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The Institute of Strategic Analysis and Policy Research (INSAP), established in 1986, is one of the pioneer think-tanks in Malaysia, focusing on political-economic research. A not-for-profit organisation, INSAP develops long-term strategies and policies which are relevant to the interests and aspirations of Malaysians. Since its early days leading to its corporatisation in 1995, INSAP has produced strategic reports and recommendations for the Malaysian government. 


Covid-19 : Defeating the “Invisible Enemy”

March 30 (KRI) – By the time the World Health Organization (WHO) officially designated Covid-19 a pandemic on 11 March 2020, there were 118,000 confirmed cases and 4,291 deaths in 114 countries1. By 29 March, these numbers had risen to 638,146 confirmed cases and caused 30,105 deaths across 202 countries …

COVID-19 Control : Break Down Foreign Workers’ Barrier to Care

March 25 (KRI) — As the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) sweeps across Malaysia, foreign workers, especially the undocumented, are amongst the most vulnerable. They often are forced to live in cramped conditions that lack basic sanitation, making them at high risk for contracting and spreading the coronavirus.

Health of the Nation : Measuring Burden of Disease

April 2 (KRI) - Assessing the health status of a population has conventionally been done by focusing on mortality. However, this does not take into account diseases that do not necessarily kill people but cause suffering to those who live with them i.e. morbidities.

Covid-19: Short-term Response, but not Short-term Thinking

March 26 (KRI) - We like to throw around big numbers, perhaps to calm investors and appease credit rating agencies. But it fails to assuage growing anxieties on the ground, especially workers and households who are inundated with basic concerns of survival and solvency.

An anti-viral economic booster

FEBRUARY 20 — The outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus sent shockwaves around the world as nations hastily assembled together stimulus packages in the wake of this unforeseen event. The Institute of Strategic Analysis and Policy Research (INSAP) are greatly concerned about this and are monitoring the situation closely.

P176 Kimanis By-Election : Fence Sitters – The Last Frontier

JANUARY 17 — As voters prepare to vote in the P176 Kimanis by-election, the key question of who will win, will be known officially Saturday (Jan 17) when the Election Commission announces the winner, likely around 10pm, or earlier barring hiccups.

TAR UC facing political annihilation by MOF

The Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) issue has now become the interest of national debate with many versions and much spin surrounding the funding – or rather the renouncement of funding – for this institution which had been established way back on Feb 24, 1969 as a non-profit, …

Contractual obligation of Federal Govt to TAR UC remains unfulfilled

THE Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) issue has now become the interest of national debate with many versions and much spin surrounding the funding, or rather the renouncement of funding, for this institution which was established way back on Feb 24,1969, as a non-profit, private university college in …

TAR College grant a legal obligation on federal govt, says think-tank

PETALING JAYA: An MCA-linked think-tank has accused finance minister Lim Guan Eng of turning TAR university college into a political pawn in a personal quest to get at the MCA. Pamela Yong, deputy chairman of the Institute of Stratergic Analysis and Research (Insap) said the federal government was legally obliged to …


April 5, 2020

It’s figuring us out faster than we’re figuring it out! ujar watak Dr. Alex Hextall, seorang pakar virus menerusi filem Contagion pada 2011 yang mengisahkan bagaimana seorang wanita dijangkiti virus MEV-1 telah menyebabkan jangkitan pada skala besar sehingga mengakibatkan banyak negara diletakkan dalam situasi kuarantin.

March 31, 2020

You can run but you can’t hide” could be the title of a song or a quote from American heavyweight boxer Joe Louis to his contender at the eve of a boxing match.

However during this Covid-19 season, this song or quote is in reference to all ages, gender or class. As someone correctly pointed out, even the young or rich are not spared from this Covid-19 scourge that is ruining life socially and economically.

March 2, 2020

OPEC and Russia had failed to agree on oil production cuts during their meeting in Vienna amid record low crude oil prices due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, thus ending the OPEC-Russia alliance. Russia instead balked at the idea of cutting oil production, sparking an all-out price war with the Saudis pledging to ramp up production to maximum capacity to 12 million barrels a day in a move to flood the market.

February 1, 2020

On the eve of the Chinese New Year celebrations, a new strain of virus known as the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) believed to have originated from a bat in the Hubei province stormed international headlines, triggering fears of a pandemic outbreak much like the SARS crisis of 2003. No less worrying was that the virus seemed to have appeared in Wuhan, the geo-demographic centre of Mainland China and a central transportation hub for hundreds of millions of Chinese citizens.




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