1st Edition

COVID-19, Business, and Economy in Malaysia Retrospective and Prospective Perspectives

Edited By Weng Marc Lim, Surinderpal Kaur, Huey Fen Cheong Copyright 2022
    178 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    178 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Part of a mini-series of Focus books on COVID-19 in Malaysia, the chapters in this book address the pandemic’s impact on business and the economy in Malaysia.

    Covering a range of challenges and opportunities for business and the economy over a year-long period, starting from Malaysia’s first pandemic lockdown in March 2020 to the state of the country as of May 1, 2021, the contributors highlight the impact of the pandemic on the Malaysian business and economy and how Malaysians are finding ways to adapt and rise above adversity. They illustrate how the pandemic has affected businesses and anticipate the prospects for the Malaysian economy going forward. This is also an opportunity to witness how researchers from multiple disciplines can join forces during challenging times to deliver insightful research with impact. More importantly, there are many lessons to be learned from the successes and failures in responding to the pandemic in this developing Southeast Asian economy.

    A fascinating read for individuals with an interest in crisis adaptation in non-Western contexts, especially those with a particular interest in Malaysia or Southeast Asia more generally.

    Section A: The impact of COVID-19 on business and economy 1. The quarantine economy: The case of COVID-19 and Malaysia Weng Marc Lim (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia and Malaysia) 2. The impact of COVID-19 on agriculture in Malaysia: Insights from mixed methods Firuza Begham Mustafa (Universiti Malaya, Malaysia) 3. The Impact of COVID-19 on Business Resilience in Malaysia: Insights from Kelantan Noraida Saidi (Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia) & Normaizatul Akma Saidi (Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Malaysia) 4. The impact of COVID-19 on corporate social responsibility in Malaysia: Insights from case studies Nabila Huda Ibrahim (Universiti Malaya, Malaysia) 5. The impact of COVID-19 on human capital in Malaysia: Insight from employers and employees Lin Dar Ong (Universiti Malaya, Malaysia) & Su Teng Lee (Universiti Malaya, Malaysia) 6. The impact of COVID-19 on public policy in Malaysia: Insights from the loan moratorium and the hospitality industry Siti Nurhayati Khairatun (Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia) 7. The impact of COVID-19 on tourism in Malaysia: Insights from domestic tourists’ travel intentions Jingyi Li (Universiti Malaya, Malaysia), Fumitaka Furuoka (Universiti Malaya, Malaysia), Beatrice Lim (Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia) & Khairul Hanim Pazim (Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia) Section B: The future of business and economy post COVID-19 8. Job preparedness post COVID-19 in Malaysia: Insights from future jobseekersHuey Fen Cheong (Universiti Malaya, Malaysia) & Cecilia Yin Mei Cheong (Universiti Malaya, Malaysia) 9. Re-thinking post COVID-19 career success: Insights from contemporary career approaches Chorng Yuan Fung (Swinburne University of Technology, Malaysia) & Asanka Gunasekara (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)


    Weng Marc Lim is the Chief Editor of the Business and Economy section of the COVID-19 in Malaysia Multidisciplinary Series. He is an Adjunct Professor of Swinburne Business School at Swinburne University of Technology’s home campus in Australia and a Professor and the Head of the School of Business at Swinburne University of Technology’s international branch campus in Malaysia. His research interests include business, consumer, and government (BCG) research. He has (co)developed the pro-active model for peer-reviewing in premier journals, the data partitioning technique for experimental research, the “how-to” guide for  ibliometric analysis, the Scientific Procedures and Rationales for Systematic Literature Reviews (SPAR-4-SLR) protocol, the agency and reactance theory of crowding, the theory of behavioural control, the dialectic antidotes to critics of the technology acceptance model, and the integrated information systems-consumer behaviour (IS-CB) model for e-shopping.

    Surinderpal Kaur is the Editor of the COVID-19 in Malaysia Multidisciplinary Series. She is an Associate Professor and the Dean of the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia. She attained her PhD from Lancaster University, UK. Her research interests include media discourses and multimodality, focusing specifically on public discourses in mainstream and social media that relate to public health, migration, and terrorism issues. She has been actively involved with Universiti Malaya’s social outreach initiatives to offer solutions to the mental health challenges faced by Malaysian during the COVID-19 pandemic (Caring Together/UMPrihatin), focusing specifically on the social media platforms of Telegram and Facebook. She is currently compiling a database of data and research from all over the world to help Malaysian scholars in their research on COVID-19.

    Huey Fen Cheong is the co-editor and Managing Editor of the COVID-19 in Malaysia Multidisciplinary Series. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English Language, Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, from gender studies and linguistics to marketing and psychology. Her works are usually humanitarian, from gender equality (for men and women) and anti-racism (skin whitening and Black Lives Matter) to decolonisation of academia. The latter explains the initiative behind this book series in creating a platform for researchers to study the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia, which addresses the lack of COVID-19 research and publication in Southeast Asia. She is also the Founder of the Facebook group, (Post-)COVID job market in Malaysia (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2805574166392321), which shares information about the New Normal and the Next Normal of employment and employability during this challenging time.