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Boundaries, Rules, Interests and Goal of Nation-building

AFTER 30 years in the public policy arena, I have concluded that... Read More

The Frog That Boiled

FOR decades, Malaysia’s racial-religious fault lines have been the playground of the... Read More

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

Manoeuvring Malaysia’s Societal Web

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

A Time for Caution

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

Respect is Appreciation for Others’ Morality, Humanity

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

Trust Deficits Hinder Economic Progress

CREDIBILITY: Good governance, stakeholder engagement, anti-corruption efforts, transparency and competitive behaviour are... Read More

Lessons from UK’s EU Referendum

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

Have Stronger Sanctions Against Dishonesty

RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL VALUES: No person or persons can or should be... Read More

Are People Victims of Unintended Consequences?

CUMULATIVE EFFECT: What started off as a good goal ended up detracting... 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

The Challenge of Carrying Out Good Economic Reforms

The prisoner’s dilemma is a canonical example of why rational individuals might... Read More

Divided Countries Achieve Very Little

MUTUAL TRUST AND RESPECT: How well a society works together determines a... Read More

What Is the Ringgit Telling Us?

FACTORS: A weaker ringgit can absorb the shock of external deflation and... Read More

Is Malaysia Really Competitive?

Being a competitive economy is not an end in itself. We need... Read More

Facing Economic Trials Ahead

HARD REALITIES: Lower commodity prices are beginning to hurt exporters, like Malaysia... Read More

Will Special Interest Groups Hurt Malaysia?

Once special interest groups become large and dominant, their interests and survival... Read More

What It Means to be a Radicalised Society?

LAST month, I attended a workshop on counter radicalisation in Kuala Lumpur,... Read More

Hedged Economic Interdependence in Asia

Chapter 8 by Dato’ Steven Wong. In François Godement (ed.) How Do... Read More

Remaining a Moderate and Progressive Country

Few would concede, at least not openly, that this country can also... Read More

Why China Seems to be Winning Its Anti-graft War

CRACKDOWN: Tackling corruption must start from the top as shown by Beijing... Read More

Getting the Message Across

GENERALLY speaking, governments are not very good at communicating with electorates. More... Read More

Things That’ll Make Us More Resilient

GET BACK ON TRACK: Promote greater engagement and communication rather than separation... Read More

A Responsive East Asian Community

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

Heeding Socio-Political Speed Limits

Article by Dato’ Steven Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 18... Read More

Feeding Political Gremlins

TOOL OR MASTER? When the people allow politics to consume all reason,... Read More

Japan Rail Project Trained It to Excel

SHINKASEN GLORY: Success most often occurs in the presence of problems and... Read More

Penalise All Exam Cheaters

CRIME AND CONSEQUENCE: The government must make sure that the penalties far... Read More

Malaysia at 51

WE CAN’T LIVE IN THE PAST: We have to look beyond nonsensical... Read More

‘Aseanness’ Still a Long Way Off

2015 CHAIR: Malaysia must try to raise the profile of the grouping... Read More

Time for Caution

AVOID USING FORCE: We need to emphasise our differences and strengthen relations... Read More

Hard Facts About Malaysia’s Cost of Living

World food prices have risen by 133 per cent. The combination of... Read More

Broaden Sources of Economic Growth

‘TWO-SPEED’ ECONOMY: How do we explain the sombre mood when the numbers... Read More

Preserving Our Multiculturalism

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

Can ASEAN Really be People-Centred?

Article by Steven CM Wong which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of the... Read More

Our Single Garment of Destiny

Article by Steven Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 25 March... Read More

GST Can Boost Economic Defence

Article by Steven CM Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 4... Read More

Getting Economic Priorities Right

Article by Steven Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 4 February... Read More

Challenges of the ASEAN Chair

Article by Steven CM Wong which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of the... Read More

Who Is Responsible for People’s Welfare?

Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 7... Read More

The Flip Side of Wrong

By Steven CM Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 26 November... Read More

Four Hypotheses About the Relationship Between the Trans-Pacific Partnership and ASEAN’s Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership

By Steven C M Wong which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of the... Read More

Malaysian Economics, Gangnam Style

By Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 22... Read More

Cool Heads for Hot-button Issues

By Steven CM Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 10 September... Read More

Are There Many Building Blocks to Freer Trade?

