As Malaysia gears up to reopen its economy after almost two months of restricted movement, ensuring that firms return to pre-crisis production and employment levels as rapidly and safely as…

Smita Kuriakose |

Malaysia is no stranger to external shocks affecting its macroeconomy. This latest global COVID-19 crisis is particularly unique given the context in which it emerged and the dual threats it poses…

Firas Raad |

A growing number of Malaysians, especially those in urban areas, feel that they have trouble making ends meet. Addressing the cost of living issue in the country will require the right combination…

Richard Record |

Protecting ASEAN’s impressive gains over the past two decades will require prioritizing investments in people – that is, human capital.

Victoria Kwakwa |

To boost productivity and go the next mile in its development path, Malaysia must improve its human capital through better learning and nutritional outcomes and social protection programs. (Photo…

Richard Record, Harsha Aturupane |

A man taking methadone, a synthetic opioid drug that treats heroin addition, at a voluntary treatment center for people who inject drugs in Kuala Lumpur. (Photo: Sutayut Osornprasop/World Bank)…

Sutayut Osornprasop, Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Anita Suleiman |

As Malaysia moves closer towards achieving high-income country status, it is important to be aware of the broader aspects of development that are not captured by GDP growth.  (Photo: Getty Images/…

Richard Record |

Photo: © Dini Sari Djalal/World Bank In the infrastructure domain, “price” is a prism with many façades.   An infrastructure economist sees price in graphic terms: the coordinates of a point where…

Melania Lotti |

The ASEAN Green Bonds Standards are a big step forward towards more green investments in the region. Photo: bigstock/jamesteoh Climate change poses a significant threat to the economic development…

Ashraf Arshad, José de Luna-Martínez |

Photo: bigstock/ f9photos Income growth is not the sole aim of economic development. An equally important, albeit harder to quantify objective is a sense of progress for the entire community, and …

Victoria Kwakwa |