comes at a bad time for Malaysia Airlines, which is seeking new investors, and for AirAsia X if the low-cost, long-haul carrier plans to open new U.S. routes.

7 months ago

Malaysia Resumes Major Rail Project After Agreeing to Price Cut

Malaysia Resumes Major Rail Project After Agreeing to Price Cut

Eileen Ng, Associated Press

Money talks. After months of uncertainty, it seems like the plan is back on track.

1 year ago

Malaysia Turns to Tourism to Correct Palm Oil’s Bad Image

Malaysia Turns to Tourism to Correct Palm Oil’s Bad Image

Anuradha Raghu, Bloomberg

Palm oil, a huge industry for Malaysia, is taking a beating from consumer concerns over palm’s links to deforestation and threat to animal habitats. The government's year-long 'Love My Palm Oil' campaign is spilling over to the tourism sector. Can this be a new tour for the industry?

1 year ago

Malaysia May Revive China-Backed High-Speed Rail Project

Malaysia May Revive China-Backed High-Speed Rail Project

Anisah Shukry and Anuradha Raghu, Bloomberg

Malaysia has been a tease. For months it has hinted that if China reduced the price tag by billions, it might once again support a high-speed rail project that is central to China's push into Southeast Asia. Hopefully, a deal will be announced soon.

1 year ago

China Offers to Slash Costs of Malaysia’s Rail Project in Half to $10 Billion

China Offers to Slash Costs of Malaysia’s Rail Project in Half to $10 Billion

Joyce Koh, Bloomberg

Reducing costs by 50 percent on rail construction is rare. Either China will subsidize the East Coast Rail Link, which is key to its infrastructure push into Southeast Asia, or there will be cutbacks on the project. What's clear, it's not derailed yet.

1 year ago

Malaysia to Kill $20 Billion Train Project in a Blow to China

Malaysia to Kill $20 Billion Train Project in a Blow to China

Elffie Chew and Natnicha Chuwiruch, Bloomberg

The Malaysian government will likely cancel The East Coast Rail Link — which would connect Malaysia to Thailand — due to a price tag that's been spiraling upward. While new transport infrastructure is usually good, emerging economies must choose projects with care.

1 year ago