PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Hawaii; MBA, University of Hawaii; Bachelor of Science degree in forestry, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Professor Yeah is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Economic Studies Programme at the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia at Sunway University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry and a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics. His research interests span development economics, monetary economics, capital markets and industry studies. These topics reflect his previous experiences as an economic analyst at a national policy think-tank, a chief economist at a credit rating agency and a lead consultant at an economics consultancy services subsidiary. His current project at the Jeffrey Sachs Center focuses on tax systems and structures and their effects on fiscal sustainability, economic growth and income inequality. He is an external member of the central bank’s Monetary Policy Committee.
- Bank Negara’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) Member, 2019- present
- Deputy President of the Malaysian Economic Association
- Trustee of the Malaysian Tax Research Foundation
- Member of the National Consumer Advisory Council at the Malaysian Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs
- Ariff Mohamad and Yeah, Kim Leng (2019). Taxation, Fiscal and Monetary Policies: A Bottom-Up Perspective in Ariff, M. and K.L. Yeah (Eds) “Malaysia’s Tax System: Issues, Challenges and the Way Forward” , Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Tax Research Foundation and Sunway University Press.
- Yeah, Kim Leng (2019), Economic Dynamics and the GE-14 Surprise: Statistics, Realities and Sentiments, in The Defeat of Barisan Nasional: Missed Signs or Late Surge?, Francis E Hutchinson, Lee Hwok Aun (editors), Singapore: ISEAS.
- Yeah, Kim Leng. (2018). Economic Dynamics and the GE-14 Surprise: Statistics, Realities and Sentiments. Paper presented at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak-Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Conference on “Malaysia’s GE-14: Missed Signs or Late Surge”, 27-28 September 2018, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.
- Yeah, Kim Leng. (2018). Malaysia’s Budget 2019: The New Government’s Fiscal priorities, Challenges and Opportunities. ISEAS Perspective, 80, 1–8.
- Yeah, Kim Leng. (2017). Domestic Demand-driven Growth: Analytical Perspectives and Statistics Needed. Advances in Economics and Business, 5(3), 109–128.
Selected Talks and Presentations
- 15 Nov 2019: Insight to 2020 Budget, Inter Chamber Networking & After Work Session, MBLBC
- 10 November 2018: Breakfast Dialogue with Sunway University Professor of Economics, Hosted by Malaysian Danish Business Council
- 17 May 2017: CEO Forum: Future of the Global Economy After Trump’s Victory, Weil Hotel, Ipoh
- 29 Sept 2016: Growth Drivers for ASEAN in Stagnating Global Economy, CARI Asean Roundtable Series
News & Op/Eds
Prof Yeah said the high-technology, digital and healthcare sectors would be key sectors to promote in the post-Covid-19 landscape
Prof Yeah is of the view that moratorium extension will result in banks' Net Income Margin likely to be compressed but will not affect bank's future prospects so long they can sustain operations
Prof Yeah comments on Vietnam's coordination efforts in playing a role to promote economic growth and stability in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which convenes its 36th Summit in 2020.
Prof Yeah evaluates the impact of domestic seasonal flooding, natural disasters in China, and the possible surge of COVID-19 cases on the Malaysian economy.
Prof Yeah provides analysis of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in light of the implementation of the Recovery Movement Control Order.
Prof Yeah provides analysis on external auditors raising concerns on listed companies. He points to the burgeoning suite of issues facing companies amidst the COVID-19 pandemic as a justification.