Singapore Airlines Ltd, the sixth-worst performing stock in Singapore last year, may have an even rougher ride this year. Competition from a slew of startup carriers and the potential for another SARS outbreak are making investors wary of Southeast Asia's biggest airline.
\nSingapore Airlines and its regional unit SilkAir Pte already battle cheaper fares offered by Jakarta-based Lion Air and Malaysia's AirAsia Sdn. From this year, Singapore Airlines will compete with Singapore-based Valuair Ltd and even its own Tiger Airways, a discount airline it's setting up with Indigo Partners LLC and Irelandia Investments Ltd.
\n"The main overhang on Singapore Air's performance has been the low-cost carriers and what they're going to do," said Caleb Woo, who holds Singapore Airlines shares in the US$1.4 billion he helps oversee at DBS Asset Management Ltd in Singapore. "There are a lot of people who are attracted by cheaper fares. There will be some detrimental impact."
\nSingapore Airlines, 57 percent-owned by the government, trimmed wages and fired almost 600 workers last year, the biggest job cuts in its history.
\nStill, questions about whether Singapore is doing enough to remain an aviation hub were raised this month by Lee Kuan Yew (
Malaysian authorities have advised women to wear makeup, not to nag their husbands and speak with a cartoon character’s soothing voice during the virus lockdown, sparking a flood of mockery online. Like many countries, Malaysia has ordered all citizens to stay at home to stem the spread of COVID-19, which, as of yesterday, had killed at least 39,070 people globally. In a series of online posters with the hashtag #WomenPreventCOVID19, the Malaysian Ministry of Women and Family Development issued advice on how to avoid domestic conflicts during the partial lockdown, which began on March 18. One of the campaign posters depicted
Taiwan will negotiate with the WHO about its participation without Beijing’s help and intervention as more countries, including Australia and Japan, are partnering with Taiwan to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a telephonic roundtable with reporters on Monday also supported Taiwan’s role in the WHO, saying the US Department of State would do its best to assist Taiwan’s “appropriate role” in the world’s highest health policy setting body, Voice of America reported. In a Japan Business Press report published on Sunday, Chinese Ambassador to Japan Kong Xuanyou (孔鉉佑) said
KEEP AWAY: People should wear a mask in places where they cannot follow social distancing rules, the CECC said, adding that it would publish detailed guidelines today The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday announced 16 new cases of COVID-19, including two domestic cases, as it urged people to practice social distancing in public spaces by keeping a distance of at least 1m when outdoors and 1.5m indoors. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, said that seven of the new cases tested positive upon their arrival at the airport, four were under home quarantine, one was under home isolation and two were under self-health management, while the two domestic cases sought treatment on their own. The domestic cases are a man in his
Two US senators were critical of the WHO after a senior WHO official appeared to hang up on a Hong Kong reporter who asked about Taiwan’s membership status in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. During a video interview with Radio Television Hong Kong’s Yvonne Tong (唐若韞) on Saturday, WHO Assistant Director-General Bruce Aylward first claimed not to have heard her question on whether the WHO would consider giving Taiwan membership. When Tong repeated the question, he asked her to “move on to another one.” The video then showed the line disconnecting after Tong said she would like to hear more about Taiwan.