Chew Boon Leong

Chew Boon Leong

Senior Correspondent, Business Desk, Lianhe Zaobao

Chew Boon Leong joined Lianhe Zaobao’s Business Desk in 2013 and is responsible for news coverage focusing on trends in property, digital banking & fintech, startups and the shipping  industry. In the course of  work, he has conducted exclusive interviews with many key industry leaders and market players such as UBS Chairman Axel Weber, Lippo Group founder Mochtar Riady, Capitaland CEO Lee Chee Kun and Bona Film Group CEO Yu Dong. Prior to joining the Business Desk, Boon Leong was with the Political Desk and the Arts & Entertainment Desk.

The logo of Tencent is seen at a Tencent office in Shanghai, China, on 13 December 2021. (Aly Song/Reuters)

China’s gaming industry takes a hit amid challenging outlook

The proposal of new gaming regulations in China have sent shockwaves through the industry, with the top gaming company Tencent seeing its market value drop dramatically. Lianhe Zaobao senior correspondent Chew Boon Leong takes a look at the challenges facing the industry.
A logo of Tik Tok is seen during a media tour at the company's headquarters in Singapore on 7 September 2023. (Roslan Rahman/AFP)

[Big read] How Chinese enterprises de-risk by ‘Singapore-washing’ amid China-US tensions

Singapore has become a favoured business hub to set up headquarters for foreign companies, especially Chinese enterprises. However, this may come at a cost for the country, including a negative reputation and soaring real estate demand. Lianhe Zaobao senior correspondent Chew Boon Leong speaks with analysts to find out why international businesses are moving from their home base and the implications.
Hing Chao, executive chairman of Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings. (SPH Media)

Grandson of HK shipping tycoon returns to steer Wah Kwong into new era

Hing Chao, the grandson of one of Hong Kong’s four shipping tycoons, Chao Tsong-Yea, is the current executive chairman of Wah Kwong Maritime Transport. He was previously focused on preserving culture and promoting martial arts, and did not have much corporate management experience. Even so, since taking over, Wah Kwong’s new asset management business grew rapidly within a few years. Today, the company manages more than 80 ships, a manifold increase from the 20 or so vessels under its management before the pandemic. The company is also looking into setting up an office in Singapore. Zaobao senior correspondent Chew Boon Leong speaks to him to find out what inspired him to take on the family business.
Staff members walk past a logo of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba at its headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, on 27 May 2022. (AFP)

China tech companies draw up war plans for ASEAN battleground

In the second of a seven-part Lianhe Zaobao-Business Times series on China and ASEAN, Zaobao senior correspondent Chew Boon Leong looks at the strategies adopted and challenges faced by China’s tech companies in Southeast Asia.
More Chinese tech companies are gaining a presence in Singapore. (Graphic: Ho Han Chong/SPH)

Singapore a popular base for China tech firms

In recent years, China's tech giants such as Alibaba, Tencent and ByteDance have set up regional offices in Singapore. With insights from industry experts, Zaobao senior business correspondent Chew Boon Leong analyses the impact that an influx of Chinese tech companies will have on Singapore. Will it affect Singapore's neutral stance and lead the nation to become a battleground for tech companies from the US and China?