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A Year Of Living Under COVID-19 (Part 1)

Around this time last year we surveyed how the first MCO was affecting the mental health of Malaysians. A year in, how has people’s sense of well-being changed?

Around this time last year we surveyed how the first MCO was affecting the mental health of Malaysians. A year in, how has people’s sense of well-being changed?


Editorial Societal Contracts

Covid-19 Clusters in Overcrowded Prisons and The Role of Malaysia’s Drug Laws

The costly repercussions of our country’s response to minor drug offences.

The costly repercussions of our country’s response to minor drug offences.


Editorial Safety Nets

Lesen P-Hailing: Adakah Malaysia Memerlukannya?

Rancangan untuk melaksana lesen “p-hailing” adalah supaya penunggang penghantaran dapat diselia. Dapatkah matlamat ini dicapai melalui pelesenan? Kami renungi.

Rancangan untuk melaksana lesen “p-hailing” adalah supaya penunggang penghantaran dapat diselia. Dapatkah matlamat ini dicapai melalui pelesenan? Kami renungi.


The Capitol Hill Riot And Its Lessons On Hate Speech

A terrible day in history and a reminder of the need to manage hateful speech.

A terrible day in history and a reminder of the need to manage hateful speech.


Editorial Safety Nets

Bukan Semua Pekerja Gig Sama

Sudah tiba masa untuk pemerincian istilah bagi menambah baik penggubalan dasar.

Sudah tiba masa untuk pemerincian istilah bagi menambah baik penggubalan dasar.


Editorial Safety Nets

The P-Hailing License: A Case Of Over-Regulation?

The government plans to implement a p-hailing license to regulate parcel delivery riders. We ponder the rationale behind it and what it would achieve.

The government plans to implement a p-hailing license to regulate parcel delivery riders. We ponder the rationale behind it and what it would achieve.


Editorial Public Goods

The Financing Of RapidKL Bus Services Needs A Major Rethink

Lower ridership during CMCO has led to bus route cuts in the Klang Valley. Can the current funding model keep buses running and prioritise the interests of the public? We argue for a fundamental review.

Lower ridership during CMCO has led to bus route cuts in the Klang Valley. Can the current funding model keep buses running and prioritise the interests of the public? We argue for a fundamental review.


Hateful to Whom, and How?

A study of responses to Malaysian hate speech samples, towards a framework for hate speech categorisation and response.

A study of responses to Malaysian hate speech samples, towards a framework for hate speech categorisation and response.


Editorial Safety Nets

Not All ‘Gig Workers’ Are The Same

Time for better terminology, especially for policymaking

Time for better terminology, especially for policymaking


Research Safety Nets

Can Everyone Really Reskill Themselves?

We asked this and more in our study on non-graduate informal workers’ aspirations with a focus on delivery riders.

We asked this and more in our study on non-graduate informal workers’ aspirations with a focus on delivery riders.


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