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Asean should be open but wary about Quad

Quad is one in a constellation of mini-laterals gaining currency amid shifting... Read More

Seizing Asean’s digital moment

Much has been said about Asean’s digital potential. The region’s digital economy... Read More

COC negotiators will carry on burden

Negotiations over the Code of Conduct of Parties in the South China... Read More

Laos committed to Asean centrality

Asean clings to ‘centrality’ as its major tenet but recent events in... Read More

Challenges to adopting renewable energy

Southeast Asia and the Indian sub-continent were identified in many climate studies... Read More

Decent work, wage growth as national objective

In this chapter, Lee Hwok-Aun and Kevin Zhang of ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute review Malaysia’s labour standards, detailing its... Read More

The changing nature of work: an overview of informal employment in Malaysia

Amanina Abdur Rahman and Alyssa Jasmin of the World Bank explore the... Read More

Prepping the nation for skills-based hiring

One of the biggest changes wrought on the world of work has... Read More

Unleashing power of deeper economic ties

Malaysian firms should capitalise on India’s infrastructure spending spree By Tan Sri... Read More

Resetting trade ties to spread prosperity

As Asean-India economic relations enter fourth decade, Malaysia could be key to... Read More

Culture as catalyst to closer ties

Governments must ensure money trickles down to activists, groups bringing both countries... Read More

How to leapfrog a digital economy

India’s success with fintech, data and entrepreneurship provides invaluable lessons for Malaysia... Read More

Opportunities galore with shift in focus to SMEs

Malaysia should focus on 2nd, 3rd tier Indian cities, explore emerging sectoral... Read More

Embracing past to forge ahead

Unshakeable links between both nations should be impetus for greater economic, strategic... Read More

An uncertain world: solidarity and cooperation for development amid challenges

His Excellency Premier Li Qiang Fellow leaders Mr Li Baodong Secretary-General of... Read More

Labour relations ripe for reforms

Malaysia should capitalise on India’s ability to provide skilled workers By Muhammad... Read More

The higher education elephant in the room

Cooperation between universities could unlock R&D potential, curricula reform, tech sharing and... Read More

Re-imagining Indo-Pacific construct

Greater synergies could bring about strategic, defence advantages to Malaysia, other Asean... Read More

Time to unleash SAGAR’s potential

Amid great power transition, Asean should leverage on New Delhi’s security pact... Read More

Diaspora ‘secret sauce’ to closer ties

More people-to-people interactions could strengthen economic relationship, create new opportunities By Suseela... Read More

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Asean should be open but wary about Quad

11 January 2024
Quad is one in a constellation of mini-laterals gaining currency amid shifting sands in Southeast Asian geopolitics. Quad can bring something to the table for Asean but it, too, could pose risks. By Lucio Blanco Pitlo Read more  

Seizing Asean’s digital moment

11 January 2024
Much has been said about Asean’s digital potential. The region’s digital economy is poised to reach US$1 trillion by 2030, driven by a large young tech-savvy population, ubiquity of mobile internet and services-driven economies. By Janessa Kong & Hosuk Lee-Makiyama Read more  

COC negotiators will carry on burden

11 January 2024
Negotiations over the Code of Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea remain intractable. The process is long, not because the negotiators are dragging it, but because of some thorny issues which elude an agreement. By Vu Hai Dang Read more  

Laos committed to Asean centrality

11 January 2024
Asean clings to ‘centrality’ as its major tenet but recent events in Southeast Asia are testing the limits of that concept. Laos, which takes over the Asean chair this year, recognises the essence of maintaining the bloc’s centrality and the collective role to shape the regional order. By Sounanda Bolivong & Haknilan Inthalath Read more…

Challenges to adopting renewable energy

11 January 2024
Southeast Asia and the Indian sub-continent were identified in many climate studies as two of the most vulnerable regions. It is likely that the Asean public will look at the climate challenges seriously with the call to limit fossil fuel use gaining momentum. Member states have committed to zero emissions by the latest 2060s. By…

Decent work, wage growth as national objective

01 November 2023
In this chapter, Lee Hwok-Aun and Kevin Zhang of ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute review Malaysia’s labour standards, detailing its transition out of a low-wage regime through the long-awaited introduction of a minimum wage in 2013. This represented a significant step towards achieving decent work in the country. But the effects of Covid-19 have been drastic, wiping out at least a few years…

The changing nature of work: an overview of informal employment in Malaysia

01 November 2023
Amanina Abdur Rahman and Alyssa Jasmin of the World Bank explore the impacts of the pandemic on informal workers who, due to their exclusion from employment-related protection, were rendered more economically vulnerable than formal workers. In The changing nature of work: an overview of informal employment in Malaysia, the authors provide a foundational look at…

