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Hartal Doktor Kontrak And The Government Contract Worker Issue
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Hartal Doktor Kontrak And The Government Contract Worker Issue

Code Black and the Hartal Doktor Kontrak campaigns are a powerful illustration of the contract worker problem. Understand the issue here.

By Edwin Goh

24 July 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

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.

11 June 2021
Editorial Societal Contracts

Managing Online Hate Speech In Malaysia Requires Detecting It

Managing online hate effectively and efficiently requires both technology and human moderators. We explore the issues and introduce our new hate speech project for Malaysia.

16 July 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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Editorial Societal Contracts

Penularan COVID-19 dalam Penjara yang Sesak dan Peranan Undang-Undang Dadah di Malaysia

Akibat daripada respons sistem perundangan negara terhadap kesalahan kecil berkaitan dadah

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2 July 2021

Akibat daripada respons sistem perundangan negara terhadap kesalahan kecil berkaitan dadah

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Malaysia’s Migrant Worker Recruitment Process

How are migrant workers recruited in Malaysia and why has the recruitment model come under heavy criticism in recent years? We present an overview of the process, together with a brief discussion of known issues and problems.

22 June 2021

How are migrant workers recruited in Malaysia and why has the recruitment model come under heavy criticism in recent years? We present an overview of the process, together with a brief discussion of known issues and problems.


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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.

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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 2

Should Everyone Pay? This And Other Thorny Issues Regarding Existing Student Loans.

It’s time to accept that not all student loans can be repaid. We argue for segmenting borrowers by capacity to repay, as well as other policy measures.

8 July 2021

It’s time to accept that not all student loans can be repaid. We argue for segmenting borrowers by capacity to repay, as well as other policy measures.


Beyond Boom And Bust, Part 1

Pitfalls of Short-Termist Migrant Worker Policies

The differing stances on migrant worker COVID-19 vaccination is just one more example of issues with Malaysia’s migrant worker policies. In Part 1 of this research series, we outline where we are today.

22 June 2021

The differing stances on migrant worker COVID-19 vaccination is just one more example of issues with Malaysia’s migrant worker policies. In Part 1 of this research series, we outline where we are today.


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