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BFM PODCAST: How Do We Cure An Infodemic?

Produced by: Shazana Mokhtar Presented by: Shazana Mokhtar In the midst of... Read More

Invisible force: Can Undi 18 end Malaysia’s political dilemma in GE15? Analyst weighs in

Harris Zainul was quoted in Malay Mail Article by Milad Hassandarvish,  09 October 2020... Read More

Why Vietnam Is Asking Other Asian Countries to Help Squelch Fake News

Harris Zainul was quoted in VOA news online  Article by Ralph Jennings,  01 October... Read More

The COVID-19 Infodemic in Malaysia: Scale, scope and policy responses

Owing to the novelty of COVID-19, much uncertainty had surrounded it when... Read More

In Malaysia's Covid "infodemic", crime is all too easy

A crackdown on the spreading of false information is unfair if people... Read More

Disinformation and xenophobia target Malaysia’s Rohingya

The Rohingya in Malaysia have become the target of increasing xenophobia and... Read More

More must be done to address Covid-19 infodemic

PARALLEL to the spread of Covid-19 is its infodemic. Coined by the... Read More

Campaign of Hate? Fake News and Anti-Refugee Rhetoric in Malaysia

Harris Zainul was quoted in New Naratif Article by Jules Rahman Ong,  20... Read More

Malaysia’s political crisis could worsen coronavirus and economic challenges

Harris Zainul was quoted in CNBC Malaysia’s parliament sat for the first time... Read More

Malaysia is beating coronavirus, so why should Muhyiddin be worried?

Harris Zainul was quoted by the South China Morning Post The country, once... Read More

Mekong nations face growing threat to food security amid claims China’s dams exacerbate effects of drought

Harris Zainul was quoted by the South China Morning Post Drought, erratic water... Read More

Democracy in 'Malaysia Terbaru’

MAY 9 — Two years ago to this date, 12,299,514 Malaysians had... Read More

Points for policymakers when tackling a crisis

WITH Covid-19’s exponential spread threatening entire populations, the role of government during... Read More

Media freedom and fake news during the time of COVID-19

The likening of the fight against COVID-19 to a war should neither... Read More

Malaysia's Infodemic and Policy Response

The COVID-19 infodemic has shown that content needs to be regulated. The... Read More

Curing the COVID-19 Information Disorder

Due to COVID-19’s novelty and pandemic status, false information, which thrives on... Read More

If the new coronavirus doesn’t get you in Malaysia, fake, racist news about it might

Harris Zainul was quoted by the South China Morning Post Misinformation about the... Read More

Everywhere and Nowhere: Cybertroopers and the battle for democracy

The utilisation of propaganda often has been hand-in-hand with politics since time... Read More

Going beyond the ballot box

BY most measures, democracy is thriving in Malaysia. Nonetheless, triumphs in voter... Read More

Asean and the dammed Mekong

CONVERSATIONS on Asean in recent years have largely revolved around its community-... Read More

We need to talk, Malaysia

It is, once again, August 31. Like clockwork, the public and private... Read More

'1984' still holds sway

Seven decades ago, Eric Blair, or better known by his pseudonym George... Read More

Future Proofing Malaysia’s Democracy

JULY 3 — Malaysia is bucking global trends of retreating democracies and... Read More

Reality Check: The End of Identity Politics?

The Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition is perceived to be more multiracial and... Read More

Race, religion and rhetoric ramp up in ‘New Malaysia’

After recouping the Semenyih state legislative assembly seat, it comes as little... Read More

How Asean think-tanks see the inter-Korea peace process

Southeast Asia is making global headlines this week with the second US-North... Read More

Tech threat to democracy

Perhaps the first truly global social media trend of 2019 is the... Read More

No Silver Bullet for Fake News in a New Malaysia

With the watershed May 9 general elections having swept into power the... Read More

Asean-South Korea Ties - Cooperation Peace, Prosperity

SOUTH Korea’s New Southern Policy (NSP) is based on the “3Ps” of... Read More

Trump, Kim Summit Ends with Signing of Joint Declaration

All eyes were on the Capella Hotel in Singapore, the location of... Read More

Peace for Korean Peninsula?

