How do you stimulate an economy during a period of intense social distancing or partial lockdown, with many workers not working, a majority of productions offline and most movements restricted? It is the ultimate supply-side disruption. Malaysia has just announced a movement restriction order, which is an eventuality especially given the 3-week the government came […]

There are criticisms that some of elements of the stimulus announced by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad do not have immediate impacts, and so it should be replaced with more immediate responses. Responses like bigger cash transfer and bigger spending now. And the new Cabinet seems on course to enlarge the stimulus. I am here […]

For the most parts, the point of having a stimulus is to encourage spending, especially domestically. Someone’s spending is someone else’s income. This is a corollary to the necessacity of a stimulus being timely in order to be effective. The Ministry of Finance under Lim Guan Eng has been working on all of the measures, […]

I do not understand the intricacies of Japanese politics. I simply do not follow it closely. But I do know that Japan can play a significant role in Asia, if it finally decides to take up that role, which it has not under the uncertain leadership of the Democratic Party of Japan. The DPJ wanted […]

Economist Nor Zahidi Alias at Malaysian Rating Corporation wrote in The Edge Financial Daily today that there was too much concern for the fiscal deficit. I will accept that (while I am concerned about the deficit, concerns shown by the public  is overly excessive, especially about the debt limit) although I do still believe the […]

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