International Analysis: The Molotov Cocktail of Race and Religion in Malaysia

by: Prof. James Chin, Director of Governance Studies Programme at Jeffrey Cheah In­stitute on Southeast Asia

Last week, the highest court in Malaysia ruled that the Catholic Church cannot use the word “Allah” in its publication The Herald. The government argued that the word “Allah” is unique to Islam, and restricted its use to Muslims. This goes against the established fact that non-Muslims have used the word “Allah” since time immemorial in the Middle East and other parts of the Islamic world. Continue reading “International Analysis: The Molotov Cocktail of Race and Religion in Malaysia”

Is the Future Configuration of Currency Arrangements in East Asia Likely to Resemble that of Europe?

The momentum towards free trade, Asia’s growing wealth and the space for an international financial centre in this time zone, will help China cement its status as the region’s dominant economy but ensure there will be no European-style financial integration, JCI President Professor Woo Wing Thye argued in a recent lecture at Sunway University. Continue reading “Is the Future Configuration of Currency Arrangements in East Asia Likely to Resemble that of Europe?”

The Middle Income Trap Phenomenon: First in Latin America, now Southeast Asia?

Malaysia’s economic and political reform initiatives can lift the country out of the “middle income” trap and help it join South Korea and Taiwan among the world’s richest nations, providing the plans are implemented effectively, Professor Woo Wing Thye said in the inaugural Sir John Monash Distinguished Public Lecture at Monash University Malaysia. Continue reading “The Middle Income Trap Phenomenon: First in Latin America, now Southeast Asia?”