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We complain about being ‘worked to death’ but many of us don’t know what that really means until we take a hard look at what’s happening in Japan. There has been a surge in cases where people have died from logging ridiculous overtime hours, and it’s prompted calls for the government to solve this worrying issue of Karoshi; death from overworking. Professor Scott North from the University of Osaka talks to us about the work culture in Japan and whether the solution to the problem is beyond just adopting a change in mindset.
Despite the relative robustness of the Malaysian economy, the Malaysian ringgit continues to be around its lowest level relative to the US dollar. Although it has strengthened recently, it is still around 4.2 ringgit to the US dollar, lower than the 3.8 ringgit fixed exchange rate imposed at the height of the Asian financial crisis in 1998. Now, why is that? Independent business analyst P. Gunasegaram discusses the possible roll of kleptocracy in the premium on the ringgit and what does the ringgit rate mean for the overall health of the economy.
In this episode of I Love KL, we explore the many facets of Brickfields with a little help from our friend from Badan Warisan Malaysia, Elizabeth Cardosa. The heritage crusader takes us through the evolution of the township, from its industrial roots in brick kilns into the commercial destination that we know today. How does Brickfields negotiate its dual identity, both as a local neighborhood, and a highly marketed tourist destination dubbed KL's 'Little India'? Most importantly, has gentrification found its way into the historic enclave? Elizabeth answers those burning questions.
Many women are working in the sustainability space, but do these women leaders lack a strong support system and community? We speak to two women in the sustainability industry, EcoKnights' President Yasmin Rasyid, and The Body Shop's Managing Director Datin Mina Cheah-Foong, about why it's important to empower women as leaders, and to discuss the immense social and economic impacts of closing the gender gap.
As the world becomes increasingly urbanised, governments need to re-look how to make the cities of today more sustainable and liveable.
Aslam Abdul Jalil gives us an overview of the refugee situation in Malaysia. We look at the extent of the problem, how it ties to global trends and some of the key considerations we should keep in mind when reading or approaching this very contested issue.