ISIS Focus


Voices From the Region

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The Race Against a Raging Virus

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The Crisis of our Time

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Policy Papers and Briefs


Should COVID-19 Vaccines Be Mandatory?

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Pushed to the margins: The unequal impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on marginalised Malaysian workers

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Countering COVID-19 anti-vaccination propaganda

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Budget 2021: a Quick Look

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

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Terrorism Landscape in the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Malaysia’s Infodemic and Policy Response

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COVID-19 in Malaysia: Economic Impacts & Fiscal Responses

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Insights

1. Questions abound on safety risks amid the hope for normalcy
COVID-19, Privacy, Security, Technology, Technology and Security, Vaccine

2. Malaysia-Australia ties raised to comprehensive strategic partnership
ASEAN, Asean-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area, Australia, Bilateral Relations, Colombo Plan, Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, COVID-19, Diplomacy, FPDA, Malaysia, Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement, Malaysia’s Foreign & Defence Policies

3. Fiscal size matters: the PERMAI assistance package and Malaysia’s economic response to COVID-19
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Fiscal Policy, Malaysian Economy, Unemployment

4. It is a shame if we learn nothing from 2020
COVID-19, Good Government, Politics, Public Health

5. Community responses to Gendered issues during Malaysia’s fight against COVID-19
COVID-19, equality, Gender Equality, Gender Issues, social policy

6. Malaysia’s Regional Security Outlook: Continuity amid Disruption
ASEAN, Asia Pacific, Border Security, COVID-19, Defence, Defence White Paper, Foreign Policy, Indo Pacific, Malaysia, Malaysia’s Foreign & Defence Policies, South China Sea

7. Rising cases scupper hopes of Malaysia-Indonesia travel bubble
ASEAN, Indonesia, Malaysia, Migrant Worker, Southeast Asia, Tourism, Travel Bubble

8. ASEAN’s New Normal: Change and Continuity in Terrorism Landscape
ASEAN, CT/CVE, Terrorism

9. Behind the Text – Reaffirming ASEAN’s Spirit
ASEAN, ASEAN Summit, COVID-19, Diplomacy, Major Powers, Malaysia, Southeast Asia, Vietnam

10. Budget 2021: Will Malaysia keep up with the Global Green Economy Transition?
COVID-19, Budget2021

11. 4 strategies to counter Covid-19 anti-vaccination propaganda
Anti-vaccine, COVID-19, Fake news, Misinformation, Public Health

12. Proper recognition will improve the lot of Pala’u community
COVID-19

13. COVID-19: Malaysia’s Role & Policy Response in Food Security
COVID-19, Food Security

14. The Sabah Crisis
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Malaysian Economy, Poverty, Sabah, Unemployment

15. The Covid infodemic: To err is human, to share is criminal?
COVID-19, Disinformation, Fake news, Misinformation, Technology and Security

16. Make environment a security issue
COVID-19

17. The Impact of COVID-19 on Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Malaysia
COVID-19, Cox Bazaar, Disinformation, Forced Migration, International Security, Malaysia, MCO, Non-Refoulement, Rakhine State, Refugees, Rohingya, Southeast Asia

18. Finding normalcy in uncertain times
COVID-19, Mental Health

19. What makes us Malaysian in the digital space?
COVID-19, Technology and Security, COVID-19, Digitalisation, National Integration

20. In Malaysia’s Covid “infodemic”, crime is all too easy
COVID-19, Disinformation, Fake news, Misinformation, Technology and Security

21. Health diplomacy way to managing international affairs
COVID-19, Diplomacy, Foreign Relations, Health Diplomacy, International Security, Malaysia’s Foreign and Defence Policies

22. Disinformation and xenophobia target Malaysia’s Rohingya
COVID-19, Disinformation, Fake news, Forced Migration, Malaysia, MCO, Misinformation, Non-Refoulement, Refugees, Rohingya, Southeast Asia

23. The need for gender-inclusive policies in a post-pandemic world
COVID-19, Gender, Women Economic Stimulus Package

24. More must be done to address Covid-19 infodemic
COVID-19, Disinformation, Fake news, Misinformation, Technology and Security

