Webinars and TV Appearances

2nd July 2020, Southeast Asian National Responses to Covid-19

How have Southeast Asian countries responded to Covid-19? What might other countries learn from the experiences of Southeast Asian countries? This was a cross-national panel discussion of national responses and societal implications to the pandemic with scholars and experts from across Southeast Asia hosted by ASEAS(UK). This hour-long session explored the politics, cultural responses and distributional impacts of Covid-19 in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines.


– Tricia Yeoh, PhD Candidate, U. of Nottingham-Malaysia, Fellow at IDEAS Malaysia

– Marites Vitug, Author and Editor at Large, Rappler

– Dr. Prapaporn Tivayanond Mongkhonvanit, Dean, School of Global Studies, Thammasat University

– Kirsten Han, Journalist and Curator, ‘We, The Citizens’ newsletter

Moderator – Dr. Pon Souvannaseng, ASEAS(UK) Executive Committee Member & Reviews Editor

20th May 2020, The Political Economy of Federal-State Relations 

Fight or cooperate? That’s the dilemma that has plagued relations between Federal and State governments in Malaysia – especially when they’re from opposing parties. Historically a contested relationship, the federal government has strategically controlled how financial resources are allocated to state governments through multiple ways.

Now the dramatic installation of Perikatan Nasional at the Federal level has amped up this conflict. IDEAS’ latest policy paper titled “The Political Economy of Federal-State Relations: How the centre influences resource distribution to the periphery” by Fellow Tricia Yeoh traces historical origins of federal-state resource distribution and proposes policy recommendations towards a more sustainable fiscal regime.

Will politics continue to determine top-down resource distribution? What are some winnable solutions that can incentivise political leaders to reform?

Presenter: Tricia Yeoh (IDEAS Fellow)

Introductory Remarks: Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin Muhriz (IDEAS Founding President)

Respondents: YB Liew Chin Tong (Senator, Former Deputy Defence Minister), Dr Francis Hutchinson (Head of Malaysia Programme, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute)

18th May 2020: Malaysia is facing a ‘triple-whammy crisis’, says analyst on CNBC

Video link here

Why the Civil Service is So Important | NEWSFLASH

Datuk Dr Noor Hisham is arguably the most popular civil servant in Malaysia right now. Here's why the civil service, which includes our Covid-19 frontliners, are so important.

Posted by R.AGE on Ahad, 3 Mei 2020

3rd May 2020: Why the Civil Service is So Important 

Gave some comments to the Star R.AGE about the nature of the civil service in Malaysia.

9th April 2020, Covid-19 Stimulus Package: Delivering with Democracy 

The unprecedented stimulus package of RM 260 billion suggests that the federal government is taking the best possible measures to mitigate economic and public health risks posed by COVID-19. However, in the absence of parliament oversight, open procurement systems, and strong state governments, this may lead to unchecked growth in the federal government’s executive power raising concerns about equity, transparency and accountability. How can we use the power of a functioning parliamentary democracy to make stimulus package effectively deliver its promises and what steps does Malaysia need to take?

Moderator: Aira Azhari Research Manager, IDEAS

Speakers: Lim Wei Jiet, Constitutional Lawyer

Tricia Yeoh, Fellow, IDEAS Former Chief Operating Officer

YB Wong Chen, MP for Subang

27th March 2020, Mitigating the Economic Downside of Covid-19

The recording of IDEAS’ first webinar, “Mitigating the Economic Downside of COVID-19” is finally up! It discussed the steps that must be taken to deal with the negative impact that stems from the pandemic. This includes the support and protection for individuals and businesses affected.

Tricia Yeoh, Fellow, IDEAS

Dr Jayant Menon, Visiting Fellow, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Christopher Choong, Deputy Director of Research, Khazanah Research Institute
Dr Carmelo Ferlito, Senior Fellow, IDEAS
Rachel Gong, Senior Research Associate, Khazanah Research Institute

18th May 2015, on the 11th Malaysia Plan

A short clip from Bloomberg TV Malaysia interviewing me on the 11th Malaysia Plan that is due to be tabled in Parliament on Thursday, 21st May 2015. This is the final 5-year plan before Malaysia is supposed to accomplish its Vision 2020, set forth by former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed during his tenure.

25th October 2013, Budget 2014 Special: Expert Analysis at KiniTV.com

This is an hour-long post-budget programme, during which we responded to the 2014 budget. Most of the conversation centred upon the GST announcement.
Host : P Gunasegaram, Founding Editor of KiniBiz
1. Saifuddin Abdullah, CEO, Global Movement of Moderates
2.Tricia Yeoh, COO, IDEAS
3. Bob Kee, Executive Director, KPMG

3rd October 2013, Live on Al-Jazeera 

I was invited to give some comments on the controversial and newly-passed Prevention of Crime Act, which brings back measures of detention without trial of up to two years. This is equivalent to the Internal Security Act, which was earlier repealed.

23rd September 2013, Live on Astro Awani 

I was invited by Astro Awani to share my views on the Malaysian Education Blueprint, ahead of the 2014 Budget. Also with me as a guest was Dzameer Dzulkifli, co-founder of Teach for Malaysia (which is doing great things for Malaysian schools across the country).

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