Friday, September 25, 2009

Subject in Harvard: Najib Razak's Economic Policy

Taken from Malaysiakini
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Harvard business school to study Najibnomics



The Harvard Business School in Boston will undertake a case study, highlighting Prime Minister Najib Razak's “courageous and bold” initiatives to tackle financial crisis.

The case study, to be used as a subject in the core curriculum of the macro-economic module, will be a capstone on how crisis is transmitted internationally.

It will also discuss how a country that has sound fundamentals and good regulations could withstand an international crisis.

najib and budgetThe country is known for consolidating the banking, insurance and financial institutions following the 1998 currency crisis, said Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia in a statement today.

Besides highlighting Najib's bold economic reforms, the Harvard study would also focus on the various economic liberalisation moves, measures taken to prepare the country for the Asean Free Trade Agreement (Afta) and World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations, said Alumni president G Gnanalingam.

“Harvard would also bring to attention how the country positions itself on free trade agreements with other countries and how its economic zones are poised for further foreign direct investment attractions.

“We in the alumni are proud to be associated with such a work as the study would become part of the syllabus programme and taught to thousands of international students.

“Moreover, the students at Harvard will hear about what the government and Bank Negara Malaysia have done since the 1998 crisis to regulate and stabilise the economy,” said Gnanalingam.

Previous case study on capital controls

The previous case study on Malaysia published in April 2002 entitled 'Malaysia – Capital and Control' written by Rawi Abdelai and Laura Alfaro, has been one of Harvard's most successful case studies.

It analysed the political economy of capital controls in Malaysia during the 1997/98 Asian financial crisis. It has been taught in every class for the last seven years not only to Harvard Business School students taking a masters degree in business administration but also to senior managers who attended executive programmes.

The students constantly praised the case study as it highlighted the views expressed by Malaysian leaders, the statement added.

- Bernama

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Full Credits to Bernama and Malaysiakini

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Aku, Dia, dan Payung Biru

Hujan itu hujan rahmat.

Tatkala jam di dinding menandakan berkahirnya hari aku di sana, hujan turun dengan lebat. Seolah-olah tidak mengizinkan aku pulang.


Tetapi hari itu tidak seperti hari yang lain. Hari itu hari terakhirku di sana.


Sang hujan seakan memahami hatiku. Dua minggu tempoh yang singkat, tidak cukup puas aku di sana.


Aku melangkah keluar dari bangunan itu buat terakhir kali, payung biru ku tujahkan ke langit, bersedia mengharungi derap-derap titisan hujan yang deras.
Tatkala itu dia muncul dari pintu, resah melihat ke langit dan lantai bumi yang basah.

Hujan seakan menyebelahi aku, dia tidak punyai payung di tangan.

Aku kaget. Dia datang kepadaku.

Aku kaget. Dia tiada payung.

Dua minggu tempoh yang singkat untuk mengenali seseorang. Buat seketika waktu itu, aku dan dia berpayung bersama, menyusuri hujan. Persis sebuah babak yang selau terpapar dalam layar wayang.

Tetapi kali ini ia bukan sebuah babak dalam layar wayang. Ia adalah hadiah sang hujan kepada aku.

Dua minggu tempoh yang singkat. Aku, dia, dan payung biru ku, akan terpahat menjadi memori indah di dalam hatiku.

Mungkin juga aku dan dia hanyalah satu infatuasi. Mungkin tidak.

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