By Steven Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 27 August 2013. Read More

Trade Pacts Are a Fact of Life

By Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 30... Read More

The TPP and ASEAN: Setting the Cat Among the Pigeons?

By Steven C M Wong which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of the... Read More

An ASEAN-China Trade Bloc: Examining Trade Dependence Between ASEAN and China

By Justin Lim and Steven C M Wong which appeared in ASEAN... Read More

Reflections on Resource Pooling and the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund

Reflections on Resource Pooling and the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund By Steven C... Read More

The Future of East Asian Speedsters

By Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 18... Read More

Transparency and the Common Good

By Steven CM Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 21 May... Read More

When Is Less Govt Policy More?

When Is Less Govt Policy More? By Steven C M Wong which... Read More

The Trouble with Political Economy

Article by Mr Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits... Read More

Good, Practical Economic Policies

By Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 26... Read More

A Politics of Policies, Not Just Personalities

By Steven CM Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 19 February... Read More

Brunei's Chairmanship of ASEAN: An Outsider's View

By Steven C M Wong which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of the... Read More

The Competition for Domestic Investments

By Steven CM Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 22 January... Read More

Remembering Hirschman

Article by Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times,... Read More

The Power of Saying Yes or No

Article by Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times,... Read More

In Pursuit of True Productivity

Article by Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times,... Read More

The Trouble with ‘Triangles’: The Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT)

Article by Steven C M Wong which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of... Read More

Strides in Business Environment

Article by Steven Wong and Justin Lim which appeared in New Straits... Read More

Budgets are about making best decisions

Article by Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times,... Read More

The Politics in Political Economy

Article by Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times,... Read More

ASEAN as ‘One Community, One Destiny’: Reality

Article by Steven C M Wong which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of... Read More

Invest in information infrastructure

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Does psychology hold a key to high-income status?

Article by Steven CM Wong  which appeared in New Straits Times, 17... Read More

All Eyes on European Summit

Article by Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times,... Read More

Australia Not Taking Sweet Spot for Granted

Article by Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times,... Read More

Avoid the Paths of Mutual Recrimination

Article by Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times,... Read More

Brain Drain Could Drain the High-Income Economy

Article by Steven CM Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 1... Read More

Should Malaysia Save More or Less?

Article by Mr Steven CM Wong which appeared in New Straits Times,... Read More

Rules of the High-Income Economy Game

Article by Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times,... Read More

Beneficiaries of a High-Income Economy

Article by Mr Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits... Read More

Southeast Asia’s Yuan Dilemma

Article by Mr Steven CM Wong which appeared in New Straits Times,... Read More

Time for Asean to Grow Some Teeth

Article by Steven CM Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 9... Read More

Asean and the Global Sovereign Debt Problem

Article by Steven CM Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 28... Read More

My ‘5-D’ Christmas Wish List

Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 14 December... Read More

The Virtue of Having Two Hands

Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 8 March... Read More

The Power of Voluntarism

Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 8 February... Read More

The Essentials of a High-Value Economy

Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 11 January... Read More

Innovators Have a Name

Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 16 November... Read More

Transitions to the New Economy

Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 19 October... Read More

Old Maps, New Territories

Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 24 Aug... Read More

Malaysia and Pareto

Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 27 July... Read More

Five Minds, One Malaysia

Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 29 June... Read More

Green Shoots Or Dried Lallang?

Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 4 May... Read More

When Perception is Reality

Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 6 April... Read More

Potholes, Sinkholes and Stimulus Packages

Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 9 March... Read More

Bright Spots on a Black Canvas?

Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 12 January... Read More

Five Dimensions of the Crisis

Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 15 December... Read More

Opinion: When Reality Kicks In, Our Future matters Most

by Steven C.M. Wong. An edited version appeared in the New Sunday... Read More

Malaysia's Competitiveness Ranking Confirms Our Economic Policies

by Steven C M Wong. An edited version appeared in the New... Read More

FTAs: A Necessary Evil for Fairer World Trade

by Steve C M Wong. An edited version appeared in the New... Read More

Reflections on a Petrol Price Rise

by Steven C M Wong. An edited version appeared in the New... Read More

The Fallacies of Subsidies

by Steve C M Wong. An edited version appeared in the New... 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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Boundaries, Rules, Interests and Goal of Nation-building

03 July 2019
AFTER 30 years in the public policy arena, I have concluded that the burning problems afflicting global communities, including those in Malaysia, have really nothing to do with better policy making per se. Making a better “mousetrap” (or handphone) works for companies but countries are infinitely more complex. If this were not the case, we…

The Frog That Boiled

09 June 2019
FOR decades, Malaysia’s racial-religious fault lines have been the playground of the politically privileged. And why not? They have been proven rallying points for the 60 years since Independence and greatly feared for the past 50. Those without the immunity of position or party affiliation can only shrug or suffer in seething silence. Some have…

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 weight had been lifted and many expected the worst forms of misgovernance to be behind us. With a New Malaysia, the country was thought to have turned the corner and…

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 most were resigned to another term of crazy rich Asian money politics. Five months later, a new government was in place for the first time. Hopes were high that with…
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 money. We have been shocked by how much has gone missing, how much we owe and how little we now have. We have seen plastic-wrapped mountains of the stuff being…
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 partnerships (PPP), have become dirty words. Rightly or wrongly, they are associated with opaque sweetheart deals, long concessions to make predatory profits and often with poor services to boot. The…
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 as humans, it is that we are mentally hardwired to hear what we want to hear. The saying that “opposites attract” is a nice sentiment, but, scientists have consistently found…
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 Trump recently stated that trade wars are good and easy to win, making some of us wonder whether we have somehow warped into a parallel universe. It is hard to…
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 of 3.8 per cent or more in 2018, after a surprisingly strong 2017. Increasing manufacturing activity, investment, and, pleasingly, trade in the last 12 months have benefited a large swathe…
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 capabilities that China has developed, is developing and seeking to develop. Its list of mind-blowing achievements is so extensive that they have become almost humdrum. Not bad for a country…

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 you, at 3.5 and 3.6 per cent for this year and next, the numbers are not hugely bouncy. These days, however, just to see the sun peek through the clouds…

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 figures of authority, even intellectual giants, hold these views, some as a matter of ideology and others as a matter of perceived fact. The simple logic seems inescapable: more imports…

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 when a country is in a bad way. In fact, the word “change” is so commonly used that it just does not sound grand enough for the glossy documents that…

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, shaping and reshaping the country so that it emerges stronger and more dynamic. Both progress and regress are possible. We may live better than in 30 years or we may…
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 economists and industry experts. Speaking at the Business Times’ post-budget roundtable dialogue, here, on Tuesday, they said after a bottoming out phase this year, positive indicators can be expected next…
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 think we know everything, we think again”. Placed at the entrance of an institution of higher learning, this seemed an apt, if common sense enough reminder, to students and academics…
Manoeuvring Malaysia’s Societal Web

Manoeuvring Malaysia’s Societal Web

06 December 2016
Article by Dato’ Steven Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, December 6, 2016. Download
A Time for Caution

A Time for Caution

11 October 2016
Article by Dato’ Steven Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, October 11, 2016. Download
Respect is Appreciation for Others’ Morality, Humanity

Respect is Appreciation for Others’ Morality, Humanity

30 August 2016
Article by Dato’ Steven Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, August 30, 2016. Download
Trust Deficits Hinder Economic Progress

Trust Deficits Hinder Economic Progress

12 July 2016
CREDIBILITY: Good governance, stakeholder engagement, anti-corruption efforts, transparency and competitive behaviour are necessary for trust in society LlKE millions of Malaysians, I receive dozens of emails every day claiming that I have inherited or won lotteries worth millions of dollars, been chosen as a business partner and will receive fat commissions for small upfront payments,…
Lessons from UK’s EU Referendum

Lessons from UK’s EU Referendum

28 June 2016
Article by Dato’ Steven Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, June 28, 2016. Download
Have Stronger Sanctions Against Dishonesty

Have Stronger Sanctions Against Dishonesty

10 May 2016
RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL VALUES: No person or persons can or should be allowed to pervert the system AS if the country's reputation needed any more battering, media coverage of a female Malaysian student in Australia charged with allegedly spending millions from an erroneously-given bank overdraft made world headlines. This incident was just the latest to…
Are People Victims of Unintended Consequences?

