JCI & REFSA Joint Policy Brief: Growth and Youth Job Creation

Research for Social Advancement (REFSA) and Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia (JCI) on 6 November 2019, conducted the first in a series of roundtables aimed at examining Malaysia’s most pertinent economic issues. Participants deliberated on a number of key approaches to tackling persistently high youth unemployment, outcomes which are outlined in this joint Policy Brief.

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Experts weigh in to reimagine our national primary schools

This article first appeared on Malaysiakini on 19 September 2019. 

Most would agree that national primary schools, or SRKs (Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan), need to be improved. Last month, Malaysiakini’s special report on the education system showed that more and more parents, especially non-bumiputra, preferred vernacular or private education for their children.

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JCI-JSC-WP-2019-03: Mobilising the Sustainable Development Goals Through Universities: Case Studies of Sustainable Campuses in Malaysia

by: Jasmin Irisha Jim Ilham, Malik Hisyam Zaihan, Sakiinah Mahamad Hakimi, Mahamad Hakimi Ibrahim, Shakirin Shahrul

JCI-JSC-WP-2019-03, August 2019.

The 2030 Agenda, as adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, paves the way forward for planet, people and prosperity—an Agenda that replaced the Millennium Development Goals with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs consist of 17 goals, 169 targets and 232 indicators. Essentially the goals exist to address sustainability holistically, covering all dimensions including economic, social, cultural and ecological aspects. The United Nations has identified Goal 4: Quality Education as one of the main drivers in achieving the Agenda. This paper focuses specifically on Target 4.7: Education for sustainable development and global citizenship. Universities play a vital role in engaging youth and generating knowledge and expertise in understanding and implementing the SDGs. This paper explores the role of universities in ensuring the SDGs are met, as a mobilising catalyst for accelerated implementation, as well as case studies of sustainable campuses in Malaysia that showcase the community and student outreach projects, in line with the SDGs, such as the Bicycle Project at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus, Kompos to Kelulut (K2K) at the Universiti Sains Malaysia and Sunway Youth for Sustainable Development at Sunway University. The case studies show that education goes beyond the formal curricula, emphasising on soft skills and critical thinking – a major component of and contributor towards proenvironmental behaviour. A set of recommendations are included to address limitations in the study.

Keywords: SDGs – universities – sustainability – sustainable campus.

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Looking beyond 2020

This article first appeared on the Sun daily on 21 August 2019. 

LAST Monday, I attended a seminar titled “Beyond 2020: Fresh Views, New Visions”. This seminar was thought-provoking for several reasons. First, the speakers were from different political parties – Umno MP Khairy Jamaluddin, Keadilan MP Nurul Izzah Anwar and DAP Senator Liew Chin Tong.

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Pakatan’s failure to ratify ICERD due to ego, ‘Jesus Christ mentality’, says Khairy

This article first appeared on Malay Mail on 19 August 2019. 

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 — The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government could not ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) because it had a superiority complex, says a former minister.

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