The Asean Economic Community (AEC) is only three years away. A drastic change that will transform the economic and social landscapes of the country is around the corner. Yet, the populace is still very much ill-prepared for it.
Improve your English. That is the main message the locals get from the government which is busy telling state agencies and businesses to streamline and standardise their practices to facilitate smooth trade transactions. In other words, to make money.
There has been little concern over how to create a level playing field or to set up systems to cushion the adverse impacts on small people who will be hard hit by menacing penetration of their local economies.
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