Tham Siew Yean

Dr Tham Siew Yean is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute and Professor Emeritus, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Articles by Tham Siew Yean (8)

Malaysia’s Digital Economy Blueprint: More is Not Better

Tham Siew Yean

This 100+ page plan may hinder more than help the country’s digital economy transformation.

An employee works in the warehouse of Cainiao Smart Logistics Network

Alibaba’s Expansion into Malaysia: A Double-Edged Sword?

Tham Siew Yean

Alibaba’s latest foray into Malaysia will bring a raft of e-commerce opportunities to the country. But there are concerns about its pervasive presence in the country and the possible impact on competition.

The Race for Global Value Chains: Return to RCEP, India?

Tham Siew Yean

Both India and ASEAN are vying for places in shifting global value chains (GVC) affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. India is behind the grouping in GVC participation. One way for New Delhi to play catch-up is to rethink its withdrawal from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

A Covid-19-Induced Export Slump: Magnifying a Malaysian Malaise

Tham Siew Yean

A historic slump in Malaysia’s exports has been attributed to the coronavirus sweeping across the region. But the fall is indicative of a deeper, structural weakness in the economy.

Leverage in The Time of Coronavirus

Tham Siew Yean

The ongoing coronavirus crisis in China highlights how dependence on foreign inputs can affect export-dependent countries such as Malaysia.