Covid-19 Publications

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Covid-19 Set to Aggravate  Malaysia’s Skill Mismatch
By Yap Jo-Yee


Specifics of the Impact of Covid-19 on the Young
By Dr Choong Pui Yee


A Spotlight on Migrant Workers in the Pandemic
By Braema Mathiaparanam


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Persevering towards Recovery for Penang’s Tourism Industry
By Yeong Pey Jung and Dr Lee Siu Ming


Challenges and Opportunities for Penang’s Labour Market amid the Covid-19 Pandemic
By Ong Wooi Leng


Need for Speed: Survey Findings on Penang Internet Connectivity
By Dr Beh May Ting


Performance Sustained during Covid-19 Highlights Strong Fundamentals in Penang’s Trade in Goods 
By Dr Lee SIu Ming


Survey on Attitudes to Covid-19 Vaccination in Penang
By Dr Negin Vaghefi, Dr Chin Phaik Nie, Dr Ch’ng Kean Siang


Helping SMEs Rise to Challenges Posed by the Covid-19 Pandemic
By Dr Negin Vaghefi and Yap Jo-yee


Covid-19 Fuels Democratic Decline in Southeast Asia
By Dr Choong Pui Yee


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Digitalisation among Penang’s Hawkers: Targeted Policies Urgently Needed
By Yap Jo-yee, Ong Wooi Leng and Ng Kar Yong


Penang’s Skills Situation: Concerted Actions Needed
By Ng Kar Yong and Yap Jo-yee


How has the Pandemic Affected Penang’s Health Landscape?: A Preliminary Study
By Yeong Pey Jung and Dr Beh May Ting


Penang Economic Outlook 2021: Uneven Growth Expected across Sectors
By Socioeconomics and Statistics Programme, Penang Institute


Preparing for the Future of Working Life
By Braema Mathiaparanam


Strengthening Food Security in Light of Covid-19
By Isabelle Loh


Movement Control Measures against Covid-19: Mobility Changes in Penang and Malaysia
By Dr Lee Siu Ming, Yeong Pey Jung and Ng Kar Yong


Elections in the Midst of Covid-19: Impact on Public Health and Democracy
By Braema Mathiaparanam


Human Rights Derogation in Southeast Asian Countries during the Covid-19 Pandemic
By Braema Mathiaparanam


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


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

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