Covid-19 Crisis Assessments

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Seldom have insights been as commonly experienced among pundits across the globe as the realisation that international relations, political narratives, and macro- and micro-economics will never be the same again, after Covid-19. Post-pandemic, acting rationally and boldly while looking the facts in the face will decide how well a society or a nation emerges out of the crisis. Assumedly, more pandemics will appear in the near future—alongside other disasters, be these man-made or natural.

Penang as a state appears to have handled the Covid-19 situation rather well so far, and Penangites have generally behaved rationally and supportively enough to make government measures sufficiently effective. But the struggle continues.

Although much of the critical dynamics that influence conditions in the state, especially in Economics (especially where the Manufacturing Sector and Tourism are concerned) are due to external forces, it is vital that Penang keeps itself up-to-date about its own conditions, and its own possibilities for action, in light of how the rest of the world is faring.

Penang Institute is doing its bit in various ways to contribute to the management of this crisis, one of which is to publish informed papers on the local situation and on how this relates to events and initiatives undertaken in other parts of the world.

Crisis Management

Data Snapshots:
Statistics of Covid-19 in Penang, Malaysia and ASEAN

 

11 June – Covid-19 Exit Strategies in East Asia: Choosing between a “Supress and Lift” Procedure and a Staggered Exit
By Dr. Choong Pui Yee

 

4 June – Environmental Policy Lessons to Learn From the Covid-19 Pandemic
By Dr. Negin Vaghefi

 

19 May – Covid-19 and Penang2030: Refining the Goals and Defining the Means
By Ooi Kee Beng

 

6 May – Penang Next Normal has to be a Whole-of-Society Effort
By Chow Kon Yeow (Chief Minister of Penang)

 

6 May – Transforming Tourism in Penang: Suggestions for the Short and the Long Term
By Lim Sok Swan, Yap Jo-Yee & Pan Yi Chieh

 

3 May – Guidelines for the Resumption of Workplace Operations Post-MCO
By Ong Siou Woon, Tan Zhi Xian, & Ar. Tan Bee Eu

 

16 Apr – Some Suggestions Regarding Penang’s Post-Covid-19 Economic Restart
By Timothy Choy, Yeong Pey Jung & Yap Jo-Yee

 

Hacking the Next Normal
By Ernest Mah Herh Sun

 

Covid-19: Fiscal Challenges Await All Governments
By Yap Jo-Yee

 

Fighting Covid-19 Helps Penang Take Charge of its Digital Future
By Ooi Kee Beng



Time to Dare Imagine the Best Possible New Normal
By Ooi Kee Beng (First published in The Edge Weekly, 26 April)

 

Tech solutions for the next normal
By Steven Sim

Crisis Assessments

26 June – Reevaluating Southeast Asian Public Health Strategies in Preparation for a Second Wave of Covid-19 Infections
By Dr. Choong Pui Yee & Dr. Khor Swee Kheng

 

16 June – Covid-19 Hits the Heart of George Town: A Survey of the Economic Situation of Old Trades in the Historic City
By Lim Sok Swan

 

19 May – Covid-19: Impact on the Tourist Scuba Diving Industry in Malaysia
By Kenneth Tuttle Wilhelm (Guest Writer)

 

8 May – Covid-19: Impact on the Tertiary Education Sector in Malaysia
By Dr. Choong Pui Yee

 

4 May – Penang’s Cruise Tourism Industry: Surviving the Covid-19 Perfect Storm
By Jeffrey Chew (Chairman of Penang Port Commission 2019-2020)

 

1 May – Covid-19: Extensive Lifestyle Changes are on the Cards
By Tan Lii Inn

 

25 Apr – Domestic Violence and the Safety of Women during the Covid-19 Pandemic
By Yeong Pey Jung

 

19 Apr – The Heavy Impact of Covid-19 on the Agriculture Sector and the Food Supply Chain
By Negin Vaghefi

 