AT 9am tomorrow at the Capella Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island, United... Read More

Set Up Review Body

WHEN the Foreign Investment Committee (FIC) was deregulated in 2009, oversight of... Read More

Impact of Climate Change on ASEAN International Affairs: Risk and Opportunity Multiplier

Summary: This study examines the implications of climate change for international affairs... Read More

Business is business

NETIZENS have taken to social media over the past weeks regarding the... Read More

Three Things to Expect from Tillerson’s Visit to Kuala Lumpur

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is visiting the Philippines, Thailand and... Read More

A Common Regional Identity

IN the past five decades, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, has... Read More

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Mr Muhammad Harris Zainul

Harris Zainul is an Analyst at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia where he studies national trends and developments with the goal of translating these into public policy recommendations. His primary research areas include policy responses to mis- and dis-information; the consequences of mis- and dis-information on democracy and society; and Southeast Asian and Malaysian politics, human rights, and democratisation. His other research areas include China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), ASEAN-Korea relations, and the geopolitics of the Mekong River.

In his professional and personal capacity, he has briefed both domestic and regional stakeholders on his research outcomes, and has been published in the ISIS Focus, New Straits Times, Malay Mail, Malaysiakini, Channel News Asia, The Diplomat, Lowy Institute's The Interpreter, and the Australian National University's East Asia Forum. His commentary has been featured in BFM 89.9, CNBC, Voice of America, New Naratif, The Nation, the ASEAN Post, Arab News, ABC News, Arirang TV, Malaysiakini and the South China Morning Post.

On top of his research roles, he is also experienced in conducting stakeholder mapping and engagement, conference and event management, and is responsible for ISIS Malaysia’s social media and public-facing digital strategies.

Formerly, he had served as a Minister-appointed member of the National Youth Consultative Council, a Ministry-appointed member of the Youth Task Force on Foreign Policy, an elected member of the Malaysian Youth Parliament, and the Special Officer and Perdana Fellow to the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.

He holds a MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LL.B) from the University of Liverpool.


Published Articles

BFM PODCAST: How Do We Cure An Infodemic?

19 October 2020
Produced by: Shazana Mokhtar Presented by: Shazana Mokhtar In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are also battling what’s being called an infodemic, which...

Invisible force: Can Undi 18 end Malaysia’s political dilemma in GE15? Analyst weighs in

09 October 2020
Harris Zainul was quoted in Malay Mail Article by Milad Hassandarvish,  09 October 2020 KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 — This year has been a roller coaster ride...

Why Vietnam Is Asking Other Asian Countries to Help Squelch Fake News

01 October 2020
Harris Zainul was quoted in VOA news online  Article by Ralph Jennings,  01 October 2020 TAIPEI, TAIWAN - A surge in fake news around Southeast Asia, particularly...

The COVID-19 Infodemic in Malaysia: Scale, scope and policy responses

24 August 2020
Owing to the novelty of COVID-19, much uncertainty had surrounded it when it was first discovered in December 2019. In the months since, more light...

In Malaysia's Covid "infodemic", crime is all too easy

20 August 2020
A crackdown on the spreading of false information is unfair if people don’t have the means to spot it. In Malaysia earlier this month, it...

Disinformation and xenophobia target Malaysia’s Rohingya

11 July 2020
The Rohingya in Malaysia have become the target of increasing xenophobia and hate speech. Disinformation — the intentional creation of false information — is fuelling...

More must be done to address Covid-19 infodemic

02 July 2020
PARALLEL to the spread of Covid-19 is its infodemic. Coined by the World Health Organisation, it refers to a situation where there is "an overabundance...

Campaign of Hate? Fake News and Anti-Refugee Rhetoric in Malaysia

24 June 2020
Harris Zainul was quoted in New Naratif Article by Jules Rahman Ong,  20 June 2020 Abdul Wahid, 40, came to Malaysia seven years ago in a...

Malaysia’s political crisis could worsen coronavirus and economic challenges

16 May 2020
Harris Zainul was quoted in CNBC Malaysia’s parliament sat for the first time this year on Monday and was supposed to debate motions that include a...

Malaysia is beating coronavirus, so why should Muhyiddin be worried?

16 May 2020
Harris Zainul was quoted by the South China Morning Post The country, once the worst hit in Southeast Asia, is now relaxing measures after a stunning...

Mekong nations face growing threat to food security amid claims China’s dams exacerbate effects of drought

10 May 2020
Harris Zainul was quoted by the South China Morning Post Drought, erratic water levels along 4,300km river are disrupting rice yields and fish catches, raising costs...

Democracy in 'Malaysia Terbaru’

09 May 2020
MAY 9 — Two years ago to this date, 12,299,514 Malaysians had braved the humid climate,extended waiting times, and weekday voting to perform their democratic...

