How China has gone from green laggard to green leader 

 |  Friday, 25 August 2017 13:08  |  Published in FEATURES

China has a track-record of making changes rapidly. Within just the past decade or two, the world’s most populous country has become its biggest market for passenger cars, its biggest e-commerce market, its biggest exporter -- and its biggest source of carbon emissions. Now, China has also assumed a leadership position in the green-investment arena. 

China is ploughing billions into clean energy, promoting the use of electric vehicles, investing in low-emissions infrastructure for its fast-growing cities, and widening the options for green financing. 

Malaysian Consumer Confidence Improves In Q2 2017

 |  Thursday, 24 August 2017 12:19  |  Published in FEATURES

The Malaysian consumer confidence showed signs of resilience in the second quarter of 2017 with an index score of 94 percentage points (pp) – up 7 points compared to Q2 2016, securing its spot as the 28th most confident country globally, but second lowest in Southeast Asia. (See Chart 1). 

According to the latest Nielsen Global Survey of Consumer Confidence and Spending released recently by Nielsen, confidence levels in Southeast Asia continues to dominate the top 10 spot globally with four out of six countries in the region scoring above the 100 pp mark. 

Parents In Malaysia Spend An Average Of RM109,470 On Their Child’s Education 

 |  Tuesday, 01 August 2017 10:33  |  Published in FEATURES

Parents are spending an average of RM109,470 (USD25,479) on their child’s education from primary school up to university undergraduate level, according to Higher and higher, HSBC’s new report in The Value of Education series. 

Of the over 8,400 parents in 15 countries and territories surveyed, parents in Hong Kong RM567,394 (USD132,161) are ranked number one globally followed by the United Arab Emirates RM426,650 (USD99,378) and Singapore RM304,568 (USD70,939), who contribute the most towards all aspects of their child’s education costs, including school/university tuition fees, educational books, transport and accommodation. Malaysia is ranked eighth in this table. 

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