Commentary

Commentary

Channel NewsAsia - Commentary
Grab launches fund transfer function

Commentary: Bike-sharing e-wallets, peer-to-peer lending and the astronomical rise of shadow banking

Have regulations caught up with the surge in digital payment services that mirror banking functions?

TOP commentaries

Load more stories
Listen

Hear experts discuss issues of the day on our podcasts: The Pulse, The ABF Podcast and Conversation With.

Listen

More Commentaries

How not to get drunk kelsey-chance unsplash_mod

Commentary: The myth about 'beer before wine'

View more stories
nasa photo singapore

In Singapore

Nathanael, aged five years and one month, is sent to take a train by himself for the first time.

Commentary: Should you let your 5-year-old run errands outside of home?

Whatever your view about the errand a 5-year-old carried out to deliver a briefcase to his dad 17 MRT stations away, let's ...

Read more
FILE PHOTO: A researcher plants a semiconductor on an interface board which is placed under a micro

Modern Economy

A worker uses a forklift to collect items at online retailer Lazada's warehouse in Depok

Commentary: The hidden costs of online shopping

Returning items from your online purchases may seem costless, but that is not the case, Lisa Jack, Regina Frei and Sally-Ann ...

Read more
A news ticker is reflected in a office window in the financial district of Canary Wharf

Work Life

open plan open space office crew and collective cafe montreal canada

Commentary: Offices are too hot or too cold. Is there a better temperature control solution?

One research group found a better, non-intrusive way, to collect temperature data that may be able to solve the problem.

Read more
The Gaia satellite collected the data on some 1.7 billion stars from its unique vantage point in

Digital World

Mark Zuckerberg

Commentary: US lawmakers are gearing up for antitrust action against Big Tech

US lawmakers have fired a warning shot in announcing they have begun work on legislation that require large platforms like ...

Read more
Mahathir Mohamad said he believed the new government could get back most of the money stolen from

Spotlight on Malaysia

Mahathir Mohamad

Commentary: The impasse over the East Coast Rail Link is hurting Malaysia’s credibility

This domestically driven flip-flopping also dents other countries’ desire to cooperate with Malaysia, says Tom McGregor.

Read more
China's parliament has endorsed Xi Jinping's move to abolish rules limiting the head of

Rising China

China clocked its slowest annual economic growth in nearly three decades, as it deals with massive

Commentary: When will China achieve quality growth?

As the external environment becomes shakier and more hostile, the prospects for China’s economic restructuring seem bleak, say ...

Read more
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Republican presidential nominee Trump speaks at a campaign event at Trump Doral go

American Global Leadership

FILE PHOTO: Workers drill a horizontal well in the Wolfcamp Shale in west Texas Permian Basin near

Commentary: America's short-lived shale oil resurgence

A potential fracking slowdown could curb US oil power abroad and eventually jumpstart alternative energies, says economist ...

Read more
A rescue boat is pictured near the shoreline of Laguna de Bay, before Typhoon Mangkhut hits the mai

Southeast Asia

Junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha has repeatedly insisted that he has no interest in politics, but has

Commentary: The return of Prayut as prime minister almost certain when Thais head to polls in March

To win the election in March, General Prayuth needs to form a majority government in the House of representative, one observer ...

Read more
Pompeo will also seek to promote the United States' strategic vision for Asia, as tensions with

Elsewhere in Asia

Nissan's decision is sending shockwaves through the industry

Commentary: Why Nissan is pulling some car production facilities from the UK

The uncertainty that Brexit is creating can damage the country's trade relations with others - and take jobs with it in the ...

Read more
A woman walks past a map showing the elevation of the sea in the last 22 years during the World Cli

World News

Jeff Bezos, seen in December 2016, has an estimated $70 billion fortune, making him one of the

Commentary: Donations from the rich distract us from what is really needed to tackle inequality

Money can certainly help some, but it does nothing about the bigger challenge in tackling inequality, says Binghamton ...

Read more
Singapore skyline

A 21st-Century Singapore Story

f-35 singapore airshow

Commentary: Was Singapore’s announcement to buy a small number of F-35s too slow, too tentative?

Buying a small number allows the Republic of Singapore Air Force to understand how best to integrate the Joint Strike ...

Read more
The first batch of flats in Tengah will be launched from in November in the plantation district.

Housing

Old family poRtrait, father and son

Commentary: As a single, living with your parents isn't a good idea - for them or for you

Thorny dilemmas like how much of the household bills you ought to pay are hard to resolve when parents consider kids to be ...

Read more
stress or depression file photo

Mental Well-being

Andy Murray advised to try new hip surgery by surgeon who operated on Bob Bryan

Commentary: Andy Murray's retirement show elite athletes need psychologists

As he retires, the tennis elite has taught us an important lesson on mental health, one observer says.

Read more
Light exercise sleep

Living Well

File photo of sweet drinks

Commentary: Want to fight the sugar problem? Start counting calories

It’s easier to cut down on our sugar intake if we know how many calories each beverage we intend to consume has, says weight ...

Read more
NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera image of earth

Saving Planet Earth

A local farmer prepares the soil to sow guaimaro tree seeds at a small farm in the Colombian

Commentary: Soon, our food won't be grown in soil

Growing our foods using modern technology could feed more using a much smaller space, one observer points out.

Read more
In this file photo taken on June 21, 2018, a child in a stroller holds a sign as people rally

On Parenting

newborn, baby hands

Commentary: A big decision, what to expect when you go for IVF

In vitro fertilisation treatment depends on your infertility diagnosis, and undertaking it can impact you in many ways, ...

Read more
demolition singapore 11

Employment Challenges

Two person shaking hands at job interview, work meeting

Commentary: Humble bragging is not okay in job interviews

Be mindful of the common mistakes like these that can ruin your chances in a job interview, says one observer.

Read more
clasroom background

The Education Debate

NUS graduates at commencement ceremony

Commentary: Action and caution needed, as business schools respond to disruption

Changes in the business school modus operandi have been underway for years before disruption was a buzzword, say NUS Business ...

Read more
The average gender pay gap across all British companies that submitted details stood at 12 percent

Gender Shouldn't Matter

here are all the women? The myth of the pipeline problem in Asia’s tech sector

Commentary: Where are all the women? The myth of the pipeline problem in Asia’s tech sector

The gender disparity doesn’t arise solely from the low numbers of female STEM graduates, says Dell Inc’s Sophie Guerin.

Read more