Recent reports of Malaysia’s insolvency are greatly exaggerated. On April 12, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin claimed that the government was running out of money, having spent RM340 billion on pandemic-related stimulus measures and RM322 billion on Budget 2021. This is misleading for two reasons.
Frederik Paulus, Economic Advisor of REFSA weighs in on AirAsia’s purported entry into ride-hailing and the benefits it may bring to the drivers.
Academics urge Malaysian’s Foreign Minister to explain his statement on addressing China as Malaysia’s ‘big brother’ in the context of foreign diplomacy.
The group urges the government to engage with the research community and data scientists to formulate a comprehensive legal and policy framework that will strengthen Malaysia’s data governance and ensure citizens’ right to information.
A group comprising researchers, civil society groups and think tanks have called for the government to be more forthcoming about the data it controls, especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the long run, they urged the government to engage with the research community and data scientists to formulate a comprehensive legal and policy framework that will strengthen Malaysia’s data governance and ensure citizens’ right to information. Article in Malay.
REFSA is proud to stand with the Research Community and support the importance of data openness and transparency, particularly in light of the current COVID pandemic. We need to acknowledge the importance of sharing meaningful data to better serve the society, while strengthening data governance. We stand ready to engage with the government and share our recommendations on advancing data openness in Malaysia.
REFSA’s Research Director Ivy Kwek expressed concern on how an uneven administration of vaccines could perpetuate inequality and suggests prioritisation of low-income groups and strengthening mobilisation of vaccination teams to the vulnerable communities.
Following REFSA’s press statement supporting the call for a Special Bipartisan Parliamentary Committee, Fakhrurrazi Rashid explains the bipartisan approach is in line with the aspirations of the people which demand MPs and members of the administration to work out matters of interest to the people and the country. Article in Malay.