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The Case For A Fair Work Act, Part 2
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The Case For A Fair Work Act, Part 2

A fair definition of 'fair pay' for all Malaysian workers

Our Fair Work Act research series makes an argument for enacting broad legislation that defines what constitutes ‘fair work’ for all categories of workers in Malaysia. In this instalment, we explore the first plank: fair pay.

By Edwin Goh & Nelleita Omar

11 June 2021

Research Public Goods

A Year of Living Under COVID-19

Part 4: What Are the Most Significant Drivers of Mental Health During this Global Pandemic?

Age, gender, and marital status emerge as greatest predictors of negative mental health in our study.

30 May 2021
Research Safety Nets

Adakah Program Latihan Semula Boleh Dicapai Oleh Semua Lapisan Masyarakat?

Kami mempersoalkan isu akses kepada program latihan semula serta beberapa persoalan berkaitan dalam satu kajian mengenai aspirasi golongan pekerja tidak formal tanpa ijazah, terutamanya pekerja ‘gig’.

8 January 2021
Editorial Societal Contracts

Flattening the Curve of Online ‘Fake News’ in Malaysia

The need for pre-emptive measures to slow the spread of misinformation.

13 May 2021

Who We Are

The Centre is a centrist think tank based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Our work is focused on understanding the gaps between top-down policy decisions and ground-level impact through primary research. We aim to bring data-driven yet accessible research to policymakers and to the public.

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Research Safety Nets

Generasi Berhutang

Bahagian 1: Kebingungan Hutang Pendidikan Tinggi di Malaysia

Bagi generasi muda di Malaysia, pendidikan tinggi lazimnya dibiayai melalui pinjaman pendidikan. Adakah pendekatan ini wajar diteruskan? Siri penyelidikan ini meneliti permasalahan ini serta merenungi beberapa cadangan dasar untuk masa hadapan.

4 June 2021

Bagi generasi muda di Malaysia, pendidikan tinggi lazimnya dibiayai melalui pinjaman pendidikan. Adakah pendekatan ini wajar diteruskan? Siri penyelidikan ini meneliti permasalahan ini serta merenungi beberapa cadangan dasar untuk masa hadapan.


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Indebted Generation

Part 1: The Quandary of Student Debt in Malaysia

For a generation of young Malaysians, higher education is financed mainly through student loans. Should this approach continue? This research series examines this vital issue and explores ways forward.

20 May 2021

For a generation of young Malaysians, higher education is financed mainly through student loans. Should this approach continue? This research series examines this vital issue and explores ways forward.


Research Public Goods

A Year Of Living Under COVID-19

Part 3: Employment, Income and Mental Health

Over the past year, many Malaysians saw their employment, business and incomes decline due to the pandemic. We take a closer look at the impact of these changes on mental well-being.

28 April 2021

Over the past year, many Malaysians saw their employment, business and incomes decline due to the pandemic. We take a closer look at the impact of these changes on mental well-being.


Research Safety Nets

The Case for A Fair Work Act, Part 1

Responding to Malaysia’s Changing Employment Landscape

The government is mulling new legislation to ensure the welfare of gig workers. In Part 1 of this research series, we argue for first clarifying what ‘gig work’ covers and for having laws that define what fair work means for all workers.

15 April 2021

The government is mulling new legislation to ensure the welfare of gig workers. In Part 1 of this research series, we argue for first clarifying what ‘gig work’ covers and for having laws that define what fair work means for all workers.


Research Public Goods

A Year Of Living Under COVID-19

Part 2: How Isolation and Working From Home Affected Malaysians’ Mental Health

Over the past year, Malaysians have spent more time indoors and endured social restrictions. We look at how this has affected mental well-being.

8 April 2021

Over the past year, Malaysians have spent more time indoors and endured social restrictions. We look at how this has affected mental well-being.


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