BFM PODCAST: SPV 2030 - Fair, Just, and Inclusive?
02 October 2020 Produced by: Arleen Webber Presented by: Wong Shou Ning,Lyn Mak Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has said that the Shared Prosperity Vision will continue to take shape under his administration, with the aim to provide a decent standard of living to all Malaysians in 10 years time. Firdaos Rosli, Director of Economics, Trade and…
Should the government extend retirement age?
06 September 2019 After a one-year hiatus, the proposal to extend the retirement age beyond 60 has resurfaced. Once again, the government responded to external pressure that the present retirement age is no longer relevant. The arguments for and against extending the retirement age are simplistic. It appears to be turning into a youth-versus-elderly workers issue and not…
The (Non) Evolution of Malaysia's Public Sector
13 May 2019 In the early years of Malaysia’s independence, the wholesale changes to the government machinery in achieving the aspirations of the New Economic Policy (NEP) enabled the country to grow at its fastest rate in history, averaging at 7.1 percent a year from 1970 to 1990. During the NEP period, the Razak administration created four types…
Becoming Malaysia Baru
13 May 2019 Much has been said about “Malaysia Baru” and, more often than not, the concept has been discussed in terms of the destination – Malaysia should be “this” or “that”. What about the processes that need to be undertaken to reach that destination? ISIS Focus reached out to YB Khairy Jamaluddin, Member of Parliament for Rembau,…
Exit the Middle Income Trap
03 April 2019 ACCORDING to the World Bank’s calculations, Malaysia will soon join the league of high-income nations between 2020 and 2024. Despite such a promising outlook, many remain apprehensive about Malaysia graduating from the middle-income trap. The real challenge is not about escaping such a quagmire but rather whether or not Malaysia is able to sustain the…
Whither post-Vision 2020?
08 January 2019 IT has been eight months since Pakatan Harapan formed the federal government. Although the PH government has elucidated much of its short-term policy direction thus far, the long-term goals are still uncertain. In the meantime, analysts will continue to fall back on Buku Harapan for clues. Recently, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul…
Should Malaysia liberalise its rice imports?
23 November 2018
2019 Budget : Deeper Reforms Are Needed
07 November 2018 AFTER much anticipation, Pakatan Harapan’s maiden budget as the Federal Government was finally unveiled. There are clear winners in the budget such as the introduction of the Fiscal Responsibility Act and Government Procurement Act, the review of key labour laws and the setting up of a special task force on the Ministry of Finance Incorporated…
2019 Budget : Decisive and Pragmatic
02 November 2018 THE budget to be tabled today will be by a government of 24 weeks in office. While there are personalities who have had federal ministerial posts before, a significant number of cabinet members today are first time members of parliament and ministers. In the run-up to the 14th General Election, saving the dreadful state of…
Pressure mounting to ratify CPTPP
13 September 2018 RECENTLY, Singapore became the third nation to ratify the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans- Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) after Mexico and Japan. Malaysia’s future in the agreement, however, continues to hang in the balance. Malaysia’s participation in CPTPP is a hot-button issue. It cuts across all pillars of national interests, but missed the firing squad in the…
Future is About Attracting Market-led Technologies
26 June 2018 MANY Malaysians, including this author, were caught off guard with the recent announcement that the government wants to start another car project. There is no concrete proposal yet, as confirmed by the finance minister in his interview with a Singapore-based news agency days ago. This author opines that the new administration would need to cautiously…
SST, A Net Loss to Consumers
05 April 2018 THE idea to abolish the Good and Services Tax (GST) is mired in confusion. First, there was an idea to “zerorise” it, but this author argued that such a move is dissimilar to abolishing the tax. Then, came a suggestion to put the rate at zero per cent and reinstate the Sales and Services Tax…
