Let’s Talk: Electoral Reform – What Are Wasted Votes?

This 9-minute video first appeared on 27 May 2019 and streams from Astro Awani’s website. 

“Our guest demonstrates the complex ways our present system creates a winner takes all game in which many votes don’t matter. We speak to political scientist Wong Chin Huat at Sunway University.” View the interview here.

Poor nutrition causes child stunting

This article first appeared in the New Straits Times on 9 May 2019. 

THE Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia and the Jeffrey Sachs Centre on Sustainable Development, in their latest publication Stunting in Malaysia: Costs, Causes and Courses for Action, has called on the government to make childhood stunting a national priority and to have policies to tackle the underlying causes.

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JCI-JSC-WP-2019-01: Stunting in Malaysia: Costs, Causes and Courses for Action

by: Derek Kok

Childhood stunting has recently garnered public attention in Malaysia, but there remains a general lack of understanding surrounding the issue.

Policymakers and the general public have mostly focused on the immediate causes of stunting, particularly on inadequate dietary intake, but have not paid as much attention to the underlying determinants of stunting.

This paper seeks to contribute to the knowledge gap by: (i) highlighting the causes and effects of stunting; (ii) identifying statistical and historical trends on stunting in Malaysia; (iii) assessing Malaysia’s performance in the underlying determinants of stunting; and (iv) providing policy recommendations on addressing stunting among Malaysian children.

Read Full Working Paper Here