Are People Victims of Unintended Consequences?

19 April 2016
CUMULATIVE EFFECT: What started off as a good goal ended up detracting from social welfare? THE law of unintended consequences states that the actions of people, and especially of government, always have unanticipated or unintended effects. This is a subject that some might expect to find in populist discount bin books, but it is something…

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, the white spaces in the picture confuse our brains so that we can't make sense of what we are seeing. The tagline is, "life is all about how we see…

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 things that would make us fitter, smarter, more positive, caring and all-round better people.  Forget the cynics and naysayers who say that resolutions are futile and known more for being…
The Challenge of Carrying Out Good Economic Reforms

The Challenge of Carrying Out Good Economic Reforms

20 October 2015
The prisoner’s dilemma is a canonical example of why rational individuals might not cooperate, even if it appears that it is in their best interests to do so. We need to think about how to break out of this mentality and avert a national crisis before a much larger on befalls us. EFFORT: It is…
Divided Countries Achieve Very Little

Divided Countries Achieve Very Little

29 September 2015
MUTUAL TRUST AND RESPECT: How well a society works together determines a country’s success WHY do seemingly good politicians make terrible decisions? Why do otherwise sensible and well-meaning individuals take or defend positions that destabilise a country rather than ensure its progress and prosperity? So prevalent is this in the developing world that about a…
What Is the Ringgit Telling Us?

What Is the Ringgit Telling Us?

25 August 2015
FACTORS: A weaker ringgit can absorb the shock of external deflation and help the economy to bounce back or it can be a symptom of investment confidence Customers checking the prices at a money exchange. The value of the ringgit is determined by a combination of factors, rather than one or a few acting in…
Is Malaysia Really Competitive?

Is Malaysia Really Competitive?

15 July 2015
Being a competitive economy is not an end in itself. We need to be realistic and practical, and get on with the job of becoming so. THE term “competitive” is much used and abused. Adjectives describe a thing . in this particular case, the country and its economy. But all adjectives also involve an act…
Facing Economic Trials Ahead

Facing Economic Trials Ahead

16 June 2015
HARD REALITIES: Lower commodity prices are beginning to hurt exporters, like Malaysia WHEN I started working in the early 1980s, developed economies were responsible for 75 per cent of world economic growth. Today, as I approach retirement age, they contribute less than half. By growing at roughly twice the rate of high-income ones, dynamic Asian…
Will Special Interest Groups Hurt Malaysia?

Will Special Interest Groups Hurt Malaysia?

19 May 2015
Once special interest groups become large and dominant, their interests and survival depend on acting in concert with others and not in rivalry with them. IF there is one thing that is guaranteed to sink Malaysia, derail all its grand plans and leave it broken and rudderless, it is stubbornness and insular self-interest. This brand…
What It Means to be a Radicalised Society?

What It Means to be a Radicalised Society?

28 April 2015
LAST month, I attended a workshop on counter radicalisation in Kuala Lumpur, in which senior security experts, academics and officials from 27 countries participated. This is not an area that is familiar to me. But with terrorism hitting the media practically every day, the work­shop seemed a great opportunity to get up to speed on…
Hedged Economic Interdependence in Asia

Hedged Economic Interdependence in Asia

15 April 2015
Chapter 8 by Dato’ Steven Wong. In François Godement (ed.) How Do Asians See Their Future?. London: European Council on Foreign Relations, 2015, pp. 65-69. SW_Chp8_Bk_ECFR.pdf
Remaining a Moderate and Progressive Country

Remaining a Moderate and Progressive Country

31 March 2015
Few would concede, at least not openly, that this country can also regress over time. Instead of mov­ing towards better and brighter things, we may head in exactly the opposite direction. There may be some good reasons for this. FIRST, it is a diehard mental habit. We humans are hardwired to survive and thrive, and…
Why China Seems to be Winning Its Anti-graft War

