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Consider This: Politics - Young Malay Voters “Turning Green”?

In recent elections, we've seen a trend where young Malay voters are increasingly gravitating towards conservative political parties. This shift challenges conventional wisdom that younger generations typically support progressive reforms. What factors are shaping the political behaviours of young Malays today? And what might this trend mean for the future of Malaysia's political landscape, and our multicultural society? On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Dr Syaza Shukri, Associate Professor of Political Science at International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and Aziff Azuddin, Research Associate at IMAN Research.

Fri Jun 14 2024

Consider This: Politics - Young Malay Voters “Turning Green”?

In recent elections, we've seen a trend where young Malay voters are increasingly gravitating towards conservative political parties. This shift challenges conventional wisdom that younger generations typically support progressive reforms. What factors are shaping the political behaviours of young Malays today? And what might this trend mean for the future of Malaysia's political landscape, and our multicultural society? On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Dr Syaza Shukri, Associate Professor of Political Science at International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and Aziff Azuddin, Research Associate at IMAN Research.
Consider This: Care Economy — The Business of Care

Consider This: Care Economy — The Business of Care

Malaysia’s Care Economy is an investment white space: An investment area that serves a strong development need but has yet to benefit from a robust policy framework and political momentum. What would it take to create a robust care infrastructure in Malaysia? And how might increased investments into this sector transform care services? On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Anfaal Saari, Member of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly who holds the portfolio of Women and Family Empowerment, Social Welfare & the Care Economy, and Dr Haniza Khalid, currently Senior Research Associate at Universiti Malaya’s Social Wellbeing Research Centre. She recently authored a report on enabling investments into the Malaysian Care Economy, commissioned by UNDP Malaysia.
Consider This: Bornean Elephants (Part 2) — Endangered and Displaced

Consider This: Bornean Elephants (Part 2) — Endangered and Displaced

The Bornean elephant has recently been classified as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species. What needs to be done now to ensure the survival of Borneo’s elephant population? On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Primus Lambut, Head of the Tawau Wildlife Department and species manager in charge of elephants.
Consider This: Bornean Elephants (Part 1) — Endangered and Displaced

Consider This: Bornean Elephants (Part 1) — Endangered and Displaced

The Bornean elephant has recently been classified as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species. What needs to be done now to ensure the survival of Borneo’s elephant population? On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to conservation biologist Dr Nurzhafarina Othman, Senior lecturer at Universiti Malaysia Sabah. She’s an expert on the Bornean Elephant, and also the founder of Project Seratu Aatai, which is a collective in Sabah that aims to promote coexistence between elephants and humans through research and education.
Consider This: Drug Law Reform — Rehab Law Flawed

Consider This: Drug Law Reform — Rehab Law Flawed

The Government has recently deferred the amendments to the Drug Dependants (Treatment and Rehabilitation) Bill to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health and Security after the first reading of the Bill received significant opposition from those who argue that the bill, as it stands, lacks crucial medical oversight in the rehabilitation process. On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Dr Sangeeth Kaur, Co-Chair, Expert Advisory Group, Drug Treatment & Rehab (East & SEA) United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Dr Azizan Abdul Aziz, President of the Malaysian Medical Association
Consider This: Bujang Valley (Part 2) — The Bukit Choras Discovery

Consider This: Bujang Valley (Part 2) — The Bukit Choras Discovery

A remarkable discovery in Malaysia’s Bujang Valley has uncovered a 1,200-year-old Buddha statue and stupa, thought to date back to the 8th or 9th century. This find at the Bukit Choras archaeological heritage site in Yan, Kedah, may even predate the renowned Angkor Wat and Borobudur. On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Dr Nasha Rodziadi Khaw, leader of the Bukit Choras archaeological project and senior at USM’s Centre for Global Archaeology Research.
Consider This: Bujang Valley (Part 1) — The Bukit Choras Discovery

Consider This: Bujang Valley (Part 1) — The Bukit Choras Discovery

A remarkable discovery in Malaysia’s Bujang Valley has uncovered a 1,200-year-old Buddha statue and stupa, thought to date back to the 8th or 9th century. This find at the Bukit Choras archaeological heritage site in Yan, Kedah, may even predate the renowned Angkor Wat and Borobudur. On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Dr Nasha Rodziadi Khaw, leader of the Bukit Choras archaeological project and senior at USM’s Centre for Global Archaeology Research.
Consider This: Sustaining Sustainability - A Conversation With Professor Jeffrey Sachs

Consider This: Sustaining Sustainability - A Conversation With Professor Jeffrey Sachs

With the progress towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) severely stalled, what needs to be done to ensure the world is back on track? On this episode of #ConsiderThis Hafiz Marzukhi speaks to Prof Jeffrey Sachs, President, United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN-SDSN) about how education can contribute to reversing these trends.
Consider This: UK Elections - Foregone Conclusion? (Part 2)

Consider This: UK Elections - Foregone Conclusion? (Part 2)

