Defence Procurement in Malaysia: A Way Forward?

Malaysia has seen problems in its defence procurement in recent years. Once a new government is installed after the general election, it should follow through with reforms to improve transparency in the process of acquiring new military hardware.

PRU15: Perspektif baharu meyakinkan pengundi

Bagaimana pengundi harus melihat PRU-15 dalam kerangka yang besar? Apakah perkara yang boleh dinilai pengundi untuk membuat pilihan yang lebih baik, seterusnya keluar mengundi? Koordinator Penyelidik REFSA, Fakhrurrazi Rashid memberi pandangannya di TMI.

Malaysia’s Anti-hopping Law: Some Loopholes to Mull Over

Malaysia’s new anti-hopping law took effect on 5 October, five days before it was announced that the country’s Parliament would be dissolved. The law seeks to respect the mandate of voters, but it is not without faults. REFSA researcher Ng Sze Fung explores this over on Fulcrum.

REFSA Notes #8/2022: Deconstructing Economic Indicators: Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

GDP is, at its essence, the total value of a country’s production in a given year. The indicators derived from it, such as GDP growth and GDP per capita, are often used as KPIs or major policy objectives. Almost everyone has heard of these three little letters. But what is often forgotten is that GDP is an estimate based on a system of accounting, not a fact of nature. As a result, there are numerous misconceptions about the role of GDP. This note aims to clear the confusion by explaining what GDP is and what it is not.

REFSA Notes #7/2022: Deconstructing Economic Indicators: Inflation

For the last few months, inflation has been the talk of the town. Consumers have been complaining about rising prices, especially of food and groceries. Yet official statistics suggest that Malaysia's annual inflation rate remains under control at 2.8%. So why is there a mismatch between the perceived rise in the cost of living and the official rate of inflation? To answer this question, we must first identify the causes of inflation and critically review how we measure inflation.

Malaysia’s Ismail is all talk on press freedom

Our Communications Director Iskandar Fareez provided his input on the current state of Malaysia's press freedom under our current administration over at Asia Times. Are our journalists able to perform their duties without self-censorship, or are their efforts still being stifled with threats and the weaponisation of unfairly enforced laws? Is there any room for improvement for our press freedom?

3 fokus utama pembukaan DUN Johor

SIDANG pertama Dewan Negeri (DUN) Johor bagi penggal ke-15 bermula hari ini dan ia akan menjadi tumpuan penting buat Bangsa Johor bagi melihat kemampuan kerajaan negeri di bawah Menteri Besar baharu, Onn Hafiz Ghazi mengemudi hala tuju negeri.
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