Dato’ Dr Ooi Kee Beng is a Senior Fellow of the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia. He is also the Executive Director of the Penang Institute, before which, he was the Deputy Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies for five years. He is the founder-editor of Penang Monthly and ISSUES (Penang Institute) and ISEAS Perspective and Trends in Southeast Asia (ISEAS). He writes regularly for The Edge Malaysia, and other periodicals in the region. His The Reluctant Politician: Tun Dr Ismail and His Time (ISEAS 2007), won the “Award of Excellence for Best writing published in book form on any aspect of Asia (non-fiction)” at the Asian Publishing Convention Awards 2008. The book was turned into a musical by the Kuala Lumpur Performance Arts Centre, titled “Ismail: The Last Days”, performed in August 2008 at KLPAC. It won seven theatre awards in 2009.
Professor Woo heads both the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia and the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development at Sunway University. He also holds academic appointments at the University of California at Davis, Columbia University, Fudan University, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and the Penang Institute. His research focuses on economies in transition, notably China, Malaysia and Indonesia, and he has written extensively on the middle-income trap, transition economics, globalisation, exchange rate economics and regional economic disparity. In 1997-1998, Prof Woo served as a special advisor to the U.S. Treasury, and headed the Asia Competitiveness Report 1999 to analyse the Asian financial crisis for the World Economic Forum in Davos. He was also the Special Advisor for East Asian Economies in the Millennium Project of the United Nations from 2002-2005. Prof Woo appears regularly in international media and is a contributor to Project Syndicate.
PETALING JAYA: The laws on khalwat (close proximity) in the country’s Syariah judiciary system are an insult to Islam’s stance on the sanctity of people’s privacy, according to G25 coordinator Noor Farida Ariffin. Continue reading “Khalwat laws unIslamic, says G25”
The group of retired Malay civil servants of G25 against religious extremism plans to seek an audience with the Malay rulers to petition for a committee that will review the application of Islam in Malaysian law, its spokesperson Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin said at a talk today. Continue reading “G25 want to meet Malay rulers to review Islamic laws”
The group of vocal retired Malay civil servants dubbed G25 is planning to petition Malay rulers and all federal lawmakers to support its bid to stem rising Islamisation in the country, representative Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin said today. Continue reading “Calling PM ‘preoccupied’, G25 mulls lobbying Malay rulers to curb Islamisation”
The G25, a group of prominent Malaysians, will lobby the country’s rulers and MPs over increasing Islamisation and the role of Sharia law in the multi-racial country, its representative Dato’ Noor Farida Ariffin told a forum organised by the Jeffrey Cheah Institute. Continue reading “Noor Farida Ariffin: G25 Agenda for a Better Malaysia”
SUBANG JAYA: A political scientist who is a member of the police anti-terrorism task force has called for a paradigm shift in dealing with the threat posed by the Islamic State (IS) militant group. Continue reading “Think of IS as a biz group, says expert”
PETALING JAYA: People who are sympathisers and members of the local Islamic State (IS) terror group have seven common traits that put them apart from the rest of the crowd. Continue reading “Seven common traits of local IS members”
Islamic State is a “unique” kind of terrorist organisation that demands a new approach from governments aiming to curb its spread and deter new recruits, according to Ahmad ElMuhammady, a lecturer from the International Islamic University Malaysia. Continue reading “Tackling Islamic State demands new approach to confronting terrorism”
Is it chaos or is it the cosmos? Which type of socio-political configuration we are observing in today’s Malaysia with all its enormously exaggerated issues? Continue reading “The chaos of common trauma – Mahsa Amiri”