Transparency, Accountability & Ethics in Malaysia
Edited by Patrick Pillai, Azreen Pharmy, Karen Neoh and Kim Thiruchelvam
175 pp 1995 RM15.00/US$7.50 ISBN 967-947-203-5
How best can we create a more ethical and moral society? One approach is to ensure that executives in both the public and private sectors manage the trust bestowed on them by practising the concept of transparency and accountability more effectively. This book examines the practice of the concept in Malaysia and what can — and cannot — be learned from the European, specifically the German, experience. It should interest public sector officials, especially those from the financial, regulatory, law enforcement, and privatised agencies, and private sector executives, especially those from the banking and securities industry, and from the corporate planning, human resources, public affairs and environmental divisions of corporations. This book should also prove useful to students of public administration, law, business administration, and of course the layman — the tax-payer, citizen, employee or consumer — who entrusts others with his welfare and well-being.
Challenges and Choices Facing Employers
By Noordin Sopiee, Patrick Pillai and Kim Thiruchelvam
14 pp 1995 RM2.50/US$1.50 ISBN 967-947-046-6
This book focuses on four key trends affecting employers in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in the developing nations. Under market revolution, issues discussed include, a new balance between the State and the market, the diminished role of the State, increasing market reliance and coping with new environmental, health and consumer concerns. Under technology revolution, the key challenge is for employers to integrate technology into their production, management and information systems. Under globalisation, there are the issues of cross-country labour mobility and the use of labour standards and economic protectionism. Finally, economic and gender disparities are discussed under economic deprivation and inequality.
JAPANESE EXPERIENCE AND NATION-BUILDING IN ASIA
By Najmul Saqib Khan
10 pp 1995 RM4.00/US$2.00 ISBN 967-947-210-8
Japan constitutes only 0.3% of the world area, and about 3% of its population but yet accounts for 15% of the world’s Gross National Product (GNP). One of the major lessons from the Japanese experience according to the author is that modernisation does not necessarily equate with westernisation. Japan has managed to assimilate new technologies, and economic and market strategies from the West without eliminating or sacrificing their non-economic factors, attitudes, values, behaviour and the mindset. The author summarises the lessons that Asia can learn from the Japanese experience, e.g. the will to change, mass education, land reforms and adoption and adaptation of Western technology.
MANAGING INNOVATION IN JAPANESE COMPANIES:
LESSONS FOR MALAYSIA
By Ong Fon Sim and Mohd Nor Othman
69 pp 1995 RM11.00/US$5.50 ISBN 967-947-204-3
The purpose of this study is to examine innovation management in Japanese companies by using case studies, and to suggest lessons that Malaysia can learn with regard to upgrading its technology through effective Research and Development (R&D) management. The five companies under study are Kao Corporation, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd., Matsushita Air-conditioning Group of Companies, Ajinomoto Co., Inc. and Toshiba Corporation. Through the lessons drawn from the case studies, the authors formulate recommendations for both the government and the private sectors which include the review of the education system, support for small and medium enterprises, investment in research and commitment to R&D.
DOMESTIC VARIABLES OF JAPAN’S COMMITMENT IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
By Paridah Abd Samad
64 pp 1995 RM11.00/US$5.50 ISBN 967-947-205-1
The main purpose of this study is to evaluate the significance of the domestic variables in Japan’s political system to the direction of Japan’s foreign policy towards Southeast Asia. Japan’s internal variables have a significant influence in the formulation of Japanese foreign policy. Three domestic variants which are significant are the political parties, the bureaucrats and the interest groups (business community). Although these three actors play important roles in the process of decision-making in Japan, there is a great deal of variety and difference among them, which creates intense cleavages, making Japanese diplomacy largely characterised by divisive politics. The study also provides recommendations for the promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and the countries of the region, and redefines Japan’s regional role.
ATTRACTING JAPANESE TOURISTS AND ENHANCING THEIR IMPACT ON MALAYSIA
By Khoo Hock Aun
39 pp 1994 RM10.00/US$5.50 ISBN 967-947-181-0
This Japan Research Series paper, part of the Center for Japan Studies at ISIS Malaysia publication programme, describes and analyses Japanese tourist travel to Malaysia. The author is the Deputy Executive Director of the Asean Tourism Information Centre.
THE MAKING OF A SECURITY COMMUNITY IN THE ASIA PACIFIC (7TH APR)
Edited by Bunn Nagara & K S Balakrishnan
350 pp 1994 RM 30.00 ISBN 967947-192-6
This seventh in the Asia Pacific Roundtable series covered new ground in venturing into areas not usually related to defence matters. This included the economic dimension, so hard to ignore in the East Asian context and also the question of human rights. Papers were presented on concepts of security, the security impact and implications of economic development, current trends in regional security, armaments-building and confidence-building, alternative processes to peace, SLOCs and maritime security, a nuclear weapons-free zone in Southeast Asia and the possibilities and perspectives of Korean reunification.
ECONOMIC INTEGRATION AND ECONOMIC COOPERATION IN PACIFIC ASIA
By Noordin Sopiee
20 pp 1994 RM8.00/US$4.00 ISBN 967-947-186-1
This East Asian Centre for Economic Cooperation Opinion Paper was presented at the Kyushu University International Symposium 1993. It is linked to the 1993-95 project on Asian Economic Dynamism and The New Asia Pacific Economic Order supported by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Japan.
SOCIAL SECURITY IN MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE
Practices, Issues and Reform Directions
By Mukul G Asher
86 pp 1994 RM15.00/US$7.50 ISBN 967-947-180-2
This book aims firstly to provide an analytical description of the social security systems and their probable effects in Malaysia and Singapore and secondly, to identify major issues facing the social security systems, and suggest possible ways of addressing them. As few quantitative studies of social security issues in the two countries are available, the discussion in this book is largely qualitative and deductive. This study should be treated as essentially exploratory in nature, and suggestions for reforms should be regarded as areas requiring further investigation.
INDUSTRIAL TRAINING IN MALAYSIA
Challenge and Response
Edited by Patrick Pillai
209 pp 1994 RM30.00/US$15.00 ISBN 967-947-185-3
This book discusses the challenge of educating, training and developing manpower for Malaysia’s growing industrial needs, and the public and private sector’s role and responsibility in meeting that challenge. It provides an overview of the industrial training system in Malaysia and an insight into the role played by various public agencies and those in the private sector. It ends with some observations on the experiences of other countries. This book will be of interest to policy-planners, decision-makers, educationists, human resource development practitioners and local and foreign investors.
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT UNDER RAPID INDUSTRIALISATION
Edited by Susan Chong and Cho Kah Sin
1994 298 pp RM30.00/US$15.00 ISBN 967-947-177-2
How are the societies in rapidly industrialising Southeast Asia managing the social impact of industrialisation? This is the theme of this book which contains papers delivered during the First Southeast Asia Roundtable on Social Development, which was held in Kuala Lumpur in January, 1992, and was attended by representatives from Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, The Philippines, Vietnam, and the ILO. The areas covered by the papers include:
Demographic developments, family change and social development;
Supporting working parents;
Anticipating the needs of the aging among the population;
Helping rural migrants adapt to the cities;
Integrating disabled persons into society; and
Promoting voluntary efforts in meeting community needs.
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