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Crisis in Malaysia: Politicking amid the Pandemic

On 12 August 2021, the SIIA held the webinar, “Crisis in Malaysia: Politicking amid the Pandemic”, Dr Ei Sun OH, Senior Fellow at the SIIA provided insights to the political turmoil currently beleaguering Malaysia and how it adversely affects the government’s overall management of the...

Crisis in Malaysia: Politicking amid the Pandemic

The COVID-19 situation in Malaysia rages on with infection rates crossing 20,000 every day and death tolls averaging between 200 and 300 daily. Despite Malaysia having one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, with over half a million people vaccinated daily, the worsening...

MTI Academy Speaker Series: Politics of Trade Policy

Free Trade Agreements have come under scrutiny in the recent decade. On 11 August 2021, Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of the SIIA, spoke at the MTI Academy Speaker Series where he shared about the Politics of Trade Policy. Prof Tay highlighted how the role...

ASEAN’s big test as it marks another anniversary

By Simon Tay and Jessica Wa'u For The Straits Times Festive celebrations are scarce during this pandemic period and can sometimes even seem inappropriate. For Asean, which marks the 54th anniversary of its founding tomorrow, it is a grim birthday blighted by Covid-19 and the crisis...


The ASEAN region is struggling from another deadly wave of the pandemic, spurred by the Delta variant. As ASEAN commemorates it 54th year of founding today, the SIIA takes a look at the significance of ASEAN as a regional bloc, the latest wave of COVID-19...

Myanmar Corporate Briefing

ASEAN has picked Brunei’s Second Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof as the special envoy to Myanmar to mediate the conflict.  On 5 August 2021, the SIIA held its corporate briefing on Myanmar for the Institute’s Roundtable and Corporate members. Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of the...

EU goes green: acceptance, inspiration, or scepticism?

By Gan Meixi and Fang Eu-Lin For The Business Times The European Union (EU) recently announced a set of policy proposals that aim to give the region a strong start in redirecting the domestic and global economy towards a zero-carbon world. The so-called "Fit for 55" plan aims...