Why China Seems to be Winning Its Anti-graft War

10 March 2015
CRACKDOWN: Tackling corruption must start from the top as shown by Beijing in its robust snaring of ‘big fish’ In Asia today,never-before taken efforts are being taken to combat the scourge of corruption; the most serious, without a doubt, being that of China's. China has a political system that differs vastly from the vast majority…
Getting the Message Across

Getting the Message Across

05 February 2015
GENERALLY speaking, governments are not very good at communicating with electorates. More advanced democracies try, of course, and some even make the passing grade. Most, though, fall well short of the mark. This seems surprising, since politicians are supposed to be great communicators. This is not always true, but the oratory skills that win elections…
Things That’ll Make Us More Resilient

Things That’ll Make Us More Resilient

06 January 2015
GET BACK ON TRACK: Promote greater engagement and communication rather than separation and unilateralism THE New Year is typically a time for celebration of the year past and, most importantly, hope for the year ahead. More than an objective reality, the change in the calendar (Gregorian or otherwise) fills the very human need to approach…
A Responsive East Asian Community

A Responsive East Asian Community

02 December 2014
Article by Dato’ Steven Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 2 December 2014. SW_NST_02Dec2014.pdf
Heeding Socio-Political Speed Limits

Heeding Socio-Political Speed Limits

18 November 2014
Article by Dato’ Steven Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 18 November 2014. SW_NST_18Nov2014.pdf
Feeding Political Gremlins

Feeding Political Gremlins

04 November 2014
TOOL OR MASTER? When the people allow politics to consume all reason, all life become enslaved to it EVERYTHING is politics; but, is politics everything? In many countries, there are very different views about how they should be led, the policies that should be pursued and how state institutions should implement them. There is an…
Japan Rail Project Trained It to Excel

Japan Rail Project Trained It to Excel

07 October 2014
SHINKASEN GLORY: Success most often occurs in the presence of problems and limitations, not the absence of it THIS October marks the 50th anniversary of Japan's iconic Tokaido Shinkansen, or New Trunk Line. Launched on Oct 1, 1964, nine days before the start of the Tokyo Olympics, Hikari No. 1 left Tokyo station on a…
Penalise All Exam Cheaters

Penalise All Exam Cheaters

23 September 2014
CRIME AND CONSEQUENCE: The government must make sure that the penalties far outweigh the rewards UP to a million Malaysian parents are rightly up in arms at the leak of sixth grade Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination papers. Well, some of them are, anyway. Let us hope though that their anger is for the…
Malaysia at 51

Malaysia at 51

09 September 2014
WE CAN’T LIVE IN THE PAST: We have to look beyond nonsensical issues so that the vast number of present and future Malaysians are well provided for OLDER Malaysians just love nostalgia and perhaps at no time more so than around August-September. Black-and-white memories of carefree childhoods, teenage romances and the adventure of first jobs,…
‘Aseanness’ Still a Long Way Off

‘Aseanness’ Still a Long Way Off

26 August 2014
2015 CHAIR: Malaysia must try to raise the profile of the grouping to be in line with its importance to the region AS usual, Asean Day passed with barely a whimper on Aug 8. Small official receptions were held in member states’ capitals, flags were flown and the little-known Asean anthem sung. A few organisations…
Time for Caution

Time for Caution

01 July 2014
AVOID USING FORCE: We need to emphasise our differences and strengthen relations READ the headlines of the mass media and it is easy to come to the conclusion that while there are global risks and uncertainty, life as we know it, will proceed as usual on an upward trajectory. The atrocities and mounting death toll…
Hard Facts About Malaysia’s Cost of Living

Hard Facts About Malaysia’s Cost of Living

05 June 2014
World food prices have risen by 133 per cent. The combination of higher prices and greater demand has proved deadly to treasuries around the world. MALAYSIA is a country where keeping the cost of living low has been a long-standing government priority. This has led to decades' worth of price controls and food and energy…
Broaden Sources of Economic Growth

Broaden Sources of Economic Growth

14 May 2014
‘TWO-SPEED’ ECONOMY: How do we explain the sombre mood when the numbers look good? AS far as numbers go, recent economic developments have been quite promising. The government's forecast of five to mid-five per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) growth this year, initially thought ambitious, has been backed by a slew of independent banks…
Preserving Our Multiculturalism

Preserving Our Multiculturalism

29 April 2014
Article by Dato’ Steven CM Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 29 April 2014. SW_NST_29Apr2014.pdf
Can ASEAN Really be People-Centred?

