Malaysia SDG Webinar: Building Back Better: Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Inclusive Growth in Response to Covid-19

On 17 June 2021, SDSN Malaysia in collaboration with Malaysia’s Economic Planning Unit organised a webinar on the state of poverty in Malaysia under the Covid-19 pandemic as well as approaches to tackle the issue.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a radical change in the social and economic fabric of our nation. Measures that were taken to curb the spread of the virus, while necessary, have had a negative impact on large segments of society. As vaccination rates rise nationwide and we begin the task of rebuilding what was lost, we now have the unique opportunity not merely to return to status quo, but to create a more sustainable, equitable, and inclusive society for all. As we navigate the decade of action for the Sustainable Development Goals leading up to 2030, now is the time for the public sector, businesses, academia and civil society to come together and envision a better, brighter future for our people, nation, and the planet.

You may view a recording of the event below:


Welcoming Remarks by YB Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy)

Session 1: Policy Interventions and Using Data

Moderator: Prof. Dato’ Dr. Rashila Ramli, Principal Fellow/ Professor of Political Science, Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS)

Panellists: Mr. Abdul Halim Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Director General (Policy), Economic Planning Unit; Assoc. Prof. Madya Dr. Azwan Abdullah, Head of Networking and Big Data Division, Institute for Poverty Research and Management (InsPeK), Universiti Malaysia Kelantan

Session 2: Multi-stakeholder Involvement

Moderator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rusmawati Said, Head of Economics Programme, School of Business & Economics, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Panellists: Prof. Dato’ Dr. Woo Wing Thye, Director, Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development, Sunway University; Prof. Datuk Dr. Denison Jayasooria, Malaysia CSO-SDG Alliance

The presentation slides are available for download in the links below. 

 Mr. Abdul Halim Abdul Aziz

 Prof. Azwan_Abdullah

 Prof. Denison Jayasooria

 Prof. Woo Wing Thye