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A Snapshot of Post-Pandemic Trade in ASEAN
April 26, 2022

A Snapshot of Post-Pandemic Trade in ASEAN

By James Guild
Inflation and rising commodity prices have assisted some countries' recovery, while holding back others.

Bank Negara Malaysia to Award Digital Banking Licenses
February 22, 2022

Bank Negara Malaysia to Award Digital Banking Licenses

By James Guild
The Malaysian central bank's move follows Singapore's awarding of digital banking licenses at the end of 2020.
Malaysia’s Record Spending Bill Seeks to Fuel Recovery Ahead of Elections
November 03, 2021

Malaysia’s Record Spending Bill Seeks to Fuel Recovery Ahead of Elections

By Alifah Zainuddin
The country keeps spending in preparation for a post-pandemic economy, but there are big risks ahead.

Malaysia Lifts Ban On Interstate, Overseas Travel In Transition To Endemic Phase
October 11, 2021

Malaysia Lifts Ban On Interstate, Overseas Travel In Transition To Endemic Phase

By Alifah Zainuddin
The next few weeks will reveal if the country is prepared for a COVID-19 endemic phase, or if it will experience another wave of hospitalizations.

What the 12th Malaysia Plan Tells Us About the Country’s Political Economy
October 06, 2021

What the 12th Malaysia Plan Tells Us About the Country’s Political Economy

By James Guild
The latest iteration of the country's five-year plan includes a host of nice-sounding economic goals. The challenge is implementing them.

Malaysia’s 5-Year Plan Sets Its Sights on High-Income Status by 2025
September 29, 2021

Malaysia’s 5-Year Plan Sets Its Sights on High-Income Status by 2025

By Alifah Zainuddin
The new PM's plan focuses on raising income and reining in pollution. Can it be achieved or is it a mere smokescreen?

Southeast Asia’s Current Account Balancing Act
August 25, 2021

Southeast Asia’s Current Account Balancing Act

By James Guild
While trade is important as countries seek to bounce back from COVID-19, you need to poke a little deeper to get a full picture of the current account.
The Collapse of Malaysia’s Middle Class
August 01, 2021

The Collapse of Malaysia’s Middle Class

By Amrita Malhi
On the 50th anniversary of Malaysia’s New Economic Policy, the middle class it famously built may be collapsing. Will its goal of national unity collapse with it?

Is Another Taper Tantrum on the Way in Southeast Asia?
March 30, 2021

Is Another Taper Tantrum on the Way in Southeast Asia?

By James Guild
Rising U.S. bond yields have prompted fears of capital flight from Southeast Asian economies. How serious is the threat?

Why Khazanah Nasional Just Bailed Out Malaysia Airlines
March 02, 2021

Why Khazanah Nasional Just Bailed Out Malaysia Airlines

By James Guild
Sometimes the state has an interest in controlling firms in critical sectors like transportation, even if they are hemorrhaging money.

A Tale of Two State-Owned Oil and Gas Companies
December 01, 2020

A Tale of Two State-Owned Oil and Gas Companies

By James Guild
COVID-19 has presented state oil firms in Malaysia and Indonesia with widely divergent challenges.
Southeast Asian Economies Face Generational Downturn from COVID-19
September 29, 2020

Southeast Asian Economies Face Generational Downturn from COVID-19

By Sebastian Strangio
A new World Bank report predicts sharp economic contractions that could produce a wave of "new COVID poor."

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