Malaysia’s Umno forms taskforce to revive party after shock election defeat

This article first appeared in The Straits Times on May 14, 2018

Malaysia’s largest party Umno has begun efforts to reform itself after suffering a shock election defeat last Wednesday (May 9) that saw its coalition Barisan Nasional whittled down to 78 MPs from a majority of 133 in 2013.

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World Economic Outlook 2018

On the 6th of March, the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia (JCI) held its World Economic Outlook 2018 forum at Sunway University. The moderator, Professor Yeah Kim Leng of the JCI and the Sunway Business School, began the discussion by citing a number of recent positive developments. A recent report by the IMF projected an increase in global growth in 2018 for the first time since 2009. The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) announced that Malaysia’s trade exports in January increased by 17.9% year-on-year.

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Making TN50 Happen

The Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia (JCI), the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development (JSC), and the TN50 Special Unit-CSDU Economic Planning Unit (EPU) coorganised a public forum themed ‘TN50: The Road Ahead’ on 12 January 2018 at Sunway University. The session was a public discussion on Transformasi Nasional 2050 (TN50), Malaysia’s latest national development vision following on the heels of the New Economic Policy (1971-1990) and Wawasan 2020 (Vision 2020, 1991-2020).

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New Media and Politics in Southeast Asia: Social Media, Citizens and the Digital Revolution

“Southeast Asian politics provide some of the most fertile ground for understanding post-truth politics; it is misguided to centre all that attention on post-Trump US politics,” declared Dr Ross Tapsell of the ANU Malaysia Institute. Tapsell was referring to how information is manipulated to influence electoral outcomes, as he has been discovering through his research on Indonesia and the Philippines.

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