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Dato’ Steven CM Wong

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Staying the course with Malaysia Baru

FOLLOWING the 14th General Election last year, there were widespread — some... Read More

Long and Difficult Process

WHAT a difference a year makes. Just 12 months ago, few Malaysians... Read More

Is The Ringgit Real?

Article by Dato’ Steven Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, August... Read More

Making It Work for All

Article by Dato’ Steven Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 3... Read More

Confirmation Bias and The New Malaysia

Article by Dato’ Steven Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 29... Read More

Is Trump’s Trade War Winnable?

Article by Dato’ Steven Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 6... Read More

Keeping Growth Momentum

Article by Dato’ Steven Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 2... Read More

Stop politicising Malaysia-China relationship

CHINA is an emerging economy unlike any other before it. No emerging... Read More

IMF Forecasts Growth to Continue Into Next Year

THE International Monetary Fund’s latest World Economic Outlook Update (July) sees the... Read More

Embrace Automation

MANY, if not most, workers in the world believe that globalisation and... Read More

Can Change be Upsetting?

ONE of the easiest words to roll off our tongues in any... Read More

Set Sights and Standards Higher

In 2050, Malaysia will not be the same country. In the coming... Read More

Scope for further drop in fiscal deficit

KUALA LUMPUR: The government’s target of reducing the fiscal deficit further is... Read More

Let Us Not Fall for 'Post-truth' Politics

At the entrance of a respected university that I passed a few... Read More

Trapped by How We Think

THERE is a popular Internet meme of half a human face that,... Read More

Be the Agent of Change You Want to See

The New Year is a time when many of us make resolutions.... Read More

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Dato’ Steven CM Wong

Dato’ Steven CM Wong is Deputy Chief Executive of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia. He also heads the economics division of the Institute.

Dato’ Steven has been involved in the public policy arena for more than two decades, 20 years of which has been with ISIS Malaysia. He spent a further eight years in the private sector where he held positions in management consultancy, economic research, fund management, corporate finance and capital markets.

He is currently a columnist for the New Straits Times.

He was a member of the Ministry of Human Resource’s Technical Committee for the Minimum Wage and Tenaga Nasional Berhad’s Economic Council. He has served as the Secretary-General of the Malaysian National Committee for Pacific Economic Co-operation, the Malaysian Committee for Pacific Basin Economic Co-operation, and was on the secretariats of two ASEAN Eminent Persons Groups.

He has been published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the East Asian Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, the Australian National University and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore. His latest publications are on ASEAN-China trade for China Economic Quarterly (June 2013) and a chapter on Malaysia’s financial sector and capital market in Malaysia: Policies and Issues in Economic Development published (ISIS Malaysia, 2011).

Dato’ Steven’s interests are in macroeconomic and international finance matters but he has wide-ranging interests including institutional economics, international relations and theology. He received his graduate and post-graduate education at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

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Staying the course with Malaysia Baru

05 March 2019
FOLLOWING the 14th General Election last year, there were widespread — some would say, excessive — feelings of elation. It was as if a bone-crushing...

Long and Difficult Process

02 January 2019
WHAT a difference a year makes. Just 12 months ago, few Malaysians expected the political tsunami that swept the country. Many desperately wanted change but...
Is the ringgit real?

Is The Ringgit Real?

28 August 2018
Article by Dato’ Steven Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, August 28, 2018 FOR the past 100 days, Malaysians have talked a lot about...
Making it work for all

Making It Work for All

03 July 2018
Article by Dato’ Steven Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 3 July 2018 IN many parts of the world, privatisation and its successor, public-private...
Confirmation bias and the new Malaysia

Confirmation Bias and The New Malaysia

31 May 2018
Article by Dato’ Steven Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 29 May 2018 IF there is only one thing that we know about ourselves...
Is Trump’s trade war winnable?

Is Trump’s Trade War Winnable?

06 March 2018
Article by Dato’ Steven Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 6 March, 2018 WE live in interesting, if surreal, times. United States President Donald...
Keeping growth momentum

Keeping Growth Momentum

02 January 2018
Article by Dato’ Steven Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 2 January 2018 GLOBAL economic growth looks to be scaling to an eight-year high...
Stop politicising Malaysia-China relationship

Stop politicising Malaysia-China relationship

31 October 2017
CHINA is an emerging economy unlike any other before it. No emerging economy has appeared on the world scene with the range and breadth of...

IMF Forecasts Growth to Continue Into Next Year

01 August 2017
THE International Monetary Fund’s latest World Economic Outlook Update (July) sees the global pickup continuing for the rest of the year and next year. Mind...

Embrace Automation

23 May 2017
MANY, if not most, workers in the world believe that globalisation and free trade hurt jobs and reduce incomes. It has not helped that great...

Can Change be Upsetting?

21 March 2017
ONE of the easiest words to roll off our tongues in any language is the word “change”. People talk about it all the time, especially...

Set Sights and Standards Higher

21 February 2017
In 2050, Malaysia will not be the same country. In the coming three decades, the forces of change and societal evolution will be at work,...
Scope for further drop in fiscal deficit

Scope for further drop in fiscal deficit

13 January 2017
KUALA LUMPUR: The government’s target of reducing the fiscal deficit further is possible as external conditions improve and tax revenue increases from stronger compliance, say...
Let Us Not Fall for 'Post-truth' Politics

Let Us Not Fall for 'Post-truth' Politics

03 January 2017
At the entrance of a respected university that I passed a few weeks ago, while on vacation, was a large signboard that said: “When we...

Trapped by How We Think

16 February 2016
THERE is a popular Internet meme of half a human face that, as you look at it, constantly switches from frontal to side views. Essentially,...

Be the Agent of Change You Want to See

05 January 2016
The New Year is a time when many of us make resolutions. These are basically promises to ourselves to place more focus and energy on...