Can ASEAN Really be People-Centred?

31 March 2014
Article by Steven CM Wong which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea), March 2014, pp. 6-7. SW_ASEAN_Newsletter_Mar2014.pdf
Our Single Garment of Destiny

Our Single Garment of Destiny

26 March 2014
Article by Steven Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 25 March 2014.
GST Can Boost Economic Defence

GST Can Boost Economic Defence

04 March 2014
Article by Steven CM Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 4 March 2014.
Getting Economic Priorities Right

Getting Economic Priorities Right

04 February 2014
Article by Steven Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 4 February 2014.
Challenges of the ASEAN Chair

Challenges of the ASEAN Chair

01 February 2014
Article by Steven CM Wong which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea),January 2014, pp. 3-4.
Who Is Responsible for People’s Welfare

Who Is Responsible for People’s Welfare?

07 January 2014
Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 7 January 2014
The Flip Side of Wrong

The Flip Side of Wrong

27 November 2013
By Steven CM Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 26 November 2013.

Four Hypotheses About the Relationship Between the Trans-Pacific Partnership and ASEAN’s Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership

31 October 2013
By Steven C M Wong which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea), October 2013, p. 4-5
Malaysian Economics, Gangnam Style

Malaysian Economics, Gangnam Style

23 October 2013
By Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 22 October 2013.
Cool Heads for Hot-button Issues

Cool Heads for Hot-button Issues

11 September 2013
By Steven CM Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 10 September 2013.
Are There Many Building Blocks to Freer Trade

Are There Many Building Blocks to Freer Trade?

27 August 2013
By Steven Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 27 August 2013.
Trade Pacts Are a Fact of Life

Trade Pacts Are a Fact of Life

31 July 2013
By Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 30 July 2013.

The TPP and ASEAN: Setting the Cat Among the Pigeons?

30 July 2013
By Steven C M Wong which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea), July 2013, pp. 2-3.
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An ASEAN-China Trade Bloc: Examining Trade Dependence Between ASEAN and China

09 July 2013
By Justin Lim and Steven C M Wong which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea), May 2013, pp.4-5.
Reflections on Resource Pooling and the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund

Reflections on Resource Pooling and the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund

30 June 2013
Reflections on Resource Pooling and the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund By Steven C M Wong which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea), June 2013, pp. 6-7
The Future of East Asian Speedsters

The Future of East Asian Speedsters

18 June 2013
By Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 18 June 2013.
Transparency and the Common Good

Transparency and the Common Good

21 May 2013
By Steven CM Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 21 May 2013.
When Is Less Govt Policy More?

When Is Less Govt Policy More?

07 May 2013
When Is Less Govt Policy More? By Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 7 May 2013.
The Trouble with Political Economy

The Trouble with Political Economy

09 April 2013
Article by Mr Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 9 April 2013.
Good, Practical Economic Policies

Good, Practical Economic Policies

26 March 2013
By Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 26 March 2013.
A Politics of Policies

A Politics of Policies, Not Just Personalities

19 February 2013
By Steven CM Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 19 February 2013.
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Brunei's Chairmanship of ASEAN: An Outsider's View

15 February 2013
By Steven C M Wong which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea), January 2013, p. 2.
Domestic Investments

The Competition for Domestic Investments

22 January 2013
By Steven CM Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 22 January 2013
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Remembering Hirschman

02 January 2013
Article by Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 1 January 2013
The Power of Saying Yes or No

The Power of Saying Yes or No

12 December 2012
Article by Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 11 December 2012
In Pursuit of True Productivity

In Pursuit of True Productivity

06 November 2012
Article by Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 6 November 2012
The Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle

The Trouble with ‘Triangles’: The Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT)

02 November 2012
Article by Steven C M Wong which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea), September 2012, p. 2-3
Strides in Business Environment

Strides in Business Environment

25 October 2012
Article by Steven Wong and Justin Lim which appeared in New Straits Times, 25 October 2012
Budgets are about making best decisions

Budgets are about making best decisions

03 October 2012
Article by Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 2 October 2012
The Politics in Political Economy

The Politics in Political Economy

11 September 2012
Article by Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 11 September 2012
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ASEAN as ‘One Community, One Destiny’: Reality

04 September 2012
Article by Steven C M Wong which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea), August 2012, p. 2

Invest in information infrastructure

31 July 2012
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Does psychology hold a key to high-income status

Does psychology hold a key to high-income status?

