Real reforms in education needed if Malaysia is serious about TN50

This article first appeared in Study International News on January 15, 2018.

Malaysia’s sprawling and highly ambitious blueprint for 2020 to 2050, popularly known as the TN50, is touted to envision a future where its students will be in the 10th percentile worldwide in the international assessment tests PISA and TIMSS.

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Economy should focus more on investment driven growth, says ex-deputy BNM governor

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily on January 12, 2018.

KUALA LUMPUR: Increasing investments is also an important driver of economic growth, former Bank Negara Malaysia deputy governor Tan Sri Lin See Yan said, adding that economic performance should not focus solely on private and public consumption.

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Real export growth on the decline

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on September 8, 2017.

KUALA LUMPUR: Although Malaysia’s 30.9% export growth in July beat market expectations of 23%, a longer-term analysis of constant prices indicates that export growth has been on the decline since 2014, with manufacturers’ share of exports also shrinking.

Harvard economist Professor Dwight H Perkins highlighted that these may be among the concerns over the slowdown in Malaysia’s growth before it achieves high-income nation status.

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Malaysian universities need reform, say experts

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on September 8, 2017.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian universities are not producing the kind of graduates necessary to propel it towards high-income nation status, and choices of leadership in these universities may be one of the reasons why, say economists.

Harvard economist Professor Dwight H Perkins pointed out that presidencies of Malaysian universities are picked by the government on the basis of either political or ethnic criteria, calling instead for appointments to be driven by meritocracy.

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