25. COVID-19: The Real Wedding Crasher
COVID-19, Economy, Indonesia, Malaysia, Socio-Culture, Southeast Asia, Weddings

26. Onus on businesses to not depend fully on Penjana
COVID-19, Economy, Malaysia, Pandemic

27. We must draw the line with cyberbullying
Cyberbullying, Mental health, COVID-19, Gender based violence, Suicide

28. Building resilience, adaptability vital
COVID-19, Development, Globalisation, Institutions, Malaysia, Resilience, Sustainable Development

29. COVID-19 highlights the plight of Malaysia’s refugees
Asylum Seekers, COVID-19, Forced Migration, Malaysia, MCO, Non-Refoulement, Refugees, Rohingya, Southeast Asia

30. We’re already in a global recession: here’s what we can do
COVID-19, Fiscal Policy, Global Economy, Malaysian Economy

31. Digital surveillance: Privacy, data ecosystem and effectiveness
Contact Tracing, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Digital, Legal, Privacy, Public Health, Surveillance, Technology and Security

32. Effective Middle Powers in Asia Pacific
ASEAN, China, COVID-19, International Security, Middle Powers, Multilateralism, Regionalism, US

33. Malaysia’s slick politics of oil
COVID-19, Fiscal Policy, Malaysian Economy

34. State defiance lacks legal basis
Conditional MCO, Coronavirus, COVID-19

35. Dealing with COVID-19 Pandemic in Malaysia: Lessons from Negeri Jiran
COVID-19, Malaysia, Indonesia

36. Looking beyond digital trade boon
Coronavirus, COVID-19

37. No easy roads to take even for e-commerce amid Covid-19
Coronavirus, COVID-19

38. Malaysia shouldn’t use coronavirus as an excuse to reject Rohingya refugees
ASEAN, COVID-19, Cox Bazaar, Forced Migration, Malaysia, MCO, Non-Refoulement, Rakhine State, Refugees, Rohingya, Southeast Asia

39. Points for policymakers when tackling a crisis
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Democracy, Governance, National Integration

40. Covid-19: Is Indonesia a time bomb?
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Economic, Foreign Workers, Indonesia, Malaysia, Malaysia-Indonesia relations, politics, Social

41. Has the Pandemic Accelerated the Growth of Technology?
Coronavirus, COVID-19

42. Managing inbound Rohingya: Malaysia’s longstanding refugee situation takes on added urgency during the pandemic
ASEAN, COVID-19, Cox Bazaar, Forced Migration, Malaysia, MCO, Non-Refoulement, Rakhine State, Refugees, Rohingya, Southeast Asia

43. Prioritising mental well-being in the time of Covid-19
Anxiety, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Mental Health Awareness, Mental Illness, Mental Resilience, Public Health, Stigma

44. On the Unemployed Frontline: Malaysia’s Youth and Covid-19
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Industrial Development, Malaysian Economy, Unemployment, Youth

45. Digital Trade: A Boon During the MCO and Beyond
Coronavirus, COVID-19

46. Expanding the Military’s Role?
Coronavirus, COVID-19

47. A Healthy Frame of Mind for National Security
Coronavirus, COVID-19

48. Media freedom and fake news during the time of COVID-19
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Disinformation, Fake news, Free Speech, Media Freedom, Misinformation, Public Health

49. A Post-MCO Mental Health Landscape for Malaysia
Anxiety, COVID-19, Mental Health Awareness, Mental Illness, Mental Resilience, Public Health, Stigma

50. Health Insecurity and Its Impact on Refugees in Malaysia
Asylum Seekers, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Public Health, Refugees

51. Compliance: Too difficult of a pill to swallow?
Coronavirus, COVID-19

52. 2020: ASEAN’s Annus Horribilis
Coronavirus, COVID-19

53. Crisis Proofing Malaysia
Coronavirus, COVID-19

54. The economics of a coronavirus pandemic
Coronavirus, COVID-19

55. Making the invisible visible: Faces of poverty in Malaysia
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Movement Control Order