18 Apr – Planning the Economic Future of Penang beyond Covid-19
By Dato’ Seri Lee Kah Choon (Special Investment Advisor to the Chief Minister of Penang)

 

09 Apr – Targeted Support Needed to Keep Penang’s SMEs Afloat
By Timothy Choy, Yeong Pey Jung & Yap Jo-Yee

 

27 Mar – Securing Food Supply and Strengthening Social Resilience in Penang during the Covid-19 Crisis
By Penang Institute

ISSUES

27 May – Aiming for a Post-Covid-19 Recovery That Brings Resilience
By Dr. Ng Shin Wei (Penang Green Council, & Director of Global Policy Asia)

 

14 May – Lessons from Southeast Asia’s Responses to Covid-19
By Dr. Choong Pui Yee

 

18 Apr – A Critical Time for Penang’s Fragile Creative Ecosystem
By Pan Yi Chieh

 

09 Apr – The Covid-19 Disruption Highlights the Neglected Nature of Arts and Culture Sector in Malaysia
By Lim Sok Swan

 

04 Apr – Penang Economic Outlook 2020: A Rough Year Ahead
By Ong Wooi Leng

 

03 Apr – Fighting Covid-19 with Collaboration and Connectivity in Medical Science and Information Technology
By Tony Yeoh (CEO of Digital Penang)

 

27 Mar – Smart City Technologies Take on Covid-19
By Tan Lii Inn

Monographs

23 May – The Business and Economic Impact of Covid-19 on Penang’s Manufacturing Sector
By Ong Wooi Leng & Dr. Lee Siu Ming

 

30 Apr – Covid-19: Extra Support Needed for Refugees in Malaysia and the Region
By Braema Mathiaparanam

Penang Monthly

*These articles were first published on penangmonthly.com

One Man’s Food Waste Can be Another Man’s Meal
By Kristina Khoo-Rhodes

 

Malaysia’s Covid-19 Cases at A Glance
By Enzo Sim

 

Working Mums Struggle to Manage Movement Restrictions
By Emilia Ismail

 

Will the Market for Art Ever be the Same Again?
By Ooi Kok Chuen

 

A Malaysian Artist Under Lockdown in Italy
By Rebecca Duckett-Wilkinson

 

How Aware Are We?
By Enzo Sim

 

Managing Covid-19: A Brief International Perspective
By Judy Cheng-Hopkins (Former UN Assistant Secretary-General)

 

Nature Breathes Better as Covid-19 Keeps Humans Indoor
By Nursyazana Khidir Neoh 

 

Covid-19 and the Rohingya: Staying Home when One is Homeless
By Braema Mathiaparanam

 

Wu Lien-Teh: The Malayan who “Squashed the Curve” of the 1910 Pneumonic Plague
By Liew Chin Tong

 

Learning from the 1918 Penang Influenza Pandemic
By Wong Yee Tuan

 

The Art World in Quarantine
By Ooi Kok Chuen

 

Schools May Be Shut, but the Learning Continues
By Kristina Khoo

 

Journalists are Also Essential Workers during Times of Crisis
By Izzuddin Ramli

 

Poor Households Bear the Economic Brunt of Covid-19
By Yeong Pey Jung

 

Penang Lawan Covid-19 Off to A Strong Start
By Steven Sim Chee Keong

 

Ramadan in the Time of Covid-19
By Aliya Abd. Rahim

 

Running an Event in A Pandemic – Worse than Bungee Jumping but It Gets You Thinking About the Future of Meetings
By Yeoh Siew Hoon

 

What Next for Malaysia?
By Lee Kah Choon

 

Malaysia’s Fight Against Covid-19
By Melissa Chan & Enzo Sim

 

The Virus Blights the Art World
By Ooi Kok Chuen

 

How Wuhan Affects Our Economy
By Lee Kah Choon

 

Using technology during the MCO
By Steven Sim