COVID-19 in Malaysia: Economic Impacts & Fiscal Responses
26 March 2020
Views expressed in this article is the opinion of the author, and does not necessarily reflect the view of the Institute of Strategic and International...
Trump’s trade deal poses new dangers to Southeast Asia
17 February 2020
After two years of alternating between tense escalation and fleeting periods of calm, the United States and China reached a preliminary phase one trade deal in December...
The Malaysian Economy: One Decade in Review
05 February 2020
Download Infographic The Malaysian Economy: One Decade in Review How the Malaysian economy has changed over the last decade in 11 charts Photo: Image by Walkerssk from Pixabay...
Trading Troubles: The US-China trade tensions and its impacts on Malaysia and the region
16 January 2020
Trade wars can have widespread negative impacts on the global economy, weighing down on global growth and investment, while increasing uncertainty and market volatility. How...
Old troubles in the new decade
14 January 2020
A version of article was first published in the New Straits Times on 14 January 2019 under the title “Many Hurdles Amid Great Growth” ...
Youth Unemployment in Malaysia & the Region
10 January 2020
This article was first published in the Japan Economic Foundation (JEF) Japan SPOTLIGHT January/February 2020 Issue. Full Issue: https://www.jef.or.jp/jspotlight/latestissue/ Article Link: https://www.jef.or.jp/journal/pdf/229th_Special_Article.pdf Context In...
Going beyond the ballot box
18 December 2019
BY most measures, democracy is thriving in Malaysia. Nonetheless, triumphs in voter turnout and youth suffrage notwithstanding, it is important to remember that democratic participation...
The US-China trade conflict: Overview, impacts, and responses
17 December 2019
Presentation by Calvin Cheng Date 17 December 2019 Venue Conference Room, ISIS Malaysia This presentation was presented as part of the ISIS Malaysia-CASS Roundtable...
BFM PODCAST: RCEP Goes Ahead without India
06 November 2019
Presented by: Lyn Mak, Julian Ng, Wong Shou Ning India finally got off the fence to firmly in the No side for RCEP. Calvin Cheng, Research...
BFM PODCAST: THE SOCIAL RETURN OF SUBSIDIES
13 October 2019
Presented by: Lyn Mak, Wong Shou Ning A number of new initiatives were proposed under Budget 2020, including an expansion of the Bantuan Sara Hidup programme...
BFM PODCAST: TRADE WAR GAINERS AND LOSERS IN MALAYSIA
08 October 2019
Produced by: Noelle Lim Presented by: Noelle Lim Calvin Cheng, Researcher at the Economics, Trade and Regional Integration division of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies...
The US-China trade conflict and its potential impacts on Malaysia: Have we benefited from shifts in US import demand?
04 October 2019
Presentation by Calvin Cheng Date 4 October 2019 Time 3:00pm Venue Conference Room, ISIS Malaysia This presentation will update and expand upon material from...
Economic growth stifled
03 October 2019
IT has been more than two years since the United States first launched investigations into China’s trade and intellectual property. Since then, four different rounds...
The US-China Trade War: Is Malaysia benefiting from “diversions” in US import demand?
30 September 2019
ISIS Policy Brief 2, September 2019: The US-China Trade War: Is Malaysia benefiting from “diversions” in US import demand? Download PDF Download Dataset
Belt and Road Initiative: Perspectives from Malaysia
03 September 2019
"Belt and Road Initiative: Perspectives from Malaysia Presented at the 5th Workshop for Asia Pacific Young Scholars, 3rd September 2019 at the China Institute of...
Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH)
29 August 2019
Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH), the national cash transfer program formerly known as BR1M, has undergone many changes since its introduction in 2012. In 2018, it...
Is Malaysia benefitting from the US–China trade war?
14 August 2019
It has been almost a year since the first round of US tariffs were imposed on US$34 billion worth of Chinese imports. Since then, the...
Debt & Despair
13 May 2019
Economists were quick to point out that actual government debt stood at merely RM687 billion in 2017 — only a bit more than half of...
Not the Last Samurai
24 March 2019
EARLIER this month, the Finance Ministry announced that the government had successfully priced 200 billion yen (RM7.3 billion) worth of Samurai bonds at a coupon...
Deflation in Malaysia: What does it mean for the Malaysian economy?
07 March 2019
Last week, Consumer Price Index (CPI) data indicated that consumer inflation was -0.7 percent lower in January compared to a year ago. We’ve entered deflation...
Outlook for the Global Economy in the Next Two Years
17 December 2018
Paper presented by Firdaos Rosli and Calvin Cheng Download PDF
Strategies for Enhancing the Japan-ASEAN Economic Partnership
27 November 2018
Paper presented by Dato’ Steven CM Wong at 35th Anniversary Conference of the Malaysian Association for American Studies (MAAS) Download PDF
Growing risks to the Asean economy
17 November 2018
IN 1997, the devaluation of the Thai baht marked the start of a crisis that decimated many Asian economies. By the end of 1998, Asean-5’s...
Making BR1M Work
13 September 2018
WHILE the Pakatan Harapan government has promised to continue the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) unconditional cash transfer programme for at least another year, its future...
Consumption Taxation Will Eventually Return
23 May 2018
Tax (GST) would be zero-rated effective June 1, partially fulfilling a promise made by the new administration on the campaign trail. While GST has yet...
Cash programmes and poverty alleviation
19 December 2017
MANY weapons have been wielded in the war against poverty. In ancient Rome, the first ever documented social assistance programme, or alimenta in Latin, provided...
Don’t Expect 2018 Budget to be Panacea to All of Nation’s Problems
26 October 2017
The 2018 Budget, set to be tabled in Parliament by Prime Minister Najib Razak on Oct 27 (Friday), will be the last before Parliament is...