17 July 2012
Article by Steven CM Wong  which appeared in New Straits Times, 17 July, 2012
All Eyes on European Summit

All Eyes on European Summit

27 June 2012
Article by Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 26 June 2012
Australia Not Taking Sweet Spot for Granted

Australia Not Taking Sweet Spot for Granted

12 June 2012
Article by Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 12 June 2012
Avoid the Paths of Mutual Recrimination

Avoid the Paths of Mutual Recrimination

22 May 2012
Article by Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 22 May 2012
Brain Drain Could Drain the High-Income Economy

Brain Drain Could Drain the High-Income Economy

02 May 2012
Article by Steven CM Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 1 May 2012
Should Malaysia Save More or Less?

Should Malaysia Save More or Less?

03 April 2012
Article by Mr Steven CM Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 3 April 2012
Rules of the High-Income Economy Game

Rules of the High-Income Economy Game

13 March 2012
Article by Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 13 March 2012
Beneficiaries of a High-Income Economy

Beneficiaries of a High-Income Economy

14 February 2012
Article by Mr Steven C M Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 14 February 2012
Southeast Asia’s Yuan Dilemma

Southeast Asia’s Yuan Dilemma

30 January 2012
Article by Mr Steven CM Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 30 January 2012
Time for Asean to Grow Some Teeth

Time for Asean to Grow Some Teeth

09 December 2011
Article by Steven CM Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 9 December 2011
Asean and the Global Sovereign Debt Problem

Asean and the Global Sovereign Debt Problem

09 December 2011
Article by Steven CM Wong which appeared in New Straits Times, 28 November 2011

My ‘5-D’ Christmas Wish List

08 April 2010
Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 14 December 2009

The Virtue of Having Two Hands

10 March 2010
Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 8 March 2010

The Power of Voluntarism

09 February 2010
Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 8 February 2010.

The Essentials of a High-Value Economy

11 January 2010
Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 11 January 2010

Innovators Have a Name

04 December 2009
Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 16 November 2009.

Transitions to the New Economy

03 December 2009
Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 19 October 2009.
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Old Maps, New Territories

23 August 2009
Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 24 Aug 2009.
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Malaysia and Pareto

26 July 2009
Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 27 July 2009.

Five Minds, One Malaysia

29 June 2009
Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 29 June 2009.

Green Shoots Or Dried Lallang?

04 May 2009
Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 4 May 2009.

When Perception is Reality

06 April 2009
Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 6 April 2009.

Potholes, Sinkholes and Stimulus Packages

09 March 2009
Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 9 March 2009.

Bright Spots on a Black Canvas?

12 January 2009
Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 12 January 2009.

Five Dimensions of the Crisis

15 December 2008
Article by Steven C.M. Wong which appeared in The Star, 15 December 2008.

Opinion: When Reality Kicks In, Our Future matters Most

04 February 2007
by Steven C.M. Wong. An edited version appeared in the New Sunday Times, 4 February 2007.

Malaysia's Competitiveness Ranking Confirms Our Economic Policies

28 September 2006
by Steven C M Wong. An edited version appeared in the New Straits Times, 28 September 2006.

FTAs: A Necessary Evil for Fairer World Trade

19 July 2006
by Steve C M Wong. An edited version appeared in the New Straits Times, 19 July 2006.

Reflections on a Petrol Price Rise

04 March 2006
by Steven C M Wong. An edited version appeared in the New Straits Times, 4 March 2006

The Fallacies of Subsidies

30 July 2005
by Steve C M Wong. An edited version appeared in the New Straits Times, 30 July 2005.
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