REFSA researcher Jaideep Singh unpacks the agreement to show that RCEP is a small step forward that mostly consolidates regional rules rather than a giant leap for trade and growth. Read the full report to find out more.
Rather than a game changer, it would be more useful to think of RCEP as the first step in the path towards more transparent and integrated trade in Asia-Pacific.
Malaysia's tendency to look at the world through the lens of ethnicity naturally colours the discourse on inequality. Inter-ethnic inequalities are held to be self-evident, an unending legacy of the colonial policy of divide and rule.
The pandemic did not cause inequality. But it did widen the gap between the haves and have-nots and further exposed the cracks in our system.
In our latest REFSA Notes, we released a Pre-Budget statement detailing what we think should be prioritised within the budget, including but not limited to a focus on social protection as well as COVID-19 funding to aid businesses and households.
Making a Budget wishlist is a great exercise to identify and champion your wants and expectations from #Budget2022. Here's a quick guide on how you and your friends can get together to craft and share your personal wishlist.
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 this recent episode of REFSA Reflections, we discuss the strong points and shortcomings of the 12th Malaysia plan, why it is an important document and process to guide the nation's economic development, and how we can ensure that the plan doesn't just remain a statement of good intentions.
Can we be optimistic that any goals listed in the newly released #12MP will be achieved? That depends if the gov is open to incorporating feedback from other parties. Listen to the full discussion between Iskandar Fareez and BFM.