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Malaysia can benefit from emulating Japan's early education system

JAPAN is often described as a country of contrast, where modernity and... Read More

Malaysia in 2021: Year of the vaccine

Article by Zarina Zainuddin and Muhammad Sinatra  first published in Observer Research Foundation... Read More

Biden's green economy PIVOT

ON Nov 3, Americans will cast their ballots to select their next... Read More

Malaysia and Japan: Fanning old flames

JAPAN’S new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga seems to be quite the decisive... Read More

Global impact of US policies

THE policies of the United States, even domestic ones, tend to have... Read More

Dealing with COVID-19 Pandemic in Malaysia: Lessons from Negeri Jiran

Article by Zarina Zainuddin and Muhammad Sinatra CSIS Commentaries DMRU-066-EN 6 May 2020 Download as... Read More

Onus on businesses to not depend fully on Penjana

THE latest economic stimulus package Penjana aims to initiate the economic recovery... Read More

2020: ASEAN’s Annus Horribilis

By Zarina Zainuddin and Muhammad Sinatra illustrate Southeast Asia might be facing its... Read More

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Ms Zarina Zainuddin

She graduated with B.S. (Econ) from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and M.A. (Econ) from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, US majoring in International Trade and Finance. She is currently an analyst with FPSS. Her research interests include Malaysia-Japan bilateral relations, ASEAN and Asia Pacific. She has been a member of the research team studying various subjects including Evaluation on Japan’s ODA to Malaysia, A National Interest Analysis of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) on Malaysia and Survey validation on The Top Issues Facing Bumiputera-Owned Enterprises and Bumiputera Individuals in Malaysia.

She contributed to “Conversations of Malaysia Baru”, ISIS Focus 1/2019 No. 9 and ISIS Malaysia Annual Reports 2013-2018 and ISIS Malaysia Activities Report 2010-2012.


Published Articles

Malaysia can benefit from emulating Japan's early education system

27 March 2021
JAPAN is often described as a country of contrast, where modernity and high technology coexist with tradition and culture, with words such as polite, hardworking, punctual, helpful, clean and kind often used to describe its people. How did Japan embrace the future, yet retain its traditions? How can it both be busy and crowded, yet…

Malaysia in 2021: Year of the vaccine

11 March 2021
Article by Zarina Zainuddin and Muhammad Sinatra  first published in Observer Research Foundation (ORF) India on 11 March 2021 Malaysia’s roller coaster experience in managing the COVID-19 pandemic offers both best practices and cautionary tales to external observers. A strong performance during the quasi-lockdown measure (entitled the Movement Control Order [MCO]) in the first half of 2020…

Biden's green economy PIVOT

27 October 2020
ON Nov 3, Americans will cast their ballots to select their next president. Since July, the Democrat candidate Joe Biden has had a lead over United States President Donald Trump in the national polls by eight to 11 points. According to the US Election Project, up to Oct 23, 53.5 million Americans had voted either…

Malaysia and Japan: Fanning old flames

25 October 2020
JAPAN’S new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga seems to be quite the decisive fellow. Untroubled by opposition in the Home Islands, he is moving quickly to cement ties with friends and allies overseas. A surprise, as analysts initially believed that foreign policy would be one of Suga’s weak spots. One of his earliest foreign policy moves…

Global impact of US policies

28 July 2020
THE policies of the United States, even domestic ones, tend to have global implications. A travel ban on Muslims, deportation of illegal immigrants and the building of the US-Mexico wall have invoked responses from around the world. Thus, despite the raging Covid-19 pandemic, the upcoming US presidential election attracts attention as its outcome matters at…

Dealing with COVID-19 Pandemic in Malaysia: Lessons from Negeri Jiran

17 June 2020
Article by Zarina Zainuddin and Muhammad Sinatra CSIS Commentaries DMRU-066-EN 6 May 2020 Download as PDF The story of Malaysia’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic thus far is not only an interesting one. It should also be a point of reference to other countries in Southeast Asia which are undergoing this gravest crisis in our time. Once hailed…

Onus on businesses to not depend fully on Penjana

13 June 2020
THE latest economic stimulus package Penjana aims to initiate the economic recovery phase of Malaysia through three thrusts — empowering the people, propelling business and stimulating the economy. Designed to assist industries and citizens affected by the pandemic, the focus of Penjana encompasses the preservation and creation of employment, the fostering of digitisation and the…

2020: ASEAN’s Annus Horribilis

09 April 2020
By Zarina Zainuddin and Muhammad Sinatra illustrate Southeast Asia might be facing its greatest external challenge since the foundation of ASEAN.  Interestingly, it did not emanate from the longstanding major power competition, or disputes and disunity between member states – as many have predicted recently. The weight of the COVID-19 challenge is taking its toll on…