56. Evaluating the BPN/BSH cash transfers in the ​Prihatin​ stimulus package
COVID-19, Fiscal Policy, Malaysian Economy, Poverty

57. Put refugees in national database
Asylum Seekers, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Public Health, Refugees

58. Malaysia’s Infodemic and Policy Response
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Disinformation, Fake news, Misinformation, Public Health, Technology and Security

59. Logistics – the other front in the war on COVID-19
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Critical Industries, Food, Logistics, MCO, Military

60. Potential threats of technology amid the Covid-19 crisis
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Disinformation, Fake news, Misinformation, Public Health, Surveillance, Technology and Security

61. Locked Down and Locked Up: Domestic Violence during the Pandemic
Coronavirus, COVID-19, MCO, Movement Control Order, Pandemic, Stay At Home

62. Preparing for a New Normal
Coronavirus, COVID-19

63. Covid-19 is a reminder of our relationship with Nature
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Environment

64. COVID-19 in Malaysia: Economic Impacts & Fiscal Responses
COVID-19, Fiscal Policy, Malaysian Economy

65. Pandemic rules and the law
Coronavirus, COVID-19, MCO, Movement Control Order, Pandemic, Stay At Home

66. The other victims of the Coronavirus: Multilateralism and regional cooperation
ASEAN, Coronavirus, COVID-19, European Union, International Cooperation, International Security, Multilateralism, Regionalism

67. Curing the COVID-19 Information Disorder
Coronavirus, COVID-19, Disinformation, Fake news, Misinformation, Public Health, Technology and Security

Quotes

1. BFM PODCAST: In crisis, better to include than exclude? – BFM Radio

2. Proactive measures to combat fake news on Covid-19 vaccineThe Star

3. Malaysian COVID-19 Cases Soar to Thousands per DayVOA news

4. Malaysia, once praised by the WHO as ‘united’ against COVID, has gone back into lockdownABC News

5. 2020 In Review: World News – BFM Radio

6. Malaysia A Price-Taker In Regional Security? – BFM Radio

7. Consider This: COVID-19 – Addressing vaccine hesitancyAstro Awani, Consider This

8. Asia-Pacific region should push for free trade, sustainable development: Malaysian expert – The Star

9. Malaysia’s latest economic data offers hope but Covid-19 curbs could threaten recovery – South China Morning Post

10. BFM PODCAST: How Do We Cure An Infodemic? – BFM Radio

11. BFM PODCAST: Trump Tests Positive For Covid-19 – BFM Radio

12. Why Vietnam Is Asking Other Asian Countries to Help Squelch Fake News – VOA news

13. Campaign of Hate? Fake News and Anti-Refugee Rhetoric in Malaysia – New Naratif

14. Will PENJANA Revive The Economy? – BFM Radio

15. Juita Mohamad (ISIS Malesia): la partita commerciale ASEAN-Cina-UE – Futuro Europa

16. China blames US hawks for risking ‘new Cold War’ – Nikkei Asian Review

17. How will the Covid-19 outbreak affect Budget 2021? – Business Today

18. Malaysia’s political crisis could worsen coronavirus and economic challenges – CNBC

19. Malaysia is beating coronavirus, so why should Muhyiddin be worried? – South China Morning Post

20. Mekong nations face growing threat to food security amid claims China’s dams exacerbate effects of drought – South China Morning Post

21. Clarity needed before discussions moving forward can take place – Business Today

22. Asian countries pledge ‘regional solidarity’ with China over coronavirus outbreak – Arab News

Infographics


Steps Towards Easing of MCO

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Movement Control Order: An Analysis

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COVID-19: Malaysia’s Movement Control Order

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COVID-19: VIRUS and VIRAL

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Videos

“Malaysia and the Politics of Global Health during Covid-19” with Dr Khor Swee Kheng

“Implications of COVID-19 for Sustainable Development in Malaysia” with Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram

“Tectonics, Tremors and Tempers: Southeast Asia Politics and the Evolving COVID-19 ‘Normal’” with Dr Bridget Welsh

“The Politics of Indonesia’s Response to Covid-19” with Aaron Connelly