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ADDRESSING HOUSING ISSUES IN MALAYSIA

Housing is one of the most important human basic needs. It not only acts as a means of shelter, but also entails the social and economic well-being of the people. Housing is a significant contributor to physical and mental health, education, employment, economic growth, environment, and overall social life. In many social democratic nations, housing is even considered a natural human right. Hence, the right to adequate and affordable housing, regardless of wealth and social standing is inalienable to the pursuit of human wellbeing.
In Malaysia however, houses remain relatively unaffordable for many people, with average house prices over 4 times the median annual salary for most. This paper explores in depth the issues surrounding housing affordability, from the points of view of both the purchaser and the developer and the inability of the nation’s youth to secure adequate and decent housing. The paper ends on a discussion on possible policy recommendations that the government can consider implementing.

马来西亚交通部长魏家祥:“一带一路” 倡议下中马合作成果丰硕,中国经验 值得 APEC 成员学习

中国与马来西亚的友谊可以追朔至古代丝绸 之路,马来西亚是明代郑和下南洋重要一站。在 21 世纪的今天,马来西亚也是最早响应中国“一 带一路”倡议的参与国之一。
本届亚太经合组织(APEC)领导人会议前期, 《亚太日报》就本届 APEC 会议、中马合作、双 边关系以及中国 – 东盟关系升级等话题,对马来 西亚交通部长兼马华公会总会长魏家祥博士进行 专访。

Durian is the new Gold

Is 6.5%-7.5% magical? Is RM322.5billion too huge (or too little)? Is corporate income tax revenue in 2021 overestimated? Should the budget deficit be worrying? Is rising public debt level sustainable?

Five Macroeconomic Questions on Budget 2021

Is 6.5%-7.5% magical? Is RM322.5billion too huge (or too little)? Is corporate income tax revenue in 2021 overestimated? Should the budget deficit be worrying? Is rising public debt level sustainable?

建议预算计划 为女性发言

这个新冠肺炎疫情严重破坏了世界各地妇女的生计,减少了她们的经济机会,马来西亚也不例外。然而,即使在疫情之前,马来西亚在倡导性别平等方面一直很不足,性别差距一直很大,甚至一直持续到今天。根据世界经济论坛(WEF)发布的《2020年全球性别差距指数》1,马来西亚在全球排名第104位,落后于该区域的邻国—汶莱和柬埔寨,分别排名第95和89位。

Resilient as One, Together We Triumph: Analysis of Budget 2021

Worth a total of RM322.5bil, Budget 2021 is the largest budget in history, notably, the budget generally did not propose any new taxes nor increasing any existing taxes. The budget seems more a fit-for-purpose proposal which aims to meet the most immediate needs of the country to encourage recovery, growth and investment. As seen in the first half of 2020, the pandemic has created significant economic uncertainty which can change very rapidly, as such, flexibility is required when the need arises to supplement and amend measures when necessary.

2 out of 3 Malaysian say MPs must pass Budget 2021

68% of respondents agree that Parliament should pay heed to the King’s advice and pass the 2021 Budget, thereby ensuring political stability in this pandemic environment. With focus on political stability, 49% disagree that the resignation of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin would bring about a more stable Malaysian government.

Economic Impact of COVID-19 : A Malaysian context

Summary of potential economic impacts and corresponding policy interventions

This document analyzes the socio-economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, and describes key policy measures undertaken by the Malaysian Government. This document also provides guidance on the four priority areas that organizations should focus on to stay resilient during this challenging period.

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