Issues and Policy Directions

Edited by Kamariah Othman
1993 140pp RM12.00/US$6.00 ISBN967-947-168-3

The problems of meeting housing needs in Malaysia are not only caused by rapid population growth, but also by the country’s prosperity and progress in the last two decades. Under the Fifth Malaysia Plan, the country was able to meet only 43 per cent of its house building target. This book is a collection of papers, prepared by experts in their respective fields, describing various dimensions of the problems, measures taken to overcome them, and the future prospects of meeting the ever-increasing housing needs. The views of the government, the building industry, the financial institutions, and the end-consumers are well represented in the chapters of this book.
Changing Concerns and Approaches

By Sham Sani
1993 138pp RM20.00/US$10.00 ISBN967-947-167-5

This book is about Malaysia’s efforts to achieve sustainable development. It reviews the consequences of development on the country’s natural environment and draws attention to the development style that has been pursued so far, the degree of environmental degradation that has occurred, especially during the period after Independence in 1957, and the institutional measures taken by the government to resolve environmental issues and ensure sustainability. A review of the effectiveness of current management practices adopted by the Department of Environment and the government, and efforts undertaken by the international community in managing global environment are also included, with particular reference to how these relate to Malaysia.
(Japan and East Asia)

Terjemahan oleh Normala Soulie Mohamad dan Zahir lsmail
1993 86ms RM10.00/US$5.00 ISBN 967-947-179-9

Buku terbitan Pusat Kajian Jepun dan ISIS Malaysia ini mempunyai lapan rencana mengenai perhubungan ekonomi Jepun dengan negara-negara Asia Timur. Sungguhpun Jepun menganggap negaranya sebahagiaan daripada Asia, namun merasakan pertu berfikir-bertindak melampaui sempadan keserantauan dalam konteks yang global demi menjaga kepentingan ekonaminya. Tulisan-tulisan ini juga membincangkan peranan clan tanggungjawab baru Jepun untuk memutuskan bahawa rantau Asia Timur akan terus pesat. la juga memberi pandangan tentang periunya Jepun meninjau kembali dasar ODAnya, demi membantu membina sebuah tata ekonomi dunia baru yang lebih egalitarian.
Japan’s Contribution Since 1980

By Chilly Chew, Leong Choon Heng, Kazue Sugiyama and Stephen Leong
1993 202pp RM30.00/US$15.00 ISBN967-947-175-6

This study on Japan’s contribution to human resource development in Malaysia followed the recommendation of the Japan-Malaysia Advisory Group of the Centre for Japan Studies at ISIS Malaysia. It began in April 1992, and focused on the education and training programmes offered by Japan to Malaysian students and trainees. The programmes were conducted in both Japan and Malaysia. The study involved a review of published writings on training and skills formation programmes, especially in Japan, and the collection of statistics and other information from various organisations such as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship (AOTS), the Association of International Education, Japan, (AIEJ), the Japan Foundation and the Embassy of Japan. Malaysian agencies such as the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) and the Look East Policy Unit of the Public Services Department (PSD) were also contacted for important data and information. The core of the study, however, was a survey conducted by means of questionnaires given to a large number of participants of the training and education programmes.
Key to the ultimate Malaysian society

By M. Ghazali Shafie
1993 11pp RM2.50/US$1.50 ISBN 967-947-166-7

The building of a nation out of diverse ethnic and religion groups is a monumental task, and would have to take time. While the author believes that a great deal still needs to be done to achieve lasting national unity in Malaysia, he is able to enumerate achievements of the part three decades. The essay also discusses policy options available for the future, in the context of Vision 2020 and Malaysia’s place in a changing international and regional orders.

Edited by Rohana Mahmod and Rustam A Sani
1993 226pp RM28.00/US$14.00 ISBN 967-947-147-8

The book is a collection of articles – each one by an international expert on his or her subject – that discuss the major issues in matters of security and international relations of the economically dynamic Asia-Pacific region. After dealing with the security issues of the region in the context of the ‘new world order’, the book deals with the responses of the nations of the region to the new challenges and the ways that those nations relate to the big powers and the UN in the emerging global economic and political system of the post-cold war era.
Emerging issues and future directions

Edited by Cho Kah Sin and Ismail Muhd Salleh
1992 591pp RM60.00/US$30.00 ISBN 967-947-145-4

This book, which comprises selected papers from the First National Conference on the Caring Society held from Dec 5-6, 1990, may be seen as a guide to a wide range of contemporary issues with the authors providing a ‘state of the art’ stock-taking of their area of expertise, a frontline view of their area of social welfare practice, a guide to the relevant literature and some pointers to the issues that require further exploration and more systematic investigation. The paper topics are organised into several broad themes which, it is hoped, will reflect an emerging policy agenda for social development.
The Way Forward

Edited by Rohana Mahmood and Thangam Ramnath
1992 139pp RM15.00/US$7.50 ISBN 967-947-162-4
This selection of papers from the Fourth Southeast Asia Forum held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, documents the domestic goals and aspirations of the countries in the region, the regional issues confronting them and also how the region meets the challenges of the post Cold-War world or the New World Order.
The Role of Small and Medium Scale Industries

Edited by Ismail Muhd Salleh and Latifah Rahim
1992 140pp RM15.00/US$7.50 ISBN 967-947-163-2

This book contains selected papers from the ‘Seminar on the Role of Small and Medium Scale Industries in Industrial Restructuring, held in Kuala Lumpur in 1991. Some of the topics discussed are:
The role of SMIs in economic development;
Enhancing technological linkages through the ancillary and support industry;
Sub-contracting arrangements;
The ‘umbrella’ concept of marketing;
Technological development through sub-contracting linkages;
Supporting SMI growth through provision of credit facilities;
Venture capital operations and their potential roles in developing SM1s;
An assessment of SMI incentives and an assessment of the Industrial Technical Assistance Fund (ITAF) in upgrading SMIs are included.
The challenges to the plantation industry

Edited by K Ragupathy
1992 117pp RM20.00/US$10.00 ISBN 967-947-165-9

In pursuing strategies to enable the plantation sector to face the challenges in the year 2020, agricultural policy makers in Malaysia are motivated to search for more flexible production systems that can benefit from new opportunities created by changes in technology and market.
This collection of papers, written by various individuals who are experts and authorities in their own fields, focusses attention on the issues and problems facing the plantation sector. It is a useful reference for those working in the plantation industry, particularly for those seeking an answer to the future of the plantation industry in the year 2020. It also serves as a spring board to future research and implementation efforts.



Exploring policy linkages

Edited by Steven C M Wong and Ahmad Ikram Haji Abdullah
1992 140pp RM22.00/US$11.00 ISBN 967-947-156-X

This is a collection of selected papers and related documents from the Fifth PECC Policy Forum, held in Kuala Lumpur. The aim of the Forum has always been to provide an opportunity for leading academicians, businessmen and government officials in the Pacific region to meet and discuss as well as help resolve issues with a view to enhancing international trade.

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