Points for policymakers when tackling a crisis

22 April 2020
WITH Covid-19’s exponential spread threatening entire populations, the role of government during this pandemic has undoubtedly, and understandably increased. This role, among others, includes determining...

Media freedom and fake news during the time of COVID-19

15 April 2020
The likening of the fight against COVID-19 to a war should neither be a rationale for war-time measures, nor a free hand to muzzle the...

Malaysia's Infodemic and Policy Response

02 April 2020
The COVID-19 infodemic has shown that content needs to be regulated. The continued reliance on Section 505(b) of the Penal Code and Section 233 of...

Curing the COVID-19 Information Disorder

18 March 2020
Due to COVID-19’s novelty and pandemic status, false information, which thrives on fear and uncertainty, have flourished. This has led to an information disorder on...

If the new coronavirus doesn’t get you in Malaysia, fake, racist news about it might

01 February 2020
Harris Zainul was quoted by the South China Morning Post Misinformation about the virus has become so pervasive that Malaysia’s health minister warns it’s a ‘more...

Everywhere and Nowhere: Cybertroopers and the battle for democracy

16 January 2020
The utilisation of propaganda often has been hand-in-hand with politics since time immemorial. But with new tools – such as social media platforms, big data...

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...

Asean and the dammed Mekong

08 November 2019
CONVERSATIONS on Asean in recent years have largely revolved around its community- building initiatives, its master plan on connectivity, its positioning vis-a-vis the United States’...

We need to talk, Malaysia

01 September 2019
It is, once again, August 31. Like clockwork, the public and private sector machinery has been churning out narratives to drive up patriotism among Malaysians....

'1984' still holds sway

11 July 2019
Seven decades ago, Eric Blair, or better known by his pseudonym George Orwell, published “1984”. Considered today as a classic of dystopian fiction, terms and...

Future Proofing Malaysia’s Democracy

03 July 2019
JULY 3 — Malaysia is bucking global trends of retreating democracies and declining voter turnouts. In fact, it recorded an improvement in its democracy score...

Reality Check: The End of Identity Politics?

13 May 2019
The Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition is perceived to be more multiracial and practising less racial politics than the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition it unseated. The...

Race, religion and rhetoric ramp up in ‘New Malaysia’

01 April 2019
After recouping the Semenyih state legislative assembly seat, it comes as little surprise that the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party...

How Asean think-tanks see the inter-Korea peace process

01 March 2019
Southeast Asia is making global headlines this week with the second US-North Korea Summit, in Hanoi. “Asean as an organisation has nothing to do with...

Tech threat to democracy

04 February 2019
Perhaps the first truly global social media trend of 2019 is the #tenyearchallenge. Taking the online world by storm, the challenge entailed users posting two...

No Silver Bullet for Fake News in a New Malaysia

12 January 2019
With the watershed May 9 general elections having swept into power the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition, the repeal of the Anti-Fake News Act (AFNA) 2018...

Asean-South Korea Ties - Cooperation Peace, Prosperity

20 November 2018
SOUTH Korea’s New Southern Policy (NSP) is based on the “3Ps” of People, Peace and Prosperity. Overarchingly, the NSP seeks to elevate South Korea’s relationship...

Trump, Kim Summit Ends with Signing of Joint Declaration

12 June 2018
All eyes were on the Capella Hotel in Singapore, the location of the historic summit between the President of the United States (US), Donald Trump...
Peace for Korean peninsula?

Peace for Korean Peninsula?

11 June 2018
AT 9am tomorrow at the Capella Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island, United States President Donald Trump will be the first sitting US president to meet...
Set up review body

Set Up Review Body

06 February 2018
WHEN the Foreign Investment Committee (FIC) was deregulated in 2009, oversight of foreign investment into Malaysia’s strategic sector was left under the purview of its...

Impact of Climate Change on ASEAN International Affairs: Risk and Opportunity Multiplier

06 November 2017
Summary: This study examines the implications of climate change for international affairs in Southeast Asia and for ASEAN as a multilateral organization. Climate change and...

Business is business

26 September 2017
NETIZENS have taken to social media over the past weeks regarding the recent investments announced during Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s visit to the...

Three Things to Expect from Tillerson’s Visit to Kuala Lumpur

08 August 2017
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is visiting the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia for a series of regional meetings to broaden and enhance the United...

A Common Regional Identity

18 July 2017
IN the past five decades, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, has seen an alphabet soup of agreements and blueprints shared between its 10 member states....