Bumpy Road Ahead: Excise Tax Cut Not Practical
16 January 2018 ABOUT a month ago, this writer argued that Malaysians are slowly shifting away from buying motorcycles and entry-level cars to mid-range ones. It appears that as income rises, the marginal propensity to consume is higher than to save. Malaysians seem to prioritise lifestyle needs and, as far as car ownership is concerned, perhaps roadworthiness as…
Trade retaliation: business as usual
04 October 2017 PROTECTIONISM is not a new phenomena. In the early years of the Great Depression, industrialised countries, such as the United States and the United Kingdom, raised import duties to address falling agricultural prices and stock market meltdown. The move was not only economically sensible, but politically acceptable as well. The creation of the General Agreement…
Reforming Malaysia’s Automotive Industry
15 August 2017 The recent venture between Zhejiang Geely Holding Group and Proton Holdings Bhd is a step in the right direction. MALAYSIA has always responded to globalisation challenges, but the lack of appetite for structural reforms evidently decelerated after the government’s intervention in heavy industries, starting in the mid-1980s. In the past, real reforms have been put…
Asean, the Basis of Malaysia’s Reforms
22 June 2017 WITHOUT a doubt, the establishment of the Asean Free Trade Area (Afta) in 1992 and six Asean Plus FTAs were the catalysts for Malaysia to undertake domestic reforms. As one of the founding members of AFTA, Malaysia had earlier coined the idea for an East Asia Economic Caucus (EAEC) as a response to the growing…
It’s All aAbout the Public Wage Bill
13 March 2017 Malaysia’s civil servants-to-population ratio is higher than that some other nations Let me put the record straight: Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani, Malaysia’s second finance minister, was not the first federal minister who spoke openly about the size of the civil service. In 1985, Tun Daim Zainuddin, then finance minister, highlighted that Malaysia’s civil servants-to-population…
It’s Not Just About the Price
14 December 2016 Article by Firdaos Rosli which appeared in New Straits Times, December 14, 2016. Download
Vietnam leads Malaysia in FTA game
11 August 2015 Article by Firdaos Rosli which appeared in New Straits Times, Aug 11, 2015 Firdaos_NST_11Aug2015.pdf
Are Our Incentives Working?
27 January 2015 MANY countries, including Malaysia, have been actively employing investment incentives as a means to encourage foreign direct investment (FDI) inflow into the country. These incentives come in various forms -fiscal (tax holidays) or monetary (loans and subsidies), and sometimes, a combination of both. Pray tell, is there a country that does not offer such incentives…
Prioritise our trade deals
30 September 2014 FATIGUE: Ambitious trade deals can drain resources if they are not well managed MALAYSIA is involved in a myriad of trade deals and it seems as if the country is now spoilt for choice. Apart from the two on-going bilateral trade negotiations, Malaysia is actively involved in regional trade initiatives under the Asean Economic Community…
Malaysia Should Export More Value, Not Just Goods
19 March 2014 Article by Firdaos Rosli which appeared in New Straits Times, 18 March 2014.
With the TPP, the Sky’s the Limit
14 August 2013 By Firdaos Rosli which appeared in New Straits Times, 13 August 2013.
Higher Manufacturing Technology Needed
02 May 2013 By Firdaos Rosli which appeared in New Straits Time, 1 May 2013.
Which Trade Pact Should We Pick?
18 December 2012 Article by Firdaos Rosli which appeared in New Straits Times, 18 December 2012
The Reality of Investing in Myanmar
04 September 2012 Article by Firdaos Rosli which appeared in New Straits Times, 4 September 2012
Should Malaysia Continue Looking East?
17 April 2012 Article by Firdaos Rosli which appeared in New Straits Times, 17 April 2012
South Korea Important in Free Trade Nexus
10 January 2012 Article by Firdaos Rosli which appeared in New Straits Times, 7 January 2012
Pemerintah Komited Perkukuh Demokrasi
22 September 2011 Article by Firdaos Rosli which appeared in Berita Minggu, 18 September 2011, p.29
Link Up Govt Data Silos
25 August 2011 Article by Firdaos Rosli which appeared in TheStar, 25 August 2011