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is in a fierce battle to retain his position, facing a formidable challenge from Labour leader Keir Starmer. As the Conservatives brace for what could be a historic defeat, all eyes are on whether Labour will secure a decisive victory. However, is it a foregone conclusion? On this episode of #ConsiderThis Hafiz Marzukhi speaks to Karisma Putera Abdul Rahman, Policy Research Analyst at Bait Al Amanah
Consider This: UK Elections - Foregone Conclusion? (Part 1)

Consider This: UK Elections - Foregone Conclusion? (Part 1)

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is in a fierce battle to retain his position, facing a formidable challenge from Labour leader Keir Starmer. As the Conservatives brace for what could be a historic defeat, all eyes are on whether Labour will secure a decisive victory. However, is it a foregone conclusion? On this episode of #ConsiderThis Hafiz Marzukhi speaks to UM's Assoc Prof Dr Roy Anthony Rogers, Deputy Executive Director (Development, Research, & Innovation), Asia Europe Institute
Consider This: Federalism - When States Want More

Consider This: Federalism - When States Want More

Recently Johor and Penang have made headlines with their push for a larger share of the taxes they collect. Johor, at the urging of regent Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, is seeking 20 to 30 percent of its collected taxes, while Penang is seeking 20 percent. These demands are raising important questions about decentralisation and financial autonomy. Additionally, Sabah and Sarawak’s unique position under the MA63 adds to the complexity of these discussions. How should Malaysia navigate the demands for greater funds? On the episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to economist Professor Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram, and Dr Tricia Yeoh, CEO of IDEAS Malaysia.
Consider This: Digital Health Records — The Vision for Seamless Healthcare

Consider This: Digital Health Records — The Vision for Seamless Healthcare

While Malaysia has made efforts to digitalise its public-healthcare system over the last three decades, however recurring barriers have hampered the establishment of a nationwide system. This is according to Khazanah Research Institute’s recent publication: Digital Health Records In Malaysia: The Journey and the Way Forward. How prepared is Malaysia to embrace this digital shift, and what does it mean for healthcare providers and patients alike? On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Dr Rachel Gong, Deputy Director of Research at Khazanah Research Institute, and Ilyana Syafiqa Mukhriz Mudaris, Research Associate at KRI.
Consider This: Bajau Laut (Part 2) — Statelessness & Displacement of Sea Nomads

Consider This: Bajau Laut (Part 2) — Statelessness & Displacement of Sea Nomads

More than 500 people from the Bajau Laut community in Semporna, Sabah, were evicted by the authorities last week, and their stilt houses demolished, some even burned. The plight of the Bajau Laut has since dominated national attention after several video recordings of the incident were uploaded to social media with the hashtag #PandangKeSabah. On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Dr Vilashini Somiah, an anthropologist at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in Universiti Malaya, and Wong Kueng Hui, director of the independent youth group Mandiri Borneo.
Consider This: Bajau Laut (Part 1) — Homes Demolished in Controversial Eviction

Consider This: Bajau Laut (Part 1) — Homes Demolished in Controversial Eviction

More than 500 people from the Bajau Laut community in Semporna, Sabah, were evicted by the authorities last week, and their stilt houses demolished, some even burned. The plight of the Bajau Laut has since dominated national attention after several video recordings of the incident were uploaded to social media with the hashtag #PandangKeSabah. On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Mukmin Nantang, founder of the Sabah-based NGO Borneo Komrad, who first uploaded the now viral videos. For almost a decade, Borneo Komrad has been running Sekolah-Sekolah Alternatif, which provides free education for stateless, undocumented, and under-served children in Sabah.
Consider This: Malaysian Palm Oil (Part 1) — Impact of New EU Rules on Smallholders

Consider This: Malaysian Palm Oil (Part 1) — Impact of New EU Rules on Smallholders

The Malaysian palm oil sector, which is the second-largest producer globally after Indonesia, is facing mounting challenges, particularly from the European Union's incoming Deforestation Regulation. This regulation aims to halt the sale of any products linked to deforestation in its markets. Despite efforts to promote sustainability through certification schemes like MSPO and RSPO, questions remain: Can certification alone redeem palm oil's tarnished reputation? And how might the EU’s new regulation impact smallholders, who produce about 40% of the total output of palm oil in Malaysia? On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Dr Serina Rahman, Lecturer at the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at National University of Singapore, where her research interests include political ecology through the lens of environmental anthropology and ethnography.
Consider This: Malaysian Palm Oil (Part 2) — Navigating EU's Deforestation Regulation

Consider This: Malaysian Palm Oil (Part 2) — Navigating EU's Deforestation Regulation

The Malaysian palm oil sector, which is the second-largest producer globally after Indonesia, is facing mounting challenges, particularly from the European Union's incoming Deforestation Regulation. This regulation aims to halt the sale of any products linked to deforestation in its markets. Despite efforts to promote sustainability through certification schemes like MSPO and RSPO, questions remain: Can certification alone redeem palm oil's tarnished reputation? And how might the EU’s new regulation impact smallholders, who produce about 40% of the total output of palm oil in Malaysia? On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Khor Yu Leng, Senior Economist at Segi Enam Advisors & Associate Director for Sustainability at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs.