Today, GDP plays an important part as an economic indicator in our society, central to policymaking and national planning. But what does GDP really mean, and in what ways is it flawed as a metric of development? Read on for a condensed breakdown of our researcher Jaideep Singh’s latest work, “REFSA NOTES #8/2022: Deconstructing Economic Indicators: GDP”.
Malaysia’s overall inflation rate stood at 3.4% as of June 2022, well below the global G20 average of 13.9%. But on the ground, many Malaysians are feeling the pinch. So why does it feel like there is a mismatch between official inflation rates and the perceived rise in the cost of living?
Read on for a condensed version of our researcher Jaideep Singh’s breakdown on what inflation means, how it is measured, and what we can do about it.
Is the implementation of windfall tax a good idea this #Budget2022? REFSA Visiting Fellow, Hafiz Noor Shams breaks it down for us and proposes a more equitable alternative, the capital gains tax.
All the buzz on Budget 2022 is about how the government will spend its money. REFSA Economics Advisor, Frederik Paulus gives us the lowdown on how the gov can broaden and strengthen its revenue base for a more resilient economy.
REFSA’s Executive Director Tan E Hun makes the case for an automatic Tax Identification Number (TIN) that will help improve efficiency and overall transparency in the gov tax revenue collection. Click on our video to find out more!
How big should the upcoming #Budget2022 allocation be? How and where should the money be spent? Follow #REFSA101 and learn how you can ask the right questions and better read the Budget.
#Budget2022 is upon us! Before we get there, here’s a refresher on the Malaysian Federal Budget: What is it exactly, and why is it important to you? Follow #REFSA101 for more information.
In anticipation of the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP), #REFSAWishlist outlines exactly why the 12MP is important and some key policies we think it should address in paving the road to economic and institutional reform.
What priorities and policies do you wish to see during the tabling of the 12th Malaysia Plan? We’ve come up with a few guiding questions on what you can ask and look out for in the upcoming 12MP.
REFSA outlines a step-by-step framework to re-open the economy in a manner that is safe, responsible, and based on science and data. See our infographics here.
As Malaysia gears up for an endemic phase of the pandemic, what can the government do to address ongoing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy? Here’s our quick take.
How do we mitigate this crisis? To do so, we need to improve our detection of COVID-positive patients, and we can do this with a comprehensive National Testing Plan. Here’s how.
COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate between “essential” and “non-essential” sectors. Here’s how it has affected various sectors across Malaysia.
The government must move away from arbitrary distinctions between “essential” vs “non-essential” sectors. Instead, we need to consider how to gradually re-open businesses using science-based approaches. Here’s how.