Prepping the nation for skills-based hiring

01 November 2023
One of the biggest changes wrought on the world of work has been the transition to hybrid and flexible work. In this chapter, Nurul Izzati Kamarulbahri and Mohd Ikhwan Abdullah of TalentCorp Malaysia suggest that where educational degrees used to be a proxy to guarantee employment, there has since been a shift towards skills-based hiring…

Unleashing power of deeper economic ties

10 May 2023
Malaysian firms should capitalise on India’s infrastructure spending spree By Tan Sri Kuna Sittampalam INDIA and Malaysia enjoy a long history of trade, cultural ties and exchange of ideas. In the mid-1980s, the Indian Ministry of Surface Transport (MOST), which is now the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) had an MoU with Malaysia’s…

Resetting trade ties to spread prosperity

10 May 2023
As Asean-India economic relations enter fourth decade, Malaysia could be key to deeper partnership By Prabir De & Durairaj Kumarasamy MALAYSIA is India’s third largest trading partner in Asean and at US$19.2 billion (RM87 billion) in 2021-2022, the figure represents almost 20% of India-Asean trade. India has had long-standing economic links with Malaysia whereby Indian…

Culture as catalyst to closer ties

10 May 2023
Governments must ensure money trickles down to activists, groups bringing both countries together By Padma Shri Datuk Ramli Ibrahim SINCE time immemorial, there has always been a continuous mingling of cultures between India and Southeast Asia.   The Malay peninsula, situated at the crossroads of the cultures of India and China, was inevitably influenced. The prevailing…

How to leapfrog a digital economy

10 May 2023
India’s success with fintech, data and entrepreneurship provides invaluable lessons for Malaysia By Shravishtha Ajaykumar & Mihir Sharma DATA and the assets that utilise it have become key functional components of the Indian and global economy in the last decade. Its multidimensional attributes have made it central to the global conversation about trade, finance and…

Opportunities galore with shift in focus to SMEs

10 May 2023
Malaysia should focus on 2nd, 3rd tier Indian cities, explore emerging sectoral priorities By Datuk Umang Sharma INDIA and Malaysia’s commercial links have helped the latter to transform itself from being an exporter of primary products to an industrialised and broad-based economy.   The first Indian joint venture, Godrej, commenced operations in 1968, and in the…

Embracing past to forge ahead

10 May 2023
Unshakeable links between both nations should be impetus for greater economic, strategic ties By Veena Sikri ANNIVERSARIES are special occasions. The 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between India and Malaysia provides a valuable opportunity to assess the achievements of our bilateral relationship and discuss the future.   In 1957, the year of Malaysia’s independence, the leaders…

An uncertain world: solidarity and cooperation for development amid challenges

31 March 2023
His Excellency Premier Li Qiang Fellow leaders Mr Li Baodong Secretary-General of the Boao Forum for Asia, Ladies and gentlemen, First and foremost, I would like to thank Mr Li Baodong and the Chinese government for inviting me to attend and address this august gathering. My heartiest congratulations also to His Excellency Premier Li Qiang…

Labour relations ripe for reforms

10 February 2023
Malaysia should capitalise on India’s ability to provide skilled workers By Muhammad Faliq Abd Razak & Andika Ab Wahab INDIA and Malaysia established diplomatic relations in 1957 and 2022 marked the 65th anniversary of the bilateral relationship. Both have developed close political, economic and socio-cultural relations and there is growing engagement in all aspects of…

The higher education elephant in the room

10 February 2023
Cooperation between universities could unlock R&D potential, curricula reform, tech sharing and transfer By Nomesh Bolia INDIA and Malaysia share centuries-old ties rooted in culture, people-to-people links and trade. Historically, Malaysia has been a part of India’s extended neighbourhood and contemporarily, a key component of India’s Act East Policy. Malaysia hosts the third largest persons…

Re-imagining Indo-Pacific construct

10 February 2023
Greater synergies could bring about strategic, defence advantages to Malaysia, other Asean member states By Rahul Mishra INDIA-MALAYSIA ties are embedded deeply in history. Waves of engagement between the two countries and their people for more than two millennia bear testimony to that fact. From the Chola and Pallava kingdoms to the British Indian empire,…

Time to unleash SAGAR’s potential

10 February 2023
Amid great power transition, Asean should leverage on New Delhi’s security pact with Putrajaya By Nur Shahadah Jamil THE great power rivalry in the Indo-Pacific region in the post-cold war era is driven by China’s phenomenal economic growth – which underpins its rising military capability and United States’ desire to “push back” to retain its…

Diaspora ‘secret sauce’ to closer ties

10 February 2023
More people-to-people interactions could strengthen economic relationship, create new opportunities By Suseela Devi Chandran & Yanitha Meena Louis ONE significant aspect of Malaysia-India relations is the presence of the Indian diaspora. The Indian diaspora has helped to strengthen ties between the two countries and brought bilateral relations closer – economically, socially and emotionally. The total…
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